Wedding Cake Vs. Party Cake Pricing

Decorating By AmandasCakes Updated 13 Mar 2010 , 7:54pm by Ruth0209

AmandasCakes Posted 13 Mar 2010 , 1:02am
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I have been noticing wedding cakes are priced higher than party cakes. Is there a reason for this if cakes are the same size? I have been curious about this. Thanks! icon_biggrin.gif

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prterrell Posted 13 Mar 2010 , 1:04am
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Wedding cakes are not always prices higher than party cakes. In fact, most of the decorators I know charge the same per serving price for both.

ayerim979 Posted 13 Mar 2010 , 1:25am
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I believe the difference in the price is depending in the difficulty of the design, as far as price per serving it is the same.

DefyGravity Posted 13 Mar 2010 , 3:06am
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From what I have gathered from many people, wedding cakes are torted, so there are 4 layers of cake, 3 layers of filling, whereas a party cake only has 2 layers of cake and 1 layer of filling. Torting requires extra time and extra filling, and therefore extra money.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong on that icon_smile.gif I torte all my cakes, but a lot of people don't.

catlharper Posted 13 Mar 2010 , 3:09am
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I charge the same amount no matter what the cake is for. My buttercream starts at $3 a serving and my fondant at $4 a serving. The price goes up from there whether I'm making a 3D party cake or an intricate wedding cake. Wedding cakes tend to be more complicated and include flowers or a lot of hand piping so they tend to end up being more expensive the more labor intensive that they get.

pattycakesnj Posted 13 Mar 2010 , 3:41am
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Good post but I have a question. I charge the same price regardless of what the cake is for, x per serving for bc and xx per serving of fondant cake. However, a wedding cake does come to more money than the same size party cake because the slices are smaller so you get more slices in the same cake=more money. How do you handle this?

indydebi Posted 13 Mar 2010 , 4:56am
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Originally Posted by prterrell

Wedding cakes are not always prices higher than party cakes. In fact, most of the decorators I know charge the same per serving price for both.



that's how I did it.

prterrell Posted 13 Mar 2010 , 5:14pm
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Originally Posted by pattycakesnj

Good post but I have a question. I charge the same price regardless of what the cake is for, x per serving for bc and xx per serving of fondant cake. However, a wedding cake does come to more money than the same size party cake because the slices are smaller so you get more slices in the same cake=more money. How do you handle this?




The cake slices should be the same for all cakes: 1x2x4.

Kitagrl Posted 13 Mar 2010 , 5:30pm
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I charge the same no matter if its a sheet cake or a tiered wedding cake. I charge differently for amount of artwork involved.

I use Earlene's chart for almost everything. Sometimes I use the Wilton Party Chart when I'm baking to carve a 3D cake to make sure that I will have plenty of cake even after carving....for instance if I need 40 servings, I will make 60 according to the party chart and then I know for sure the customer will get at least 40 servings.

indydebi Posted 13 Mar 2010 , 5:31pm
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Originally Posted by prterrell

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Originally Posted by pattycakesnj

Good post but I have a question. I charge the same price regardless of what the cake is for, x per serving for bc and xx per serving of fondant cake. However, a wedding cake does come to more money than the same size party cake because the slices are smaller so you get more slices in the same cake=more money. How do you handle this?



The cake slices should be the same for all cakes: 1x2x4.




Exactly. See my "done the math for you" response on this exact same question in this post: http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopicp-6690024.html#6690024

Ruth0209 Posted 13 Mar 2010 , 5:32pm
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I charge the same price for all cakes - wedding or party - and I price them based on the same serving size of 1x2x4. I charge extra for carved, sugar pieces, etc. I torte all my 4" cakes.

It doesn't make sense to me that you'd charge different prices. My prices are are based on material and labor costs. The cake doesn't know if it's a wedding cake or a birthday cake.

Kitagrl Posted 13 Mar 2010 , 5:48pm
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I don't base my pricing off the Wilton wedding chart but then I charge more per serving than some on here so I think it evens out.... I'd rather let my customers have leftover cake than run out, and in the long run I get the same payment as, say, IndyDebi who is charging less per serving but more servings.

Plus many of my cakes go to parties where there are NOT trained "cake cutters" and I'd rather make sure they have enough cake than hear complaints. I'd rather charge $5 per generous serving than $3 per wedding serving and deceive the "muggles" as to how much cake they are getting.

But seems like too it depends on your clientele...if you are regularly doing all weddings and the caterers are always cutting it, then it wouldn't make sense to do anything larger than Wilton wedding.

pattycakesnj Posted 13 Mar 2010 , 6:34pm
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interesting. One more question, those that have just one size serving no matter the occasion, what size do you use? 1x2x4, 1 1/2x2x4 or 2x2x4. Thanks

Ruth0209 Posted 13 Mar 2010 , 7:16pm
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Definitely 1 x 2 x 4. A 2 x 2 x 4 slice is a huge piece of cake, and it's more than most people want. If they want more, they can have a second slice. I've seen this over and over in years of watching people eat cake.

I always send a cutting guide with people who will not have a caterer cutting the cake to make sure they get the number of servings they expect. That seems to help a lot. Kitagrl is right - people who don't know what they're doing will start out cutting enormous pieces if you don't give them an idea of how to cut the right size.

I do slightly underestimate the number of servings to account for dowels, end pieces, etc.

Marinette Posted 13 Mar 2010 , 7:38pm
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sometimes a 3D cake or bday cakes have more work than a wedding cake.

Ruth0209 Posted 13 Mar 2010 , 7:54pm
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Originally Posted by Marinette

sometimes a 3D cake or bday cakes have more work than a wedding cake.




Most definitely. All bets are off regarding my standard pricing when it comes to 3-D cakes. I charge what I want on those and if they don't like the price - no cake!

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