Yep, I'm Gonna Ask: How Much For This Cake?

Decorating By evasmama Updated 7 Aug 2009 , 1:15pm by cylstrial

evasmama Posted 6 Aug 2009 , 5:29am
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I made this cake for my uncle's 50th birthday in May. He works for a large casino in our area, and I copied that casino's poker chips.

Scratch strawberry cake with strawberry BC inside and vanilla BC outside, hand painted fondant cards and chips. My first time using fondant for anything, and my first tiered cake. Layers are 6" and 9". It has a few flaws- corners are not great, some of the side writing wasn't 100% straight, and the BC came out a little shiny.

No one paid me for it. An aunt originally asked me to make a special cake for this uncle, but didn't specify the design- it was all my idea. She said she'd pay me but never offered to upon delivery to the family party, and I didn't ask.

What's a reasonable value for this cake?
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JaimeAnn Posted 6 Aug 2009 , 6:09am
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I believe that is approx 35 Wilton party servings could be off by one or two... Some people use the wedding serving chart , I only use that for weddings.

Like you said it has a few flaws , BUT it is great work . I am sure you learned a few things from that one that would make the next one easier and better. Really you did an awesome job though.

All the fondant chips and cards add to the price so I would say $120 minimum...

I personally would have covered the tiers with fondant and I would have charged $190

madgeowens Posted 6 Aug 2009 , 6:18am
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wow really nice job......and I will leave the pricing to the "experts" icon_smile.gif

xstitcher Posted 6 Aug 2009 , 6:42am
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I don't charge for my cakes I make them for free for family and friends but if I did I think I would charge at a bare minimum $3.50-$4.00 slice for bc cakes and then extra for the fondant pieces.
I'm going to guess that it's approx 58 servings for the two tiers (I looked at the Wilton chart and there's not a listing for 9" square but doing quick math there would be approx 40 pieces).

So just for the cake it would be somewhere between $200 - $230 minimum plus extra for the fondant chips and playing cards.

madgeowens Posted 6 Aug 2009 , 7:39am
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hey xstiticher you sound like me, thats what I do. I bake for family and friends....lately more and more people who have had my cake are asking for them now......

xstitcher Posted 6 Aug 2009 , 7:45am
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Originally Posted by madgeowens

hey xstiticher you sound like me, thats what I do. I bake for family and friends....lately more and more people who have had my cake are asking for them now......





Well that's always the best compliment. Others asking for cake from you. I don't get to do as much as I would like because I always seem to have to much "help" at home. I end up having to do everything after they go to bed and then I wake up exhausted the next day......

JaimeAnn Posted 6 Aug 2009 , 7:49am
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Originally Posted by xstitcher


I'm going to guess that it's approx 58 servings for the two tiers (I looked at the Wilton chart and there's not a listing for 9" square but doing quick math there would be approx 40 pieces).




That would be the Wilton wedding size serving chart.. They also have a Party size serving chart.

Just depends on what chart you want to use. I posted on another thread my reasoning for using both charts.

Wedding chart = more food served at a wedding smaller pieces of cake.

Party chart= At parties people usually want more cake.

Parties are more of an everyday occasion where as weddings are more formal and less often. Of course the cost per serving can be more or less depending on difficulty of design.

My cakes all start at $3/serving BC and $4/serving fondant, carved $5/ serving but a highly detailed fondant cake with figures could end up being $8/serving.

PLUS not really trying to open the whole legal / illegal issue but in most states you can't sell a cake for anything if you aren't licensed & inspected. It is against the law to sell items prepared in your home in most states. Just putting this in here as a disclaimer because a lot of people who ask about pricing don't realize there is a lot more to selling a cake.

xstitcher Posted 6 Aug 2009 , 8:02am
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Yes it is the wedding serving size. If I charged for cake it would be the same serving size regardless of the occasion.


It's best described by quoting Indydebi's KFC analogy "In a bucket of 8 pcs of chicken, KFC has determined that 2 pcs is a serving, so this bucket feeds 4. Now just because my family eats like Jethro Bodine and I plan to feed 2 people four pieces each, that does NOT mean I get it for half price because I'm only going to feed half of the number of people with it."

JaimeAnn Posted 6 Aug 2009 , 8:07am
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Originally Posted by xstitcher

Yes it is the wedding serving size. If I charged for cake it would be the same serving size regardless of the occasion.


It's best described by quoting Indydebi's KFC analogy "In a bucket of 8 pcs of chicken, KFC has determined that 2 pcs is a serving, so this bucket feeds 4. Now just because my family eats like Jethro Bodine and I plan to feed 2 people four pieces each, that does NOT mean I get it for half price because I'm only going to feed half of the number of people with it."






Hhahahha my family eats like Jethro Bodine!!!!! LOL

xstitcher Posted 6 Aug 2009 , 8:09am
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Very funny, that's why I quoted it! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

cylstrial Posted 6 Aug 2009 , 1:12pm
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Your cake turned out really cute!

How did you do the cards? Did you paint the stuff on there? Use fondant? Or rice paper?

Thanks!

kakeladi Posted 6 Aug 2009 , 5:44pm
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..........my reasoning for using both charts.
Wedding chart = more food served at a wedding smaller pieces of cake.
Party chart= At parties people usually want more cake.........

The above quote and one by IndyDebi will sweep away your thinking!

A 2x2x2 cube of cake is *THE SAME* amount of cake as a 1x2x4" (wedding) slice!
Most non-tiered cake I make are 2"ers........one layer, split & filled.
I determine what size cake to make by how many servings someone wants. Occasionally that will mean a 6 or 8"x4" ........ but most often I'll make a 9, 10 or 12" single layer instead.

evasmama Posted 6 Aug 2009 , 6:19pm
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Originally Posted by cylstrial

Your cake turned out really cute!

How did you do the cards? Did you paint the stuff on there? Use fondant? Or rice paper?

Thanks!




I used Wilton fondant. I rolled it out thin for the cards and about 1/4" for the chips, and used real playing cards and poker chips as templates for cutting. After briefly drying the cut cards and chips on a cookie sheet, I painted them freehand with a mixture of Wilton gel color and vodka.

It was definitely time-consuming, but my daughter was at grandma's house and our AC was being replaced, so I used that time to sit and paint in front of a fan! icon_smile.gif

Mensch Posted 6 Aug 2009 , 6:22pm
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If I did a cake similar to that one, but my way, in that size, I would probably charge about $275.

evasmama Posted 6 Aug 2009 , 6:24pm
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Thanks for the estimates, y'all. I only bake for friends and family, and someone usually covers the expenses, but it's nice to know that I could earn real money for a cake if it was LEGAL to bake from home in my bassackwards home state! icon_sad.gif

JaimeAnn Posted 7 Aug 2009 , 5:57am
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Originally Posted by kakeladi

..........my reasoning for using both charts.
Wedding chart = more food served at a wedding smaller pieces of cake.
Party chart= At parties people usually want more cake.........

The above quote and one by IndyDebi will sweep away your thinking!

A 2x2x2 cube of cake is *THE SAME* amount of cake as a 1x2x4" (wedding) slice!
Most non-tiered cake I make are 2"ers........one layer, split & filled.
I determine what size cake to make by how many servings someone wants. Occasionally that will mean a 6 or 8"x4" ........ but most often I'll make a 9, 10 or 12" single layer instead.




that makes perfect sense to me !

quilting2011 Posted 7 Aug 2009 , 7:40am
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I would pay you $200 make a cake for my sister who loves to gamble and lives in Summerlin Vegas. She also decided to quit her job and become a casino dealer.

She is a former school principal. She teacher math part time and loves her job as a casino dealer.

I love your cake. I make vegan cakes and raw vegan cakes because most of our clients prefer cakes with no chemical or artifical ingredients. We use fruits for decorations.

I love your cake.

cylstrial Posted 7 Aug 2009 , 1:15pm
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Originally Posted by evasmama

Quote:
Originally Posted by cylstrial

Your cake turned out really cute!

How did you do the cards? Did you paint the stuff on there? Use fondant? Or rice paper?

Thanks!



I used Wilton fondant. I rolled it out thin for the cards and about 1/4" for the chips, and used real playing cards and poker chips as templates for cutting. After briefly drying the cut cards and chips on a cookie sheet, I painted them freehand with a mixture of Wilton gel color and vodka.

It was definitely time-consuming, but my daughter was at grandma's house and our AC was being replaced, so I used that time to sit and paint in front of a fan! icon_smile.gif




That's great! Thanks for sharing the answer with me!

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