Pricing Questions

Decorating By plt82 Updated 28 Jan 2013 , 12:02pm by DeliciousDesserts

plt82 Posted 25 Jan 2013 , 8:36pm
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I made this cake for a friends birthday. It's dairy free and the middle tier is gluten free. I make cakes as a hobby and haven't charged but I'm starting to get requests and have no idea about pricing. How much would a cake like this cost? I know it cost me about $50 in material not to mention the hours making the gumpaste flowers. Any advice on pricing would be appreciated! The tiers are 10", 8", and 6". So this was a smaller cake for a wedding

Eta. New to this forum and I guess this is in the wrong place. Don't know how to delete. Can mods move?

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pmarks0 Posted 25 Jan 2013 , 9:15pm
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I don't bake gluten or dairy free, and I know that many bakers charge a premium for specialty baking like that, so I can only say what I'd be charging.


Based on the Wilton serving chart that cake serves 74.  Ignoring the flowers for a moment, my rate for fondant is $3.50 without additional fondant/gumpaste work, so $260.  I couldn't tell how many flowers you had, but it looked like more than 20, so you can either figure out how much time it took you and calculate it based on an hourly rate and mark it up, or figure out flat rate per flower that you'll always charge for that rose.  I've never really known now to charge on a per flower price, but I might bump my per piece rate for the overall product to $4.50/piece or $5 depending on how intricate.  So I might charge $335-$370 for that cake.  I'm not really sure if I'm in the ballpark here.  I'd be curious to see what others say.

Annabakescakes Posted 25 Jan 2013 , 9:42pm
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Are you sure that those are the sizes? Because to me, it looks like a 6, 5, 4. If it is a 10" on the bottom, how tall is it? Sorry, the proportions just look different that the hundreds of 10, 8, 6"s I've done. It is lovely.

plt82 Posted 26 Jan 2013 , 12:21am
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AYup, 10 8 6. each tier was about 5 inches tall. There were 2 dozen flowers on it. I really only do these as gifts so I'm just more wondering what the value of my gifts are! Thanks for the feedback.

Ali3971 Posted 26 Jan 2013 , 12:41am
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I would charge $5 a flower and $3 for simple fondant cake.

jason_kraft Posted 26 Jan 2013 , 12:42am
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ABaking with different allergies and intolerances in mind is always more difficult due to the extra overhead involved in ensuring there's no cross-contamination. Our price for a cake like that would be in the $400-500 range, not including the cost of the gumpaste flowers (which might be another $100-200 depending on complexity).

FYI, gluten-free tiers should always be on top of tiers containing gluten, otherwise the gluten-free tier could be contaminated.

Ali3971 Posted 26 Jan 2013 , 12:43am
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I go by Earlens chart which says 53 servings.

punkin90 Posted 26 Jan 2013 , 12:48am
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pmarks0 do you mean you charge $3.00 extra for covering a cake with fondant per tier?

Annabakescakes Posted 26 Jan 2013 , 7:23pm
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AI would've charged about $260 for the cake, and about $120 for the roses. Leaving a very expensive gift!

pmarks0 Posted 27 Jan 2013 , 9:32pm
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Originally Posted by punkin90 

pmarks0 do you mean you charge $3.00 extra for covering a cake with fondant per tier?

No, my prices are a per piece (based on the Wilton chart) as I indicated above.  I think you might mean the question for Ali3971,

costumeczar Posted 27 Jan 2013 , 9:38pm
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AFor regular cake I would have charged about $350 for a 6-8-10, plus whatever the delivery was. For special diet cakes it wouldhave been a little more.

I'd also mention that you need to be really careful selling gluten free cakes if you don't have a dedicated gluten free kitchen. Just wiping down your equipment and using gluten free flours isn't necessrily going to be safe if someone is super sensitive to it. I know a couple of kids who have been put into the hospital by so-called gluten free foods because they can't tolerate it at all.

punkin90 Posted 28 Jan 2013 , 12:29am
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Sorry I misunderstood.

DeliciousDesserts Posted 28 Jan 2013 , 12:02pm
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A$364.50-$538.25 depending on flavor & filling does not include tax or delivery.

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