keepingitreal21 Posted 8 Mar 2013 , 4:40pm
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So I just did a wedding this past weekend for my best friend's sister and I'd really like to see if I adjusted my prices correctly after being overseas. I'm in the Atlanta, GA area and I updated my prices in my CakeBoss software for ingredients as well as increased my hourly wage for the area. This was a four tier, cascading sugar flower cake and a Atlanta Falcons themed groom's cake. The brides cake was a 14" round white cake w/bc, 8" square white cake w/ raspberry filling w/ bc, 6" round chocolate cake w/ chocolate bc and a 3.5" square (that I trimmed for a better look on top of the 6") for a keep sake, serving 122. The groom's cake was a double layer 9"x13" Red Velvet w/ CC serving 50. Both cakes were covered in fondant. My best friend received the family discount of 10% so his total was $702.62,  however, the original price would have been $780.69, $606.99 for the brides and $173.70 for the grooms. How did I do? What would your price have been? Thanks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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keepingitreal21 Posted 8 Mar 2013 , 8:42pm
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AWow, no input!

jennicake Posted 8 Mar 2013 , 9:22pm
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lol it's only been 4 hours, be patient :)

 

I have no input because I don't sell my cakes, but I will say your flowers are beautiful!

keepingitreal21 Posted 8 Mar 2013 , 10:33pm
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ALol, yeah I know...just anxious I guess. Thank you so much for the compliment!

jason_kraft Posted 8 Mar 2013 , 10:39pm
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AYou did a good job pricing (not to mention on the cakes themselves), we would have been around $200 for the sheet cake and in the $800 range for the tiered cake. Those flowers must have taken a long time.

keepingitreal21 Posted 9 Mar 2013 , 3:11am
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Originally Posted by jason_kraft 

You did a good job pricing (not to mention on the cakes themselves), we would have been around $200 for the sheet cake and in the $800 range for the tiered cake. Those flowers must have taken a long time.

Thanks Jason, the flowers were a pain, however, it gave me time to catch up on Cake Boss on youtube while I worked...lol. I really appreciate the feedback!

cakefat Posted 9 Mar 2013 , 3:20am
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I don't sell my cakes either, so no input from me on pricing but both are very lovely cakes and your flowers are gorgeous!

 

Just wondering, how long did it take you to complete the flowers? 

keepingitreal21 Posted 9 Mar 2013 , 3:25am
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I don't sell my cakes either, so no input from me on pricing but both are very lovely cakes and your flowers are gorgeous!

 

Just wondering, how long did it take you to complete the flowers? 

About 35 hours of cutting out, forming and dusting the flowers, leaves and butterflies. I also glazed the leaves.

macdonaldb Posted 9 Mar 2013 , 2:49pm
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AI am pretty new to the business, but I have sold a few tiered cakes. I think your pricing is very good. A lot of work in the flowers that are gorgeous. I would love to know ow you put them together to cascade them as I am not quite there yet. I have failed so many times at trying to do this. Would appreciate any advice ou could give. Thanks Brenda

Goreti Posted 9 Mar 2013 , 3:36pm

Don't sell my cakes so can't help you there but wanted to tell you that I'm in love with those flowers.  They are gorgeous!

bittersweety Posted 9 Mar 2013 , 5:21pm

$990 for wedding cake

 $200 grooms cake

+ $40 delivery within 15 miles of me

=$1230

Apti Posted 9 Mar 2013 , 5:29pm

Caveat--I am a hobby baker and do not sell.  However, I follow cake prices in the Southern California area as part of my cake hobby. 

 

Your pricing sounds reasonable for a metropolitan area with the exception of the sugar flowers.  35 hours?   How many cakes could you make and sell in that time?  What would your time and cost difference have been if  you purchased the flowers pre-made and dusted or sprayed them to match the wedding colors?

leah_s Posted 9 Mar 2013 , 5:35pm

I would have been $618 for the brides and $200 from the groom's + $50 delivery.  I'd you're right on target.

keepingitreal21 Posted 10 Mar 2013 , 2:33am
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Originally Posted by Apti 

Caveat--I am a hobby baker and do not sell.  However, I follow cake prices in the Southern California area as part of my cake hobby. 

 

Your pricing sounds reasonable for a metropolitan area with the exception of the sugar flowers.  35 hours?   How many cakes could you make and sell in that time?  What would your time and cost difference have been if  you purchased the flowers pre-made and dusted or sprayed them to match the wedding colors?

Thanks! The flowers should have ran me about 20-25 but I was working on those between 33-36 weeks of pregnancy. So I know I was a bit slow. I haven't given in to buying flowers since I enjoy the crafting myself. Plus, I can't complain if they don't look right. I can just remake them as suppose to being stuck with a product I don't like.

keepingitreal21 Posted 10 Mar 2013 , 2:36am
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Originally Posted by leah_s 

I would have been $618 for the brides and $200 from the groom's + $50 delivery.  I'd you're right on target.

 

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Originally Posted by bittersweety 

$990 for wedding cake

 $200 grooms cake

+ $40 delivery within 15 miles of me

=$1230

Thank you guys, I really appreciate the response!

keepingitreal21 Posted 10 Mar 2013 , 2:47am
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Originally Posted by macdonaldb 

I am pretty new to the business, but I have sold a few tiered cakes. I think your pricing is very good. A lot of work in the flowers that are gorgeous. I would love to know ow you put them together to cascade them as I am not quite there yet. I have failed so many times at trying to do this. Would appreciate any advice ou could give.
Thanks
Brenda

 

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Originally Posted by Goreti 

Don't sell my cakes so can't help you there but wanted to tell you that I'm in love with those flowers.  They are gorgeous!

Thank you very much for the compliments.

 

As for the cascade, this was my first as well, so I just did what I thought would work after watching some youtube tutorials and from some previous class knowledge. Some of the flowers were made on toothpicks and others on paper cover wired. l placed them on the cake one by one until I achieved the look and balance of flowers I was aiming for. I think that alone took about an hour of me being indecisive...lol. It also helps that I sketched out the cake before hand too, so I knew what I wanted the cascade to look like. I really wanted it to "bloom" as it got to the base of the cake.  I hope this helps. You can PM me for any more details if needed. Again, thanks so much!

 

keepingitreal21 Posted 11 Mar 2013 , 1:28am

AAny more quotes will be greatly appreciated... thanks guys!

DeeDelightful Posted 11 Mar 2013 , 2:19am

I came up with 702 also, based on my pricing. I figured at least $150 for the flowers, 3.50 per serving for the bridal cake and 2.50 per serving for the groom's cake.

macdonaldb Posted 12 Mar 2013 , 11:22am

AHello, Thank you so much for all our advice on the cascading of your beautiful flowers. You do great work. I will be sure to ask your advice when need. So kind of you. Thanks again Brenda

Stitches Posted 12 Mar 2013 , 2:05pm
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Originally Posted by DeeDelightful 

I came up with 702 also, based on my pricing. I figured at least $150 for the flowers, 3.50 per serving for the bridal cake and 2.50 per serving for the groom's cake.

FIRST< you have to consider where we all live. Prices in CA are alot higher then prices in Chicago, etc...

 

I would have priced similar to DeeDelightful, in that I'd break out the flower pricing from the cake. I don't do sugar flowers like the ones you did so I'd have purchased all of them, then colored them. $150.00 wouldn't cover the cost of buying the flowers, shipping and my time coloring them. I'd have needed $300. for the flowers, min..

 

I think you did a great job pricing!!!

keepingitreal21 Posted 12 Mar 2013 , 2:13pm
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Originally Posted by Stitches 

FIRST< you have to consider where we all live. Prices in CA are alot higher then prices in Chicago, etc...

 

I would have priced similar to DeeDelightful, in that I'd break out the flower pricing from the cake. I don't do sugar flowers like the ones you did so I'd have purchased all of them, then colored them. $150.00 wouldn't cover the cost of buying the flowers, shipping and my time coloring them. I'd have needed $300. for the flowers, min..

 

I think you did a great job pricing!!!

 

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Originally Posted by DeeDelightful 

I came up with 702 also, based on my pricing. I figured at least $150 for the flowers, 3.50 per serving for the bridal cake and 2.50 per serving for the groom's cake.

Wow, thank you all so much for your input! It's good to know I'm not under selling myself or under cutting someone else. I know that prices vary from location, so to see the ranges help me for my populated area. I remember the "bad ol days" of working for peanuts because I thought I had to compete with Walmart. Never again!

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