Need Pricing Help From Illinois Bakers...

Decorating By tana Updated 18 Aug 2009 , 10:24pm by HamSquad

tana Posted 18 Aug 2009 , 9:43pm
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I might get my first paying customer. They want a quinceñara cake. They want it to feed around 150 people. Any advice on how to charge?

They want a 3 tier, with fresh flowers for decoration.

Thank You very much

fondant covered(MMF)

4 replies
Doug Posted 18 Aug 2009 , 9:48pm
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cake is cake is cake.

what's the going rate at independent - stand alone bakeries?

$2/serving? $3 $4 -- match them -- not WalMart et. al.

You are doing custom work not mass produced.

Considering the backyard your in (Chicago) -- I'm betting you would be in the $3 or even $4/serving range.

so that would be $450-$600.

you can add more for the fondant

and they, not you, should buy the flowers -- otherwise that becomes another separate charge in addition to the cake

tana Posted 18 Aug 2009 , 9:55pm
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She said that she had a bakery that was going to charge 150 for a simple cake. What u think?

Doug Posted 18 Aug 2009 , 10:01pm
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sounds: WalMart or similar OR not legal.


define "simple"

tiers stacked or sheet cake

flowers provided by bakery? or her?

she's baiting you to lower your price.

Stand firm

$1/serving won't even cover all your expenses and your time.

HamSquad Posted 18 Aug 2009 , 10:24pm
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Hi Illinois People! Yeah! I charge between 1.50/slice, not including decorations or cake stands, it is a cake mix and buttercream that has no butter to up to $10.00/slice and up for cakes completely covered in fondant, specail made from scratch and fondant flowers. My average charge is $2.50 to $3.00/slice, I always ask about their budget first then show them my rates, have them choose what is afforable for them. I do not make fondant cakes for $1.50 or 2.00/slice. I'm finding a lot of people want that. I live South of Chicago. HTH

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