missconfectionality Posted 31 Dec 2012 , 12:56am
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Hi everyone :)  I just finished my first wedding cake ever (the picture is below) and I'm pretty happy about how it turned out! :) Since this was my first cake, I charged the bride $450. I also had to build the custom stand myself (including the crystals and rhinestones).  My question is how much a cake like this would typically cost when purchased from a bakery.  Any input or advice will help! =)

first wedding cake and first fondant cake! :)

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kakeladi Posted 31 Dec 2012 , 1:11am
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Wow! You gave that cake away for at least 1/2 of what it should have cost them!!

Looks like you did a wonderful job on it :)

-K8memphis Posted 31 Dec 2012 , 2:07am
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Oh great cake, beautiful. What size are they, the tiers?

Dj-Mitchie Posted 31 Dec 2012 , 2:14am
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The cake is adorable! icon_biggrin.gif I am curious to know your base cost? ( including ingredients and materials to make stand etc)

icer101 Posted 31 Dec 2012 , 4:03am
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so beautiful. next time, charge double or more.

sara1596 Posted 31 Dec 2012 , 4:33am
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Beautiful cake!! I agree with icer101 next time charge double!!

-K8memphis Posted 31 Dec 2012 , 5:38am
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9x12x14? 6x9x12?

 

I think it's a 9x12x12 , a hex 12 and a square 12??

 

Like 140 servings give or take a few that's about  $3 a serving--yeah that's on the low side but fairly respectable for a first cake. But the stand would be all extra probably $150-200 maybe.  Yes I can easily see how doubling would be reasonable. You worked your tail off on that one. Bling bling and beautiful.

 

Kakeladi called it!

missconfectionality Posted 31 Dec 2012 , 5:50am
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K8memphis, the tiers were made in wilton hexagon pans 9in, 12in, 15in and each had 3 layers inside.  Thank you for all your help and compliments, I really appreciate it! :)
 

missconfectionality Posted 31 Dec 2012 , 5:53am
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According to my calculations, it was around $250....not much of a profit margin for me but hey, atleast i didn't lose money! icon_smile.gif

Annabakescakes Posted 31 Dec 2012 , 6:04am

AI would've charged $504 for the cake, and cost times 4 for the stand, or cost times 2 and gotten it back to rent out to future clients.

jason_kraft Posted 31 Dec 2012 , 5:34pm

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According to my calculations, it was around $250....not much of a profit margin for me but hey, atleast i didn't lose money! :)

Is $250 your total cost, including labor and allocated overhead? We would have charged at least $1K, there is a lot of labor involved in that cake.

missconfectionality Posted 31 Dec 2012 , 9:23pm

AThat was just the cost of supplies, no labor included. I also agree there was a ton of labor involved with the stand. Since this was my "breakthrough" cake i didnt charge its actual price but now that I know what I'm capable of I'll be sure to include a labor and overhead cost :)

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