How Do I Charge For A Wedding Cake When It's A Hobby?

Decorating By TheHeat Updated 24 Jan 2010 , 12:59am by ntertayneme

AverageMom Posted 22 Jan 2010 , 5:29pm
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Stefi....who is being snippy? I'm not seeing it. And like Mike said, if you want to see him "SNIP", go check out the mix thread! I personally find him helarious, but apparently I am the only person in the fan club!

Rosie2 Posted 22 Jan 2010 , 5:46pm
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Hmmm, I wouldn't do it...tell them you're not licensed and it just your hobby. I've been asked several times to do wedding cakes and I turned them down. First of all, I'm not licensed and if I ever turn this into a business then....it won't be my hobby anymore and I won't have FUN!! icon_cry.gif

I haven't read the whole thread, but aside from the stress of making a wedding cake (yikes! the thought of it scares me to death LOL : D ) if you get caught selling cakes without a license you can get big fines...

Good luck!

leah_s Posted 22 Jan 2010 , 5:54pm
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There is not a snippy answer in this whole thread. Everyone has been on good behavior.

newmansmom2004 Posted 22 Jan 2010 , 6:12pm
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Originally Posted by leah_s

There is not a snippy answer in this whole thread. Everyone has been on good behavior.




Agree - a short response doesn't necessarily mean it's snippy. Just means the person has the ability to be concise! thumbs_up.gif

sweetpea223 Posted 22 Jan 2010 , 6:28pm
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I agree to everyone here too...I've read the thread from the beginning and I don't think anyone was being snippy. In fact I learn from each one...I'm a hobby baker too. I normally bake goodies for family and very close friends in the office. And those friends are the only ones that ask me to bake them a cake...other than that, I don't have time for lavish cakes. If I want to see one, I just go here in CC or watch Cake Boss.

costumeczar Posted 22 Jan 2010 , 6:46pm
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Here's the CC dictionary:

Snippy- adj 1.Not giving the answer the OP wanted 2.Not taking the time to write a novel in response to a question the requires a short answer

Mean- adj 1. Not giving the answer the OP wanted 2.Posting an opinion that is different from another poster's.

Rude- adj 1. Not giving the answer the OP wanted 2.Giving constructive advice when the previous poster just wanted permission to do whatever it was they wanted to do in the first place.

Babarooskie Posted 22 Jan 2010 , 6:47pm
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Hmmmm snippy? I don't think so....

Sarcastic, yes. "Why" you may ask? Well, I'm not so concerned about the whole issue of "how much to charge", but rather the fact that yet another thread has been made about this. Seriously, I feel that this is getting redundant.

Back to the OP's question. I'm sorry to sound harsh, but you sound like THE customers who write to Cake Artists, Cake Decorators, the CLAN (Cake Lovers Association Network- I made this one up icon_wink.gif ) asking for a price on a birthday cake. Just that- a birthday cake. No servings, flavors, decorations or theme mentioned- I wish there was a "one birthday cake fits all", but there isn't.
Sooo... I ask, what are the specifications?

kiwigal81 Posted 22 Jan 2010 , 6:56pm
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The ability to be concise is very important. Our lecture has specified this (non cake lecturer). I have been earbashed about this.

Answer to OP: You don't. For the love of God, don't. It will go from a small cake, to a large cake, and then the size requirements will double, you will be feeding 200 outside in the middle of summer.

Seriously though: it's a gift. I'm not a plumber, I may unclog someones sink but I can't charge for it.

LaBellaFlor Posted 22 Jan 2010 , 7:21pm
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Originally Posted by costumeczar

Here's the CC dictionary:

Snippy- adj 1.Not giving the answer the OP wanted 2.Not taking the time to write a novel in response to a question the requires a short answer

Mean- adj 1. Not giving the answer the OP wanted 2.Posting an opinion that is different from another poster's.

Rude- adj 1. Not giving the answer the OP wanted 2.Giving constructive advice when the previous poster just wanted permission to do whatever it was they wanted to do in the first place.




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globalgatherings Posted 22 Jan 2010 , 7:54pm
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Originally Posted by costumeczar

Here's the CC dictionary:

Snippy- adj 1.Not giving the answer the OP wanted 2.Not taking the time to write a novel in response to a question the requires a short answer

Mean- adj 1. Not giving the answer the OP wanted 2.Posting an opinion that is different from another poster's.

Rude- adj 1. Not giving the answer the OP wanted 2.Giving constructive advice when the previous poster just wanted permission to do whatever it was they wanted to do in the first place.





Right on thumbs_up.gif

MalibuBakinBarbie Posted 22 Jan 2010 , 8:26pm
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I would first suggest finding out if you are allowed to do it. I am a hobby baker and there are places I am not allowed to bring my cakes. So call the reception site first. Then figure out the legalities, such as are you allowed to accept money in exchange for the cake (even if it is just your out-of-pocket costs) or if you want/need a separate insurance policy/binder for the event. If you are able/allowed to ~ and still want to ~ do it, I would start by figuring out how much the cake will cost you to do, considering the flavors, fillings, frostings and decorations (fondant, gumpaste?), etc. Consider ALL factors and decide what your time is worth. You can check web sites of bakers in your area to see what a comparable cake would cost.

If you search the forum topics for pricing questions, you will see that this comes up a lot. Maybe some of those discussions can help you, too. Just please note that sometimes it does get a little heated because the person posting the question is putting it out there for legal bakers to see and comment on. And they have all sorts of money laid out in insurance, licenses, etc., so it would naturally bother them to a degree that someone would underprice them (among other reasons, too icon_wink.gif ). I am not saying you should not ask the question, because I believe everyone can ask what they want on this free site; but I just mention it so that you don't get upset/affected by some of the comments you may see posted. thumbs_up.gif

Anyway, good luck with your research and I wish you the best! icon_smile.gif

Deb_ Posted 22 Jan 2010 , 9:15pm
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Originally Posted by Stephi1

Wow, she asked a valid question. Why is everyone going down this road again. Everytime I come on here someone is being snippy and hateful. I come on less and less lately!




You've got to be kidding. Yes she asked a valid question and she's getting valid answers.

Where's the "snippy"and "hate" in that? What, because you don't agree with the answers here they're hateful?

Ridiculous..... icon_rolleyes.gif

prterrell Posted 23 Jan 2010 , 3:16am
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Originally Posted by Stephi1

Wow, she asked a valid question. Why is everyone going down this road again. Everytime I come on here someone is being snippy and hateful. I come on less and less lately!




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Are you sure you posted this in the right thread? This has actually been the most polite conversation regarding this issue I've ever seen on here.

So...I'm guessing you think everyone should be giving a different answer to the question...so, just what is that answer?

PattyLen Posted 23 Jan 2010 , 3:20am
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Originally Posted by costumeczar

Another newbie with a pricing question...**sigh**




Sounds snippy to me. One of the reasons I rarely post.

_Jamie_ Posted 23 Jan 2010 , 3:31am
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Originally Posted by PattyLen

I had a friend who used to say... if you really don't like it, go somewhere else!

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icon_cry.gif That is snippy if I ever heard it! And yep--I totally stalked your previous posts for that one. icon_lol.gif Cheers!

costumeczar Posted 23 Jan 2010 , 1:28pm
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Originally Posted by PattyLen

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Originally Posted by costumeczar

Another newbie with a pricing question...**sigh**




Sounds snippy to me. One of the reasons I rarely post.




And if you had quoted my entire reply you'll have to admit that I did give a little advice. Feel free to read the reply I wrote that came later that has the CC dictionary on it.

It just seems like a lot of the multitude of recent pricing questions are coming from newbies, which makes me think that it might be a troll. And that's something that I've posted on the multitude of other pricing threads as well. And you can quote me on that.

Deb_ Posted 23 Jan 2010 , 3:25pm
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Jamie you rock....that's the way to have a friend's back!

egensinnig Posted 23 Jan 2010 , 3:41pm
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I'm a hobby baker and I charge according to what it's worth to ME. If It's a cake I really want to do and I have the time and guts icon_smile.gif I do it. And I use the profit to buy new cake gadgets and books.

We only have one bakery that do real custom cakes and the next cake I'm doing they would charge 520 USD. I'm charging 200 - just because I'm dying to do a cake like this. I have a very well paid day time job so If I need extra money I just work a few extra hours. The cakes I make I do for fun and pleasure and I only do the ones I really want to do. And I only do cakes where I get more or less free hands on how to decorate them - otherwise I'm not interested.

TheHeat Posted 23 Jan 2010 , 8:31pm
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Thank you for all of the advice. I didn't take any of the posts "snippy". I'm happy for the honest reply. License/Insurrance is nothing that I had thought about and I'm glad someone brought it to my attention. I am not going to do this cake for that reason. These are the honest answers I look for when browsing CC.

As for the professional bakers out there, I am not looking to undermine your prices, or take food off of your table. Like I said, this is a hobby for me (maybe someday, I'll switch careers) and I was just looking for an opportunity to practice and make cake. The opportunity does not arise very often. icon_rolleyes.gif

costumeczar Posted 23 Jan 2010 , 8:37pm
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Originally Posted by TheHeat

As for the professional bakers out there, I am not looking to undermine your prices, or take food off of your table. Like I said, this is a hobby for me (maybe someday, I'll switch careers) and I was just looking for an opportunity to practice and make cake. The opportunity does not arise very often. icon_rolleyes.gif




If you just want to practice piping and stuff like that, you could get some dummy styrofoam cakes and work on those. You wouldn't have to bake every time that way.

prterrell Posted 23 Jan 2010 , 8:45pm
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Costumeczar, the possibility of a troll entered my mind the other day as well when there were suddently a lot of very new people appearing out of nowhere in a pricing thread.

costumeczar Posted 23 Jan 2010 , 9:18pm
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Originally Posted by prterrell

Costumeczar, the possibility of a troll entered my mind the other day as well when there were suddently a lot of very new people appearing out of nowhere in a pricing thread.




It seems that recently whenever someone posts about pricing or scratch/mix it's someone with a very small number of posts. If it's really someone with a question you want to be helpful, but I don't like to feed trolls! icon_lol.gif

ntertayneme Posted 24 Jan 2010 , 12:59am
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And since this topic has basically turned negative, I will lock this thread.

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