I have been asked about making a dummy wedding cake for a bride and was wondering how do you go aboout pricing one? Any ideas?
It's generally accepted that a fully decorated dummy is priced to be at LEAST 80% of the cost of a real cake of the same size and construction, so a 100 serving cake that you would normally charge $300 for would be priced at $240.
The dummies aren't cheap and there's little chance that the decorated cake will be returned and be able to be re-used as is (either because of damage or the fact that no one will ever want that same design)
You could have an arrangement to "rent" the dummies to the client, so if the cake came back and the styrofoam forms are re-usable, you'd refund a SMALL portion of the amount, but that's up to you. I hate having to get anything back.
Yup...80% to sell, 50% to rent. Most of the work of a wedding cake is on the outside, not the inside. Most people think they are saving money...nope, not really.
I like that 50% to rent, though . . .
Thank you so much. I have been struggling with this. I feel the same way that the work is in the decorating. I have a client that just wants a tall seven layer cake with one layer being cake. I just had no idea on how to price it. By the way I have a web site where you can get a good price on cake dummies. It is www.shapeformation.com all they sell is styrofoam products.