If I Were Charging For This Cake....

Decorating By ConfectionsCC Updated 14 Nov 2010 , 4:22pm by AmysCakesNCandies

ConfectionsCC Posted 11 Nov 2010 , 1:22pm
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I had a friend from my Anatomy and physiology (pre-med whop whop!) email me last week asking if I could make an anatomical skull cake for his birthday cake! I am so excited to do it, but I was wondering how much a cake like that would sell for in a bakery? Its going to be very cool, I am going to cover it in a combination of modeling chocolate and fondant so I can easily sculpt the bones of the face and all of the suture lines in the skull, as well as all the little teeth icon_smile.gif I will post pictures later once I finish it...but how much would every one on here charge??

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AmysCakesNCandies Posted 11 Nov 2010 , 1:32pm
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Thats going to depend on how complex it is and the size. Personally I price all my sculpted cakes individually (as opposed to a per slice price) because each one is so unique. My sculpted cake base price is $95 (meaning even the simplest 3D cake will be at least $95) and then I add $25/ hr to that based on the time I anticipate the project taking beyond 1 hr and also any extra for particularly large cakes or extra support pieces or ingredientd (ie Modelling chocolate). Assuming the skull is a smaller piece I would guess, the way I price, that I would charge about $225 rough & tumble. Everyone charges differently though and a lot has to do with your area and what the going rate for cakes are where you live. Some areas tollerate much higher prices than others.

ConfectionsCC Posted 14 Nov 2010 , 4:18pm
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The cake I will prob start out with 4-8in round cakes, but after sculpting, I may end up with a much smaller cake! Our area can't handle say NY prices, but I live in South MS with all the casinos and "gourmet" bakeries surrounding, so prices around here are much higher than I expected when I first got into this! I know that for a designer purse cake to feed around 20, I could expect to pay $325-$350 at a local bakery...Is that about what others around the country charge? The hardest part about trying to start up a business I think is the pricing! Thanks for your reply icon_smile.gif

AmysCakesNCandies Posted 14 Nov 2010 , 4:22pm
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I know when I moved from Chicago to Greensboro, NC I had to tweak my prices (downward unfotunately). You may want to contact some of your competition in the area for a cake quote. I do this periodically to make sure I am staying within a reasonable distance of the competition price wise.

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