Can someone who knows what cakes go for, help me, please? I'd like to know how much to charge. The more I do the more cakes people want and I need to know how to price them. Can you look at me cake pics & tell me what you think they would/should sell for?
Its really hard to answer that question, I charge 2.00 a serving, but I have been decorating cakes for years. I know alot of people charge more than that, but its what I feel comfortable with. Check out and see how much your local bakeries charge, and charge accordingly.
You haven't put your location in your profile so we don't know where you are. Location has a lot to do with pricing.
Oh, sorry. Can you tell I am new at everything? A town of about 60,000 in Southern GA. We have one big bakery that does just about everything here. There are maybe 5 other ladies that do custom cakes - that I know of. Then there is Wal-mart.
OK, well, what does the bakery charge? What do the other cakers charge? Don't even consider using Walmart as a benchmark.
That said, are you legal? Does your state allow you to bake from home, and if so, do you have your inspections, permits and insurance? 'Cause if you're not legal you can't charge ANYTHING for cakes.
yea, what Leah said.
Research your competition, not including Walmart cause their customers are not your customers.
You have talent and something special to offer. So, please don't GIVE your cakes away just to get the order. You'll end up hating your art.
Thank you for your comments and advice. I have a very large family and have been lucky that they let me do all the cakes. people are starting to ask about my cakes and I have looked into a kitchen. There has been a small bakery that has been for rent a few months, but it is way too much rent & overhead for a beginner. I am trying to research what I will be able to charge and what kind of profit I would have. This way I might get an idea what to do , how to set up shop. Its ALL I think about- ALL the time! I'm not sure what I will do. I can't stop making them because there are a few local gals @ my church that like what I have done and seem to think they can & will do the same thing. It kind of bugs me. I know we all want to have a job we love & be able to be our own boss or stay home w/ our lil munchkins, but I feel I have a head start. If I quit now they might pass me by! Anyhow, thanks again. I really value your experienced advice.