Roxybc Posted 14 Oct 2010 , 1:05pm
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I've just made a batch of 18 for a friend's daughters birthday and charged £2 ($3.20 US). After making them yesterday, I think I'm undercharging for these because although they look simple, 18 of the minnie mouse's take a long time to make!

I've got another order for 18 of these in a month from someone else (she doesn't know the other person who I've just made them for, so can't chat about price etc.) This time I've quoted £2.30 ($3.68 ) for them. Keep in mind that the avg price of a normal cupcake - no special decoartions or anything, just your basic swirl can range from £2 - £3.5 here in London.

What do you guys think?

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Kiddiekakes Posted 14 Oct 2010 , 1:11pm
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I would charge $3.50-$4.00 each...

leily Posted 14 Oct 2010 , 4:20pm
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i wouldn't charge anything because minnie mouse is a trademarked/copyrighted character and can't be recreated

leah_s Posted 14 Oct 2010 , 4:29pm
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I'm with leily. You can't sell those without permission from the copyright holder.

leily Posted 14 Oct 2010 , 4:42pm
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and i just wanted to also mention, that expecially since it's disney they have global trademarks/copyrights, not just the US.

MikeRowesHunny Posted 14 Oct 2010 , 5:03pm
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If you can buy a boring old plain cupcake for £3.50 in London, why are you charging only £2.30 for these cuties? My decorated cupcakes start at £2.75 each, and I would and have charged £3.50 for something like those.

KoryAK Posted 14 Oct 2010 , 5:16pm
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My normal cc is $3.50. At first glance, I would say +$.50, but with the glitter and recessed ears and all that, I'd make it +$1.

bakencake Posted 14 Oct 2010 , 5:28pm
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your cupcakes are sooo cool. I think you can charge more than that.

imagenthatnj Posted 14 Oct 2010 , 5:38pm
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$3.75-$4.50, with the glitter and all that. Pretty cupcakes.

Chefsy Posted 14 Oct 2010 , 5:39pm

I would bill the client something, even if it's just to recup your production cost. Seeing as how Wilton and other companies sell Disney character pans, the copyright issue doesn't seem as pressing. Although, it could be if you're seeking a continuous profit. You may want to look into it. I wish you the best! It is a perfect cupcake!!!

Suzisweet Posted 14 Oct 2010 , 5:49pm

Just my opinion, but I do not see these breaking any copy right rules. It is 3 shapes put together with a bow. There is no face, no words describing that shape as Minnie Mouse etc. This design is very generic.

I would sell these for 3.50-4.00

cakeythings1961 Posted 14 Oct 2010 , 5:56pm

These really aren't Minnie Mouse...just a mouse silhouette with a bow. But you can't call them Minnie!

I think they're darling, and in my area they would easily go for $4.

Roxybc Posted 14 Oct 2010 , 6:29pm

Thanks for the replies ladies! I just sell from home at the moment, and just do it on the side. I don't do a lot of orders, just mainly to co-workers for their children's birthdays etc. Cupcakes are fairly new in the UK, so a lot of people won't have even seen them before. They're used to much smaller cupcakes without much icing on them, so I didn't want to over price them. Since I sell to co-workers, I also find it a bit hard to mark up my prices, especially since a lot of the business is repeat business and I'd feel wierd charging them more than I did last time. They're quickly becoming favourites of the office, soI can see myself doing more of these. Will just have to explain to them it takes a lot of time!

leily Posted 14 Oct 2010 , 6:33pm
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Originally Posted by Chefsy

I would bill the client something, even if it's just to recup your production cost. Seeing as how Wilton and other companies sell Disney character pans, the copyright issue doesn't seem as pressing. Although, it could be if you're seeking a continuous profit. You may want to look into it. I wish you the best! It is a perfect cupcake!!!




You can't compare this to wilton, as wilton RECEIVES permission from Disney to reproduce their characters into the pans. And wilton has to pay a royalty fee to Disney for EACH pan the sell and produce. The pans are for home use only, they are not to be used to make and sell cakes in.

countrygirll Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 6:38pm

I too am having a difficult time trying to figure out what to charge for my cupcakes. I also am doing cupcakes/cakes on the side from home for friends/family. I have an order for 24 cupcakes with oreos inside the cupcakes and decorated with ears and a bow. I'm doing them for a friend, but the hardest part is charging. Creating the ears and homemade bows certainly took some time. Many people do not realize the time that was put into making these cupcakes/cakes from scratch--this was not bought from a store. I also work full time, so my time is very limited. I guess I probably shouldn't mention that I was going to charge her $1.50 a cupcake. Another friend of mine said that I was nuts. She said that I am not giving myself the credit for the beautiful work I do. Any advice/comments would be greatly appreciated. Family/friends are hard---everybody wants a discount.

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