How Much For This Cake? Tia :)

Decorating By Amymnn Updated 12 Jul 2009 , 2:15am by Amymnn

Amymnn Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 4:45pm
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How much would you charge for this cake? I know I have to invest in Cake Boss to get my figures down, but I'm just curious how much my work is worth at this point in my skill level? The figures in front are chocolate transfers, fondant stars and the light sabers are lit up. Cake is all buttercream, torted and filled. Thanks so much for your input icon_smile.gif
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Amymnn Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 5:38pm
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Forgot to mention cake is 1/2 sheet with a star-shaped cake on top. Filled with whipped icing and buttercream.

-K8memphis Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 5:51pm
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Like $3.50 per serving-ish for buttercream cake.

Mensch Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 5:52pm
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You might want to give folks a little more time than an hour to respond.

What are the sizes of the tiers?

dinie Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 5:57pm
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What size of a cake is this? I had a customer order a 1/4 sheet white cake filled with chocolate ganache iced with buttercream, she wants it decorated to the hilt for a theme of 1950's I told her 35.00 and she said that she thought a 1/2 sheet would be that much. People just don't want to pay you for the time and ingredients. They think everything should be 20.00.
So good luck finding a price that people want to pay for our time and more.

leah_s Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 5:59pm
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I can't price anything if I don't know what size it is or how many it's designed to serve.

Mensch Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 6:00pm
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Dinie..... decorated to the hilt for 35$??? What's she been smokin'?

yamber82 Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 6:18pm
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i am not too great with the pricing. i tend to keep on the low side cuz i always feel like i'm asking too much, lol. but honetsly, if i did that cake for a customer i would probably charge 45-50 depending on size. maybe 65? if i did it for a friend/family member i would charge 35-40. i know that's not a lot.

OhMyGanache Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 6:38pm
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My starting price for tiered buttercream cakes is $3.50/serving - but I believe my skill level is more advanced and my prices reflect that. I believe beginners should start out at something a bit more reasonable - around $1.50-2.50/serving (depending on your area and skill level - I know there are areas where $1.50 is high!)

I know that's probably not what you want to hear though...

jillmakescakes Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 7:05pm
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Not to pee in your cheerios, but what about the copyright issues related to starwars characters? The purchased candle on top is OK, but but the chocolate transfer figures are a no-go.

yamber82 Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 7:39pm
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ha! pee on yur cheerios! ...niiiiccccee..... makes me never want to eat cheerios, lol

Amymnn Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 8:24pm
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I was thinking around $45 - and FYI: I'm not selling cakes with licensed figures on them, nor would I ever do so.
I was just using the cake as an example. I'm learning to make cakes by doing for friends and family and enjoying the process.
Besides, I don't even like Cheerios.

Amymnn Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 8:29pm
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OhMyGanache: I agree about beginner's prices. If someone is paying for a skill, they should pay for the level of expertise one demonstrates in their work. If the one photo you posted is a cake you did in 30 minutes, I can't imagine how amazing your other cakes must be!

indydebi Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 8:55pm
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ASSUMING .... that when you say a half sheet, you mean the 12x18 (too many people have too many definitions of those terms, which is why I refuse to use them when talking cake or pricing with a client), and assuming it's a single layer cake (from what I can see in the pic).

Assuming the star is 2-layer (from what I can see in the pic).

I get $75 JUST for the single layer 12x18. Add a 2-layer star (serves 20? 25?) and all the extra's you did.

At least $150.

__Jamie__ Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 9:12pm
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How much for the toothpaste and mouthwash to get rid off all the blue dye from everyone's mouths afterwards too?? Just kidding. Kids love that stuff. Cute cake!

CutiePieCakes-Ontario Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 10:57pm
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Originally Posted by Amymnn

OhMyGanache: I agree about beginner's prices. If someone is paying for a skill, they should pay for the level of expertise one demonstrates in their work.




I told my husband the same thing ... it's like taking your car to the garage and having the Jr. mechanic work on it. He doesn't get to charge the same per hour as the Class A. I'm the Jr. Mechanic in this case ... but rising up to Class A!!

CutiePieCakes-Ontario Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 10:58pm
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__Jamie__ Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 11:27pm
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Amen.....still waiting for the $10/serving gig. It's not too far around the corner. I can feel it! icon_biggrin.gif

OhMyGanache Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 11:35pm
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Amen.....still waiting for the $10/serving gig. It's not too far around the corner. I can feel it! icon_biggrin.gif




I've actually had a few that worked out to about $15/serving... but they were sculpted and had a lot of detail. Those are few and far between though... *sigh*

__Jamie__ Posted 11 Jul 2009 , 11:46pm
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Cool!

Amymnn Posted 12 Jul 2009 , 1:35am
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Jamie: Yes to the blue teeth! I asked the mother about it today and she said she was ready for it - she had ordered blue-iced cupcakes from the bakery the day before and had kids with blue teeth grins! The party was at a really neat place with inflatable slides (indoors) so they were to busy to worry about their blue teeth anyway. It was a neat party and the cake was yummy, so I was happy with it icon_smile.gif

Amymnn Posted 12 Jul 2009 , 1:39am
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Originally Posted by indydebi

ASSUMING .... that when you say a half sheet, you mean the 12x18 (too many people have too many definitions of those terms, which is why I refuse to use them when talking cake or pricing with a client), and assuming it's a single layer cake (from what I can see in the pic).

Assuming the star is 2-layer (from what I can see in the pic).

I get $75 JUST for the single layer 12x18. Add a 2-layer star (serves 20? 25?) and all the extra's you did.

At least $150.




Sorry, I should have clarified - it was a 12x18 with a 2 layer star on top. I can't imagine charging $150, but maybe someday I'll be as good as the talent here! And if not, I plan to have fun trying! icon_smile.gif

Brendabeeper Posted 12 Jul 2009 , 1:53am
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This is a very pretty cake, Great job. I just recently started charging for my cakes. Mostly for co-workers, neighbors, friends, & family. I would have charges no lewss then $45.00. I know...not what it is worth, & doesn't nearly pay for our time. It does however cover costs, and helps to make that all day or nighter a little worth it. I feel they would have spent near that for a PLAIN cake somewhere so I no longer feel bad charging that. GREAT JOB

indydebi Posted 12 Jul 2009 , 1:55am
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Amymnn, let me tell you a story. When I joined CC a couple of years ago, my cake rate was $1.75/serving. I get on here and am AMAZED at the pricing folks were getting for their cakes. icon_surprised.gif

I'd been making cakes for 25+ years and thought I was pretty good at it. I find CC and tell myself that I should be ashamed to call myself a cake decorator compared to the fabulous cakes I saw on here.

I could have gone two ways: I could have thrown up my hands and said, "No way I can get those kind of prices (a) around here (b) at my skill level." But I went the other way. I said, "Well, heck, if THEY can get it, then *I* can get it!" In a very short time, I'm up to $3.50/serving for BC.

But CC also inspired me to get out of my very comfy and familiar box and try new things, new techniques, new ideas. Heck, I'm even working with "The Dreaded Fondant" pretty regularly now! icon_biggrin.gif

So stick with us CC'ers, kid! We'll carry you kicking and screaming to new cake heights that you've never even dreamed of! thumbs_up.gif

Amymnn Posted 12 Jul 2009 , 1:59am
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Originally Posted by indydebi

Amymnn, let me tell you a story. When I joined CC a couple of years ago, my cake rate was $1.75/serving. I get on here and am AMAZED at the pricing folks were getting for their cakes. icon_surprised.gif

I'd been making cakes for 25+ years and thought I was pretty good at it. I find CC and tell myself that I should be ashamed to call myself a cake decorator compared to the fabulous cakes I saw on here.

I could have gone two ways: I could have thrown up my hands and said, "No way I can get those kind of prices (a) around here (b) at my skill level." But I went the other way. I said, "Well, heck, if THEY can get it, then *I* can get it!" In a very short time, I'm up to $3.50/serving for BC.

But CC also inspired me to get out of my very comfy and familiar box and try new things, new techniques, new ideas. Heck, I'm even working with "The Dreaded Fondant" pretty regularly now! icon_biggrin.gif

So stick with us CC'ers, kid! We'll carry you kicking and screaming to new cake heights that you've never even dreamed of! thumbs_up.gif




Thank you for this inspiration! No kicking and screaming from me, I'm humbled by the talent here and ready to learn, learn and learn some more! icon_smile.gif

indydebi Posted 12 Jul 2009 , 2:07am
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Oh pul-lease! They had to hog-tie me, throw me over their shoulder, and drop me over the fence into fondant country and THEN i had to confess how much I liked working with it! icon_lol.gif

Old Dogs ... New Tricks .... that's a wives tale! icon_lol.gif

newnancy Posted 12 Jul 2009 , 2:09am
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Amymnn,
I love your avatar......I didn't know there was a book like that (I probably could use it) but I shouldn't be surprised, I think there is one for everything. Any great tips in there?

Amymnn Posted 12 Jul 2009 , 2:15am
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newnancy: I actually like the book, but I read everything I can get my hands on about cake decorating. I'm either nodding my head thinking yeah! I knew that already or thinking ohhh, I hadn't thought about doing it that way. Either way, I like it icon_smile.gif

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