Pricing Cupcakes

Baking By chocomama Updated 10 Sep 2009 , 12:54am by Kiddiekakes

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chocomama Posted 9 Sep 2009 , 8:15pm
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I need to give a quote on 30 cupcakes with a circus theme and the client gave me some ideas that she liked, but I don't know how to price them. The first one would require a ton of work. How do others price their cupcakes, esp. when each one requires special attention?

http://images2.fanpop.com/images/photos/3500000/The-Circus-cupcakes-3551968-600-600.jpg

http://www.twiggi.com.au/store/pc/catalog/thumb/cb11_large.jpg_thumb.jpg

http://www.itstheicingonthecake.net/Circus%20Tent%20and%20Clown%20Cupcakes.JPG

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Skirt Posted 9 Sep 2009 , 8:29pm
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Not sure on what to price but I am sure that you don't want to do option 3... Those clown heads freak me out!! icon_surprised.gif

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annl Posted 9 Sep 2009 , 8:47pm
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I agree, the first choice is a TON of work, the third choice is creepy and VERY messy to transport. I'd probably go with the second, but not make any of the faces 3-D, just use flat pieces of fondant in layers to make the facial features.

When I price "premium" cupcakes like this, I start at $3 and add more for fondant and my time. I'd probably ask $5 for each of those. I'm near Chicago and this price would not be too high for my area, though your's may be different.

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korensmommy Posted 9 Sep 2009 , 8:48pm
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WOW, those are 3 very different choices!!

Do not underprice yourself on the first choice - that is a lot of work for each cupcake.
I would say at least $8-$10 each for the animal ones.

The second choice is very cute but hard to see the exact detail on each - maybe $5-$6 each?

The last has those creepy Wilton clown heads!! Try to steer her away from those!!!
I did do a cool cake for Course 2 where the clowns were drunk!!

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chocomama Posted 9 Sep 2009 , 8:55pm
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LOL! Yes, I hate those clowns, too! ICK! I can't believe anyone thinks they're cute. Blech. thumbsdown.gif

For plain cupcakes, I usually charge about $2/piece and I fill them (unless asked not to do so) so I was thinking about $4-5 for the middle ones. I was just really thrown by the first photo b/c I've never had to do so much modeling. I think $10 may be the lowest I could go. Hmmmm...

Thanks for the ideas!

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cylstrial Posted 10 Sep 2009 , 12:48am
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I think the 2nd option would by far be the best. The first cupcakes were amazing - but very time consuming for you and expensive for the client. And as everyone said, the 3rd ones weren't very cute.

So I'd say $5 a cupcake for the 2nd option.

Don't forget to post a pic!

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Kiddiekakes Posted 10 Sep 2009 , 12:54am
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I would charge $3.00 per cupcake.

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