Hourly Going Rate For Gumpaste/fondant Work....

Business By tal Updated 25 Jan 2014 , 1:20am by tal

tal Posted 24 Jan 2014 , 1:12pm
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Hello Board,


I tried searching for a thread for my question with no luck.  I am trying to figure out how I determine what to charge per hour for gumpaste/fondant work such as flowers, figures, etc.


I've always struggled with this as I have NO clue how to put a dollar amount to my work?  Note that I do not do this as a business at this point and time but more as a hobby for friends, family, etc.  I've been doing it for several years now and do wedding cakes, etc.  I have a wedding in July wherein the cake has several Hawaiian style flowers; she also asked me to make cookies.  Maybe I'll post both pics of what she'd like and maybe that will help.



i live in a somewhat rural area and have had no luck in obtaining help from other cake bakers as to how they do it - :(


If you can refer me to a site or thread, I would greatly appreciate same or just get others' input.


thanks CC!!!!



4 replies
MimiFix Posted 24 Jan 2014 , 7:36pm
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Keep track of your hours and decide how much per hour you want to be paid. :cake: 

LoveMeSomeCake615 Posted 24 Jan 2014 , 8:03pm
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Well, it's a little hard to say for sure what you should pay yourself per hour. It depends on a lot of different factors. But definitely think about the fact that what you are doing is specialty work, and as such, you should be compensated as a skilled worker. So you want to charge more than minimum wage. We charge $15 per hour for gumpaste and fondant work. Make sure also that in figuring your price, you include materials cost/overhead, profit, AND your wage. If you don't account for all of those things, you could be losing money.

LoveMeSomeCake615 Posted 24 Jan 2014 , 8:05pm
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P.S. Those decorated sugar cookies can be a PAIN in the BUTT. ;-) Make sure you don't underestimate the time they will take to do.

tal Posted 25 Jan 2014 , 1:20am
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AThank you so much for the input!

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