vgcea Posted 13 Feb 2013 , 1:23am
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Lookie look at what I found at my local grocery store. Maybe these should be the subjects of the next "Price the Cake" thread. No? icon_twisted.gif On a more serious note, I can see how a customer might be shocked at the price for custom cakes since Fiesta is totally pulling these off huge 'custom cakes' at these prices. I must add though that for those who truly can't afford custom cakes, it warms my heart that they can at least get something pretty in "vanilla, chocolate or marble" per the lovely unsuspecting decorator lady at the counter icon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gif.  OK, enough talk, here are the pics (tier sizes on the price card):

 

 

 

 

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AZCouture Posted 13 Feb 2013 , 1:35am
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((sigh))

Annabakescakes Posted 13 Feb 2013 , 1:49am
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AYeah, if they looked like that, it would be a bargain, but you generally get what you pay for. Here is one from my Walmart :-D [IMG]http://cakecentral.com/content/type/61/id/2920547/width/200/height/400[/IMG]

AZCouture Posted 13 Feb 2013 , 1:55am
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That's just it, who knows who made the display ones, and who makes the one you order. :(

costumeczar Posted 13 Feb 2013 , 1:57am
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There's no way they'll look like that, I agree. Here's the one from my local Walmart, ain't it purty? http://acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/2010/03/another-potential-wedding-disaster.html

vgcea Posted 13 Feb 2013 , 2:18am
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Yeah, if they looked like that, it would be a bargain, but you generally get what you pay for. Here is one from my Walmart icon_biggrin.gif

 

*Slaps head* Like the customer who got that cake, I thought the cake would look like the display. icon_lol.gif

 

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Originally Posted by AZCouture 

That's just it, who knows who made the display ones, and who makes the one you order. :(

 

True talk! 

 

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Originally Posted by costumeczar 

There's no way they'll look like that, I agree. Here's the one from my local Walmart, ain't it purty? http://acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/2010/03/another-potential-wedding-disaster.html

 

Oh my! That cake looks like someone just went wild with a tip #1 and some royal icing! No way!

AlphaSierra Posted 13 Feb 2013 , 2:54am
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Not a wedding cake, but at the local walmart here (which does't have a bakery) they get shipped frozen fondant cakes from time to time in the shape of lightning mcqueen; from the movie Cars... And by the time it defrosts, it's a sweated mess and you have to read the label to even understand what it is... 

kikiandkyle Posted 13 Feb 2013 , 5:07am
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And every time your friends and family go to the grocery store, they will see your 'beautiful' cake on display to remind them how 'tasty' it was, with that big old price tag on the front of it. 

Annabakescakes Posted 13 Feb 2013 , 6:40am
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And every time your friends and family go to the grocery store, they will see your 'beautiful' cake on display to remind them how 'tasty' it was, with that big old price tag on the front of it. 

Haha! I hadn't thought of that!

vgcea Posted 13 Feb 2013 , 6:56am
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And every time your friends and family go to the grocery store, they will see your 'beautiful' cake on display to remind them how 'tasty' it was, with that big old price tag on the front of it. 

icon_lol.gif Hey! That's where humility comes in.

DeliciousDesserts Posted 13 Feb 2013 , 8:55am

ABahahaha! On display!! Bahahaha!!

Seriously, outrageous! Where is 20/20 now? Why don't the bridal magazines ever do an article on this stuff?!

Stop telling brides to rent a cake! Or to get a dummy (same price)! Or to do cupcakes/dessert bar (almost always more expensive)!

venuscakes Posted 13 Feb 2013 , 9:32am
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There's no way they'll look like that, I agree. Here's the one from my local Walmart, ain't it purty? http://acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/2010/03/another-potential-wedding-disaster.html

Oh my goodness (is the polite reaction) I have forwarded this to my facebook page to share with anyone out there who might consider a budget wedding cake

Erdica Posted 13 Feb 2013 , 2:47pm

OMGosh!!!  I don't know if our local Walmart does this...I've never really looked.  I've gotten past the point of getting upset when people don't like my prices.  You pay for what you get.....as per those pictures.  Wow....

karina_lisa2010 Posted 13 Feb 2013 , 3:08pm

oh god!! I am so glad my Wal-Mart does not make cake.... my three year old could do better. 

LisaKinVA Posted 13 Feb 2013 , 4:29pm

My daughter and I looked at the Costco and Walmart and Giant bakery designed things...we took apart the design (what was done first, using what type of tip...).  She feels a lot better about her skill level ;)  To be honest, I'm not sure we're at a point we could make that Wal-Mart Cake much better (well...except for smoothing out the white buttercream, and keeping the border level... because I've never decorated the sides of a cake).

kikiandkyle Posted 13 Feb 2013 , 4:45pm

I also stand in front of the cakes in the grocery store and try to work out what tips they used! There are some girls at my local grocery that are actually pretty good at piping, but they are using the stuff out of a bucket, on a factory baked cake...

taartenmaker Posted 13 Feb 2013 , 5:33pm

AI actually don't have a problem with this, this is good for couples who can't afford an expensive cake. Now they can at least have something.

Norasmom Posted 13 Feb 2013 , 5:35pm
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I actually don't have a problem with this, this is good for couples who can't afford an expensive cake. Now they can at least have something.

I agree.  I also think the majority of the cakes probably aren't as bad as the picture. 

taartenmaker Posted 13 Feb 2013 , 5:45pm

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I agree.  I also think the majority of the cakes probably aren't as bad as the picture. 

Thats true!

peppercorns Posted 23 Feb 2013 , 8:04am

Hello everyone, I'm just wondering, The Home Cottage Industry, don't they regulate standard cake pricing for everyone? If Walmart, Costco etc, and other big commercial entities can price their cake so low what are your chances of competing with them? Shouldn't all the bakers unite and demand fair pricing for everyone ?

cakefat Posted 23 Feb 2013 , 8:49am
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Hello everyone, I'm just wondering, The Home Cottage Industry, don't they regulate standard cake pricing for everyone? If Walmart, Costco etc, and other big commercial entities can price their cake so low what are your chances of competing with them? Shouldn't all the bakers unite and demand fair pricing for everyone ?

 

I don't think the two products are comparable- so the pricing won't be either -meaning a Walmart/Costco cake and a bespoke/artisan/custom/ type of cake. The Walmart product is industrial and the latter is not, so how can you can compare?

 

The walmart/costco cakes can afford to have prices that low as 1. they use low quality ingredients-and 2. they're giant corporations who are funding these bakeries who buy in bulk and for as cheap as you can get. 

 

Also, not everyone can afford an artisan/custom cake and Walmart/Costco fills the demand for this type of client, but it's not the same quality product in any way. Some people don't care if their food is full of additives/ preservatives/chemicals etc and the price fits their budget..so that's fine. 

 

I don't think a high quality bespoke cake maker is worried at all about Walmart/Costco being competition..they don't have the same clientele. 

 

I believe the cottage food laws have a cap on the amount of gross annual profit that is earned- for tax reasons- but I don't believe regulating pricing is their concern- nor should it be. 

costumeczar Posted 23 Feb 2013 , 12:13pm

You can't get together and decide on pricing, that's price fixing and it's illegal. Walmart and other stores use their bakery departments as loss leaders much of the time. They always have some items that are sold for such low prices there isn't much profit made on them, but they're there to draw customers into the store in the hopes of selling them other things too.

 

The customer who shops based on price alone isn't my customer and I know that. I get the people who are willing to pay more than Walmart charges because the quality of my cake is better. If someone is looking for the cheapest I'm not it, but so what, there are plenty of people who don't want to eat Walmart cake. 

peppercorns Posted 23 Feb 2013 , 6:10pm

Thank you for pointing that out, I donot like store bought cake or cookies, the  taste difference between that and homemade is like night and day,except for a few cakery and confectionary shops that my husband  and I have visited, Lutz in Chicago, Sprungli in Zurich, to name a few. I always get excited to see a cake shop locally,  because I know the products would be much better, but so far I'd been disappointed.ouch.gif

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