What is more cost effective, buying box mixes or making cakes from scratch?
1. Do you doctor your mixes?
2. Can you buy in bulk?
3. What are your ingredients and what do they cost?
You will likely get a dozen different answers, and all of them will be correct.
The only way to find out for yourself is to cost them out individually based on the cost of your own ingredients and your own recipes.
My doctored cake mix recipes cost about the same as a scratch recipe.
Yeah, I really think it depends on what the prices are in your area, or bargains you can/can't get. I personally have yet to find a scratch recipe that has the texture and density of the doctored recipes & stay moist after a period of time, but I probably would do scratch if I could find some I really liked!
I bake scratch. Some are more expensive and some are the same. Depends on which recipe I use.
Depends on the quality of your ingredients.
I don't have set pricing, only because every order I get is something custom and different. Either with shapes, servings, decoration or even flavor combos. I sit with the customer and choose different styles and change things to meet their needs/wants. So I usually tell them that I will get back to them within 24 hours with some prices. I sit down and figure all my costs and estimate my time, then I give them a price. Hope that helps. It will just depend on the amount and types of cakes you are doing.