What Do I Charge For 100 Cupcakes?

Baking By Lori0514 Updated 23 Apr 2011 , 10:26am by CakeDiva101

Lori0514 Posted 15 Apr 2011 , 7:34pm
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Hi!
A client has asked me to make 100 cupcakes, simply decorated, for an upcoming party. I have a price sheet for decorated cakes, but have never made/charged for cupcakes before. What would a Fair price be?

Thanks for any suggestions! icon_biggrin.gif

Lori

19 replies
TCakes2011 Posted 15 Apr 2011 , 7:42pm
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I start at $1 per cup and increase accordingly depending on what type of decoration is topping the cup cake. I just had an order for 100 cups and charged $1.60 per cup since I did fondant accents that took a while (which in some markets still might be really cheap.)

Kiddiekakes Posted 15 Apr 2011 , 8:11pm
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Sorry..But $1.00 each is way too low.Most cupcake cakeries charge $3.00 and up.The specilaty cupcake shops here charge $3.95 each.I charge $3.00 for a basic swirled cupcake....Any fancy embellishments and they are more...Your not making any money at $1.00 each...

elliespartycake Posted 15 Apr 2011 , 8:33pm
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I agree, $1.00 per cupcake is way too cheap; especially if they are being decorated with big frosting swirls and some kind of decoration. And don't forget to factor in the cost for packaging all those lil' cuppies!

kristieanna Posted 15 Apr 2011 , 8:50pm
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I charge $24 a dozen without any type of fancy decor.

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AnotherCaker Posted 15 Apr 2011 , 9:32pm
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$500.

LisaPeps Posted 15 Apr 2011 , 9:43pm
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Are there any cake shops near you which have their prices on their websites? It might be a starting point for you.

MrsPound Posted 15 Apr 2011 , 10:38pm
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when ya'll are doing cupcakes, are you making them regular sized, or large? $3 for a regular sized cup cake just seems a little steep.

KitchenKat Posted 16 Apr 2011 , 1:12am
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Figure out your costs and then figure out your pricing. If you have pricing set up for cakes then it's easy enough to figure out how much each cupcake costs. How many cupcakes will one batch of cake batter make? How much are the supplies? How much is your labor per hour? How much is your overhead?

AnotherCaker Posted 16 Apr 2011 , 1:28am
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Originally Posted by MrsPound

when ya'll are doing cupcakes, are you making them regular sized, or large? $3 for a regular sized cup cake just seems a little steep.




Standard size. Scratch baked. Nice souffle cup liners. Filled. Iced in SMBC with fondant cap and detailed decorations. After about 2, I'd curse myself for only charging $3.00

MrsMoe07 Posted 18 Apr 2011 , 3:28am
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I just start baking and love cupcakes! I've paid and expect a cupcake to cost $3.50 each! Some places have dozen prices, but each cupcake is $3.50. I would suggest checking with you local bakeries and see what your competition is. And I agree $1 is way too low.

stewy Posted 18 Apr 2011 , 3:47am
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Standard size. Scratch baked. Nice souffle cup liners. Filled. Iced in SMBC with fondant cap and detailed decorations. After about 2, I'd curse myself for only charging $3.00

ive been seeing cupcakes in these souffle liners....what up with that? i love the look, but do they make a difference in taste, moistness, density of the cupcake, or are they just a different packaging option?

thank you!
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AnotherCaker Posted 18 Apr 2011 , 3:52am
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They just look nicer in my opinion. I bake in regular liners, and slip them into the souffle cups immediately after baking. No grease marks, no crinkly wrapper...it just looks nice. You can bake in them too, and I used to do that, but unwrapping them is a pain. This way, you just kinda give them a squeeze, and they pop up out of the cup.

preciouspjs Posted 18 Apr 2011 , 4:09am
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it depends where you are.. bakeries around here charge about $.75 for a regular cupcake in a regular liner with a regular swirl of frosting

instant-gratificaketion Posted 22 Apr 2011 , 11:45pm
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In my area the range is $3 - $3.50 each and they take .25 off per cupcake when you order a dozen.
$3.50/ea or $39/doz
$3.25/ea or $36/doz
$3.00/ea or $33/doz

It doesn't get cheaper than that but I am in the Houston area so I know how the market differs.

I would research the local prices for your area as a jumping off point...

SUNSHINEMOLLY Posted 23 Apr 2011 , 3:24am
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Here in Australia most cupcakes are $3.50 for a standard cupcake.
I would charge $3.50 for a cupcake of Vanilla or Choc with a buttercream frosting

$4.50 for a Gourmet cupcake the base being a different flavour ie.. carrot, mud choc fudge etc..

scp1127 Posted 23 Apr 2011 , 5:16am
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Standard cupcake, scratch recipes, $3.00 filled, 12 minimum order.

sunset74 Posted 23 Apr 2011 , 6:42am
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I charge 2.25 for standard cupcakes. The local cupcakeries here charge 3 dollars but they are bigger cupcakes. Personally I would NEVER pay 5 dollars for a standard sized cupcake.

I do give a discount for a dozen. I can see charging a tiny bit more if the decorations are more involved, but standard cupcakes to me should never go above 2.50. If I had someone order a 100 cupcakes simply decoarted I would charge about 225 or 200. Probably the higher price if they wanted several flavors.

scp1127 Posted 23 Apr 2011 , 7:17am
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sunset74, your personal habits should not have any impact on your pricing.

For anyone in business, you will not benefit by projecting your own buying habits or personal income onto your customers. You need refrain from mentally spending their money. My cupcakes are $1.00 above the next highest price, but my cakes are double the next highest competitor. There is a market at every price point. You just need to make sure your marketing plan targets the market you need, not the general public.

CakeDiva101 Posted 23 Apr 2011 , 10:26am
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Originally Posted by scp1127

Standard cupcake, scratch recipes, $3.00 filled, 12 minimum order.





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