ellavanilla Posted 5 Aug 2013 , 11:16pm
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I just got an emailed request for a cake order. Customer wants a corset/laces style cake for 8 people, but she doesnt want the cake to be too small and she wants it for Friday afternoon. icon_eek.gif

 

I quoted $100 even for an 8x5 round cake with fondant to look like the back of a corset. 

 

I would like to do the cake, but I felt the request was a bit too last minute for something so elaborate, so I priced it a little higher. 

 

Too high? That comes to $5/serving, roughly. My regular buttercream cakes price out at $45 for an 8x4 inch round

 

something like this, but not so tall (this cake is 14 inches tall)

 

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Sassyzan Posted 5 Aug 2013 , 11:39pm
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AI think the price was right for the circumstances. Whether the customer will agree is a different story.

AZCouture Posted 5 Aug 2013 , 11:44pm
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Regardless of servings, there has to be a minimum order in there somewhere. I couldn't work on something carved and tapered like that for $100, but if it's enough for you, then so be it. I fully support that price, higher ideally, but too much? Not a chance. 

jenmat Posted 6 Aug 2013 , 12:14am
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I think that was reasonable considering the circumstances. Sometimes size isn't the primary factor in pricing, especially when they need a small cake with high detail. 

howsweet Posted 6 Aug 2013 , 12:15am
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Don't know if this will help... I did this cake last week for $150. It was a 6 in round, 4 layer. The whole time I was making it, I was kicking myself for not charging more, but I don't really think I undercharged. If there'd been carving involved and it had been bigger, that would have been another matter. My minimum is $150, but that wasn't a factor because they also ordered a bigger cake.

 

ellavanilla Posted 6 Aug 2013 , 12:20am
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thank you!! I was wondering if my pricing was a bit punitive, because i was a bit irritated with the way the request was made. 

 

regarding minimums, i agree. this is not my usual kind of work, so i vacillated a bit. 

 

thank you!

 

jen

 

just heard from the client:

 

"thank you for the quick reply, I have decided no to go ahead with the order due to pricing. Will def keep in touch next time thank you"
 
sometimes I'd like to know what they wanted to spend..
bubs1stbirthday Posted 6 Aug 2013 , 12:53am
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Originally Posted by ellavanilla 

 

just heard from the client:

 

"thank you for the quick reply, I have decided no to go ahead with the order due to pricing. Will def keep in touch next time thank you"
 
sometimes I'd like to know what they wanted to spend..

So true :-) I worked in hospitality before I had a baby and when having conversations with family and friends would often hear 'wow - really - that's expensive' I would always ask them to stop and think properly about the work involved and what they would think that should cost. More often than not they would realise how silly they were being. That cake is a lot of work and I would be more than willing to part with $100 to have someone do a lovely job of it for me. If it was so easy they would do it themselves. icon_smile.gif

Laurelj Posted 6 Aug 2013 , 2:00am
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Aif I had been requested to do a cake like this, my quote would have been $192. Our prices start at $8./serving Not sure where she would even find another baker to provide a cake like that for $100. Charge too much, NEVER, don't sweat it :grin:

Godot Posted 6 Aug 2013 , 5:34am
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People just slay me.

 

A custom cake with eight servings, four days warning - but it 'can't be too small'.

joyce Posted 6 Aug 2013 , 12:07pm

You should always have a brochure with a price list either online or a hard copy. Even if the cake is small you must account for the amount of work you put into it. The customer will either want it or not. I find that people think you will do a lot of work for nothing. You should not over charge but a quality product needs to be priced accordingly. Unfortunately, you will always find that someone will be prepared to bake a rubbish cake for very little money just to undercut everyone. I have been in the business for 30 years and little has changed since I started. 

BatterUpCake Posted 6 Aug 2013 , 2:23pm
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Originally Posted by Laurelj 
Not sure where she would even find another baker to provide a cake like that for $100. Charge too much, NEVER, don't sweat it icon_biggrin.gif

Oh she may find someone to attempt it...but she isn't going to get THAT cake for less. No one realizes the skill that goes into carved cakes and working with fondant

ellavanilla Posted 6 Aug 2013 , 3:48pm
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Originally Posted by joyce 

You should always have a brochure with a price list either online or a hard copy. Even if the cake is small you must account for the amount of work you put into it. The customer will either want it or not. I find that people think you will do a lot of work for nothing. You should not over charge but a quality product needs to be priced accordingly. Unfortunately, you will always find that someone will be prepared to bake a rubbish cake for very little money just to undercut everyone. I have been in the business for 30 years and little has changed since I started. 

 

Thanks Joyce, I do have that, but not for custom work. I quote that per cake. 

therealmrsriley Posted 6 Aug 2013 , 4:51pm

The upside is that you no longer have to deal with this last minute request. $100 wasn't too high at all, even if it was a smaller cake.

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