sweetbritches Posted 9 Oct 2013 , 1:18am

I have done cakes for a few co-workers on their Birthdays in the past.   I have been asked to do a cake for a co-workers party and she wants to pay for it.  I am not an expert at this.  In fact I just do this for fun and she will not accept me doing the cake for the price of the supplies.  I have a picture of a cake that I have done before and she wants one like it.  I need to know what you think on how much I should ask her for.  Please help!!

 

 

Thank you for your advice!!

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jason_kraft Posted 9 Oct 2013 , 1:41am

AIf you are not running a legal business I would not set a price. if she insists on paying something, let her pay whatever she feels the cake is worth, either to you or to charity.

vgcea Posted 9 Oct 2013 , 1:50am

AI wonder how many more of these types of threads need to be shut down, how many more newbies need to be alienated, and how many oldies need to be exasperated before the administrators of this site start taking proactive, rather than reactive thread closing, moves to educate or direct newbies on these popular subjects of pricing and legality. The status quo can only suffice for so long. In the mean time we keep going in alienating circles.

jason_kraft Posted 9 Oct 2013 , 1:52am

AThings wouldn't be so bad if people (both newbies and veterans) stuck to posting on-topic and just ignored threads/posts/people they didn't like.

sweetbritches Posted 9 Oct 2013 , 2:05am

Sorry to hit such a nerve!!!!!!!!!  Thanks for the comment on WOW you did a good job for not being an EXPERT.  I promise you one thing I will not ask another question so that I don't offend anyone that is in the business.  Im sure you had to start somewhere.  Didn't you?    I'll take my NEWBEE A55 somewhere else!!!!!!

 

THANKS

vgcea Posted 9 Oct 2013 , 2:05am

ATrue. But I don't think it's about liking or not liking a subject. We've seen from these threads that a knowledge void exists. Ignoring or whatever current method were using-- that gets threads shut down--isn't effective. I keep wondering if there's a better way to orient newbies. A way that doesn't alienate those who've been repeating the same answers over and over.

To the OP. Do a search on pricing. Many threads to choose from.

vgcea Posted 9 Oct 2013 , 2:07am

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Original message sent by sweetbritches

Sorry to hit such a nerve!!!!!!!!!  Thanks for the comment on WOW you did a good job for not being an EXPERT.  I promise you one thing I will not ask another question so that I don't offend anyone that is in the business.  Im sure you had to start somewhere.  Didn't you?    I'll take my NEWBEE A55 somewhere else!!!!!!

THANKS

No! Bring that a55 back. LOL. Your question is pretty popular and raised some latent issues that's all. Nothing against you or your newbie behind. Hahahaha.

morganchampagne Posted 9 Oct 2013 , 2:08am

AI would encourage you not to take vgceas comment personal. I assure you it's not a personal attack

The thing is that there are so many of these posts everyday. So for some it's frustrated. There are land mines here so to speak, you happened to step on one. Unknowingly of course.

This place truly is helpful. Just like in the real world there's all kinds here.

jason_kraft Posted 9 Oct 2013 , 2:08am

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Original message sent by sweetbritches

Sorry to hit such a nerve!!!!!!!!!  Thanks for the comment on WOW you did a good job for not being an EXPERT. 

My apologies...I didn't mean to offend, and my post was not referring to your skill but on the legalities of charging for cakes, which must be factored in when considering pricing.

If you're looking for feedback on the cake itself I would recommend creating a new thread, since in this thread you're just asking about pricing.

AZCouture Posted 9 Oct 2013 , 2:11am

AWhat is the design? I'm not sure what the decorations are.

vgcea Posted 9 Oct 2013 , 2:16am

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Original message sent by AZCouture

What is the design? I'm not sure what the decorations are.

I believe it's 2 witches with their a55es sticking out. lol.

AZCouture Posted 9 Oct 2013 , 2:19am

ADefinitely see an a55, that's for sure.

sweetbritches Posted 9 Oct 2013 , 2:22am

I am deleting the thread just so you know!!  However it is very ironic that you knew what the subject was about in the title, but yet you had to reply with a negative comment.

sweetbritches Posted 9 Oct 2013 , 2:24am

Because I am a Newbie I posted my first reply towards the wrong person.  But that's ok Thanks for your help anyway.

jason_kraft Posted 9 Oct 2013 , 2:26am

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Original message sent by sweetbritches

I am deleting the thread just so you know!!  However it is very ironic that you knew what the subject was about in the title, but yet you had to reply with a negative comment.

Which negative comment are you referring to?

Also, you can't delete a thread after other people have replied to it.

sweetbritches Posted 9 Oct 2013 , 2:26am

Thank you!

DeliciousDesserts Posted 9 Oct 2013 , 2:30am

AHonestly, I don't understand what upset you so sweetbrtches. There was a bit of cross talk, but no one was being rude to you.

I don't see how anyone could have possibly known you wanted us to stroke your ego regarding your skills.

Let me give this a try:

Oh wow!! You aren't a pro?!!! Really. That cake is adorable! What's on top? I can really only make out the sides. What size is it?

Even though I don't know any details of the cake (size, flavor, filling, top decor) or any of your costs (uou could live in Alaska where things are much more expensive) you should totally charge $50-60.

bilbo Posted 9 Oct 2013 , 2:32am

:???:

DeliciousDesserts Posted 9 Oct 2013 , 2:32am

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Original message sent by sweetbritches

Because I am a Newbie I posted my first reply towards the wrong person.  But that's ok Thanks for your help anyway.

I missed something

IAmPamCakes Posted 9 Oct 2013 , 2:34am

AUummm...

jason_kraft Posted 9 Oct 2013 , 2:35am

Asweetbritches, it might be helpful to click the Quote button under the post you want to reply to (or just mention the name of who you are replying to) otherwise it makes it difficult to follow the discussion.

scrumdiddlycakes Posted 9 Oct 2013 , 2:45am

hahahaha, I love the internet.

morganchampagne Posted 9 Oct 2013 , 2:58am

ASigh.

BrandisBaked Posted 9 Oct 2013 , 2:59am

AI would give you an answer, but I don't know the size of the cake.

810whitechoc Posted 9 Oct 2013 , 3:12am

Pricing a cake is much more complex than you obviously realise.  There are loads of threads devoted to this topic and the answer is going to be different for a whole lot of people.  What do your ingredients cost, how much time did it take, are you working from an approved kitchen, do you have insurance? to name a few. Have you thought about what could go wrong, not that I am implying in any way that you are going to do anything wrong, but as your co-worker is paying you for a product it is therefore a legal transaction and in the eyes of the law and the Food Authority (or whatever relevant body in your area), saying "I just do this for fun" means nothing and you are responsible for any issues arising from you selling this product.  Are you producing this from an approved kitchen?

 

How much does this cost is a bit like a "how long is a piece of string question", but with potential legal pit falls attached.  My answer to your question is not the price but some advise to educate yourself on the bigger picture of selling cakes (because that is what you are doing) before you go down this path :smile:

sweetbritches Posted 9 Oct 2013 , 3:23am

To Everyone:

 

Thank you for caring enough to share. I promise to weigh it carefully.

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