cakez4dayz Posted 30 Jan 2014 , 7:42pm
post #1 of

i have been chosen to do a baby shower cake and I really need help with pricing...

It will be a lemon cake with white chocolate ganache

there will be cut out flowers, butterflys, and a modeled baby bottom with feet on top..

50 people will be fed

how much for a 2 tier?

how much for a 3 tier?

please may I grasp some of your wisdom...

11 replies
DeliciousDesserts Posted 30 Jan 2014 , 8:04pm
post #2 of

Welcome Cakez4Dayz to the CC forums.

 

There are so many factors which influence the cost of a cake.  There are even many different combinations of 3 tier cakes serving 45-201.  It's difficult to provide you with a specific answer.  

 

I do wish we had a FAQ which I could link for you.  Instead, I will copy and paste a post I wrote concerning pricing:  

 

I'm sure, at some point, this post will get lost in the archives, but it's worth a shot.  I really do like to help people.  I believe that knowledge is power.

 

Most of us agree that tossing a number at someone, who asks how to price a cake, does them a disservice.  I'm in the teach a man to fish boat so to speak.

 

Here is my heartfelt and knowledgeable advice.  In order to set your pricing, you really do have to do your homework.  Sit down & write a list of every single thing your hands touched while making that last cake.  Did you use a hand towel?  Do you have to wash that towel?  Aprons, hand soap, dishwasher, dish soap, oven, water, trash can....EVERY single thing no matter how small it may seem.  Of course, you will also add the cost of ingredients.  If you are a legal business, you will need to add the cost of licensing and insurance.  This should, quite frankly, be a very very long list.  

 

You should also do some research into your competition.  Found someone with comparable skills as yours and check to see how much they charge.  Don't copy this!!  It's possible they are not charging correctly.  It will, however, give you valuable information in comparing.

 

Some people will encourage you that home bakers or Cottage Food Law bakers shouldn't charge the same as a brick & mortar bakery.  Really?  My question is do you have the same costs?  Sure, you don't have the same lease payments.  You also don't get the discounts of purchasing power.  I'm not saying they equal out.  The only way to know is to have an accurate accounting of your true cost.

 

Remember that the goal is to make a profit.  Covering costs does not equate to a successful business.  Sure you want to make people happy, you want them to enjoy your cake.  As a business, you should also make a profit.  We aren't talking price gouging, but you really do deserve to make a profit.  Stop feeling guilty about it!

 

You don't have to have a masters in business, but I do recommend you at least have a business plan.  At the very least, educate yourself about the true costs of producing your cake.

 

 

Best of luck to you.

cakez4dayz Posted 30 Jan 2014 , 8:41pm
post #3 of

A8x3...6x3...4x3... Is that enough cake for 50 people

DeliciousDesserts Posted 30 Jan 2014 , 8:46pm
post #4 of

AThis useful chart will help you determine serving sizes: http://www.wilton.com/cakes/making-cakes/baking-wedding-cake-2-inch-pans.cfm

cakez4dayz Posted 30 Jan 2014 , 8:52pm
post #5 of

AThank you soooooo much...

DeliciousDesserts Posted 30 Jan 2014 , 9:21pm
post #6 of

AYou are most welcome.

Claire138 Posted 30 Jan 2014 , 9:44pm
post #7 of
Claire138 Posted 30 Jan 2014 , 9:47pm
post #8 of

DD that heart was to say that I love your post and also that I've finally worked out how to make hearts on my computer yay!

DeliciousDesserts Posted 30 Jan 2014 , 9:57pm
post #9 of

AAwwww, that made my day.

Been a long contentious one!

Claire138 Posted 30 Jan 2014 , 10:26pm

That it has - but I feel with my new found knowledge everything is possible including peace on CC

emetz74 Posted 30 Jan 2014 , 11:16pm

Not to hijack, but how did you do the hearts and in all those colors?

Claire138 Posted 2 Feb 2014 , 12:51pm

Sorry to be so long getting back to you, I've been of CC for  a few days - kitchen accident. Anyway, I went to system preferences and and found it in in the input sources. I have a Mac and googled it. There are loads of options

Quote by @%username% on %date%

%body%