What Would You Charge For Cake Balls?

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Lovemesomecake Posted 23 Sep 2009 , 7:56pm
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I'm thinking about marketing some cake balls for tailgating events. Does your team have balls?? Cake balls?!!? icon_wink.gif I thought maybe people might like cake balls decorated w/ team colors. (see pic below)

What would you charge for a batch of 15 or 20?? (and obviously done a little neater, these are sloppy b/c they were for my family) icon_biggrin.gif
LL

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auntginn Posted 23 Sep 2009 , 8:04pm
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I make them all the time to sell, hmm.... didn't think of that one. Anyway, I now charge $17.50 per dz. Started at $12.50 per dz.

I get lots of orders for parties and special events (weddings, etc.)

KHalstead Posted 23 Sep 2009 , 8:07pm
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how big are your cake balls?? Mine are about the size of a walnut in the shell I would say and I charge $5.00/dozen!

auntginn Posted 23 Sep 2009 , 8:11pm
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Mine are maybe twice that size. They do fit neatly into those small muffin/cupcake liners

onlymadaresane Posted 23 Sep 2009 , 8:46pm
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I've been doing $6/dzn I use a cookie scoop to size em out. They're fairly big. I try to aim for 2dzn minimum order. They fit in a regular size cupcake liner.

cakesmade4u Posted 24 Sep 2009 , 1:32am
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I charged 10.00 a doz or 2 doz for 18.00 and they gave the extra $ as a tip...

Barb1959 Posted 24 Sep 2009 , 1:40am
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How do you cook them? Sounds so interesting. I have to bring fingerfood to a baby shower. Sounds like a cool idea. Do you use a special recipe.

cakesmade4u Posted 24 Sep 2009 , 1:58am
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They are made out of cake scraps or cake you mix with liquid creamer make into balls put in the freezer then dip in chocolate after they freeze, if you go to articles the full recipe and how to is there. It's very easy just like making chocolate dipped strawberries and you can add nuts, sprinkles, coconut, mini chocolate chips just about anything and they taste yummy....

Barb1959 Posted 24 Sep 2009 , 2:04am
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thanks, I'll be looking it up right now. Let you know how they turn out.

Barb1959 Posted 24 Sep 2009 , 2:09am
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I was looking, where in articles do I find it.

cakesmade4u Posted 24 Sep 2009 , 2:09am
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Caution very addicting be ready to sell them.... icon_lol.gifthumbs_up.gif

Barb1959 Posted 24 Sep 2009 , 2:17am
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found them. I guess I should have looked closer before posting. Do you have a favorite as far as what liquid you use. I'm trying them this weekend.

cakesmade4u Posted 24 Sep 2009 , 2:18am
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You can type it in the search box cake balls it will be easier to find.

GottaLuvCake Posted 24 Sep 2009 , 2:23am
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I cannot wait to make these either AND WHAT A GREAT IDEA FOR TAILGATING WOO HOO!!!! Sorry its BLACK AND GOLD M ~ I ~ Z ~ Z ~ O ~ U !!!!
But i love it and i am going to do it OCT 24th !! When we cream Texas!!!! THANKS FOR THAT AWESOME IDEA

JCE62108 Posted 24 Sep 2009 , 2:24am
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Originally Posted by KHalstead

how big are your cake balls?? Mine are about the size of a walnut in the shell I would say and I charge $5.00/dozen!




wow I would think $5 would barely cover the cost of the chocolate. Your customers are getting a steal. icon_smile.gif I charge 15/lb for chocolate strawberries. Less work in those.

cakesmade4u Posted 24 Sep 2009 , 2:30am
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I personally like cram burle vanilla Carmel the toasted almond then I do carrot cake with white chocolate dipped and rolled in walnuts but any cake will do all are pretty yummy. But since it is for a baby shower I think some colored sprinkles blue pink etc will be cute. I made holiday cake balls to look like ornaments and added some piping gel and blue fondant dots and others in my gallery if you need more ideas.

auntginn Posted 24 Sep 2009 , 4:30am
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I have 2 best sellers, #1- chocolate, mixed with almost anything and #2 - lemon flavored vanilla, white chocolate covered. But no matter what I make them with, they sell fast.

I have caterers that order them, businesses for meetings, individuals for special events. There is a post on this page that someone is trying to get her business off the ground just selling these and I'll bet she'll do fantastic.

KHalstead Posted 24 Sep 2009 , 1:00pm
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I fit mine into the mini cupcake liners as well and have some that are rolled in coconut and ones that I dip in rice krispies and then do a second coat of chocolate over that, so they're a bit larger........but I can make about 60 of them for around $8.00 so at $5.00/doz they cost me about $1.60/doz to make (but not really because the cost of the cake has already been accounted for because they're just the scraps) So if you don't count the cake used, it costs me about $.35/dozen to make them. I use the bark coating chocolate though, so maybe that's where i'm saving the money over buying REAL chocolate

maybe I'll raise my prices.........they are a lot of work!
LL

letsgetcaking Posted 24 Sep 2009 , 1:50pm
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I think it'd be a good idea to have some cake balls ready for sale that are wrapped individually in addition to the ones you are selling by the dozen. Especially at a tailgating party or at a game. I don't think most people are going to have that much cash on them, so maybe you could charge $0.50-$1.00 for an individual cake ball or cake pop. Don't forget to include your business contact info on the packaging. icon_lol.gif

letsgetcaking Posted 24 Sep 2009 , 1:51pm
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I think it'd be a good idea to have some cake balls ready for sale that are wrapped individually in addition to the ones you are selling by the dozen. Especially at a tailgating party or at a game. I don't think most people are going to have that much cash on them, so maybe you could charge $0.50-$1.00 for an individual cake ball or cake pop. Don't forget to include your business contact info on the packaging. icon_lol.gif

mrswendel Posted 24 Sep 2009 , 2:10pm
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I LOVE the idea of cake balls, but I just can't do them right. icon_sad.gif I have made them a couple of times, but they never seem to work out. They look fine when I take them out of the freezer. I dip them (in the Wilton candy melts), but it seems that once the cake ball starts to come to room temperature, the coating cracks. They taste good, but they are almost mushy if I leave them at room temp. Am I just using too much liquid? any tips?

Beckalita Posted 24 Sep 2009 , 2:21pm
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Yes, you probably are using too much liquid....you want to only use enough so the mixture will hold together.

auntginn Posted 24 Sep 2009 , 2:30pm
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Yes, if you are using a liquid try cutting back on the amount or maybe use bc or a filling to bind.

As for the chocolate cracking, try removing from the freezer sooner or let them sit out a minute or 2 before dipping.

Also if your chocolate is not as fresh you may want to replace it or try another brand.

alvarezmom Posted 24 Sep 2009 , 2:33pm
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GottaLuvCake -- CREAM TEXAS????? icon_confused.gif I THINK NOT!!! icon_razz.gificon_biggrin.gif

I offer Cake balls for Holidays and they sell fast. I do two dz for $10. Mine are about the size of a walnut.

mocakes Posted 24 Sep 2009 , 11:41pm
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Originally Posted by GottaLuvCake

I cannot wait to make these either AND WHAT A GREAT IDEA FOR TAILGATING WOO HOO!!!! Sorry its BLACK AND GOLD M ~ I ~ Z ~ Z ~ O ~ U !!!!
But i love it and i am going to do it OCT 24th !! When we cream Texas!!!!




I second that! Go MIZZOUUUUUUU!!!

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Barb1959 Posted 25 Sep 2009 , 11:07pm
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Does anyone recommend a good chocolate for covering. I am new and haven't done a lot. I see Ghiradelli in the stores as well as the Melts. What do you suggest? Also I notice some chocolates are real shiny and others are dull. What's with that?

auntginn Posted 26 Sep 2009 , 3:14am
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Candy Melts are the trick for these. Merckens is a good one. I suggest you lean toward a cake & candy supply store vs the baking dept in a supermarket or the craft supply store for the candy. They usually keep their supplies fresher.

Unless you can buy your supplies from a wholesale baking supply company that is.

jenng1482 Posted 26 Sep 2009 , 3:37am
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Barb- adding a small dollop of shortenng as you are melting the chocolate will give them a shinier finish after they drie

cownsj Posted 26 Sep 2009 , 3:43am
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I never even heard of cake balls before. I love finding these new things on here. And I really can't wait to try these.
Thanks everyone

Barb1959 Posted 26 Sep 2009 , 2:20pm
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thanks jenng1482. I actually just finished mine at 10AM this morning. I happened to have a package of "candiquick" in the house. Someone gave it to me so I don't even know where to buy it. It comes in 1 pound trays that you melt. I needed to thin it down a bit and the package said to add a little vegetable shortening. I did and they came out good. The only problem I had, because I never did this before, is that I cooled them on a metal rack. BIG MISTAKE icon_sad.gif They stuck and I lost most of my bottoms. The bottoms I didn't lose were all marked with the lines of the rack. I guess I need to cool on parchment paper and a cookie sheet. I used butter cream to bind. I had a little bit left over from last week. I mean a little bit. There couldn't have been more than 3/4 of a cup. Luckily I had a lot of cake pieces in the freezer. Thanks to all who posted recommendations for this dessert. I (and my family) love it. Can't wait to bring them to work for them to try.

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