I have been asked by a customer what I charge for cakes.
My minimum is 100 dollars.
I told her that, and she asked what size 100 dollars gives you.
Tricky question, don't you think?
She wants a grand piano cake. How do I answer that?
answer: it depends.
plain cake? or specialty carved cake?
even McDonalds has a minimum order: $1 for the simplest menu items. And then it goes up (WAY up) from there.
it depends upon how fancy a cake you want and how much work is entailed in creating it.
Does she want a 3-D grand piano? I have different pricing for sculpted cakes than regular cakes, since they are more work. I have a $150 minimum on all cake orders, so when someone asks me how big of a cake the minimum will give them, I tell them for a normal cake in buttercream it would be XX size, for fondant XX size, and for 3-D etc. For cakes I know are going to be a lot more detail work, I factor that into the minimum price and if it's going to be more time intensive, then they get a smaller cake for that minimum.
I would quote her in servings. If you charge $3.00/serving it would serve approx. 33 in BC or $4.00/serving for fondant it will serve approx. 25. Serving sizes are 1 x 2 x4 3-D is a whole different animal.
thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it so much.