BatterUpCake Posted 26 Jun 2013 , 8:26pm
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Well since all of the advice I received here on pricing I have done some cakes but today I was emailed about doing a cake to serve 68. This will be my first "large" order since then (large to me...not to many of you). I was happy to hear that the event planner actually recommended me to her client. So I quoted $3.25/serving for just IMBC, with $.75/serving for fondant, and $.25 for a filling....now just waiting to hear back. Fingers crossed. This could get my name out there. Her event is this Sat and her baker had a medical emergency. Wish me luck!

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punkin90 Posted 26 Jun 2013 , 8:51pm
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Good luck! thumbs_up.gif  Hope everything works out for you. I know how you feel about pricing. I have a harder time with that than the cake I am making!

bct806 Posted 26 Jun 2013 , 8:52pm
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Good luck! Fingers crossed for you!

BatterUpCake Posted 26 Jun 2013 , 9:03pm
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Thanks...both of you. I sent the quote 3 hours ago and told her since she needs it by Sat she needs to get back with me soon so I can get busy shopping for supplies, making the chocolate candies, etc...So I'm not holding my breath...Oh I also told her I would need a deposit tonight. All of the storefront bakeries around here are booked until Sept so craigslist may be her only other option. I know if I was in this situation I would not go to someone off Craigslist instead of taking the advice of my event planner. And I think that price is VERY reasonable especially on such short notice!

kikiandkyle Posted 26 Jun 2013 , 9:14pm
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AI agree that your price is very reasonable considering the last minute nature of the order. Fingers crossed!

Baking Sis Posted 26 Jun 2013 , 9:35pm
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Wishing you the best!!! 

Norasmom Posted 27 Jun 2013 , 12:09am
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That's excitng.  good luck!

BatterUpCake Posted 27 Jun 2013 , 12:16am
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AYeah I guess $220 was too much for a 3 tier, rush 2 day wedding cake with white chocolate shells. I'm really interested what she was paying the other baker and what she is going to get now. Well I wish her the best and hope her wedding day is perfect in spite of this bump in the road.

Norasmom Posted 27 Jun 2013 , 12:23am
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That was a good price.  You have the right attitude, though, and someday soon someone else will order a big cake from you.

BatterUpCake Posted 27 Jun 2013 , 12:29am

AWell I have an August bride who wanted a bigger cake than she needed, with 2 different flavors and gumpaste asiatic Lilys but then when it came time for the deposit she couldn't come up with it. I convinced her to order a more reasonably priced cake. She is still getting the design but only 2 tiers and 1 flavor. It will still be my largest order.

cakefat Posted 27 Jun 2013 , 12:34am
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Yeah I guess $220 was too much for a 3 tier, rush 2 day wedding cake with white chocolate shells. I'm really interested what she was paying the other baker and what she is going to get now. Well I wish her the best and hope her wedding day is perfect in spite of this bump in the road.

wow- that's a really good price. that cake would cost at least $500 (for a professional decorated/skilled cake) where I am- not to even mention a 2 day notice. 

BatterUpCake Posted 27 Jun 2013 , 12:41am

AIt's $3.25 a slice. I Checked around and the experienced bakers charged between $3.50-5. It was for 68 people. That was not for fondant. It really wouldn't have been much of a problem since I only have 1 order this weekend and had the shells left over from an order from last week. But I agree it was a good price

BatterUpCake Posted 27 Jun 2013 , 11:38am

AWell the bride got back to me this morning and said her friends found some other option. You win some you lose some

BatterUpCake Posted 27 Jun 2013 , 11:40am

ALol... I keep thinking "my weddin cake was only $175 for 150 people" then I remember that was 1997. Time goes by so fast.

howsweet Posted 28 Jun 2013 , 6:06pm
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It's $3.25 a slice. I Checked around and the experienced bakers charged between $3.50-5. It was for 68 people. That was not for fondant. It really wouldn't have been much of a problem since I only have 1 order this weekend and had the shells left over from an order from last week. But I agree it was a good price

Was there anything else on the cake? Like a bow or something? That would not be included in a base price from most bakeries.

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Well the bride got back to me this morning and said her friends found some other option. You win some you lose some

IMO, you won this one. You stood by your price and you're not working your fingers off making a cake for nothing (which someone else may be)

Norasmom Posted 28 Jun 2013 , 7:14pm
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Well the bride got back to me this morning and said her friends found some other option. You win some you lose some

You didn't lose!  You would have lost had you quoted lower.  If they want YOUR cakes, they pay YOUR prices!  

BatterUpCake Posted 28 Jun 2013 , 7:48pm

AThere was no bow or toppers. Just about 8 chocolate shells which I already had sitting around taking up space. Now I'm just giving them to my granddaughter. So she is the real winner here! Lol

BatterUpCake Posted 28 Jun 2013 , 7:57pm

ASpeaking of making cakes for nothing my good friend wants me to come to Fla for her wedding in Nov. then she told me she wanted me to make her cake and I thought hmmm that will be a pain taking my tools but ok. Then she said oh I'll buy all of the stuff....so I guess she expects it free... Then she sends me pics of 4 tier cakes with tons of gumpaste roses, shimmering fondant, stenciling, one was shaped like a birdcage!! I told her these were over $1000 cakes!! I have talked to her since but she hasn't brought it back up.... I doubt she got my hint tho so I'm going to have to bring it up again.

AZCouture Posted 28 Jun 2013 , 9:44pm

ASo you'll be working while everyone else is participating in the pre wedding festivities...no thanks!

BatterUpCake Posted 28 Jun 2013 , 11:36pm

AEd-Zachary. Coming to Fla should be gift enough as that will cost me at least $500 if I stay with her. If it was a simple cake I wouldn't have much of a problem. But she is crazy if she thinks she is going to get a towering monstrosity for free

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