How Much Would You Charge For This Cake?

Decorating By CanadianCakin Updated 22 May 2009 , 9:01pm by Cathy26

CanadianCakin Posted 21 May 2009 , 11:15pm
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A potential customer emailed me a photo of a cake she wants for her daughters Birthday, and since I am new to people actually WANTING to pay me for what I love...I am kinda lost as to what to charge! I have no idea where she got the pic from but if it a CC's we thank you for the inspiration!
Any suggestions would be appreciated!


19 replies
CanadianCakin Posted 21 May 2009 , 11:18pm
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I guess the picture would help!

melhoneybee Posted 21 May 2009 , 11:24pm
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About $170. icon_smile.gif

milissasmom Posted 21 May 2009 , 11:27pm
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I charge by the serving so if a fondant covered decorated cake starts at 3.50 a serving, I would multiply that by the number of servings these sized cakes would produce. Since I don't use non-edible items, I would be sure to charge extra for those items as well.

Uniqueask Posted 21 May 2009 , 11:31pm
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That is a pretty cake

jeking Posted 21 May 2009 , 11:32pm
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We would charge $125 - 150 for that cake.

Misdawn Posted 21 May 2009 , 11:34pm
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In my area, I could probably only get about $75 for that cake.

CanadianCakin Posted 21 May 2009 , 11:38pm
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Oh yeah and I'm in Canada so CND $$ too!!

DreamCakesOnline Posted 21 May 2009 , 11:48pm
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I'd probably charge about $125 for it. I figure my time is worth about $125 a day and that would probably take me all day...

__Jamie__ Posted 21 May 2009 , 11:50pm
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Originally Posted by Misdawn

In my area, I could probably only get about $75 for that cake.

That sucks. I would hang up my apron in that case...seriously. icon_sad.gif

__Jamie__ Posted 21 May 2009 , 11:51pm
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Looks like a 6 and a 10"..roundabout $200 for me.

ncox Posted 21 May 2009 , 11:56pm
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I would charge about $100 due to all the fondant work - and I would attempt a royal icing crown.

kimmyboo925 Posted 22 May 2009 , 12:00am
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3.00 per serving here...

bakingkat Posted 22 May 2009 , 12:04am
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That's definately worth more than $70. I would say at least 150 minimum! I also go by servings, and this is kinda detailed so I go by wedding prices, and fondant is always extra. Hope this helps! Don't see yourself short, it took me a long time to get over my fear of charging too much. icon_smile.gif

DreamCakesOnline Posted 22 May 2009 , 12:28am
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I think you can buy the tiara and the wand at the dime store type places for a couple of dollars. Don't think I'd spend the time making them if they want the cake just like the picture. It looks like it's just toys in the picture.

icer101 Posted 22 May 2009 , 12:39am
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at least $170.00... it is well worth that price... i try not to use anything but edible decorations.. but if the client buys the non edible.. and that is what she or he wants.. then , yes , i use it.. made one the other day.. she said to make it plain.. thats what i did. she sent me a picture from the party.. hello? had all dollar store decorations on it.. its her cake.. not mine.. she paid me to do what i did for her.. to me this cake actually looks like an 8" and 12".. if it is that large .. then i would charge even more..

indydebi Posted 22 May 2009 , 12:49am
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Looks 6 and 10 to me, too. 12 + 38 = 50 servings times my fondant rate of $4.50/serving = $225. I've used the crown and wand on my granddaughter's cake and they are super cheap, so I'd throw those in.

Bunsen Posted 22 May 2009 , 12:56am
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I charged $250 (Australian $ but I think thats about the same as Canadian $ these days?) for this one...

The tiara and wand are handmade though. It's a 6" and 9" by the way.


CanadianCakin Posted 22 May 2009 , 2:01am
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Thanks for all the help ladies it's really very useful! I feel so lost with the money part of it! and PP is right I do feel like I am going to charge too much then I am going to lose them as a customer....

Cathy26 Posted 22 May 2009 , 9:01pm
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the money part is so hard!! if that was a 10 and a 6 Id charge £55 sterling. im only starting off and i just want to get all the practice I can. i couldnt make a living doing this (i work full time) so il have to rethink in the future but you have to start somewher and get a portfolio.

i think in this business its not all about the money either, its a lot of satisfaction too.

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