Question For A Friend

Business By blueydmom2004 Updated 14 Oct 2013 , 5:23pm by Paperfishies

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blueydmom2004 Posted 13 Oct 2013 , 6:43pm
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AI have a friend in FL who is getting married and only wanted 50 cupcakes. The place she was planning on using is charging her $4.00 a cupcake. Do you think this is too much?

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-K8memphis Posted 13 Oct 2013 , 6:47pm
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if i was paying for them yes--

 

but no it's not an overly high price--

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BatterUpCake Posted 13 Oct 2013 , 6:47pm
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Probably not. I'm sure they are not just buttercream swirls for a wedding. $4 seems quite reasonable.

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blueydmom2004 Posted 13 Oct 2013 , 7:27pm
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AOk. She really only wants a simple regular cupcake with some chocolate seashells on some and some with edible confetti. This is why I can't do my own business...I can't charge what I should for cakes! Lol thank you all again!

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BatterUpCake Posted 13 Oct 2013 , 7:51pm
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Quality chocolate is expensive. So is the cost of living. What may seem simple is not so when it is your sole source of income. Tell her with the cost of paying a reputable baker comes with the peace of mind of having a quality product for her wedding.

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jenmat Posted 13 Oct 2013 , 7:56pm
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If there is decoration work on each cupcake, then she is probably getting a bargain. 

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Stitches Posted 13 Oct 2013 , 9:04pm
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Originally Posted by jenmat 
 

If there is decoration work on each cupcake, then she is probably getting a bargain.

A decoration on each cupcake can work out to be more work (from the decorator) than decorating a wedding cake. $4.00 doesn't seem too high to me at all. You could price out buying those sea shells on Etsy and put them on your own cupcakes.......to check the price.

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cakesbycathy Posted 13 Oct 2013 , 11:34pm
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You probably should have provided more detail in your original post. 

 

If it was a cupcake with just a swirl of buttercream frosting, then I'd say $4 per cupcake is too much.

 

BUT, that's not what she's ordering.  She's getting cupcakes that are custom decorated.  There is additional ingredient/material cost for that, not to mention there is now extra labor involved.

 

There could also be an additional cost for the cupcake flavor and type of frosting she wants.

 

So, no, it's not too much.

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Paperfishies Posted 14 Oct 2013 , 5:22pm
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White chocolate shells take a good deal of effort to make.

 

You have to melt it down, pour it into the molds, pop it in the freezer, pop them out carefully, and I dust my chocolate shells with luster and petal dust, it's time consuming.

 

So $4 per cupcake with a white chocolate shell is pretty standard in most places.

 

I've seen decorated cupcakes cost upwards of $8 each.

 

The going rate here in my city for a standard size cupcake with a swirl of icing is around $3.00 each.

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