I'm just polling everyone on what they would charge for a sculpted cake?
I've been asked to do a 3D, Mercedes SL Convertable car for roughly 24 servings. What would you charge for this cake? (not what you "think" should be charged, but what you WOULD charge) I know prices vary based on area, but I'm just looking for a range.
Thanks for your help!
Assuming we were able to get permission from Mercedes (now owned by Daimler AG, a German company) to use their logo and car design for a cake that will be sold, we would probably charge in the $300 range.
We charge minimum $150 for 3D cakes
After doing a couple of car cakes recently, $300.
See Jason-kraft's post. Don't get caught using someone's (company,school,etc) property without their permission.
$300, but I'd probably undercharge at $200 or $250 (until I did my first one!). I seem to undercharge and then the second cake gets a more proper charging! :0) But, Jason's right, I would first email to get permission to do the car--if you can't get permission to do the Mercedes, you can create a generic car and personalize it with the person's initials or some other meaningful thing--that's what I do with all these designer purse cake requests and the customers seem to love that personalization option--it makes their cake that much more special--and unique!
Next time you ask about a cake, be sure to just say "car cake" so you don't get the CC copyright police on your case. hahaha. That goes for purse cakes, shoe cakes, and any other sort of cake. Friendly advice!!!! (As a note, you will want to do your own research on copyright laws...however, if you are asking an unrelated question, be sure to leave the branding out of your question so that the topic stays...well...on topic!)
Another huge factor in pricing is your skill level. I haven't studied your photos so I am not sure how experienced you are in sculpted cakes. You will want to price your cake as to how closely you can make it look like the real thing. For instance Mike McCarey (he's sooooo awesome!) can charge thousands for a car cake because he can make it absolutely look real. Someone who is trying their very first car cake may not want to charge a premium price if they do not think they will be able to get it super realistic.
Like I said, I do not know your skill level, but keep that in mind as you price your work. Best of luck!!!!
Thanks for all of the help and advice.
I think I left out a piece of information- I was asked to do the "Mercedes", but what I'm doing is a more generic car- I was just wondering what people were charging for more realistic cars, as opposed to "cartoon-ish" or "kids" cars.
@kitagrl- I know, I love Mike- I've taken some classes from Mike and just love him!! As for my skill level- I haven't actually posted pics on here in AGES- so even if you did "study" my photos, it would be waaay misleading, as I've done MANY carved/sculpted cakes in the last couple of years But I get what you are saying! While mine are not on Mikes level, I can hold my own. I was thinking of $250 this time, since it is my first "realistic car"- so I'm glad to see I'm in the right range.