Champagne Cake On A Beer Budget!

Decorating By ChristysConfections Updated 30 Jul 2011 , 11:18pm by LoveMeSomeCake615

ChristysConfections Posted 28 Jul 2011 , 3:02am
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I'm so mad! This is the first time I've ever had someone tell me I'm too pricey. This bride orders a cake that is 4 tiers with four smaller cakes to go around it. Delivery is almost two hours away. I quoted her $400 for all. What do you guys think? It was going to be a really detailed cake, too. I politely told her that other bakers in this area charge a lot more than me and if she ordered from a box store, she had to choose from their designs, not the one I designed for her. And she would have to transport it and set it up all on her own. Should I have lowered my price, or am I okay?

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platinumlady Posted 28 Jul 2011 , 3:25am
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No...It sounds more like your undercharging not overcharging. You know what your cakes are worth and like I've read many times on here ... That is not the customers you want. You want those that value your time and work & will pay what you charge Do not lower your price. It's way to low as it is.

Dommers Posted 28 Jul 2011 , 3:39am
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I think your charging way less then you should. And she is just being a selfish bride, let her look around. Even if she doesn't go with you it's her loss. I have gone through the same thing multiple times, I am so over bridezillas!

Foxicakes Posted 28 Jul 2011 , 4:04am
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Absolutely. I agree with the other comments. $400 for four tiers and four satellite cakes PLUS a 4 hour delivery (2 there, 2 back) is a STEAL!!! Let her walk away and see what others charge her for the same thing. And, if they charge less, I would love to see the end product.
Just walk away. And, if she calls you back, suggest that she do some price shopping, and make sure she is comparing apples to apples. I bet she'll change her mind and gladly pay your price...

Nymphony Posted 28 Jul 2011 , 4:57am
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$400 for four tiers and four satellite cakes PLUS a 4 hour delivery (2 there, 2 back) is a STEAL!!!




icon_eek.gif Yea, that is cheap for the cakes, not to mention the cost of gas for 4 hours and the extra time to set it up there. Are you calculating an hourly wage also for the delivery? That price seems extremely low to me, I'd be a happy bride icon_razz.gif I doubt she is calculating all the time, costs, and effort you will be devoting to this endeavor. All she is thinking is "a cake for $400?". Especially if she has never made a cake herself, she doesn't know what is involved. Let her price shop and she will quickly realize that you were definitely not overpriced! thumbs_up.gif

caymancake Posted 28 Jul 2011 , 5:26am
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[quote="platinumlady"]No...It sounds more like your undercharging not overcharging. You know what your cakes are worth and like I've read many times on here ... That is not the customers you want. You want those that value your time and work & will pay what you charge Do not lower your price. It's way to low as it is.[/quoteI

I agree! i thumbs_up.gif you are WAY undercharging! Let the bride walk away. If she comes back, increase the price due to short notice. I recently increased my prices after much nail biting...I was afraid people would stop ordering, and guess what? I'm having to turn people away. Your time, your artistic skills, your baking...it all needs to be worth it!

MerlotCook Posted 28 Jul 2011 , 12:57pm
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$400 would be my delivery fee and I am cheap! Certainly don't back down- you'd be better off if she went elsewhere.

JSKConfections Posted 28 Jul 2011 , 1:16pm
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I agree, $400 is very cheap for all that cake and delivery. Wow...let her go, those complainers are not worth the time, more customers who appreciate you will come along! And I agree that you should increase your price if she comes back!

Good luck...update us on what happens, would love to know...

KylaQ Posted 28 Jul 2011 , 1:42pm
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$400 for the the cakes, plus the smaller cakes to go around, plus you taking it and setting it up to me is a FANTASTIC price!! Let her walk away and then crawl back...

kakeladi Posted 28 Jul 2011 , 2:04pm
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..........Should I have lowered my price,.........

NO! You don't say how many servings there are in this 4 tier plus cake so it's a bit hard to know how to advise you but never, Never, NEVER consider lowering your price when a bride hems and haws icon_sad.gif

Let them take their guests to a resturant and buy them each a piece of cake off the menu and see how much it costs!
That's an idea - go to several of the local resturants and get their menu to have on hand to show these people who baulk at our pricing.

ConfectionsCC Posted 28 Jul 2011 , 2:20pm
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I agree with everyone else...I live in one of the least expensive markets in the US, South MS! Houses and everything around here cost a fraction of what they do in say, NYC. With that said, I am doing a 4 tier cake this Oct, with delivery which is very close, $500, and its a modern, plain square cake!

babycakes0022 Posted 28 Jul 2011 , 2:32pm
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I think she is getting a bargain! I agree with KylaQ, she will find out real fast what a great deal she is getting.

gb89 Posted 28 Jul 2011 , 3:12pm
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A 4-tier cake and 4 smaller cakes. Did I miscalculate, isn't that 5 cakes???? I'm a hobby baker, by no means a pro, but even I know from friends and family weddings $400 is SUPER CHEAP! IF she comes back to you charge her more, tell her cost of supplies increased. ;}

vgray Posted 29 Jul 2011 , 6:21am
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Originally Posted by kakeladi

Let them take their guests to a resturant and buy them each a piece of cake off the menu and see how much it costs!
That's an idea - go to several of the local resturants and get their menu to have on hand to show these people who baulk at our pricing.






thumbs_up.gif lol I love this. Next time I go out I am definitely taking a picture of the dessert prices!

fairmaiden0101 Posted 29 Jul 2011 , 6:58am
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Originally Posted by kakeladi

Let them take their guests to a resturant and buy them each a piece of cake off the menu and see how much it costs!
That's an idea - go to several of the local resturants and get their menu to have on hand to show these people who baulk at our pricing.





thumbs_up.gif lol I love this. Next time I go out I am definitely taking a picture of the dessert prices!




This is so true, Geeze even at Denny's you are paying like 4 bucks a slice for plain ole' chocolate cake with nothing on it but canned frosting!! How in the heck you could make any money off that order is beyond me, you are too talented to just give your talent away-and anyone that scoffs at your already low prices just tell them "Don't let the door hit ya, where the good Lord split ya!!

Curtsmin24 Posted 29 Jul 2011 , 7:21am
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A 4-tier cake and 4 smaller cakes. Did I miscalculate, isn't that 5 cakes????



It's actually 8 cakes if you separate the 4 tier. Crazy amount of cake plus delivery! Just delivery would be that price.

Let her shop around. Like Debi says "It's not just cake, it's cake for over 100 people"!

ChristysConfections Posted 30 Jul 2011 , 2:04pm
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Thanks so much for the validation! I was so mad over this. Everyone watches these cake shows on TV and get these grand ideas, but they don't want to pay for them. I took my design back from her just in case she did find someone to fit her beer budget. I don't want someone else getting the design I worked so hard on. I don't mind to share on here, but that seems different to me for some reason. icon_smile.gif Thanks guys for making me feel better!

olleharr Posted 30 Jul 2011 , 5:38pm
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That is a pretty big cake and a lot of work for $400. If that didn't please her I doubt much else will. I would cut and run on that one. Even if she does shop around and then comes back and says "OK, I'll "let" you make my cake for $400". I think I would tell her "sorry, I'm booked".

secondbase Posted 30 Jul 2011 , 6:00pm
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That is a pretty big cake and a lot of work for $400. If that didn't please her I doubt much else will. I would cut and run on that one. Even if she does shop around and then comes back and says "OK, I'll "let" you make my cake for $400". I think I would tell her "sorry, I'm booked".




THIS! How do you even make money charging so little for a cake like that?

Nymphony Posted 30 Jul 2011 , 6:11pm
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That is a pretty big cake and a lot of work for $400. If that didn't please her I doubt much else will. I would cut and run on that one. Even if she does shop around and then comes back and says "OK, I'll "let" you make my cake for $400". I think I would tell her "sorry, I'm booked".



THIS! How do you even make money charging so little for a cake like that?




I definitely agree, you should either raise the prices or tell her you are booked if she comes back to you. I would say the cakes alone would cost $400+! I'm interested to know how you would make a profit on that deal for $400 icon_eek.gif

LoveMeSomeCake615 Posted 30 Jul 2011 , 7:28pm
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Assuming the four tier cake was a 6", 8", 10", and 12", and assuming the four satellite cakes were 8" rounds- according to the Wilton chart, that would serve about 226 people. Our basic buttercream price for that many servings would be $847.50. That's not counting delivery. And that's a basic design, no fondant, no intricate piping, etc. So, NO, you should not lower your price. She's going to get a rude awakening if she expects to get that much cake for less than $400!

Adevag Posted 30 Jul 2011 , 8:45pm
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Originally Posted by olleharr

That is a pretty big cake and a lot of work for $400. If that didn't please her I doubt much else will. I would cut and run on that one. Even if she does shop around and then comes back and says "OK, I'll "let" you make my cake for $400". I think I would tell her "sorry, I'm booked".



THIS! How do you even make money charging so little for a cake like that?



I definitely agree, you should either raise the prices or tell her you are booked if she comes back to you. I would say the cakes alone would cost $400+! I'm interested to know how you would make a profit on that deal for $400 icon_eek.gif




My thoughts as well! Make sure you don't work for free!!!

You never said the sizes of the tiers or the number of servings. But if it is about how many CakeMaster estimated, then what I wonder is how this bride can afford and plan a big wedding when she can't even pay $400 for a cake.
I like the post that wished for her to crawl back to you thumbs_up.gif I hope she does too, but please be booked anyway! icon_biggrin.gif

cakesbycathy Posted 30 Jul 2011 , 10:58pm
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Try this the next time you get a cheap-a$& bride:

"Not everyone can afford me and that is okay."

LoveMeSomeCake615 Posted 30 Jul 2011 , 11:18pm
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Originally Posted by cakesbycathy

Try this the next time you get a cheap-a$& bride:

"Not everyone can afford me and that is okay."




I have to say this to myself over and over! thumbs_up.gif

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