vwolf Posted 8 Dec 2010 , 8:53pm
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I know I've seen posts about this before, but I apologize for not being able to come up with them. What do you all charge for kitchen cakes? Do you charge per serving? or a flat rate for the cake. I understand that they are just frosted and a border on them, I am just curious as to what to charge for one. Do you charge the same basic per serving charge as the wedding cake? I appreciate your imput!! TIA

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leily Posted 8 Dec 2010 , 9:40pm
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For me it doesn't matter what the occasion of the cake is or how it's decorated (well within reason) I have the same per serving price no matter what cake it is. It's still 4" tall, requires icing, filling, and my time to complete it.

You can charge per serving or per cake... doesn't matter, all the per serving price is is the price for the whole cake divided by the number of servings it feeds, so the cake should cost the same no matter how you price it.

vwolf Posted 8 Dec 2010 , 11:26pm
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Thanks Leily, thats kinda how I saw it too. I have a basic per serving price for cake and if you get more elaborate on the decoration the price goes up from there. I was just wondering if I was thinking correctly on that. I had my first wedding consultation and they want a kitchen cake along with the decorated wedding cake. The MOB couldn't understand why the kitchen cake wasn't a drastically cheaper price. I tried to explain that is was still the same cake, iced, filled etc. just not elaborately decorated as the wedding cake which was a higher per serving price due to the decorating they wanted done to it.

leah_s Posted 8 Dec 2010 , 11:54pm
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I discount a kitchen cake 35 cents per serving. But the outside is gonna be iced with tip 21 in and up and down motion. Fast.

vwolf Posted 9 Dec 2010 , 9:05pm
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Thanks Leah_s! I was hoping to get several responses to see if everyone does this a little differently. The homebakers in my area, that I can find pricing for, charge anywhere from 2.25 to 2.50 per serving, my basic per serving price is a little bit cheaper because I feel that I don't have the decorating experience that they do. The kitchen cake requires very little decorating so if I discount the per serving price I feel like I will be giving it away.

cakesmart Posted 9 Dec 2010 , 9:30pm
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Haven't heard this term before...what is a kitchen cake?

jenmat Posted 9 Dec 2010 , 10:57pm
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I charge quite a bit less- my per slice price for decorated is $2.45, my kitchen cakes come out to be between 1.75 and 1.65/serving.
But again, most of my weddings are in the 300+ serving range, so I almost always have kitchen cakes.
many in my area still do the single layer sheet cakes, so I'm a little more set apart with the double layer kitchen cakes.

leily Posted 10 Dec 2010 , 12:05am
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Haven't heard this term before...what is a kitchen cake?




i have a post that explained it in another recent thread about kitchen cakes.
http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-704107-kitchen.html

Annabakescakes Posted 10 Dec 2010 , 3:20am
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$1.85 a serving, filled. And it is not "sloppy" but it's nothing special, and FAST! With a border, 2 layer, round, not square.

vwolf Posted 10 Dec 2010 , 12:49pm
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$1.85 a serving, filled. And it is not "sloppy" but it's nothing special, and FAST! With a border, 2 layer, round, not square.


If you don't mind my asking, what is your per serving charge for your decorated wedding cake.

cakesmart Posted 10 Dec 2010 , 1:54pm

Leily..thanks for the link and explanation

Annabakescakes Posted 10 Dec 2010 , 7:51pm
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$1.85 a serving, filled. And it is not "sloppy" but it's nothing special, and FAST! With a border, 2 layer, round, not square.

If you don't mind my asking, what is your per serving charge for your decorated wedding cake.




Sure, no problem. My buttercream cakes start at $2.50 a serving, I will do ribbon, dots, a few icing roses, borders, some scrolls, buttercream swags, place silk flowers, and a monogram before prices go up. I add on if the design covers the whole cake, such as cornelli lace or stripes, or if there is more than a dozen or so dragees, cause they are just so slippery!

I add on for most any fondant accents, unless it is very simple and it is a small amount and I already have fondant. And I do the same with my fondant prices. I start at $3.50, and I'll do a lot, maybe a couple hours or so of work for no additional cost, but if it is something that is very time consuming, then I add on.

But, if I know them really well, and they are really sweet people, and I know they are really limited in funds, then I give them about 10-15% off, if I think it may mean that they will go to Walmart if they can't afford the "regular prices."

vwolf Posted 10 Dec 2010 , 9:02pm

Thanks Annabakescakes, that kinda helps give me a better idea as to how I should have my prices fall in line between the decorated cake and the kitchen cake. I appreciate the help!

Annabakescakes Posted 10 Dec 2010 , 10:57pm
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Originally Posted by vwolf

Thanks Annabakescakes, that kinda helps give me a better idea as to how I should have my prices fall in line between the decorated cake and the kitchen cake. I appreciate the help!




I should add that I am not legal, but this works! People like it and I make money, and don't feel bad doing it for them. (BTW, working on the legal part, it takes time in my state!)

vwolf Posted 11 Dec 2010 , 1:33am
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Originally Posted by vwolf

Thanks Annabakescakes, that kinda helps give me a better idea as to how I should have my prices fall in line between the decorated cake and the kitchen cake. I appreciate the help!



I should add that I am not legal, but this works! People like it and I make money, and don't feel bad doing it for them. (BTW, working on the legal part, it takes time in my state!)


Thanks again and good luck on the getting legal part. I am a licensed home baker in my state and I feel good about that, so I know you will too when you get thru all that.

Annabakescakes Posted 11 Dec 2010 , 3:35am

LUCKY!!! I can't be a legal home baker, except in a separate commercial kitchen, so we are converting the garage. It will be extremely rewarding once it is done!

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