Can Someone Give Me Pricing Advice For This Cake?

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mommie917 Posted 27 Apr 2011 , 3:39am
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I was asked to make a cake similar to this but I'm not sure what to charge for it...it would be made out of 2 6" cakes and a sports ball pan, basic buttercream with fondant deco...what would you charge? Thank you so much in advance for any advice!
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1683771

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CupQuequito Posted 27 Apr 2011 , 4:00am
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I charge by the 'slice', per person. Just because it's small, don't be fooled by all the fondant, and fondant work.

HTH

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mommie917 Posted 27 Apr 2011 , 4:05am
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That's what I was thinking but a lot of people don't understand the amount of work that goes into our cakes. Do you think $50 is too high or too low? Thanks you for responding, I really appreciate it.

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CupQuequito Posted 27 Apr 2011 , 4:18am
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I say that's fair icon_smile.gif

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keonicakes Posted 27 Apr 2011 , 4:19am
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That's pretty low for all that work.

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jason_kraft Posted 27 Apr 2011 , 4:38am
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$50 seems very low to me. Let's say your ingredient costs for the cake are $20, your total annual overhead costs are $1000 (assuming you live in a state with a cottage food law and you are baking from home, so that would be a license fee, liability insurance, and added utility costs), and you have 50 orders per year.

The total cost for ingredients and overhead alone would be $40 ($20 + $1000/50). Now you need to add the cost of your labor...if it takes you 4 hours of labor to bake and decorate the cake, you are paying yourself $2.50/hour, and you are not making any profit on the cake. With the hypothetical numbers above, a reasonable price would be $120 ($40 for ingredients and overhead + $60 for labor (4 hours * $15/hour) + 20% for your profit margin).

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sistercarey Posted 27 Apr 2011 , 4:43am
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$60 or higher.

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kristiemarie Posted 27 Apr 2011 , 12:24pm
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I was going to say $60.

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cakesbyashli Posted 27 Apr 2011 , 12:54pm
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I agree with Jason...$50 is way too low. beautiful cake btw!

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leah_s Posted 27 Apr 2011 , 12:54pm
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I'd be at $75 without delivery and I wouldn't deliver anything that small.

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MissCuteCupcakes Posted 27 Apr 2011 , 1:41pm
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$60 sounds just about right

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indydebi Posted 27 Apr 2011 , 2:30pm
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I see about 12 flowers and even if you charged a lousy buck-fifty per flower, that's $18 JUST in the flowers. Plus the fondant work on the side.

For a cake like that? I wouldn't even turn on my oven for fifty bucks.

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mplaidgirl2 Posted 27 Apr 2011 , 2:49pm
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I charged $175 for this and wish I charged more when I was done.
The stems too FOREVER even with an extruder. I wanted to rip my hair out.

It was Four 8 inch rounds stacked and the top carved into a dome

*edit* no it was 3 8 inch rounds... i think.

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KarisCakes Posted 30 Apr 2011 , 11:49pm
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It turned out great!!! I noticed it on the most saved cakes today and remembered this post. What did you end up charging? Great job!!!

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mommie917 Posted 1 May 2011 , 2:11am
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Thank you to everyone for you're advice! This is what I came up with
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2019372
I decided to charge $100 for Mother's Day orders...not sure if that's too low...it was a lot of fun to make and I'm still in shock that it made it to the "most saved" list! I didn't even know that until KarisCakes posted it. Yay!

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bettypie Posted 2 May 2011 , 3:38am
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Originally Posted by mommie917

Thank you to everyone for you're advice! This is what I came up with
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2019372
I decided to charge $100 for Mother's Day orders...not sure if that's too low...it was a lot of fun to make and I'm still in shock that it made it to the "most saved" list! I didn't even know that until KarisCakes posted it. Yay!


hi mommie917 just checked out the cake that you made and its beautiful! question: how did you make the lettering for the "MOM"? i'm new here in the forum and would like to know how you made it because it looks clean and well-made icon_smile.gif did you use a stencil or something? how did you achieve a smooth and straight lines? thanks in advance!

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mommie917 Posted 2 May 2011 , 3:42am
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Thank you so much! I used tappits...I think that's what its called. Hope that helps.

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jules5000 Posted 2 May 2011 , 4:18am
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That is so cute and sweet.. ..I wish my mom lived close enough to make that for.

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bettypie Posted 2 May 2011 , 5:57am
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@mommie917: thankyou!!!yes it is, just checked it online. icon_smile.gif now need to buy one... icon_wink.gif

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