Real Cake Vs Dummy Cake Pricing

Decorating By Dayti Updated 10 Nov 2010 , 11:42pm by cupadeecakes

Dayti Posted 10 Nov 2010 , 8:18pm
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Hi, I'm just curious to know your views and pricing points on pricing a real cake vs a dummy cake.

For example, say your 4 tier cake for 100 people costs $400, how much would you charge for a 4 tier dummy cake with the same decorations as the real cake?
What about if they wanted 2 real tiers (say for 50 people), and 2 fake tiers?

I don't really think location is important when trying to price this kind of thing.
I am having a hard time trying to figure this out, and am getting more requests for dummy cakes and "halfandhalfs"...

Thanks in advance!

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suepers Posted 10 Nov 2010 , 8:24pm
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I'm still a newbie and don't charge for my cakes, but I've heard you should charge 75% of the price of the real cake, because the decorating (your skill) is really what you charge the most for and takes the most time. HTH! icon_smile.gif

costumeczar Posted 10 Nov 2010 , 8:31pm
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I wrote about this on my blog recently http://acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/2010/10/more-about-dummies-yes-still-cakes.html

Just an FYI, I know that I refer people to my blog a lot, but if I wrote about it on there already it's easier to just give the link instead of typing everything out again! icon_smile.gif

sweetonyouzz Posted 10 Nov 2010 , 8:45pm
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I charge from 25 to 75 per layer

pattycakesnj Posted 10 Nov 2010 , 8:59pm
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80% of the usual price of the tier

cdgleason Posted 10 Nov 2010 , 9:29pm
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In some case, the cost of a cake dummy is higher than the cost of a cake!! most people don't take into concideration that although a dummy cake isn't a "real" cake... it takes the same amount of skill, time and effort to make a dummycake look as impressive as the rest of the edible cake!!

When you explain it that way to potentail clients... it makes more sense when you charge the same... or only slightly less!

Mb20fan Posted 10 Nov 2010 , 9:54pm
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Originally Posted by costumeczar

I wrote about this on my blog recently http://acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/2010/10/more-about-dummies-yes-still-cakes.html

Just an FYI, I know that I refer people to my blog a lot, but if I wrote about it on there already it's easier to just give the link instead of typing everything out again! icon_smile.gif




I love visiting your site now Kara...I just started catching up on your blogs - they're a great read. thumbs_up.gif

Dayti Posted 10 Nov 2010 , 10:10pm
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Thanks for your thoughts everyone. I was thinking around 75-80% of the normal price sounds about right.
You have some very interesting articles on your blog Costume, well done! I understand the valid arguments in the ones about the dummy cakes - I just need to write them down and memorise them, especially the way you word them, for when someone exclaims "how much?!"...

jammjenks Posted 10 Nov 2010 , 10:15pm
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I charge the same amount for dummies that I do for real cake.

cupadeecakes Posted 10 Nov 2010 , 11:42pm
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I charge the same price and encourage them to get the cake instead of styrofoam. (I buy mine really cheap from Dallas foam). They can leave it for the venue as a thank you or feed relatives that are in town the next day. I even had on sweet mother of the bride call me the morning after the event to say that it was excellent for breakfast!

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