Wedding Cupcakes - Pricing????

Business By rhopar33 Updated 4 Sep 2013 , 9:47pm by LoveMeSomeCake615

rhopar33 Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 1:34pm
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One of my co-worker's daughter is getting married in December and they want 250 red velvet cupcakes with cream chese frosting.

I have no idea what to charge. they don't want any special designs just the red velvet cupcake w/ cream cheese frosting.

Can you guys give me some ideas for a price range?


25 replies
pattycakesnj Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 1:59pm
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My price is the same for wedding or a regular party, makes no difference. Cupcakes in my area, for a simple cupcake with frosting, not filled, fetch $2.50. Displays, towers, flowers etc are all extra. HTH

cylstrial Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 2:14pm
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I'd say $3. Those things are a beast to transport and set up. Not to mention they take lots of time to bake and decorate.

cylstrial Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 2:15pm
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But I guess, since it's a friend, if you wanted to give her a discount - you could.

rhopar33 Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 3:11pm
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So are you saying $3 per cupcake?

rhopar33 Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 3:12pm
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So, you would charge $750 for 250 cupcakes?

KHalstead Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 3:24pm
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I only charge $.75/cupcake..but would probably charge $1.00/cupcake since cream cheese icing is more expensive for me to make
I also charge $25.00 set up fee to arrange the cupcakes on the tower
plus a rental and deposit on my tower.

so for me, I'd charge $250.00 for the cupcakes+$25.00 setup+$50.00 deposit and $25.00 rental for a total of $350.00 w/ $50.00 being returned with the tower.

wildwolves Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 7:09pm
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Wow prices add up fast! I though $2.00 per cupcake was reasonable... when u are doing 250 of them that is a LOT of Work! More work than a cake thats for sure! hard to price when its a friend.. but you need to decide weather you are doing it at friend price or a clients price and then go from there.. Its still a lot of time and ingredients for you.. icon_smile.gif Good luck

leah_s Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 9:36pm
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I get $2.75 for a cupcake with a simple swirl. Goes up if you want more deco. Plus delivery and plus the stand rental.

cakesondemand Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 9:51pm
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My cupcake pricing is at $5.50 per but it includes the top cutting cake use of a stand and setup. Delivery is extra. Why would you charge less than a wedding cake its more work to do 250 cupcakes and around here some places charge a cutting fee of $7 per person if they have a wedding cake. My wedding cake pricing starts at $5.50 per serving.

cupcakelady64 Posted 3 Nov 2009 , 10:45pm
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Wow, i didn't know that you could get such a price!

I charged $1 per cupcake and $20 rental on my stand. But i'm starting (and growing) my business. So, word of mouth works well, and i will eventually bring it up, but it got me the order for the grooms cake too, AND she knows lots of young girls planning weddings and such. i felt like i did ok.

prices differ so much from area to area, it's hard to state a price.

Sweet_Guys Posted 4 Nov 2009 , 12:34am
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We charge $3 per slice for cake and $3.50 per cupcake. Here's your justification:
1. Each cupcake is more than a slice of cake
2. Each cupcake is getting a lot of frosting compared to a frosted cake.
3. You're putting in more time to make each one.


wildwolves Posted 4 Nov 2009 , 1:46am
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Paul thats a great way to explain the pricing to cutomers when they question your pricing.. ill make sure i remember that advice Thanks icon_smile.gif

flamingobaker Posted 10 Nov 2009 , 3:52pm
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a bit OT, but I am surprised about the cupcakes being harder. I simple swirl CC is MUCH easier and quicker for me. Not counting decorations, which I don't seem to get a lot of orders for.

michellesArt Posted 10 Nov 2009 , 4:16pm
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still is a lot more work to decorate 250 individual cupcakes vs a say 4 tier cake-plus storage/transportation, setup (do you have a stand big enough or do you have to make one?) so far i've only done small orders but i start with my per slice cost-it only makes sense-why would you charge less for cupcakes-unless you're doing those mini ones with a small cake topper? good luck with that

cakelady31 Posted 10 Nov 2009 , 4:16pm
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I start at 2.50 each for frosted and go up from there.

915tanya Posted 22 Jan 2013 , 2:43am
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I have a wedding coming up for my daughters friend. she wants a cutting cake on top 6"inch  with a damask print and large flower, and 150 cupcakes, red velvet , filled and a flower on each one. I dont know what cupcakes sell for here in two im thinking of charging  *2.50 per cupcake, and throwing in the to cake. any ideas I live in El Paso Tx

howsweet Posted 22 Jan 2013 , 4:33am
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Originally Posted by KHalstead 

I only charge $.75/cupcake..but would probably charge $1.00/cupcake since cream cheese icing is more expensive for me to make
I also charge $25.00 set up fee to arrange the cupcakes on the tower
plus a rental and deposit on my tower.

so for me, I'd charge $250.00 for the cupcakes+$25.00 setup+$50.00 deposit and $25.00 rental for a total of $350.00 w/ $50.00 being returned with the tower.

What does that come out per hour for you after you deducted your costs?

Godot Posted 22 Jan 2013 , 5:52am
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Seventy-five lousy cents a cupcake!


You must be joking. I don't know what to say, but it makes me angry to se someone undercutting so grotesquely.

denetteb Posted 22 Jan 2013 , 3:28pm
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FYI, this is a 3 year old thread.

Godot Posted 22 Jan 2013 , 6:42pm
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What is it with all these ancient threads popping up all of a sudden?

denetteb Posted 22 Jan 2013 , 9:32pm
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I think there are some people new to cake central that are doing some searching on similar topics and then post on a relevant thread.

fcakes Posted 23 Jan 2013 , 2:42pm
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AI do $25/dozen regardless of occasion :)

heartsnsync Posted 25 Jan 2013 , 6:57am
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For undecorated cupcakes I charge the same for wedding as I do for any other event.  I have two sizes - standard and jumbo.  Standard is the normal cupcake size and the gourmet is a jumbo about 30% larger.  Then, I have two pricing structures, one for no fillings and the other for gourmet fillings and toppings (i.e. chocolate truffle filling and ganache drizzle on top of the icing).  For a non-filled standard size cupcake I do those for $1.75 each, filled standard at $2.00 each; jumbo non-filled at $2.25 each and jumbo gourmet flavor at $2.50 each. Decorated cupcakes are an additional .50 cents each. But again, you can only charge what your market can bear which how I got my price structure.  Any cake stand rentals are of course extra. HTH

DaDa561 Posted 4 Sep 2013 , 12:17pm
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I don't see anywhere here whether these are standard sized cupcakes or the Jumbo size. Can anybody clarify?




LoveMeSomeCake615 Posted 4 Sep 2013 , 9:47pm
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I believe everyone is referring to their pricing for the regular sized cupcakes. 

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