Tattoo Cake Pricing

Decorating By jriser0819 Updated 11 Jun 2013 , 7:44pm by jason_kraft

jriser0819 Posted 9 Jun 2013 , 9:21pm
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A[IMG][IMG]http://cakecentral.com/content/type/61/id/3030007/width/200/height/400[/IMG][/IMG]

Someone asked me to do a tattoo cake and she wants it all hand painted onto the cake and these two cakes are what she likes best. I can definitely do it but how do I go about stenciling the picture onto the cake first and I don't even know how to price something like this, this will probably easily take about 60-70 man hours... And I probably won't be able to do any other cakes that week... Help please!!

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jason_kraft Posted 9 Jun 2013 , 9:30pm
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AI would find out what their budget is first to see if it's even realistic, you're probably looking at around $1500.

Annabakescakes Posted 9 Jun 2013 , 10:27pm
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That is not a stencil, it is free hand.

jriser0819 Posted 9 Jun 2013 , 10:42pm
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AFree handed or not how do I price it

Annabakescakes Posted 9 Jun 2013 , 11:05pm
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Free handed or not how do I price it

I just thought you should know, since you won't be able to just purchase a stencil and pop it on there. You will have to draw it out first and really plan for it, so it will take more time. Which will be more time, which costs more.

 

I price the cake by the serving for basic designs, and add a flat fee for more intricate or time consuming designs. So, if it serves 100 covered in fondant it will be $425 plus a week's pay, for $800. So, $1225. Plus delivery. `````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````

jason_kraft Posted 9 Jun 2013 , 11:10pm
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AClick the Pricing Formula link in my signature for more details about how to set a price.

jriser0819 Posted 9 Jun 2013 , 11:26pm
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AThe cake is for 60 ppl

jriser0819 Posted 9 Jun 2013 , 11:26pm
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AThe cake is for 60 ppl

smittyditty Posted 9 Jun 2013 , 11:38pm
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60 ppl they want to feed or it serves 60ppl?

Cause it doesn't matter how many people they are feeding it matters the size of cake. I get that a lot..they want such and such size cake but they think because only x number of people are coming I'm only going to charge them for attendees..LOL..NOT
 

liz at sugar Posted 10 Jun 2013 , 12:05am
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What is your client's budget?

 

Liz

jriser0819 Posted 10 Jun 2013 , 11:17pm
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AHe budget is btwn $500-$600

jason_kraft Posted 10 Jun 2013 , 11:23pm
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Original message sent by jriser0819

He budget is btwn $500-$600

Sounds like he needs to scale down his expectations significantly.

liz at sugar Posted 10 Jun 2013 , 11:49pm
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Agreed on scaling down his expectations, unless you want to work for less than minimum wage.  Maybe one layer with the tattoo art would suffice?

 

Liz
 

jriser0819 Posted 11 Jun 2013 , 1:02am
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ASo I got this person to have a 6" cake with the koi fish on it and to settle with a sheet cake something like this... Still stumped on pricing [IMG][IMG]http://cakecentral.com/content/type/61/id/3031088/width/200/height/400[/IMG][/IMG]

kimmyk2007 Posted 11 Jun 2013 , 1:14am
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AYou could print the bulk on sugar paper, in color, and highlight the edges and a few other areas to pop and to give it that hand painted look.

kimmyk2007 Posted 11 Jun 2013 , 1:14am
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AThose cakes look awesome.

AZCouture Posted 11 Jun 2013 , 1:15am
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$600 only gets him a 6" and a sheet cake? I'm pricy, but dang.

AZCouture Posted 11 Jun 2013 , 1:16am
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Forgive me if I am reading that wrong, seriously.

Annabakescakes Posted 11 Jun 2013 , 3:46am
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$600 only gets him a 6" and a sheet cake? I'm pricy, but dang.

lol! I thought the same thing, with more cussing.

smittyditty Posted 11 Jun 2013 , 4:30am
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AIf your hand painting them both I would still charge the same amount but if you are going to do edible sheet on one hand paint the other I would charge way less charge $3.50 per slice for sheet more for hand painted 6"

jason_kraft Posted 11 Jun 2013 , 4:54am
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Original message sent by jriser0819

So I got this person to have a 6" cake with the koi fish on it and to settle with a sheet cake something like this... Still stumped on pricing

How many hours will it take you to complete?

jriser0819 Posted 11 Jun 2013 , 7:39pm
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AWants a 6" cake with the koi fish and a sheet cake with the skull I'm estimating possible btwn 22-14 man hours on both

jason_kraft Posted 11 Jun 2013 , 7:44pm
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Original message sent by jriser0819

Wants a 6" cake with the koi fish and a sheet cake with the skull I'm estimating possible btwn 22-14 man hours on both

Assuming the labor is due to the design's complexity and your efficiency is up to par, somewhere in the $500-600 range sounds about right.

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