Cake Pricing

Decorating By GG1018 Updated 11 Jan 2010 , 2:09pm by Mike1394

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GG1018 Posted 10 Jan 2010 , 3:37am
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Hi,
I am new to cc and to cake decorating. I have been asked to bake a cake for an engagement party and decided to try the engagement ring box cake found on the site. The bride to be is expecting about 100 guest and would like the cake to be covered in fondant. I was wondering if anyone could offer some advice about pricing and possible techniques in creating this cake.
Thanks
GG

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prterrell Posted 10 Jan 2010 , 3:39am
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$350-$500

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GG1018 Posted 10 Jan 2010 , 5:29pm
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Thanks

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brincess_b Posted 10 Jan 2010 , 5:37pm
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you really do need to sit down and figure out *your* costs. although the above price sounds good to me.
but if the customer turns round and says '$400? thats a bit much!', how will you state that your price is your price, without understanding your self why it sounds so much?
(and if you arent a legal business, you shouldnt accept the money anyway...)
xx

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Kiddiekakes Posted 10 Jan 2010 , 5:38pm
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Yup..3D cakes for me are priced at $5.00 per serving.

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GG1018 Posted 10 Jan 2010 , 5:46pm
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Thanks for the advice everyone, this is very helpful since I am beginning my business.
GG

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artscallion Posted 10 Jan 2010 , 6:11pm
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When is this party? You've an awful lot to learn to make a cake like that. There are probably things you need to learn that you didn't even know you needed to learn.

But if you have the time, this is a great place to start. Letting us know specifically what your experience has been with decorating will help us to see what you need to learn.

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Deb_ Posted 10 Jan 2010 , 6:33pm
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Can you post a picture of the cake you're thinking about trying so we can offer some tips? That would be most helpful.

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Mike1394 Posted 11 Jan 2010 , 12:31am
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18.75

Mike

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leah_s Posted 11 Jan 2010 , 4:00am
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What state are you in GG?

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FromScratch Posted 11 Jan 2010 , 4:30am
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LOL Mike... heheheh!

I say there are a lot of things to consider, but I'd say $400 is a good middle of the road estimate.

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Deb_ Posted 11 Jan 2010 , 4:31am
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I think I'll order my next cake from Mike. icon_razz.gif

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_Jamie_ Posted 11 Jan 2010 , 5:22am
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D--where's that thread you started? Was it too real or something? Sheesh.....

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Mensch Posted 11 Jan 2010 , 5:27am
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You know it! people got all whiny.

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_Jamie_ Posted 11 Jan 2010 , 5:42am
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Ugh. There was so much great info in that thread. icon_sad.gif

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Mensch Posted 11 Jan 2010 , 5:47am
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Yup. really good info for newbies, and some oldbies.

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Mike1394 Posted 11 Jan 2010 , 10:14am
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Originally Posted by dkelly

I think I'll order my next cake from Mike. icon_razz.gif




Just once can they post "cake cost me x.xx can I charge x.xx"? C'mon it's the new year we can have hope can't we?

I'll say it again. How much did it cost to make. How much profit do you want? This will give you a slight clue on what to charge.

Mike

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costumeczar Posted 11 Jan 2010 , 12:43pm
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Originally Posted by _Jamie_

D--where's that thread you started? Was it too real or something? Sheesh.....




It probably got removed because someone was offended by a thorough review of the pricing process. Or maybe my request to remove it because of that heinous song refernce was heard...

OP- For 100 people, I'd charge $450 for a ring box cake, if that's what you're referring to design-wise.

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JanH Posted 11 Jan 2010 , 12:46pm
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That thread was only temporarily removed so I could answer sherrycanary62's question:

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-664395-.html

HTH

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Deb_ Posted 11 Jan 2010 , 1:32pm
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I'm so glad it's back since there's 4 of these pricing threads right in a row today.

Well, we can only hope that after answering 100 or so of these, it may get people to come up with a solid business plan INCLUDING pricing.

Imagine that........ icon_wink.gif

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Mike1394 Posted 11 Jan 2010 , 2:02pm
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I'm glad the thread is coming back, but for actually any good? The ones that ask the Q aren't going to do a search for a pricing thread. They don't do it now.

Mike

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Mensch Posted 11 Jan 2010 , 2:06pm
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Well, if we can get at least a couple people to think it out ahead of time instead of throwing themselves in the business section with those annoying *gee-I-started-last-week-and-I've-made-two-cakes-and-everyone-loved-them-and-said-I-should-sell-them-how-much-do-I-charge-I-live-in-California-* threads.

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