Cake Boss Software Calculating Program

Business By CakesUnleashed Updated 11 Feb 2014 , 7:45pm by SweetShop5

sheilasturgeon Posted 28 Aug 2010 , 10:57pm
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I would really like to try using Cake Boss. It sounds like an awesome program, but there is no way I can dish out $134.00 right now icon_sad.gif

jason_kraft Posted 28 Aug 2010 , 11:35pm
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Are there any plans to make a cloud-based version of cake boss, for example on the Force.com platform?

I would certainly be willing to pay a small monthly fee for an online version that was scalable based on number of orders instead of a one-time purchase.

kelleym Posted 28 Aug 2010 , 11:44pm
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An online version of CakeBoss is in the very early stages of development. It would be browser-based, and therefore accessible to people using any type of operating system. (I can hear all the Mac users cheering!) However, the fee structure has not yet been set.

It's still early though, y'all. I don't have a release date or anything even resembling one. Things are kind of chaotic here, to tell you the truth. icon_rolleyes.gif

PieceofCakeAZ Posted 29 Aug 2010 , 3:37am
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An online version of is in the very early stages of development. It would be browser-based, and therefore accessible to people using any type of operating system. (I can hear all the Mac users cheering!) However, the fee structure has not yet been set.

It's still early though, y'all. I don't have a release date or anything even resembling one. Things are kind of chaotic here, to tell you the truth. icon_rolleyes.gif




Sweet! We are in for it when it goes online for sure!

belizeandevil Posted 18 Jan 2011 , 9:10pm
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I have been debating on purchasing the software.

I think I will do it, now that I see others have great things to say about it.

THanks

cakeandpartygirl Posted 18 Jan 2011 , 9:40pm
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I know this is an old thread but after I purchased mine. The light bulb has gone off and wow all I have to say is that I was once undercharging like so many people. Now when a client emails or calls I can go on my computer punch in what I need and whalla it gives me the price. I don't have to pull numbers out of my butt. I used it to price a new product that I wanted to offer. I am able to more accurately price my cakes...now if the client would just be willing to pay the price then I could get some where..eh oh well one day. icon_lol.gif

7thheaven Posted 19 Jan 2011 , 9:11pm
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I purchased the Cake Boss program, so far I love it. I just need to know how to put in my hourly wage, gas, electric and for packaging materials. I have put the packaging costs in the materials section, does it automatically add it to the cost? I have a customer that wants me to make Rum cakes for her but sell them to her at a little over cost, like wholesale. I would love to do it, but how do I do it using the software program?

motherofgrace Posted 19 Jan 2011 , 9:32pm
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is this only good for custom businesses? Or is there a way I can use it for my candy shoppe?

cakeandpartygirl Posted 19 Jan 2011 , 10:35pm
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is this only good for custom businesses? Or is there a way I can use it for my candy shoppe?




Most definitely thumbs_up.gif

cakeandpartygirl Posted 19 Jan 2011 , 10:39pm
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Originally Posted by 7thheaven

I purchased the program, so far I love it. I just need to know how to put in my hourly wage, gas, electric and for packaging materials. I have put the packaging costs in the materials section, does it automatically add it to the cost? I have a customer that wants me to make Rum cakes for her but sell them to her at a little over cost, like wholesale. I would love to do it, but how do I do it using the software program?



For your hourly wage you can set it up in your preferences. Your gas and electric would be when you do an order, in the area that says overhead. When you set up your order it will have a tab that's for materials. I hope that I am explaining it correctly.

bobwonderbuns Posted 19 Jan 2011 , 10:41pm
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This is another big ticket item I'm debating about buying. Who has it and what do you think of it?

motherofgrace Posted 19 Jan 2011 , 10:45pm
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so i can use this for my Farmers market store front?

How would I go about doing that?

Tally it at the market, and enter it later?

cakeandpartygirl Posted 19 Jan 2011 , 11:00pm
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This is another big ticket item I'm debating about buying. Who has it and what do you think of it?




I of course have it and I really like it!!

bobwonderbuns Posted 19 Jan 2011 , 11:02pm
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Cool! Is it user friendly?

Dayti Posted 19 Jan 2011 , 11:15pm
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I am waiting for them to bring out a version for Mac icon_biggrin.gif

flamingobaker Posted 20 Jan 2011 , 1:39pm
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I just got Cake Boss for my birthday and I really love it.

I found that for my average cakes I was charging correctly already, and it has really helped me do the figuring for more complex cakes. I tend to price lower for friends, so it showed me how much of a discount I can give and still make profit.

I must be easily amused, but the first "real" invoice I printed out was soo exciting! I had been using an off the shelf receipt book.

And it is very user friendly and intuitive.

michalmari Posted 24 Mar 2011 , 3:13pm
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After readying this thread - even though it was started quite some time ago and there have been some recent posts - I think I am convinced that I need this software. I am officially opening my cake business as of April 1, 2011. Unfortunately, the county that I live in (California) does not allow me to work from home so I am forced to work out of a commissary/shared kitchen and pay by the hour for the facility. It will force me to increase my rates to cover the additional overhead (even though I know for a FACT that there are people who still work out of their homes in my area) to cover the cost and still make a profit.

So, my question is this: is there a way to input a commissary hourly fee in addition to the cake decoraters fee or should I just add what I would LIKE to get per hour on top of the kitchen hourly rate?

Also, can you customize the look of the invoices that are generated and can you import your name and logo onto them - like you can in Quickbooks?

Thanks for any comments!

Michal

Annabakescakes Posted 24 Mar 2011 , 3:50pm
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I haven't gotten it all figured out yet, and I bought it some time ago, I just haven't been using it for my home orders, I bought it for a business that has been delayed time and time again....So, I can't answer all your questions, but, I know for a fact that you can put your logo in there. I did it, and it was really easy.

michalmari Posted 26 Mar 2011 , 4:05am
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Ok - so I took the plunge and bought the software. I think I am figuring it out - for the most part. I am working on entering the master ingredients, mater materials, and recipes now. But a thought occured to me. This will work great for a straight-forward cake, filling and buttercream (and probably fondant) icing but how am I going to input specialty items - like gumpaste flowers, fondant decorations, etc.

Is anyone using the software for these types of things, and if so, do you mind sharing how you are approaching it?

Thanks!

sillywabbitz Posted 30 Mar 2011 , 4:17pm
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I had seen Cake Boss mentioned on several threads and had heard people referring to the expense so I kind of blew it off assuming it was expensive. I'm a hobbyist so right now I don't charge for my cakes but after reading this thread I just watched the video. For a $150 (and a CC discount) this software is amazing well priced. It will probably save you $150 in the first month you use it just making sure you have your cost to profit ratio right. I spend hours in excel just trying to figure out what a recipe costs me and Cake Boss does all the work for me ...my time alone is worth the cost. I work in software and have to say I can't wait for the day I start my own cake business because CakeBoss will be the first thing I purchase. Actually I really want to buy it now but I really really don't need it since I don't charge or invoice but it would be great as a resource for understanding my cost and future needs if/when I do start a business.

For those of you waiting for the "online" version due to cost, if you cost out the software based on monthly expense, to buy the software right out it costs you $12.50 a month (not including the CC discount) and assuming you use the software only for a single year. If you think what you spend time wise managing orders and printing invoices and tracking cost ...this software literally costs you 41 cents a day. I can't imagine anyone even with a home based business wouldn't spend 41 cents a day to have an accurate tracking system of cost, orders and sales tax. And if you use it for two years, it's even cheaper.

OK I probably sound like a commercial but seriously I don't even have the product. I am just a computer geek and was just shocked at how inexpensive the software actually is for everything it offers. And from all the rave reviews I've read about it, it apparently is also a very useful stable product. Again going to show the cost to value ratio is really great for the business owner.

Ok I'll step off my soap box nowicon_smile.gif

shaekae81 Posted 11 May 2011 , 5:31pm
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this software literally costs you 41 cents a day. I can't imagine anyone even with a home based business wouldn't spend 41 cents a day to have an accurate tracking system of cost, orders and sales tax.

Again going to show the cost to value ratio is really great for the business owner.




Great points!!!! I popped on here looking for reviews and you just helped me make up my mind....now I think YOU should buy it too...lol icon_biggrin.gif

sillywabbitz Posted 12 May 2011 , 4:23am
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Shaekae81
I am staying up tonight waiting to see if the cottage food bill in Texas is going to get moved on to the next stage. If this bill passes I will definately be buying CakeBoss.

shaekae81 Posted 12 May 2011 , 6:13am
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Shaekae81
I am staying up tonight waiting to see if the cottage food bill in Texas is going to get moved on to the next stage. If this bill passes I will definately be buying .




I'm watching for that too. I am in Germany, but am a native Texan and hope to be going back when we're done here! icon_smile.gif

karlis-cakes Posted 20 Jul 2011 , 10:00am
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Does any one know if Cake boss works in the UK?

Thank you

sillywabbitz Posted 20 Jul 2011 , 12:39pm
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Hi Karlis,
Yes the cakeboss software should work in the UK. It has metric and imperial conversions and according to their website it uses the currency set in your windows installation.
The Texas Cottage Food bill passed on a Friday and I bought the software that Monday. It was super easy to use. I've loaded my most popular recipes and ingredients. I even did a quote for a cake. It really gave me the confidence to charge a proper price. Our law goes into effect September 1 so that gives me plenty of time to get all my info loaded.

karlis-cakes Posted 20 Jul 2011 , 12:46pm
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Thank you icon_smile.gif

Very pleased you are able to set up your business. Mine has been established for a while. But i need to be more organised and would love to have everything in one place at the moment I have all different excel sheets for different things, and I am rubbish at putting formulas in. I also think I am underpriceing.

sillywabbitz Posted 20 Jul 2011 , 2:17pm
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Karlis,
Do you know what version if Windows you are running? Xp, windows 7?

karlis-cakes Posted 20 Jul 2011 , 2:19pm
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Yes windows 7

kelleym Posted 20 Jul 2011 , 2:32pm
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Thank you icon_smile.gif




It is in your Control Panel, Regional and Language Options. thumbs_up.gif

karlis-cakes Posted 20 Jul 2011 , 2:36pm
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Thank you so muchicon_smile.gif
Hope I can work out how to use it and get on with it icon_rolleyes.gif

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