Help With Pricing Cupcake Toppers

Baking By ChoueiriCakeCo Updated 24 Apr 2010 , 3:51am by sugarspice

ChoueiriCakeCo Posted 13 Apr 2010 , 5:54pm
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I hope I'm posting this in the right place, as I am usually in the cake decorating forums...I recently made cupcake toppers (17 bears with 37 tiny flowers), here's a photo:

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The bears were not difficult to make, but it just took so much time to make them. This was my first order so I was unsure about how long it would actually take me. I charged $17 for these and I'm not sure if I may have undercharged or if my pricing was ok. How do you all calculate the prices for your toppers? I know I covered the price for the materials to make them, but I'm not sure how to calculate the time that goes into making them (and if I'm making enough of a profit)...any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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bakers2 Posted 13 Apr 2010 , 6:06pm
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how long did it take you to make them - how much do you want to earn per hour - add this to what the supplies cost and you have your answer!

ChoueiriCakeCo Posted 13 Apr 2010 , 6:16pm
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Thank you, but how much should I charge per hour for something like that? It took me about 6-7 hours to complete them (spread out over a few days).

WendyB Posted 13 Apr 2010 , 6:19pm
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The question is what is your time worth to you? Will you work for $10 an hour, $20 an hour? What amount of money makes it worth it for you to do the work?

KHalstead Posted 13 Apr 2010 , 6:33pm
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I have a minimum of $5 for any modelled figure!! You definitely undercharged for $1 each.........basically after you subtract let's say $2 for the fondant you made $15 for 7 hrs. work?? That's like $.50/hr..........not good money!

ChoueiriCakeCo Posted 13 Apr 2010 , 6:48pm
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KHalstead, I think you said what I needed to hear. I set the price after making one bear (customized to the customer's liking), and I hadn't realized the amount of time it would take to make all of them, along with the flowers. I'm definetly learning, and will calculate how much I actually deserve and the time I sacrifice, instead of being afraid of my prices not being affordable enough.

Thank you all for your advice!

leily Posted 13 Apr 2010 , 8:45pm
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Definitely figure up your time like KHalstead suggested and then figure out what you're actually getting paid per hour. When you look at it that way it changes things.

I don't do a lot of modeling like this, but another place to take a look at is ebay and search "sculpey bear" or "polymer clay bear" You're doing the same thing as them just out of an edible medium. See what they are charging just to sell on ebay. Just another idea of where to get prices.

KHalstead Posted 13 Apr 2010 , 11:24pm
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hey, I learned this the hard way too..............the thing is........I started to get an attitude when I was missing out on family events and such because I had cake orders and I was realizing I wasn't even making that much money, so it gave me a bad attitude when doing the cakes and I didn't like that......that is NOT why I started doing cakes.....I did it because I loved it!!!

I still don't charge nearly enough, but my prices go up about ever 6 months (just a quarter or two/serv. here and there lol) and my customers stick with it. I lose a few here and there, but that's ok I'm too busy as it is!!

When I do get very time intense cake orders I'm making enough money that I have a positive attitude while working on the cake, knowing that I'm getting paid well, and it also results in a nicer cake!

ChoueiriCakeCo Posted 14 Apr 2010 , 1:17am
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Originally Posted by leily

I don't do a lot of modeling like this, but another place to take a look at is ebay and search "sculpey bear" or "polymer clay bear" You're doing the same thing as them just out of an edible medium. See what they are charging just to sell on ebay. Just another idea of where to get prices.




I actually did that earlier today (I don't know why I didn't think to do it sooner). It definitely helps me with figuring out a price range for my figures.

KHalstead, I'm also doing this because it's something I love to do, but our time is worth something just like everyone else's! I'm absolutely going to keep this in mind for the future icon_smile.gif

sugarspice Posted 24 Apr 2010 , 3:51am
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Those bears are ADORABLE!! Excellent attention to detail-well done!

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