How Much Should I Charge For An Xbox Cake?

Decorating By cakiemommie Updated 23 Jan 2011 , 8:41am by LisaPeps

cakiemommie Posted 21 Jan 2011 , 2:22am
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Hello all.. I've recieved a request for an xbox cake.. they sent me a picture of the xbox cake through "Pinkcakebox.com" .. that's the one they want. And they want it as close to life size as possible.. But I have no clue how big an xbox is!! How many servings would this be? And how much would you charge for this cake??? Doesn't look like too much carving, but a lot of fondant/gumpaste details....

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. thanks!

http://www.pinkcakebox.com/images/cake859.jpg

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pmarks0 Posted 21 Jan 2011 , 2:34am
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An Xbox360 is basically 10"x12"x3" but it doesn't have straight edges, and there are some bits that come out from the box. You would probably be best to use a 14" square and carve it from that.

If you know someone with one, you could trace around it and make a template for the shape, but the front rounded as well as concave a bit.

And if you do know someone, then I would try and borrow controller to use as a model. You may need a separat 4" or 6" for the controller, but just a single layer unless you do it in RKT.

And because it's a 14" you would be using, charge for the number of pieces that that size makes. My guess is possible 60-65 pieces. So I would charge at minimum $325-350 but with the extra fondant work and the carving, I'd bump that to $400-450. Others may say otherwise.

I don't think it would be too hard. Good luck!

JPMitchell Posted 21 Jan 2011 , 2:44am
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HIIII!! First I would find a side, top, back, any view pictures you can find if you don't have the real thing to reference. It looks like a really big cake, of course it could be the angle they took the picture!! Like the other poster put, use a sheet cake to get close to the size that it actually is and then you can layer and carve from there!! From some quick research it looks as thought a 2 10X12 sheet cakes is around 40-50 servings. However, you might want to double check!!! I would definitely get over a $100, b/c it is carved, and all the details!! But you know your skill set and should price accordingly!!!

michel30014 Posted 21 Jan 2011 , 2:43pm
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I used a 13x9 pan for the Xbox that I made. Also, a 6 in round that I carved the controller from. My cake is not as good as the one in the pic and it was my first full covered fondant cake but I think I did ok.

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1886752

I really can't say how much to price because this one was a gift.

Good luck and I hope that helps!!

ceshell Posted 23 Jan 2011 , 7:33am
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You can get the XBox dimensions online. http://news.teamxbox.com/xbox/8417/Xbox-360-Physical-Dimensions/

**oops just realized that the pp already gave you the dimensions - duh!* icon_redface.gif

I made one using photos of XBoxes (front, side, top views) and controller pix and a 10x15" pan, which I thought would be too big but turned out perfect once I carved it down. Using RKT for the controller made it soooo easy to make. I made the same model XBox as Pink Cake box, but theirs is much prettier. Naturally!

As previously posted, I'd calculate the cost based on # servings you believe the cake will provide (based on its final size). I'd say mine served about 30 since I only torted it once. (The PCB cakes looks way taller). If I'd charged for it I'd guess it should have been around $150.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ceshell/4967135892/

LisaPeps Posted 23 Jan 2011 , 8:41am
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http://cakefixation.blogspot.com/search/label/XBox%20360%20Cake

Here's a good tutorial in case you needed one. Have you got any family members with an Xbox that you can just borrow to draw round?

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