My church has cake after church at least once a month. Baptisms, new members, confirmation, etc.
They just get a basic sheet cake... 1/2 white, 1/2 chocolate. Buttercream icing. Each serving marked off with a sweet pea.
They asked me to think about doing it. I have no idea how much to charge but I do know they pay the grocery store $35.00.
basic sheet cake, what size, how many are you planning on serving? $35 may buy more cake than your willing to make for that amount of money.
Serving about 75 people. I think the size is around 18 x 26 or so?
Are you considering doing it for profit or just as something nice to do for your church? If it's for profit, don't let the price they pay for a grocery store cake determine what you charge. Are they asking you because they think you'll be cheaper than the grocery store? I don't bake professionally, so I can't tell you what to charge, but you need to price it so it's worth your while.
Holy crappola! Can you even MAKE an 18x26 for $35??????
An 18x26 serves 108 servings (standard 2x2x2).
I'd say if they want to pay $35 for a grocery store bakery cake, then let 'em do it. I get $150+ for a cake that size.
If you want to do it as something nice for your church, then that's your call. But if you're doing this with the idea of doing it as a business, then do it as a business.
But good golly, at least get your expenses back!
If you did it for free and donated it to your church, it would be good advertisement for you.................think about that......I know you can't give them a cake every time but once in a while would be good for you to do for the church while getting word out that you make delicious cakes
I agree with Madgeowens. It would be nice to donate the cakes occasionally not only to get the word out about your baking and decorating skills but just because its a nice thing to do for a church that you are a member of
I don't have a church home now as I am planning to relocate, but when I do become a member of a church, I'd be thrilled to donate cakes .
To answer your question, though, about how much you should charge (if you were to charge)....how about what they pay the grocery store....$35.