Do You Have A Minimum Order?

Business By ellavanilla Updated 29 Jan 2013 , 6:14pm by KoryAK

ellavanilla Posted 29 Jan 2013 , 4:07pm
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I'm thinking about instituting a minimum order for cupcakes of 2 dozen, until I am up and running full time. What do you think? 



I'm also going to be limiting specialty cakes to 8 inches and up, unless the order is for a tiered cake. 




8 replies
AZCouture Posted 29 Jan 2013 , 4:15pm
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Oh yes, definitely a minimum order.

-K8memphis Posted 29 Jan 2013 , 4:24pm
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are you opening a retail shop with walk in customers?


if not then i think a minimum dollar amount is more efficient

ellavanilla Posted 29 Jan 2013 , 4:30pm
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Originally Posted by -K8memphis 

are you opening a retail shop with walk in customers?


Custom order, only.  I am zoned for light commercial, in a residential area, so I hope, one day, to have some stock product available for walk- in, but that's a plan for the future.

-K8memphis Posted 29 Jan 2013 , 4:38pm
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because you will get an order with a picture of say a 10x8x6 and they book and then they call back and say oh we only need two servings and one of those is for a 2 month old


it's less of a headache to me to set the dollar amount--then the few of them that try & dumb you down only get so far


sure I can do a one inch with a half inch tier on top for you--it's $150, which is my minimum order 


just a thought

Sassyzan Posted 29 Jan 2013 , 4:44pm
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AI will do 1 dozen cupcakes for people because its easy for me to whip up a half a batch of cake. I have all my recipes calculated out for 1/2, 1, and 2 batches. Plus with the giant swirl on top, it takes a full batch of wilton recipe of icing for one dozen. But that's just me!

cakesbycathy Posted 29 Jan 2013 , 5:58pm
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I have a minimum order of $50 for cakes and 2 dozen for cupcakes.

The smallest size cake I offer is an 8" round, unless it is a tiered cake.


It's not worth it for me (time or money-wise) to turn on my oven for less.

jason_kraft Posted 29 Jan 2013 , 6:09pm
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AYour minimum order will depend largely on your target market. If you are focusing on wedding cakes and have relatively affluent customers you may set a minimum in the $100-200 range. The bakery I founded focused on midmarket event cakes, so our minimum was an 8" round (starting at $44) or a dozen cupcakes per flavor (starting at $30). If a customer wanted a 6" round that was fine, but the price was the same as an 8" round. For the cupcakes we would sometimes make exceptions on the 12 per flavor minimum depending on workflow and our limited frozen inventory.

KoryAK Posted 29 Jan 2013 , 6:14pm
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I will echo the thought of using a dollar amount as your minimum.  That's what it really comes down to doesn't it? How much is your time worth?  Ours is $75 for special orders.  We have an open retail shop and of course there is no minimum order for things we have in production.

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