Unsure Of How To Charge For A Carved Cake

Decorating By pmarks0 Updated 25 Jan 2011 , 12:54pm by Kiddiekakes

pmarks0 Posted 24 Jan 2011 , 10:41pm
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I have Converse Allstar show in my photos. It was my first real carved cake and I made if for my niece. I've been asked how much to make that cake again. I know we don't like "how much should I charge" questions here because there are so many difference variables. Normally I charge about $3 for buttercream and $4-5 for fondant depending on the complexity. I don't even know where to begin to figure this one out. Nor do I know how many servings it might be. It's probably equivalent to a size 8-9 lifesize shoe.

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Sorelle Posted 24 Jan 2011 , 11:06pm
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Isn't price the most difficult part of this entire process?? Makes me crazy every time. I'm watching this because I want to know for myself. I'm getting more and more requests for sculpted cakes. I love doing them until they ask "how much?"
BTW beautifully executed.

Kiddiekakes Posted 24 Jan 2011 , 11:06pm
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I would venture to guess about 15-20 servings.I charge $5.00 per serving for my 3D cakes and then add extra for more embellishments like fondant work etc..I would say about $120.00 to $150.00 just by the picture I see.

Sorelle Posted 24 Jan 2011 , 11:10pm
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How many did that shoe serve? Unless it was sitting on a cake I would have guessed 10 servings tops. Then again Im surrounded by hungry teenage boys

Evoir Posted 24 Jan 2011 , 11:22pm
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LOL...teenage boys always skew the results icon_smile.gif

I also charge from $4 for my fondant-covered, and from $5 for carved inc Mad Hatter. It probably should be a bit more!

pmarks0 Posted 25 Jan 2011 , 3:33am
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@Sorelle - Thank you. icon_smile.gif

@Kiddiekakes - We served the cake at dinner, so my family numbered 8 and we didn't finish it (that's not to say we couldn't have). But I don't think there was more than the heel portion left, so maybe 4 more pieces?

I was leaning to about $100 I think. It did take some time to get the cake carved properly.

If someone were to say they wanted a cake like that to serve 20-25 people would you make them two shoes, or would you do one and maybe stick it on a rectangle to represent a shoe box.

Foxicakes Posted 25 Jan 2011 , 3:58am
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Personally, I like the idea of doing the shoe with a shoebox next to it, possibly with the "lid" kind of off to the side a little with some "tissue" and a shoelace representing the other shoe sticking out. That way you have enough cake but don't have to go through the hassle of carving two shoes.

Crazboutcakes Posted 25 Jan 2011 , 4:28am
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Personally, I like the idea of doing the shoe with a shoebox next to it, possibly with the "lid" kind of off to the side a little with some "tissue" and a shoelace representing the other shoe sticking out. That way you have enough cake but don't have to go through the hassle of carving two shoes.




Really like this idea. I also have someone that asked me for a converse sneaker... must be in the air icon_rolleyes.gif mine cake will not be till mid February but post some pics when your done icon_smile.gif

indydebi Posted 25 Jan 2011 , 8:45am
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carved cakes are charged more for the labor than for the number of servings. When I had someone come in and ask about these kinds of cakes, I'd tell them, "They are $150 to start, and that's before I even pick up a pencil to find out what you want."

cutiepiecupcake Posted 25 Jan 2011 , 10:09am
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carved cakes are charged more for the labor than for the number of servings. When I had someone come in and ask about these kinds of cakes, I'd tell them, "They are $150 to start, and that's before I even pick up a pencil to find out what you want."




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online_annie Posted 25 Jan 2011 , 11:16am
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I love your shoe!! Fantastic! I would agree...sculpted cakes start at $150...too much work is involved. I also love the idea of creating a shoe box for additional servings. That elimates the frustration of trying to replicate the other shoe EXACTLY. With two of them side by side, their differences would stand out to me. Carved cakes are one of a kind edible work of art and should be price as such. Don't sell yourself short.

Kiddiekakes Posted 25 Jan 2011 , 12:54pm
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Originally Posted by indydebi

carved cakes are charged more for the labor than for the number of servings. When I had someone come in and ask about these kinds of cakes, I'd tell them, "They are $150 to start, and that's before I even pick up a pencil to find out what you want."





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