Help-Need To Make A Cake To Serve 800 People

Decorating By maliss Updated 6 Jan 2010 , 8:41pm by LaBellaFlor

maliss Posted 6 Jan 2010 , 7:41pm
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I am fairly new and have never made a cake this large. It is for a school football banquet. I'm not sure where to begin as far as how much cake i need to make. We have not sat down to discuss what will actually be made. She just gave me a heads up that they want to use me and I am just trying to get ideas. Can anyone help? I'm sure they are wanting something more low and wide than tall and tiered.

Also not sure what to charge. I don't want to short myself, but I also don't want to scare them off. If I do a good job, there's a chance I could get the order every year.


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Kiddiekakes Posted 6 Jan 2010 , 7:53pm
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Oh My Goodness..Kudos to you..I would charge $2.00-$3.00 per serving for whatever you do whether it be slab cake,cupcakes etc...Yup that means $2400.00 base price..that doesn't include any special decorations etc to feed 800..Please don't be one of those "New Decoraters"...(and I mean no insult by that term so nobody brow beat me icon_wink.gif ) who will quote them $1.00 per serving just to get their name out there and get the order.. thumbsdown.gif You charge because it will take you a long time to bake,make icing,organize anything for 800....


jhay Posted 6 Jan 2010 , 8:02pm
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I agree with KiddieKakes. Definitly charge at least 2.00 per serving.

Also, I would make a "show piece" cake, quite large in itself, but then I'd bake a bunch of sheet cakes that aren't displayed to feed the rest. If it's possible, I'd cut and plate most of the sheet cake and set the pieces around the main cake, that way, people can see the hard work you put in longer and you can cut the big cake last.

A lot of people do this at big weddings.

Congrats on the huge order! Sounds like a good time and good money! icon_biggrin.gif

maliss Posted 6 Jan 2010 , 8:02pm
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Thanks, Kiddiekakes, for your advice. I realllllly want to charge $2400.00. I know it will take many hours of work. My time is definitely valuable. I will also have to recruit some help on this one I think.

maliss Posted 6 Jan 2010 , 8:04pm
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I appreciate your advice jhay. That sounds like a great idea.

jhay Posted 6 Jan 2010 , 8:05pm
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Ooh... also, I did a large cake for a wrestling banquet. It fed about 100, but I took four 9x13 sheets and pushed them together to make one big sheet. I was able to do 4 different flavors (that's what they asked for).

LaBellaFlor Posted 6 Jan 2010 , 8:22pm
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Base price for me starts at $3.50 and that's $2,800. Have you guys discussed budget. I think you may want to find out that first if you haven't all ready.

maliss Posted 6 Jan 2010 , 8:34pm
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No, we have not yet. She just called me last night and let me know that they're going to need the cake and when they need it and that they want to use me. She will come in tomorrow. I just want to have some sort of an idea of how much cake I'm going to be making and how much I want to charge before she gets here. I'm afraid they're budget won't be huge since it is a school.

Kiddiekakes Posted 6 Jan 2010 , 8:38pm
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Well...School or no school...They can't expect you to do it for next to make sure you stand your ground and if they say No and don't order...So be it!!

Good Luck ..I hope for you they agree you are worth every penny....all $2400.00 of it! icon_wink.gif

LOL thumbs_up.gif

LaBellaFlor Posted 6 Jan 2010 , 8:41pm
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I understand that they are school, but a cake for $800 is never cheap. Now $3.50 is what I start at. I'm not sure where you are located, but you really need to figure out your cost. Schools tend to have a small budget for these type of things. $1000 would never cover a cake for 800 people. I want you to also really think about the time it is going to take you to make a cake for 800 people.

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