Decorating By pinkchef1217 Updated 7 Jan 2010 , 4:26am by oohlala

pinkchef1217 Posted 5 Jan 2010 , 7:47pm
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Ok so I have been told by many people that I'm not charging enough for my products..

I have an order coming up for a 2 tier cake for 20 ppl. no filling just BC. Iced in BC and some fondant deco. Very simple. Then 20 baby buggy sugar cookeis that I am thinking of using the rolled fondant technique for the tops to decorate with some RI.

What is everyones thoughts on pricing??? I really need to get a chart together of set charges?? HELP


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TexasSugar Posted 5 Jan 2010 , 8:00pm
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What size cakes are you using? How many servings are the cake sizes you are doing? How much do you charge per serving? How much money do you have in the cake?

What size are the cookies?

Mensch Posted 5 Jan 2010 , 8:02pm
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Yup, not enough info.

indydebi Posted 5 Jan 2010 , 8:52pm
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I'm not sure you can make a 2-tier cake for 20 people ... .at least not in the size of cakes that I'm willing to work with.

6" and 8" serves 12 & 24 = 36 servings .... smallest cake available from my place. If they want to pay for 36 servings, no problem.

oohlala Posted 7 Jan 2010 , 1:23am
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I made this cake a few months ago for a friend and charged her $100.00. I have another order (from someone I don't know) and I'm not sure what to charge. I'm new at this and I don't want to undercharge (or overcharge). Any ideas???

_Jamie_ Posted 7 Jan 2010 , 3:18am
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oohlala.....that is a fantastic cake. I would imagine this was wayyyyy underpriced. How many servings was it?

leah_s Posted 7 Jan 2010 , 3:36am
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ditto above. We don't have enough info to help you. And there's no way to make a 2 tier cake for 20 servings. Well, no way for me to do it.

oohlala Posted 7 Jan 2010 , 3:37am
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Hi Jamie!

Thank you! Like I said, I'm new at this so I'm not quite sure how many people this would actually feed (I was told there was 20 people at the party with plently of cake left over). I'll give you the dimentions of the cake, maybe that will help:
12" long
6" wide
about 6" high

with those dimentions, what do you think?

prterrell Posted 7 Jan 2010 , 4:17am
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Industry standard serving size is 1"x2"x4" (so, 8 cubic inches).

The volume of a 12"x6"x6" cake is 432. Which means it will serve 54, so say approximately 50.

So, at $3.00 a serving (a very modest price for a cake like that!), it would be $150 PLUS extra for the gumpaste shoe and lipstick and nailpolish bottle. So, I'd say that's a $185 cake MINIMUM, many would charge $5 a serving for a cake like that.

As for decorated cookies, a dollar an inch seems to be the general consensus (which, considering the time it takes to do them, is very reasonable!).

As Indydebi said, a 2-tier cake for 20 isn't really feasible. If they really want 2-tiers, then they have to pay for the 36 servings that the smallest 2-tier (6" on an 8") serves. So, if you go with $3.00 a serving, that's $108 for the cake plus the cookies @ 20 x $1/inch (measure the largest dimension of the cookie cutter).


_Jamie_ Posted 7 Jan 2010 , 4:23am
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Ok, I'll give this a shot. 12x6x6....I think would be 36.....even at 6" tall. Right? Indy? Leahs? I didn't go to the calculator...just winged it.

I'll assume I'm right.

36 servings at about, ummmmm, $6 or $7/serving, to account for that fab shoe work and lid and makeup. Maybe $8.00...I think $8.

So that would be right about $300.

Hmmmmm. Maybe more. icon_biggrin.gif

oohlala Posted 7 Jan 2010 , 4:26am
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Thank you so very much for your input! That helps alot!! icon_smile.gif

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