Just For Fun.......what To Charge?

Business By CreationsbyNicole Updated 8 Jun 2013 , 12:07am by newbe86

CreationsbyNicole Posted 2 Jun 2013 , 11:40pm
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I made this cake for my sons birthday party today and now that I'm sitting here (completely exhausted....ha).  I'm wondering what I would have charged had this been for an actual client. 


What would you charge.  Just for fun......icon_biggrin.gif






17 replies
Earlval33 Posted 3 Jun 2013 , 12:09am
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AI have no idea as I'm just a hobby baker but beautiful cake!!

denetteb Posted 3 Jun 2013 , 12:42am
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Short answer....$0 as you can't legally charge for a copyrighted cake.  But it comes down to your cost of materials, hourly rate for how long it took you, etc.  Everyone's costs and time is different depending on their location and skill level so what everyone will charge will be different.

DeliciousDesserts Posted 3 Jun 2013 , 12:44am
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AWow! Impressive!

It will help to know what size cakes you used. Did you build your own armature or buy one?

CreationsbyNicole Posted 3 Jun 2013 , 12:48am
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AThanks! It was a 10" round, 8" square and a sport ball pan for the king pig. It was fun to make and he loved it, so it was worth the 20 plus hours it took. :)

CreationsbyNicole Posted 3 Jun 2013 , 12:49am
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AOh sorry, and I built my own structure (with help from the husband of course)

Norasmom Posted 3 Jun 2013 , 1:00am
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Not sure how much I would charge as I would not be able to make such a cake!  I would pay about $500 for it though, if I could afford it!

DeliciousDesserts Posted 3 Jun 2013 , 1:06am
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AThat's about 79 servings covered in fondant would be starting price of $385. Once I add the extra decor & structure I would say about $500.

CreationsbyNicole Posted 3 Jun 2013 , 1:19am
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AI was thinking somewhere between $500-600 too, so I'm glad to see I wasn't totally off!! Thanks everyone!

jason_kraft Posted 3 Jun 2013 , 2:10am
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Original message sent by denetteb

Short answer....$0 as you can't legally charge for a copyrighted cake. 

You can as long as you get permission from the copyright owner. Luckily Rovio (the owner of Angry Birds) seems to be more willing to grant licenses than most, but if you are selling the cake you might have to pay a license fee.

We would probably charge in the $800-900 range (plus any license fees) for this cake since it is labor intensive and we rent a commercial kitchen by the hour. A legal home-based bakery might be closer to $600.

OP, you may want to check out two articles I wrote on my blog (links below in my signature), one about pricing and one about copyright.

CreationsbyNicole Posted 3 Jun 2013 , 12:36pm
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AThanks Jason! I will definitely check them out!

cakecraving Posted 3 Jun 2013 , 2:41pm
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CreationsbyNicole what a nice cake. Im sure your son loved it :)

girlisrad Posted 3 Jun 2013 , 3:03pm
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Just gorgeous! Love it!

CreationsbyNicole Posted 3 Jun 2013 , 7:31pm
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Thanks everyone!  I had fun working on it!

chocaholikk Posted 3 Jun 2013 , 7:41pm
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AThat cake is amazing!! Do u mind if I ask how u can keep the square cake on there like that? Im a beginner and I thought it would always have to be a dummy...id happily pay 400 gbp if I could!!

Amazing talent!!

CreationsbyNicole Posted 4 Jun 2013 , 2:39am
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AChoca - it actually has a center support system giving them all support. It is a combination of a wooden dowel and PVC cut at an angle and placed over the dowel,and that's what the cake board actually rests on. Sounds complicated but its really not. If you google, PVC cake support you can see some examples. :-).

chocaholikk Posted 4 Jun 2013 , 4:43pm
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AOoh! Sounds really complex but thanks for sharing! Ill google it ryt away!!

newbe86 Posted 8 Jun 2013 , 12:07am
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That is awesome! I can't wait to get my new "toys" and see what I am capable of, although I'm sure it won't compare to that!

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