What Would You Charge For This Cake?

Decorating By sweettreat101 Updated 22 May 2011 , 7:05am by sweettreat101

sweettreat101 Posted 22 May 2011 , 12:17am
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http://allrecipes.com/Cook/13754506/Photo.aspx?photoID=643132

This is a picture of a cake a lady wants me to make for June 4th. The cake will have six 7", one 6", one 9" and one 12" cake filled with a vanilla mousse and covered in butter cream and fondant. Do you think $395.00 is fare? This also includes delivery. She wants fresh roses which this price does not reflect. TIA

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mommie917 Posted 22 May 2011 , 12:30am
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I live in Virginia and I would charge atleast $450-$500 if someone requested that.

jason_kraft Posted 22 May 2011 , 12:31am
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What are your estimated ingredient costs for the cake?
Approximately how long will it take you to bake, decorate, and assemble (# of hours)?
How much do you pay yourself hourly?
How much annual overhead do you have (liability insurance, license fees, etc.)?
About how many orders do you fill per year?
How far will you be delivering the cake?

shar7599 Posted 22 May 2011 , 12:40am
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I think that is more than fair. We paid for our niece's quince cake a few years ago. It was $400 and it was not nearly that nice. I will have to see if I can find pics of it. It was just BC too, not fondant. I know around here (in TX) quince cakes can cost as much as wedding cakes. And that one is not a "traditional" one (which I think are ugly with the little plastic bridges and all, yuck!)

jason_kraft Posted 22 May 2011 , 12:47am
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I just calculated that cake as 135 servings. We would probably charge in the $6/serving range for the cake you linked to, so you're looking at $810 + delivery.

shar7599 Posted 22 May 2011 , 12:57am
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Here is my niece's cake, like I said, we paid $400 for it.

Haha!! I think I figured it out! The flash kind of makes it hard to see the front ones, but as you can see, it's pretty simple.

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sweettreat101 Posted 22 May 2011 , 1:06am
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When I calculated the servings I use party servings not wedding and came up with 172. She wants 150 servings what should I change to get 150?

jason_kraft Posted 22 May 2011 , 1:08am
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Which site did you use to calculate number of servings?

sweettreat101 Posted 22 May 2011 , 1:34am
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earlenescakes, countrykitchenusa

CWR41 Posted 22 May 2011 , 3:10am
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It serves 214 with the 7" cakes yielding 19 servings apiece...
http://www.wilton.com/cakes/making-cakes/baking-wedding-cake-2-inch-pans.cfm

If you're using alternative charts other than the industry standard 8 cu. in. servings, you're giving away extra cake for free.

jason_kraft Posted 22 May 2011 , 3:41am
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In our experience the Wilton charts tend to overestimate # of servings for wedding cakes. Party-size servings are typically 50% larger (1.5"x2"), so the number of party-size servings is 2/3 the number of wedding-size servings.

Based on the CKUSA chart for wedding-size servings, a 12" serves 46, 9" = 24, 7" = 16, and 6" = 12 servings. 46 + 24 + 12 + (6 * 16) = 178 wedding-size servings * 2/3 = 119 party-size servings. Obviously you would compensate for the larger party-size serving by increasing the per-serving price, pricing based on the wedding-size servings, or setting flat prices for party cake sizes. How did you get to the 172 figure?

http://www.countrykitchensa.com/wedding/cakechart.aspx

Swede-cakes Posted 22 May 2011 , 3:46am
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That's quite a cake! Lucky you for getting that order! thumbs_up.gif

I'm not the most expensive baking company/bakery in my area (NH) and our price would be around $725 if it were BC with satin-finished fondant draping. Add about $100 more for a fondant finish on the cakes. I'm using the calculation of 214 srvgs for industry standard size 1"x2"x4"h. (Prices not incl. dlvry)

Whether for wedding, Quince, or Happy Groundhog Day...a multi-tier cake like that is gonna cost.

caymancake Posted 22 May 2011 , 4:15am
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Originally Posted by sweettreat101

http://allrecipes.com/Cook/13754506/Photo.aspx?photoID=643132

This is a picture of a cake a lady wants me to make for June 4th. The cake will have six 7", one 6", one 9" and one 12" cake filled with a vanilla mousse and covered in butter cream and fondant. Do you think $395.00 is fare? This also includes delivery. She wants fresh roses which this price does not reflect. TIA




I'm not sure where you're st, but it sinus like you're almost giving the cake away at that price - it is definitely a steal of a deal! I would say at least $450-500 plus delivery fees for that cake. Good luck!

KarisCakes Posted 22 May 2011 , 4:36am
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I wouldn't change anything to get to 150, those are estimates anyway. You'd have to redesign the cake, and if she want's that cake, make that cake. Let her know the number of servings you came up with, and she can cut something out if she wants. And, I think your price is fair. Some markets can charge more than others. About $400 is what I would charge too. icon_smile.gif

CupQuequito Posted 22 May 2011 , 5:15am
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Even for 150ppl, @ $3 a person is $450. Now add in all that fondant work. Which most would charge about $1-2 more a person.

Better think long and hard about this one. icon_smile.gif

Lelka Posted 22 May 2011 , 5:48am
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$900 +delivery

sweettreat101 Posted 22 May 2011 , 7:05am
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Jason. The chart I have says 16 servings for a 7" cake and there are 6 so that is 96. 12 servings for a 6", 24 for a 9" and 40 for a 12" that's 172. Thank you everyone for your input. She's a friend of mine so I don't want to go overboard on the price. Plus she has to provide the flowers. I did email her that she will have to find someone to pick up the cake so I don't have to worry about delivery.

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