I Am Wondering What To Charge For A Cake Like This...

Decorating By macciacae Updated 21 Oct 2009 , 12:19am by CBMom

macciacae Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 3:12am
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I am wondering what to charge for this cake... What would you charge... It is a buttercream, smoothed, not fondant.

I am just trying to figure out what to charge.


If the attachment dosen't open here is the web site http://www.sedonaweddingcakes.com/orginals.htm

It is the 2007 Tlaquepaque Calla Lillies

Thanks once again!!

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LaBellaFlor Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 4:40am
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Do you know if you would be using real calla lillies or gumpaste ones?

Texas_Rose Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 6:05am
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Originally Posted by LaBellaFlor

Do you know if you would be using real calla lillies or gumpaste ones?

I think the real ones are poisonous, so she should plan on gumpaste or silk.

Mike1394 Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 10:47am
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Depends on how much it cost, and how much profit you want to make.


cylstrial Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 11:00am
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I'm guessing anywhere from $3.50 to $4.00 a slice, plus the flowers.

cakesdivine Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 12:46pm
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Originally Posted by LaBellaFlor

Do you know if you would be using real calla lillies or gumpaste ones?

icon_eek.gif You should NEVER use real cala lillies on a cake! They are poisonous!

LaBellaFlor Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 12:55pm
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I'm glad you guys told me. Do you know how many wedding cakes I have seen with REAL calla lillies?!

CBMom Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 8:37pm
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Is that a 6", 10" and a 14" ??

Number of servings x Your charge/serving = Cost

Don't forget to add in delivery, equipment rental, are you getting the silk flowers, or are they, "fancy" fillings, ie, not plain BC, any other costs, and headache charges in your charge/serving. If that's over $4/serving, that's just fine. Whatever works for you.

Headache charges are what I call the 3am cake breakdownsicon_wink.gif

Gorgeous cake! Have fun!

KHalstead Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 8:53pm
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Originally Posted by LaBellaFlor

I'm glad you guys told me. Do you know how many wedding cakes I have seen with REAL calla lillies?!

I just had 2 brides in the same week tell me they wanted callas on the cake. I informed them both they were poisonous.......the first bride said the florist never said a thing about them being poisonous (the florist was going to put them on the cake for her If I charged for that)...I told her I wouldn't put them on the cake knowing they are toxic.......she was so grateful to me for telling her (and a little miffed at the florist for not telling her)......she said they were having a lot of children at her wedding and she would be horrified at the idea that her cake would make someone ill. I asked her if she didn't mind telling me how much she was paying for 5 callas for the cake (I was trying to figure out her budget for them to see if I could find sugar ones around the same cost for her).......she tells me $56.00 for 5 flowers! yikes! I showed her to a website where she could get 18 sugar ones for less than 20 dollars! She was so thrilled........she said "ooohh, then i'll have extras to go around the cake on the table.......I LOVE You!" lol

I wonder why florists don't know which flowers are toxic.....they're the flower experts right?

mrswendel Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 9:09pm
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One florist that I dealt with told the bride and groom "well, the flowers are only going to be on the cake for a couple of hours...which really isn't enough time to cause any damage. And you know, your cake has that fondant stuff on it and no one eats that part and that's where the flowers will be. Cake people just like to tell you about this stuff so they can charge you more for their sugar ones".
Yeah....that went over well. Needless to say, they went with the sugar ones. icon_smile.gif

FromScratch Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 9:14pm
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They don't have to know... they just make things that look pretty and don't deal with food type things. Now I personally think thet *should* know, but that's just me.

African Violet
Arum Lilies
Autumn Crocus
Bird of Paradise
Black-eyed Susan
Bleeding Heart
Calla Lily
Carnation pink family
Carolina Jasmine
Christmas Rose
Four Oclock
Gloriosa Lily
Holly Berry
Iceland Poppy
Lily family
Lily of the Valley
Marsh Marigold
Morning Glory
Ohio Buckeye
Oriental Poppy
Rock Poppy
Spring Adonis
Star of Bethlehem
Sweet Pea
Trumpet Vine
Virginia Creeper
Water Hemlock
Wild Cherry
Yellow Allamanda
Yellow Oleander

All of these are considered to be toxic flowers... and there are more. This is my I try to talk everyone into sugar flowers. Not to mention that most flowers you will get from the florist will be treated with pesticides and fertilizers. It's just safer to not chance it.

As for that cake... it looks like a 6-9-12... that's 100 servings... so I would start it at $500.00 plus the flowers... callas I'd charge $5 each since they are UBER easy to make. There looks to be about 16-18 callas on that cake so add $80-90.00 to that price plus delivery.

prterrell Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 9:43pm
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Saving that list, but I'll have to look up what a lot of those flowers look like, I don't know the names of a lot of flowers. icon_redface.gif

aundrea Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 9:57pm
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just curious what about organic flowers? could those be put on a cake?

Texas_Rose Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 10:04pm
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Originally Posted by aundrea

just curious what about organic flowers? could those be put on a cake?

Organic, non-poisonous flowers can be used on a cake.

LaBellaFlor Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 10:05pm
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Some of those I knew were poisonous. I don't put real flowers on any cake. It's jsut my preference. If they choose to go with real flowers, they gotta have the florist handle that. If you guys are telling some florist don't even know which ones may be posionous, I may have to add another clause to my contract.

sugalips Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 10:41pm
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Thank you so much for the list. Fortunately, I have only used roses but I, too, would feel terrible if I made someone sick. icon_sad.gif

Uniqueask Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 11:09pm
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Thank you very much for the list, saving it.

macciacae Posted 20 Oct 2009 , 1:21am
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They will be fake flowers on the cake... Dose anyone have any prices for me... she said the most she wants to spend is 200.00. Each layer on the cake is 2 layers of cake and she wants a different flavor for each Tier. I have never done a wedding cake before


LaBellaFlor Posted 20 Oct 2009 , 1:47am
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Cakes are sold by the serving, how many servings does she need?

FromScratch Posted 20 Oct 2009 , 3:07pm
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Well I gave you a price in my post...

$5/serving is what I charge. How many servings is she looking for? That cake looks like a 6-9-12 (maybe a 6-10-14) so it's at least 100 servings. Generally you find out how many servings they will need and calculate it by your per serving price. $200.00 is not a great cake budget. I'd send them to WalMart with that budget and then they can come crawling back to you when they realize even WalMart won't do it for that little.

CBMom Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 12:19am
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A great way to keep costs down is to do just one flavour of cake for all four tiers...and one flavour of frosting/and or fillings.

Time is the killer for "your" budget with a cake with all the fussy stuff, ie, multi-flavoured/fillings cakes.

A "simple" BC covered cake - or, if you prefer to do fondant to help with finish, ribbons and topper/monogram pick that the Bride provides, still, IMHO, provides that "how oh lovely!"reaction that every bride wants. No cake stand, just fabric "clouded" under the cake, softens and makes it look so elegant...and gives that frilly, fussy feel, without the cake frills and fusses. icon_smile.gif


Good luck!

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