Pricing

Decorating By mbark Updated 14 Sep 2009 , 6:13pm by dnrlee

mbark Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 5:07am
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Hi all,
Pricing cakes is one of the most challenging aspects of cake decorating. What would you price this one at? It is 8/9/10" supposed to feed 40+ at a party. Buttercream with fondant accents. Doctored cake mixes w/different flavored fillings. I charged $150...
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sammie192 Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 6:47am
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Hi mbark I have know idea on price just want to say your looks great.sammie

MissTiaraBrand Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 7:36am
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That is a VERY cool cake!

mbark Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 4:03pm
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thank you very much. I was just curious what others thought, I think the price is pretty right-on, my MIL thought it was too low.

nanikins Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 4:20pm
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The 8/9/10 feeds 20/24/28 party servings, if you go by the Wilton chart. Thats 72 servings. That gives you just over $2.08 a serving. So, if you are happy with that, you did well.

mbark Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 4:23pm
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Originally Posted by nanikins

The 8/9/10 feeds 20/24/28 party servings, if you go by the Wilton chart. Thats 72 servings. That gives you just over $2.08 a serving. So, if you are happy with that, you did well.


an 8" feeds 20? I was thinking more of 10/15/20 servings out of those tiers. hmmm

LaBellaFlor Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 4:28pm
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DO NOt go by the party serving chart, cause that is gonna lose you money. #1 it's based off single layers not double, which unless your doing a sheet cake, your cakes are double layer. A "wedding" serving is a nice size peice of cake. It can also get confusing doing "party" and "wedding" servings with your prices. Heck, the cake you made is the size of a wedding cake. Why should the servings be different? An 8-9-10 is 94 servings. For that cake I get a price of $410, $5 a serving. There is a lot of work on that cake. You WAY undercharged for that cake.

mbark Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 4:30pm
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dang! ok, I will know better next time. thanks so much for your help. BTW the diamonds & black pearls on the middle layer took forever! that alone gave me a hint I should have charged more.

LaBellaFlor Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 4:35pm
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And it was that middle layer that upped the price for me! That middle layer is a PIA to do, zebra stripes not so much. Beautiful cake by the way. Can I tell you one more thing. Don't worry about losing clients due to pricing. If they have a problem with it, they are not the clients for you.

mbark Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 4:38pm
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Originally Posted by LaBellaFlor

And it was that middle layer that upped the price for me! That middle layer is a PIA to do, zebra stripes not so much. Beautiful cake by the way. Can I tell you one more thing. Don't worry about losing clients due to pricing. If they have a problem with it, they are not the clients for you.


yes, I totally agree, that middle layer took 5x as long as the zebra. thanks so so much for your input! =)

__Jamie__ Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 5:12pm
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Originally Posted by LaBellaFlor

DO NOt go by the party serving chart, cause that is gonna lose you money. #1 it's based off single layers not double, which unless your doing a sheet cake, your cakes are double layer. A "wedding" serving is a nice size peice of cake. It can also get confusing doing "party" and "wedding" servings with your prices. Heck, the cake you made is the size of a wedding cake. Why should the servings be different? An 8-9-10 is 94 servings. For that cake I get a price of $410, $5 a serving. There is a lot of work on that cake. You WAY undercharged for that cake.




Yep. icon_smile.gif

indydebi Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 5:17pm
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Originally Posted by __Jamie__

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Originally Posted by LaBellaFlor

DO NOt go by the party serving chart, cause that is gonna lose you money. #1 it's based off single layers not double, which unless your doing a sheet cake, your cakes are double layer. A "wedding" serving is a nice size peice of cake. It can also get confusing doing "party" and "wedding" servings with your prices. Heck, the cake you made is the size of a wedding cake. Why should the servings be different? An 8-9-10 is 94 servings. For that cake I get a price of $410, $5 a serving. There is a lot of work on that cake. You WAY undercharged for that cake.



Yep. icon_smile.gif


ditto.

nanikins Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 5:59pm
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Consider me corrected. icon_redface.gif

dnrlee Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 6:13pm
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Dang - this means that I way under charged for the cake that I'm working on for this weekend icon_cry.gif

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