bellaudreycakes Posted 1 Feb 2011 , 5:31pm
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Just had a call for 50 of these mini cakes (will try to post pic) and wondered if anyone does these what you usually charge for them, I know it varies in where you live but just curious.

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bellaudreycakes Posted 1 Feb 2011 , 5:32pm
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well I can't figure out how to add the pic when I try to add an attachment it doesn't work??

bellaudreycakes Posted 1 Feb 2011 , 5:34pm
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http://www.beau-coup.com/two-tier-mini-cakes.htm
this is the link and its the blue mini cake with polka dots.

jewels710 Posted 1 Feb 2011 , 6:15pm
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The site you posted lists them for $6.50 each. That seems VERY fair.
People think because they are tiny, they should not cost as much, etc...
wrong...Mini's are a PIA.

bellaudreycakes Posted 1 Feb 2011 , 6:20pm
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Thanks for your input, thats what I was thinking too, but $6.50 seems like so much around my area, I don't want to sell myself short though especially if they are a pain!!!

indydebi Posted 1 Feb 2011 , 6:22pm
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$6.50 EACH? Or $6.50 per SERVING?

What size do you call a "mini"? For example, if these are 4" and 6", then you're looking at 15-18 servings worth of cake .... times an average of $3/ BC serving = $36 per cake. If they are smaller, then the price goes up because of the extra work. SMALL cakes = HUGE pita!!!

I wouldnt' do these cakes for only $6.50 each.

It's not just the decorating. To make 50 of these, you're looking at 4 layers of cake x 50 = 200 pans that need prepped and washed; 200 cardboards; anywhere from 50 to 200 trips back and forth to the van to get them into the venue; etc etc.

Ali3971 Posted 1 Feb 2011 , 6:35pm
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$6.50 seems fair to me, at least they will be fresh and she soes not have to pay for shipping.

jewels710 Posted 1 Feb 2011 , 6:38pm
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The ad says the bottom layer of the mini is 3-1/2" in diameter (frosted).
This is prob a (guessing) 1 or 1-1/2" diameter on the top.
Total decorated height is 5-1/2".
Sold to be single servings.

indydebi Posted 1 Feb 2011 , 6:48pm
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Originally Posted by jewels710

The ad says the bottom layer of the mini is 3-1/2" in diameter (frosted).
This is prob a (guessing) 1 or 1-1/2" diameter on the top.
Total decorated height is 5-1/2".
Sold to be single servings.



OMG. icon_eek.gif I hate screwing around with a 6" let alone some dinky 1.5"!!!!! Geesh, that's smaller than a cupcake!

Kristie925 Posted 1 Feb 2011 , 6:56pm

I'm like Debi, I don't even like messing with 6" cakes! I like cupcakes, but they only get decorated on the top. I'd probably charge at least $5 each for those mini cakes.

KoryAK Posted 1 Feb 2011 , 7:06pm

For a single tier mini (2x2" ish) I charge $12 to start. And you will too after doing one order icon_smile.gif

leily Posted 1 Feb 2011 , 8:03pm

i wouldn't touch them for less than $12 each. $6.50 is a deal, she should get them from the website if that is what she's comparing them too.

Have you ever done mini cakes? If not, i suggest doing some and then remember you have to do that 50 times. As indydebi said, smaller cakes = HUGE pita, so they cost more!!
I would much rather do a tiered cake to feed 1000 than 50 of those mini cakes.

angelcakes5 Posted 1 Feb 2011 , 8:21pm

I made 50 mini cakes for a wedding shower. I will never make them again! They were just a single layer round 3". I dont think I would do them for any amount of money. Seriously. I didnt sleep for 3 days!

leah_s Posted 1 Feb 2011 , 8:32pm

I'd be looking at $15-$20 each. Once you do them, you'll REALLY understand why.

artscallion Posted 1 Feb 2011 , 8:39pm

Imaging trying to ice a marshmallow, smoothly, with buttercream, remembering that you can't hold it in your hand without messing it up and that it has basically no weight to keep it in place on the counter while you ice it. So when you lay the spatula against it, it just moves away from you. Now multiply that times 50. Plus you can't buy 3" cardboards, so you have to cut them all out yourself...50 of them. Now let's move on to decorating.

I'd rather try to teach line dancing to a roomful of cats.

bellaudreycakes Posted 1 Feb 2011 , 8:42pm

Thanks for your replys!!!! She decided to go with mini cupcakes instead so whew won't have to mess with them! It's always the ones that look so simple that take so much time! icon_twisted.gif

cr8zchpr Posted 1 Feb 2011 , 8:54pm

I wouldn't take the order for less than $10-$12 each. I have made some in the past and they are not my favorite item on the menu. When I let the customers know what they cost that tends to deter them from purchasing. And there is a minimum of 50 anything less the cost goes up even more. I have had brides that pay for these and they are a pain in the rear, but I have found some tricks to make it an easier process. Stacking them without the top tier having a board is a big help. The top layer has barely any weight to hurt the bottom tier. They do sell 3" boards, gold or silver that is used for individual desserts, I buy those. Then when you are icing them stick bamboo skewers through the tier and through the cake board you are working on and the cake goes nowhere. And if they would like fondant on the cake I found the poured fondant like for petit fours is the easiest way to handle that. HTH

hmnord Posted 8 Mar 2012 , 7:51pm

Glad to have found this thread becuz someone just asked me to do some mini cakes for a wedding and I wasn't sure what to say or do, but now I will just simply reply that I don't do them and she can go to another vendor that costs $15 per mini cakes. I already have enough stress in my life. I'm glad I didn't get fed to the wolves by saying yes.

carmijok Posted 8 Mar 2012 , 8:59pm

I think these mini-cakes are those small one-piece wedding cake pans that just look like they're tiered? So you'd actually be baking in just one little pan. And these look like they were dipped, or glazed, not frosted--and certainly not covered in fondant. Personally I don't care for the way these look. I've seen cleaner versions...but then those cost way more than $6.50 each.

bandcbakes Posted 9 Mar 2012 , 5:10am

I do 2 tier "mini" cakes that the bottom tier is 3 1/2" and the top is 2 " and charge $25.00. I package them in a clear 5" cube box and tie a ribbon around it. I also live in a rather small town. Sharon

Linda2010 Posted 6 Aug 2013 , 5:19am

I agree with everyone who has made them.  One time I made 60 and did not sleep the whole night.  It was like twilight zone.   I had the feeling that I could not advance despite all the work I felt I was doing. 

 

I ended up here to see if anybody else had the same idea than me.  I think I would charge no less than 10 Dlls not only because they represent more challenge, more work and because you use double the fondant than in a regular cake.-

 

Thank you everybody 

ajwonka Posted 10 Aug 2013 , 2:17am

We made 30 mini cakes for a bridal shower - Ugh!  Just cutting the custom cake boards for each took several hours!  Not to mention those darn things scoot all over the turntable because they're so light!  We added a "PITA" fee to the quote and the client paid it but I'm still not sure I'd do it again!  The worst part, HUGE freak snow storm the day of the shower postponed it a week.  The client was able to get to us to pick them up but not to the shower the next day.  I heard later her daughter's preschool class ate the 30 masterpieces!

rosech Posted 10 Aug 2013 , 5:23pm

AI love u so much y'all. Got an enquiry for 500 mini cakes today. Gave my qoute according to local standards. Bride said too expensive. Was tempted to negotiate but this post has helped me remain adamant. 500 times!!!

AZCouture Posted 10 Aug 2013 , 6:18pm

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I love u so much y'all. Got an enquiry for 500 mini cakes today. Gave my qoute according to local standards. Bride said too expensive. Was tempted to negotiate but this post has helped me remain adamant. 500 times!!!

500? Lol. Guaranteed whatever you told her wasn't too expensive. I couldn't even complete an order that big.

kikiandkyle Posted 10 Aug 2013 , 6:55pm

I don't think people realize what they are asking for when they try to place an order like that. 500 mini cakes? First off who invites 500 people to anything?!

 

Although having said that, the cakes in the link look like they were baked in a mold and then it says they're covered with white chocolate (I'm guessing they probably use candy melts looking at the colors) - I think the seller is probably making a nice little amount on them considering they are so simple. It's when they start wanting more than this very basic looking cake that they become a pain. 

Annabakescakes Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 2:21am
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Originally Posted by jewels710 

The site you posted lists them for $6.50 each. That seems VERY fair.
People think because they are tiny, they should not cost as much, etc...
wrong...Mini's are a PIA.

They are $7.41 now :-) 

sixinarow Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 2:29am

A90¢ inflation in 2 years-not bad! My parents always talk about when they could get a hamburger for 10¢. I remember being in college & gas was under $1/gallon...and I'm not THAT old! How was ICES??

BatterUpCake Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 2:49am

I remember a dealership who used to do an event where you could get 10 gallons of gas for a penny a gallon or get your car pinstriped for a penny. I remember walking to the store and buying my mom cigarettes for 65 cents a pack. I definitely remember gas being $.86. I also remember my mom talking this way and thinking "she's so old" lol

shanter Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 3:12am
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I'd rather try to teach line dancing to a roomful of cats.

I want to watch that!!!

BatterUpCake Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 3:14am

I always say "herding cats"lol...If you  poured fondant it wouldn't be that difficult to decorate...if you had 50 of those tiny tiered cake pans

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