I and not sure what I should charge. I charge $2 a serving for fondant covered cakes. But the bride wants to get the cake from someone else and just have me do a 3 tier fake cake covered in fondant and a simple ribbon with a bow at the bottom of each tier. The cake is the easy part. Any suggestions. I have attached a picture of the cake that she wants. What size do you think each tier is? Thanks for your imput it is greatly appreciated!!
I can't see an attachment- but I've always followed IndyDebi's advice and used the 30% rule- fake cakes are 30% less than a real cake. So, charge her whatever you would for the cake if it was real, minus that 30%..... It takes the same time (sometimes longer) to decorate a fake cake, and depending on how cheaply you can get the Styrofoam the only cost difference to you is the buttercream filling.
Don't sell yourself short! Charge appropriately
My general rule of thumb is 80% the cost of a real cake with no expectation of having the dummy cake(s) returned.
If the arrangement is to have the decorated dummies returned, then it becomes a rental situation and that would involve deposits and damage assessment.