What Would You Charge?

Business By mustangsallii Updated 9 Aug 2010 , 7:42pm by dholdenrn

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mustangsallii Posted 3 Aug 2010 , 6:40pm
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What would you charge to do the cake pictured here?

http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1760683

It's a two tier cream cheese pound cake with custard filling and fondant overlay. 2 layer 8" on bottom and 2 layer 6" on top. I delivered the cake 25 miles from my home. Just curious what others would charge for this.

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cai0311 Posted 3 Aug 2010 , 6:53pm
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I charge $3.00/serving for fondant covered cakes. So an 8" and 6" cake will serve 36 x $3.00 = $108. Another $30 for the flowers.
Delivery is free for the first 10 miles for any order over $100 and then $1.25/mile with a minimum of $30.00. In this case the minimum of $30.00 would be applied to the cake.

$108 + $30 + $30 = $168

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minicuppie Posted 3 Aug 2010 , 6:57pm
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It sounds like a simple party job (pound cake, pudding and BC), so 32 servings times whatever you charge for a simple fondant cake (simple meaning that the fondant decos were probably actually easier to do than an equal amt of piped BC decos), plus what ever you charge for a 50 (total) mile drive. Does that sound about right?

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MikeRowesHunny Posted 3 Aug 2010 , 7:10pm
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185 inc delivery (about $245)

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CanadianCakeDiva Posted 3 Aug 2010 , 7:18pm
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$150 including delivery fee

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mustangsallii Posted 8 Aug 2010 , 3:48am
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Wow, I only charged $55!

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katystinykitchen Posted 8 Aug 2010 , 4:12am
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Around $100 plus delivery!

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bmarlow001 Posted 8 Aug 2010 , 4:24am
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I charge $130 plus delivery fee

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Cakechick123 Posted 8 Aug 2010 , 8:46am
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Originally Posted by mustangsallii

Wow, I only charged $55!




thast only about $1.53 per serving, not taking your delivery into account!!!

start reading up on some pricing threads, you are not doing yourself any favours charging those prices!

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mamawrobin Posted 8 Aug 2010 , 2:20pm
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Wow, I only charged $55!




That cake around here would be about $75.00. A lot of pricing has to do with the area that you're in. If we sold a cake like that for $185.00 we'd never sell a cake. icon_lol.gif

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Donnabugg Posted 8 Aug 2010 , 9:29pm
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Originally Posted by mustangsallii

Wow, I only charged $55!



That cake around here would be about $75.00. A lot of pricing has to do with the area that you're in. If we sold a cake like that for $185.00 we'd never sell a cake. icon_lol.gif




So prices for fondant covered cakes with those flowers would be less than $2 a serving...wow!

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Mindy1975 Posted 8 Aug 2010 , 9:33pm
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I was going to say around $100. Because I usually charge between $150-$200 for a 10, 8, 6, and I'm in a rural area as well, where it's hard to get paid for your work.

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mustangsallii Posted 9 Aug 2010 , 6:46pm
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Originally Posted by mamawrobin

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Originally Posted by mustangsallii

Wow, I only charged $55!



That cake around here would be about $75.00. A lot of pricing has to do with the area that you're in. If we sold a cake like that for $185.00 we'd never sell a cake. icon_lol.gif




Same here. We have a lot of smaller, independent bakers around like me. However, I've started inching my pricing up in the past few weeks because I should have charged $65 or a little better for this one. It only took about 2.5 hrs to make including the time I spent several days in advance cutting out the flowers so they could dry. I look at it as It was $55 I didn't have before I made it!

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dholdenrn Posted 9 Aug 2010 , 7:00pm
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I think your price of $55 was adequate for a rural area for that cake. You must consider your competition in the area and your skill level.

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brincess_b Posted 9 Aug 2010 , 7:00pm
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but you have to look at that $55 as 55- (cost of ingredients + utilities + mileage + wear and tear on your equipment and car) = tiny $. and thats before you think about a wage!
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dholdenrn Posted 9 Aug 2010 , 7:04pm
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I think your price of $55 was adequate for a rural area for that cake. You must consider your competition in the area and your skill level.

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dholdenrn Posted 9 Aug 2010 , 7:42pm
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That is true, but for a beginner home-baker in a rural area...you have to charge no more than people could get a professional cake made for...and I know that in concord, nc, a beginner could not get much more than $55 for that cake. Even if the fondant was perfectly smooth and the borders were even, $60 is probably the max. People in that area would pay.

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