Piping Pricing

Business By msauer Updated 7 Sep 2010 , 9:52pm by momomom

msauer Posted 2 Sep 2010 , 1:35am
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Okay...so I just recently loaded a picture of a cake I did (called Ditalia Wedding) and I have some questions for those of you who are in the wedding industry.

My question is in regards to the pricing of the piping. I understand that everything is on a "case by case basis", but if a bride brought this image to you, how would you account for the additional time you would put into the piping? Do you charge a flat rate add-on or do you add on to the cost per serving? How much extra would you have added to the total cost?

I found this one difficult to price because not having done this type of piping on a cake (let alone that triangular design), you really don't know how much time it will take. I tried to "guestimate".

Anyone want to offer me any thoughts? I'm looking at what changes need to happen within my business in this next year and as I continue to book 2011 brides, I want to make sure I am not short changing myself and that I am running my business efficiently.

Thanks for the input!

Michelle

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costumeczar Posted 2 Sep 2010 , 1:43am
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I wouldn't charge anything extra for that, because it really wouldn't take that much more time than most piped designs. If I don't have to do any advance work (gumpaste, etc) I don't add extra fees for piped designs.

sari66 Posted 2 Sep 2010 , 2:47am
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I don't charge extra for this type of piping either. Nice cakes too!

aundrea Posted 2 Sep 2010 , 3:13am
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your cakes are amazing!!! i love your pipping skills!

CWR41 Posted 2 Sep 2010 , 4:05am
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That's a lot of piping and more time-consuming than a traditional "old school" wedding cake... I'd charge extra for that.

Since you've done it before, do you know/remember how long it took? I think you should charge the hourly rate that you're worth times however long you guestimated it took.

msauer Posted 2 Sep 2010 , 12:27pm
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Thanks for all the info and comments (and compliments icon_lol.gif ). I appreciate all of your help.

Anyone else want to chime in? Please do.

CWR41 Posted 2 Sep 2010 , 1:37pm
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Originally Posted by msauer

Okay...so I just recently loaded a picture of a cake I did (called Ditalia Wedding)




Can I ask, "How much extra time did it take you to complete the piping?"

cakesdivine Posted 2 Sep 2010 , 2:05pm
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I consider this type of cake in my level 3 Buttercream. So for the amount of servings of cake then half the servings due to the bottom being foam I would charge $6.75 per serving so to my calculations 193 servings total for a 6"/10"/14"/18" bottom being foam instead of cake (foam must be returned or full price as if they had cake. Foam is more expensive than cake at times.) $1302.75 if they return the foam. If all cake then it serves 258 and the price drops to $6.25 per serving and the cost is then $1612.00

msauer Posted 2 Sep 2010 , 2:10pm
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Originally Posted by msauer

Okay...so I just recently loaded a picture of a cake I did (called Ditalia Wedding)



Can I ask, "How much extra time did it take you to complete the piping?"




First I marked where the piping would go and then did the piping...so all in all I am guessing it took about 2 hours after it was stacked to complete the cake. So, not a crazy amount of time, but longer than most of the cakes I've been doing lateley.

CWR41 Posted 2 Sep 2010 , 2:29pm
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Originally Posted by msauer

Okay...so I just recently loaded a picture of a cake I did (called Ditalia Wedding)



Can I ask, "How much extra time did it take you to complete the piping?"



First I marked where the piping would go and then did the piping...so all in all I am guessing it took about 2 hours after it was stacked to complete the cake. So, not a crazy amount of time, but longer than most of the cakes I've been doing lateley.




Definitely don't short-change yourself... tack on something extra for the additional 2 hours worth of your time. The labor cost for your work should not be free.

flamingobaker Posted 3 Sep 2010 , 2:01pm
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I would not charge extra - it seems about the same amount of time to do a typical scrollwork cake. It is very pretty, I am partial to buttercream cakes, and I really love the henna look of it.

leah_s Posted 3 Sep 2010 , 5:10pm
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I wouldn't charge extra. To me, that's not an abnormal amount of piping.

indydebi Posted 4 Sep 2010 , 10:04am
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I wouldn't charge extra. To me, that's not an abnormal amount of piping.


ditto.

momomom Posted 7 Sep 2010 , 9:52pm
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I consider this type of cake in my level 3 Buttercream.




Do you give out copies of your pricing and what each level means? I'm just starting out and interested.

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