How Much Would You Charge For This? So Confused

Decorating By mom2my3girlz Updated 14 Jul 2009 , 4:42am by playingwithsugar

mom2my3girlz Posted 14 Jul 2009 , 2:26am
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It is fondont and buttercream , 2 layers, choc mousse. My husband wants me to charge 3.00 per slice which means this cake will be about 150. I think that is way too much. I was thinking more like 100 tops. I am confused and dont know what to charge. The local bakery charges 75 for a half sheet. So confused. What should I do? It is 12x18 rectangle.

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icer101 Posted 14 Jul 2009 , 2:33am
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$150.00 ... is not too much for that size cake . and all that you put on it. hth

playingwithsugar Posted 14 Jul 2009 , 2:44am
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That's basketweave on there, kiddo. You've got to charge extra for that. Everyone around here does.

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cheekygirl Posted 14 Jul 2009 , 2:47am
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It's so hard to fiqure out what to charge when you bake cakes for a hobby. Take into consideration how much it cost to make, including the box and board, and then your labor. I also consider is everything from scratch or box. I think your in the ball park any where around $100-$150.
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CakeandDazzle Posted 14 Jul 2009 , 3:12am
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Doesn't a 12 X 18 serve 98 people?? $3 a serving would be like 300 bucks....

Renaejrk Posted 14 Jul 2009 , 3:17am
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a 12x18 serves 54 party slices, which is what you would use for a sheetcake as they are not as tall - now if it was double layer the slices would be 1x2 and it would have 98 servings.

MLand Posted 14 Jul 2009 , 3:23am
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I cant see the pic, but wilton has a 12x18 two layer at 72 servings. @ $3 per serve is $216.00!

mom2my3girlz Posted 14 Jul 2009 , 3:23am
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Really? I got 75 for that one! They thought is was too much! What is wrong with me!

CakeandDazzle Posted 14 Jul 2009 , 3:28am
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ohhhhhhh is that why people say "sheet cakes".... they are only one cake.... i see now... so then when people say they dont do sheet cakes they mean these one layer cakes huh... like not how i make 4 layers of cake cakes... i feel like busting out in song now! I can see clearly now the rain is gone.... lol

Renaejrk Posted 14 Jul 2009 , 3:36am
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hahahahaha - that's funny!! yeah, I'm a math/technical person so I really figured up some of this stuff when I had to know how many I needed to feed (most of my cakes are free for my kids and neices/nephews).

I have had a few paid cakes lately, some being sheetcakes, and I charge very little if it's simple decorations and such, but if you have something more complicated you definitely need to charge for it! I charged $75 for a 1/2 sheetcake which had a few fondant decorations on it, but the person I did it for knew it was a favor and is very appreciative.

matthewkyrankelly Posted 14 Jul 2009 , 3:41am
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Cant see the cake, but by my estimate you are around 100 servings. You are way underestimating the price here. If you go cheap it is $200 and you'll work for it!

The bakery will bake one layer and cover it with a creme frosting. They will make the same profit margin based on time and cost. It will take them about 10 minutes to decorate their cake. How long will it take you?

Now I know at some point we are all learning and we don't want to charge people for our inability while we learn. That is why you need to pay attention to what people are saying here. That's what a cake like this should cost!

Charge it. Make some money. It is a business. It is good to get paid. Do you give sad eyes to your drycleaner and haggle with them when they tell you how much it will be? If they could do it themselves they would. But they can't or won't, so get paid.

Rylan Posted 14 Jul 2009 , 4:42am
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Where is the picture?

playingwithsugar Posted 14 Jul 2009 , 4:42am
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Hey, what happened? I saw the pic earlier, and now it's gone! When I clicked on it anyway, it said the pic file doesn't exist!

Boo! It was a really cool cake, dudes and dudettes, but I still say it's worth bucks because it had basketweave all the way around. I love piping basketweave, but even I would think twice before piping a half sheet with it.

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