How Much??? Pricing

Decorating By splash2splat Updated 10 Feb 2010 , 7:16pm by splash2splat

splash2splat Posted 8 Feb 2010 , 3:52pm
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How much would you charge for this cake - I just found it?

Thanks

Sorry the picture did not post - here is the link:

http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1578016

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Sagebrush Posted 9 Feb 2010 , 5:00am
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Well, off the top, I'd guess it was a 6", 8", 10", 12". That would yield 12+24+38+56=130 servings.

I don't sell cakes, so I don't have my own per serving cost, so... I'm going to use a base price for buttercream of $2.50 (seems like I see a lot around that amount, but if you live in an area with higher or lower costs of goods or where the going rate is different you would certianly need to adjust), so that would be $325.

I tried to find the one post I've seen with someone's pricing list, but couldn't. I seem to remember something like $9 for a dozen gumpaste flowers. There were 44 on the cake you posted, which is 4 dozen, so $36.

Would you be charging delivery and/or setup fees? Are you doing special flavors that cost you extra to make?

Hope that gives you a place to start.

Mensch Posted 9 Feb 2010 , 5:10am
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Oh, at least sixty dollars.

jenmat Posted 9 Feb 2010 , 5:19am
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tee hee, mensch!

Sagebrush Posted 9 Feb 2010 , 6:41am
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Oh, at least sixty dollars.




What happened to $19.99? I thought all cakes were worth$19.99. icon_biggrin.gif

Mike1394 Posted 9 Feb 2010 , 7:00am
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Originally Posted by Sagebrush

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Originally Posted by Mensch

Oh, at least sixty dollars.



What happened to $19.99? I thought all cakes were worth$19.99. icon_biggrin.gif




That's MY base rate. I need to be cheaper than Mensch.

Mike

Sagebrush Posted 9 Feb 2010 , 7:02am
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Originally Posted by Mike1394

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Originally Posted by Sagebrush

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Originally Posted by Mensch

Oh, at least sixty dollars.



What happened to $19.99? I thought all cakes were worth$19.99. icon_biggrin.gif



That's MY base rate. I need to be cheaper than Mensch.

Mike




LOL... well, if we're comparing ourselves to Mensch, and based on my big cake fail, I ought to be paying people to take my cakes!

splash2splat Posted 9 Feb 2010 , 3:47pm
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Sagebrush thank you for taking me seriously and answering my question.

Sagebrush Posted 9 Feb 2010 , 3:57pm
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Originally Posted by splash2splat

Sagebrush thank you for taking me seriously and answering my question.




You're more than welcome.

I was, however, just taking a shot in the dark and I have no real idea if the amount I mentioned accurately reflects your costs, your experience/talent, or the going rates in your area. That's why other posters get frustrated and post silly, funny answers... more information is needed in order to come up with a price that's both fair to you and that you're likely to be able to get someone to be willing to pay.

prterrell Posted 9 Feb 2010 , 6:36pm
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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.

indydebi Posted 9 Feb 2010 , 6:47pm
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Originally Posted by Sagebrush

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Originally Posted by Mensch

Oh, at least sixty dollars.



What happened to $19.99? I thought all cakes were worth$19.99. icon_biggrin.gif


Only when "operators are standing by!" thumbs_up.gif

GL79 Posted 9 Feb 2010 , 6:53pm
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If you're going with Sagebrush estimate around $361 you're underpricing the cake by alot. I would charge no less than $600

indydebi Posted 9 Feb 2010 , 6:58pm
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Originally Posted by GL79

If you're going with Sagebrush estimate around $361 you're underpricing the cake by alot. I would charge no less than $600


agree. and I'm basing that on fondant covered AND all of those gumpaste flowers.

splash2splat Posted 9 Feb 2010 , 6:59pm
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THank you so much for answering - I have been decorating for 4 years and I think I make very good cakes. I plan on using 6, 8, 10, 12 Chocolate cake with white chocolate ganache filling. I've made gumpaste roses and also plan to do those with a cascade - I was looking onlilne with a friend who is getting married and she fell in love with it. Thank you very much.

MikeRowesHunny Posted 9 Feb 2010 , 7:08pm
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785.00 from me - my wedding cakes start at 5.00 per serving and I'd charge 2.50 each for the roses (and make 50 to be on the safe side) - and I wouldn't touch this cake in buttercream - black buttercream does not pretty bridal party photos make thumbsdown.gif !!!

Sagebrush Posted 9 Feb 2010 , 7:11pm
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Originally Posted by GL79

If you're going with Sagebrush estimate around $361 you're underpricing the cake by alot. I would charge no less than $600

agree. and I'm basing that on fondant covered AND all of those gumpaste flowers.




Well, yes... I was just pulling a number out of the air. I've seen a lot of people charging around $2.50 for buttercream (and even though I'd do that cake in fondant, just because of the black, it did look to me like the original was buttercream).

I was also guessing, based on simply asking the pricing question, that the OP was a relative newby, and that they might not have the experience to charge more.

I've also seen $3.50 for buttercream, $4 for fondant, and $15/doz. for the roses, and if you went with THOSE #s, you end up with a price of $515 for buttercream or $580 for fondant.

I've also seen much higher prices, so anything I put is going to be completely speculative.

Since you're multiplying by servings, little changes in your base price can equal huge differences in final cost.

alvarezmom Posted 9 Feb 2010 , 7:14pm
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splash2splat-I like your castle cake in your albums (the grey and blue one). I tend to underprice. The going rate for BC in my area is about $2.50 per serving. I charge less then that. NOt to be competitive just because that is what I am comfortable with for now. So by going on the $2.50 per slice that would be $325 in my area. That is not including the gumpaste roses. I havent priced those yet so I'm at a loss for you there.

MikeRowesHunny Posted 9 Feb 2010 , 7:18pm
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I was also guessing, based on simply asking the pricing question, that the OP was a relative newby, and that they might not have the experience to charge more.




With all due respect, that is completely irrelevant. If the OP has the skills to pull the cake off to the standard (or better) than the original, whether she has been doing this for 6 months or 6 years, she deserves the going rate IMHO - something I wish I had been more confident in charging for early on thumbs_up.gif !

alvarezmom Posted 9 Feb 2010 , 7:26pm
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With all due respect, that is completely irrelevant. If the OP has the skills to pull the cake off to the standard (or better) than the original, whether she has been doing this for 6 months or 6 years, she deserves the going rate IMHO - something I wish I had been more confident in charging for early on thumbs_up.gif !




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splash2splat Posted 10 Feb 2010 , 7:16pm
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Thanks for the insight on the black buttercream. =)

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