Business By Debana Updated 1 Feb 2010 , 9:41pm by springlakecake

Debana Posted 1 Feb 2010 , 3:03am
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I made this cake 10" bottom with a 6" top. Each tier was 4 layers so 3 fillings on each tier, 2 filled with chocolate mousse and one with custard.
What would you charge for it?

It was for a 40th anniversary and we delivered and assembled it on site. We had to put it together in the garage as they had no room left for us to work inside the house....

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prterrell Posted 1 Feb 2010 , 3:06am
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$999. I price less than Charm City in order to remain competative. icon_biggrin.gif


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.

Debana Posted 1 Feb 2010 , 3:11am
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I am trying to standardize my formula. do you ever use a price per serving method.

I would have said $160.00 but thought it may be too high.

The customer was very happy, not a crumb left. People came back for seconds until it was gone.

Ixtli Posted 1 Feb 2010 , 3:13am
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Just a question, did you deliver a cake without a price or payment?

Debana Posted 1 Feb 2010 , 3:16am
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No, I did this for someone we knew. We are just starting out and charged $100.00. Looking for exposure and and thought this would help. As I mentioned, I thought 160 would have been fair but then read about price per slice and the 160 sounded too low.

prterrell Posted 1 Feb 2010 , 3:21am
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How long have you been decorating cakes? How many have you done?

Debana Posted 1 Feb 2010 , 3:23am
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We are very new in business. Started as a dessert supply for restaurants and catering and are just beginning to do the cakes. Began in November 2009.

prterrell Posted 1 Feb 2010 , 3:28am
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No, not how long have you been in business, how long have you actually been icing and decorating cakes? How many cakes have you done?

debster Posted 1 Feb 2010 , 3:39am
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100.00 - 120.00 in my area.

Debana Posted 1 Feb 2010 , 1:00pm
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This was my first tiered cake. I have only been decorating cakes for sale since late December.
I will be taking a course starting this week to develop the skill.

Deb_ Posted 1 Feb 2010 , 1:29pm
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In that case I wouldn't start selling cakes professionally until I had much more practice.

Good luck with your new endeavor.

Kiddiekakes Posted 1 Feb 2010 , 1:35pm
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I agree..You need to have your cakes looking a little more professional before you offer them to the paying public.. icon_wink.gif Good Luck also!!

aej6 Posted 1 Feb 2010 , 1:51pm
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how much time did it take you?

Kiddiekakes Posted 1 Feb 2010 , 2:16pm
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I have been decorating for nearly 10 years and I am still learning something everyday! Many have been decorating for 30+ years and still are learning..Alot is natural talent.Don't be discouraged though...Practice..Practice..Practice..makes perfect!! thumbs_up.gif

Debana Posted 1 Feb 2010 , 6:27pm
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The two tier cake took about 5 hours for me to complete. I know that sounds like a long time, but it was my first. I utilized wooded dowels for support and it all went together very nicely. I was pretty happy with it for the first time tiered cake. icon_smile.gif

prterrell Posted 1 Feb 2010 , 7:11pm
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Good luck.

springlakecake Posted 1 Feb 2010 , 7:57pm
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I think you have done a nice job on your first tiered cake, especially having only been decorating for one month. I feel that about $150 is a fair price (in my area anyway) for a cake of this size. However I honestly do feel you need a bit more practice to command that price tag. Besides the ingredient cost and time factor, I think that skill level and experience are what really what should dictate your price. Good luck icon_smile.gif

Debana Posted 1 Feb 2010 , 8:27pm
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Thank you everyone for your comments. I totally know the cake was not perfect and I need lots of practice. Starting classes and will practice practice practice. I was happy with it as our first tiered cake, but want to be much better at it and I know what that takes.

springlakecake Posted 1 Feb 2010 , 9:41pm
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I think you'll be great!

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