MallorieH Posted 20 Jul 2012 , 1:23am
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Hi, I am new to the cake decorating business, I have to recreate this cake and I was wondering if I could get some insight on how much to charge.
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vjpastrydesigns Posted 20 Jul 2012 , 5:20pm
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Have you already calculated how much you're spending on ingredients to make this cake?

If not, that would be step #1. Then also take in mind how long this may take you & the details. I'm pretty new to cake decorating too, so i'm learning things like this as i go. Hope this helps a little icon_rolleyes.gif

-Victoria J.

shanter Posted 20 Jul 2012 , 10:35pm
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The price also depends on where you are (what the market will bear), how much you pay yourself per hour for the time to make and decorate the cake, how much you add for overhead (electricity, water, insurance, etc.), and how much your profit will be.

Some figure out all of that and come up with a per-serving price (price of a cake changes depending on what size the cake is) plus extra for fondant/gumpaste figures/flowers.

vgcea Posted 21 Jul 2012 , 8:58am
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http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-709674.html

A recommended guide:
http://www.cakeboss.com/PricingGuideline.aspx

If you look through these threads and countless others asking about pricing you will find the same basic information:

1, No one can tell you what to charge
2. You need to sit and figure out how much it costs you to make the cake (including other costs like insurance, licensing fees, overhead etc)
3. Determine how long it will take and how much your time is worth per hour
4. include a profit margin (some skip this)
5. the final number divided by the number of servings is your price per serving.

Some people compare the final number with comparable businesses in the area and adjust accordingly.

Pearl645 Posted 21 Jul 2012 , 6:58pm
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Hmmm...I noticed you put in brackets (some skip this) by adding on a profit margin. Very true. I just realized a lot of people in the cake world think their labour fee is their business profit! Very dangerous for the survival of a business. Glad you mentioned this because my cake friends told me they don't charge for labour hours. My 1st cake teacher didn't either. They use a mark-up and that is is. No wonder they struggle to re-invest and buy more tools and equipment for their business at home. Hope everyone can take a lesson of advice and charge for your time as well as add on a profit margin.

vgcea Posted 21 Jul 2012 , 7:49pm
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Originally Posted by Pearl645

Hmmm...I noticed you put in brackets (some skip this) by adding on a profit margin. Very true. I just realized a lot of people in the cake world think their labour fee is their business profit! Very dangerous for the survival of a business. Glad you mentioned this because my cake friends told me they don't charge for labour hours. My 1st cake teacher didn't either. They use a mark-up and that is is. No wonder they struggle to re-invest and buy more tools and equipment for their business at home. Hope everyone can take a lesson of advice and charge for your time as well as add on a profit margin.




When I first started I didn't know this either and thought labor counted as my profit. SMH.

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