How Do You Price A Small Intricately Designed Cake?

Decorating By TheCakePrincess2 Updated 9 Sep 2011 , 4:49pm by jason_kraft

TheCakePrincess2 Posted 9 Sep 2011 , 3:04pm
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I was asked to make a cake for a 70th birthday party featuring all of the local sports teams. I decided to make a sports bag with sports balls around the base and an ice hockey skate. Then coming out of the sports bag I will make a football jersey, t-shirt, baseball cap and bat, tennis racquet and pennant with the logos of the various teams handpainted on each of them. I figure including baking time etc, I will spend about 30-40 hours on this cake, maybe less. How should I charge accordingly? Please help!!!!! icon_confused.gificon_confused.gificon_confused.gif

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BizCoCos Posted 9 Sep 2011 , 3:53pm
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I made a cake in August, once I calculated time/labor, decors it would have been a $3,000.00 cake. I am not a professional thus, I would also like to hear from the experts. It was a gift, your cake sounds impressive, good luck

jason_kraft Posted 9 Sep 2011 , 4:49pm
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You price it the same way as any other cake...ingredients + labor + overhead + profit. Let's say the ingredients cost $100, overhead is $20, and you pay yourself $15/hour. Your cost for this cake (assuming 40 hours labor) would be $100 + $20 + ($15 * 40) = $720. If your profit margin is 25%, the price would be $900.

By the way you should make sure to obtain permission from the sports teams before you copy their logos onto the cake, otherwise you could get in trouble for copyright infringement.

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