How Much Would You Charge?

Business By Ali3971 Updated 13 Jan 2013 , 11:47pm by Evoir

Ali3971 Posted 11 Jan 2013 , 4:07pm
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Im new at pricing wedding cakes and this will only be the second wedding cake I have done so I really need help! The layers would be 14" 10" & 6" chocolate and vanilla cake and the butterflies will be non edible. I was thinking $3 a serving...What do you think?


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-K8memphis Posted 11 Jan 2013 , 4:19pm
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congrats on #2!!


i think you won't be able to get that profile with those sizes


i think you need cakes that are two inches in difference not 4 inches


10x8x6 or whatever


but the four inch difference will leave a ledge i think


and on the price--$3 is respectable--on the low side but


you know what's what in your area


be careful to not underprice


if you are making the non-edible butterflies then consider charging a bit for those


Ali3971 Posted 11 Jan 2013 , 4:24pm
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Thank you so much! 10-8-6 is a better idea do you think the layers in the picture are 2" or 1"?

-K8memphis Posted 11 Jan 2013 , 4:31pm
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ok wait


usually tier sizes are determined by the quantity needed to serve the guests


the guest count


but all i meant was the cake in the picture probably has a two inch difference from tier to tier that then creates a one inch ledge showing all the way around where then the next cake is place on top


so you first proposed a 4 inch difference that leaves a two inch ledge and part of that two inch ledge would show i think


i just gave an example--so you need to determine the size by all those factors--not by my example of ledge size


a 14x10x7 is much bigger than a 10x8x6

Janani65 Posted 11 Jan 2013 , 4:33pm
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To me the bottom layer looks 4", then 2" and 2". Guessed looking at the flowers. 

Ali3971 Posted 11 Jan 2013 , 4:34pm
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Of course! It just so happens that those sizes would work for the estimated amount of people at the reception too :) The other sizes were a bit over estimated.

jason_kraft Posted 11 Jan 2013 , 4:35pm
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AHow much will you be spending on ingredients for the cake? How many hours will it take you to complete? What is your overhead cost on a per-order basis?

-K8memphis Posted 11 Jan 2013 , 4:37pm
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oh cool!!


is the picture of a two tier cake?

Ali3971 Posted 11 Jan 2013 , 5:00pm
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Yes it is 2 tier I believe. It looks a little deceiving with the change from purple to white in the roses don't it? I think I will go with $3.50 a serving and that should cover both my time and ingredients and local delivery/setup fee. Thank you everyone for helping me sort my thoughts on this lol sometimes I just need to speak out loud and then I solve my own problem with a few responses so thank you again!

worthpinning Posted 11 Jan 2013 , 5:58pm
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Would be interested to hear the total

Ali3971 Posted 11 Jan 2013 , 6:14pm
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worthpinning: My bride needs 90 servings so we are looking at 12"10"8"6" with the 6" being the anniversary tier (servings based of Earlenes Cake Serving Chart).


$3.50 x 98 sevings (I charge for anniversary tier)



*     25%






+ $50.00 delivery/setup




What are your thoughts?

jason_kraft Posted 11 Jan 2013 , 6:26pm
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AWhat is the $3.50/serving figure based on?

Stitches Posted 13 Jan 2013 , 3:05am
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That design is soooooooo easy, that your time factor will be minimal............. I'd do it for $2.50 wholesale and make a decent profit.

charlietraci Posted 13 Jan 2013 , 11:29am
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May I ask what frosting you used for your flowers? Just beautiful!

ShelbyLyn Posted 13 Jan 2013 , 9:42pm
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AI follow you for $3.50 *98 but am lost as to the 25% charge?

Evoir Posted 13 Jan 2013 , 11:47pm
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Originally Posted by jason_kraft 

How much will you be spending on ingredients for the cake? How many hours will it take you to complete? What is your overhead cost on a per-order basis?



This is key. None of your calculations amount to much if you are not accounting for the exact costs of making your cake!

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