What Do You Think Of The Price?

Decorating By mamagraham81 Updated 1 Oct 2010 , 12:59pm by Kiddiekakes

mamagraham81 Posted 30 Sep 2010 , 7:08pm
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Some one asked me to do this cake. At this point I am waiting on her to tell me how much she wants it to feed. I am thinking 8,6,4 for the sizes and thinking about charging $50. This is out side my comforts zone of prices, but my husband says I need to charge more for my cakes or to quit making them. icon_cry.gif

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mamagraham81 Posted 30 Sep 2010 , 7:10pm
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it isn't letting me post the picture.

pinkjacs Posted 30 Sep 2010 , 7:12pm
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can you post a link to the picture?

mamagraham81 Posted 30 Sep 2010 , 7:16pm
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Here is a bigger pic of a similar cake that the customer sent. http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-photo_355893.html

imagenthatnj Posted 30 Sep 2010 , 7:16pm
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Where I am, New York, that cake would be about $200.

It all depends on where you live... and yes, $50 seems too inexpensive for a 3-tier cake! Agree with your husband.

mamagraham81 Posted 30 Sep 2010 , 7:20pm
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I am in a small town in Iowa. I was thinking $60 with fondant and $50 without the fondant. Just seems like a lot for "cake". Guess thats why I make cake and not buy it!

2kiddos Posted 30 Sep 2010 , 7:25pm
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$50 is way too low... especially for a 3 tiered cake with fondant.
I would price it at no less than $125

Jackofallcakes Posted 30 Sep 2010 , 7:34pm
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haha, Your husband sounds like mine....

I learned my lesson though....Yes, that is worth way more than $50! Your labor should be able $50....there is a lot of detail in that cake. I would say mo less than $100. and I live in a small town in upstate NY.

emms73 Posted 30 Sep 2010 , 7:35pm
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you also need to consider how much it cost you and for your time ,power,etc then you can figure out a fair price that you are comfortable with hope this helps let us know how it works out

CWR41 Posted 30 Sep 2010 , 7:37pm
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Originally Posted by mamagraham81

I am thinking 8,6,4 for the sizes and thinking about charging $50.




I consider those sizes to serve somewhere between 40-50 (depending on which chart you use). You do realize that you're only charging about $1.00 per serving for a cake that you could be selling for $4.50-$7.00 or more per serving, right????

pinkjacs Posted 30 Sep 2010 , 7:39pm
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I am in Scotland but $50 for that is way too low!!

Saffire Posted 30 Sep 2010 , 7:42pm
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For that much work and such? Around here, that price would barely cover ingredients. I've winced at times when I give a price for a cake and so far, no one's hesitated because they've seen the quality of the work, have read the folks who have posted on our facebook about taste and they're willing to pay for a one of a kind cake. Heck, we found out this past weekend, that a local bakery quoted my friend $600 for a two tier topsy turvy cake. o.O

mamagraham81 Posted 30 Sep 2010 , 7:58pm
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I just added up the ingredents and I came up with $31.11 then I added $5.00 for the dowel rods and boards. So I came up with $78. ahhhh. and I only came up with it serving 28 people 16 for the 8", 8 for the 6" and 4 for the 4". The only bakerys around here are grochery store ones and the very few other ones won't really share how they do things. Thanks for all your help ladies.

imagenthatnj Posted 30 Sep 2010 , 8:05pm
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mamagraham81, I sent you a PM.

mamagraham81 Posted 30 Sep 2010 , 8:09pm
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So should I just go with what the cake guides say to for serving amounts. I always go bigger because I would be afraid that if I was the one cutting it, that I would do it wrong and then run out of cake.

She just responded and said she wants it for 50, so should I go 10,8,6 for stay with what I have? EEkkk

leily Posted 30 Sep 2010 , 8:09pm
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i'm in iowa too and just the 8" with only buttercream would be $50. I would charge $90 for a 4-6-8. If it was in fondant then an additional $45

mamagraham81 Posted 30 Sep 2010 , 8:13pm
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Originally Posted by leily

i'm in iowa too and just the 8" with only buttercream would be $50. I would charge $90 for a 4-6-8. If it was in fondant then an additional $45


Cool where are you at? I know I need to change my prices, but it is just so hard. What I really need to do is make a set price. I usually do what ever. AHH

leily Posted 30 Sep 2010 , 8:15pm
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Originally Posted by mamagraham81

I just added up the ingredents and I came up with $31.11 then I added $5.00 for the dowel rods and boards. So I came up with $78. ahhhh. and I only came up with it serving 28 people 16 for the 8", 8 for the 6" and 4 for the 4". The only bakerys around here are grochery store ones and the very few other ones won't really share how they do things. Thanks for all your help ladies.




My serving sizes are 1x2x4 (which is about the size of a peice of bread folded in half) it's a good size serving, if the customer wants to serve larger peices then they can order more cake.

so the 8" serves 25, 6" serves 14 and the 4" serves 6

For 50 servings and a 3 tier cake i like to do 5-7-9 which gives you 59 servings (make sure you charge for the # of servings you're providing, not how many they want it to feed)

if you do the 10-8-6 it feeds 78

so give your customer the options of how many each cake feeds and the price for each. Then let her decide, maybe they'll want the 10-8-6 for extra cake, but it's going to cost more.

what_a_cake Posted 30 Sep 2010 , 8:18pm
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You in Iowa? in Houston this cake will be no less than $100, not a matter of how many servings only, also consider all the work and material

andreamen1 Posted 30 Sep 2010 , 8:31pm
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Originally Posted by mamagraham81

So should I just go with what the cake guides say to for serving amounts. I always go bigger because I would be afraid that if I was the one cutting it, that I would do it wrong and then run out of cake.

She just responded and said she wants it for 50, so should I go 10,8,6 for stay with what I have? EEkkk





If you go with this size then you really won't make any money you'll be paying for her and her party to eat cake

Donnagardner Posted 30 Sep 2010 , 8:49pm
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50 wont even cover your ingredients. I agree no less than 125 would be a good deal.

FleurDeCake Posted 30 Sep 2010 , 9:11pm
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An 8",6",4", tierd cake will yield 44 ,1"x2"x4" servings .If you charge a minimum of 3.00 per serving, which is very reasonable for a cake with those details, your total charge should be $132.00. I wouldn't do it for any less than that . That design can be very time consuming . And I am guessing that you do want to make a profit and be paid for your time .

Bskinne Posted 30 Sep 2010 , 9:14pm
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I would have quoted $200 for this cake, maybe more if I was doing a sugar figure for the top, and I do realize I'm in a bigger city, but I agree with everyone, 50 is not enough. Imagine it this way, if she took everyone out, would she pay $1 a piece for a dessert? I mean, maybe at McDonalds, but I'll go out on a limb and say you're probably better than Mickey D's. So set a per person price. Say $2.50x50 servings=$125. add more if you do additional sugar or gumpaste work. Don't underprice yourself because it's a disservice to you and other cakers! icon_smile.gif

KathysCC Posted 30 Sep 2010 , 9:14pm
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You do need to come up with a serving size guide and a price quide for yourself. You can use the Wilton serving guide and then charge per serving.

50 dollars is WAY too little for that cake. I would charge no less $200 for it.

indydebi Posted 30 Sep 2010 , 10:16pm
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Originally Posted by mamagraham81

So should I just go with what the cake guides say to for serving amounts. I always go bigger because I would be afraid that if I was the one cutting it, that I would do it wrong and then run out of cake.

She just responded and said she wants it for 50, so should I go 10,8,6 for stay with what I have? EEkkk




Technically, how they cut it is not your problem. A can of Campbell's soup says it serves 2.5 people, but when I make a can of tomato soup, the whole thing goes in my big coffee cup and I dont' share it with ANYONE! Do I get it cheaper just because *I* say it only serves one? No. Do they give me a bigger can just because *I* say it only serves one? No.

As someone mentioned above, you can tell them what each size serves (and I also use the wilton wedding chart to determine that). "A 4/6/8 will serve about 40-44 or a 6/8/10 will serve 74, when cut in industry standard sizes. The first one costs $120 and the second will be $210. Which would you prefer?"

obsessed Posted 30 Sep 2010 , 10:43pm
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Can you take the photo to one of the other bakeries and ask them for an estimate of what they would charge you for that cake? I agree with your husband...$50 is not enough.

_christina_ Posted 30 Sep 2010 , 11:34pm
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Very well said, debi!

I have to say I was shocked when I saw the price you were thinking about charging. $50?? Seriously?? i am not trying to be rude but that is a STEAL for that cake! They could not get that ANYWHERE for $50! Even a grocery store.

I like the idea of letting the customer know about serving size and total cake servings and prices with that. I would not charge less than $100 for the cake. Yes, it does depend on where you are but you can't do this for free, and at $50, you basically are.

I would be charging $150 - $200 at least for the cake.

indydebi Posted 30 Sep 2010 , 11:36pm
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remember .... it's not a $200 cake. It's enough cake to feed SEVENTY FIVE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! icon_eek.gif

a $3 cup of starbucks isn't much money ..... until you need to buy 75 of them. thumbs_up.gif

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