How Much Would You Charge For This?

Decorating By CakeItOrLeaveItHon Updated 5 Apr 2012 , 3:03pm by CakeItOrLeaveItHon

CakeItOrLeaveItHon Posted 5 Apr 2012 , 1:54pm
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I think I'm selling myself short on my cakes lately. I've gotten much better since I started a year ago. I only sell to family and friends and acquaintances. This cake was for an old co-worker. Its a 10" chocolate 2 layers with choc bc and mmf. All the details are mmf, except for the dots on the dice, the lettering, and the letters and shapes on the cards, which is all piped in bc. So how much would you charge?

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jason_kraft Posted 5 Apr 2012 , 2:13pm
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We would probably charge in the $100-150 range for that cake. We are in California, which like MD requires a licensed and inspected commercial kitchen to legally sell cakes, so you would need to take into account kitchen rental costs when setting prices.

brenda549 Posted 5 Apr 2012 , 2:17pm
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I did a similar cake, a 9x6, serving about 25. Considering the details, I charged $100 for mine. For a 10-inch round, which I count as serving 38, I would charge $150.00.

jason_kraft Posted 5 Apr 2012 , 2:27pm
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Party cake servings are 50% larger than wedding cake servings, a 10" round would be about 28 party-size servings.

Even that size is skimpy if the cake will be cut into wedges, we tell customers that a 10" round party cake will typically serve 16-20 people.

ButRCream Posted 5 Apr 2012 , 2:29pm
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Wow. I'm in NC and did a similar cake (not as detailed) as an 8" and only asked $50. I think I need to raise my prices (which is what my hubby has been saying for a year now lol) Now I'm depressed! [/img]

jason_kraft Posted 5 Apr 2012 , 2:32pm
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Originally Posted by ButRCream

Wow. I'm in NC and did a similar cake (not as detailed) as an 8" and only asked $50.

How long did you spend on that order? If you were able to do the whole thing in 2 hours or so $50 might not be a bad price, since your overhead is probably much lower assuming you qualify for the NC cottage food law.

ButRCream Posted 5 Apr 2012 , 2:39pm
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Have to do some serious confession time here...since I'm mainly doing cakes in my spare time I've not been too good at tracking expenses...(bad, BAD baker!) But, yes - doing everything from home - so that keeps costs lower for the most part.

CakeItOrLeaveItHon Posted 5 Apr 2012 , 3:03pm
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Thanks for the responses. I felt like I seriously undersold this and I was right! I charged $50. Oops. Live and learn icon_biggrin.gif

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