Pricing A Mustang Car Cake

Decorating By Acentrix04 Updated 29 Jan 2010 , 6:46am by erinalicia

Acentrix04 Posted 28 Jan 2010 , 5:34am
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How do I price this????

I have a client that just recently ordered a Mustang Car cake. She's requesting a strawberry cake, StrawB and cream filling, white chocolate bc for about 20-30 people. I heard that making a car cake has many details and very time consuming... I just want to make sure that I don't low ball the price, when I should charge more than usual. Is $75 too low/high??

FYI: The client has ordered several times before and I offered to give her 10% off discount. Is this wise? Or only on larger cake orders of $100 or more?

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TJCanadian Posted 28 Jan 2010 , 12:58pm
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I can never seem to bring myself to do it but carved cakes should start at $8 a serving...so that would be $160-$240.

Cars do have a lot of details and are indeed very time consuming if you're doing the research to make them pretty accurate.

prterrell Posted 28 Jan 2010 , 7:03pm
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$999. I price less than Charm City in order to remain competative. icon_biggrin.gif

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Seriously, though here's ALL you need to take into consideratoin:
1) cost of ingredients including shipping or gas + wear and tear on your vehicle to go to the store
2) cost of utilities used while making and decorating: electricity, gas, water.
3) how long it took you x how much you want to make per hour

If you know that, then you can figure out how much to charge for ANY cake.

FullHouse Posted 28 Jan 2010 , 9:19pm
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Does anyone know how to estimate a fair amount of time to bill for on a car cake (or any other for that matter)? I've only done 1 car cake for DH, it was about 15 servings and it took me FOREVER, especially if I include the time it took to find blueprints and get them to scale as a template for the cake. I feel like if I charged someone based on the bazillion hours it took me, it would be really unfair b/c I'm just way too slow. Is there a good way to estimate a fair amount of time?

aundron Posted 28 Jan 2010 , 9:32pm
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Originally Posted by Acentrix04

How do I price this????

I have a client that just recently ordered a Mustang Car cake. She's requesting a strawberry cake, StrawB and cream filling, white chocolate bc for about 20-30 people. I heard that making a car cake has many details and very time consuming... I just want to make sure that I don't low ball the price, when I should charge more than usual. Is $75 too low/high??

FYI: The client has ordered several times before and I offered to give her 10% off discount. Is this wise? Or only on larger cake orders of $100 or more?

HELP ALL YOU EXPERTS OUT THERE!!!! icon_confused.gif




$75 for a mustang cake for 20-30 people is definitely too low!! That comes out to about 2.50 per serving. I've done a car cake before, for 100 people and I charged 550.00. After I got done with the cake, I realized I waaaaaaaayyyyyyy undercharged for it. I didnt consider the time it would take to do all the detail work.

So, I think you need to up your price and charge at least $6-8 per serving. (and some folks might think that's too low) HTH icon_smile.gif

Acentrix04 Posted 29 Jan 2010 , 2:42am
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Wow!!!! Thank you so much for all of your replies. All this time I have been under pricing all of my cakes. You live and you learn. I think it's time to start adjusting all of my cake prices and research my local competitors.

Thank you all for your input.

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LaBellaFlor Posted 29 Jan 2010 , 3:01am
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Um, never discount. And $75?!?!?!? Thats high way robbery! Cake car $350. I don't do servings, I do labor. Can you imagine trying to carve a car that feeds only 20 people?! Nope. Too hard. icon_smile.gif

erinalicia Posted 29 Jan 2010 , 6:46am
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I've only done one car cake, and I bought Mike's (Mike's Amazing Cakes) car DVD. I realized that I do NOT have the patience it takes to do something with that kind of detail. I was a sobbing, hormonal mess by the time it was all said and done.

$75 is WAAAAYYYY too low!

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