AddieCakes Posted 22 Feb 2014 , 6:30am
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AHi everyone, I'm having some trouble deciding on how I want to price a cake. I recently started sharing photos of what I bake on my facebook and suddenly I have people ordering cakes from me for holidays, birthdays, baby showers etc. My mom passed away a year ago and it was then that i began baking often..it has been my way to coupe with my loss. I never knew I loved it this much til now. Anyway, all my cakes are homemade from scratch and decorated with fondant..also homemade. How much should I charge for a two tier fondant cake for 60 ppl? Taking into consideration that I am a beginner.Here is a photo of what is being requested.[IMG]http://cakecentral.com/content/type/61/id/3190235/width/200/height/400[/IMG]

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Godot Posted 22 Feb 2014 , 7:46am
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AIf you don't have permission from Disney to make this cake then you, legally, cannot sell it.

You need to get (among other things) a solid pricing structure in place before you go into business.

How much were you thinking of selling a similar cake for?

AddieCakes Posted 22 Feb 2014 , 8:14am
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AOh yes I am aware that I can not llegally sell it without permission. The colors of the cake and the structure is what is being requested. I was thinking of selling it for $75. Too cheap or too much?

Godot Posted 22 Feb 2014 , 2:02pm
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A.........mmmm.

You really do need to do your OWN homework and learn how to do your costing out properly.

How can I tell you what to charge? Please - I don't know your costs! You might be using crap ingredients like mixes and Criscocream icing.

My skills are in a different category than yours, so that also needs to be taken into consideration.

Crystal72384 Posted 22 Feb 2014 , 2:16pm
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A

Original message sent by Godot

.........mmmm.

You really do need to do your OWN homework and learn how to do your costing out properly.

How can I tell you what to charge? Please - I don't know your costs! You might be using crap ingredients like mixes and Criscocream icing.

My skills are in a different category than yours, so that also needs to be taken into consideration.

Wow that was a little snarky...

AddieCakes Posted 22 Feb 2014 , 2:53pm
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AThat did come off a little harsh but its ok. I am not easily offended. In your previous post you asked what price I was thinking of so I assumed you could five me some pointers.

Original message sent by Godot

.........mmmm.

You really do need to do your OWN homework and learn how to do your costing out properly.

How can I tell you what to charge? Please - I don't know your costs! You might be using crap ingredients like mixes and Criscocream icing.

My skills are in a different category than yours, so that also needs to be taken into consideration.

That did come off a little harsh but its ok. I am not easily offended. In your previous post you asked what price I was thinking of so I assumed you could five me some pointers.

Original message sent by Godot

If you don't have permission from Disney to make this cake then you, legally, cannot sell it.

You need to get (among other things) a solid pricing structure in place before you go into business.

How much were you thinking of selling a similar cake for?

BeesKnees578 Posted 22 Feb 2014 , 3:18pm
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That cake does not serve 60 people.  For aesthetic purpose (aside from not doing disney), I would go to a three-tier.

 

This one would maybe do 40ish...don't have my chart in front of my.  6" and 10"

 

And the cost issue is a hot-button topic on here...since you just joined yesterday, all is forgiven.  LOL

 

Put "pricing out a cake" in the search bar and you will find a plethora of info!

 

Good luck and welcome to CC!

Godot Posted 22 Feb 2014 , 7:13pm
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Original message sent by Crystal72384

Wow that was a little snarky...

Yeah, I know.

MimiFix Posted 23 Feb 2014 , 2:09am
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Originally Posted by AddieCakes 

Hi everyone, I'm having some trouble deciding on how I want to price a cake. 

 

Learning to price cakes, let me Google that for you.

enga Posted 23 Feb 2014 , 2:32am

Hi AddieCakes, welcome to CC. I'll goggle it for you, these might help.

 

Happy Baking!

 

http://veenaartofcakes.blogspot.com/2012/01/pricing-your-cakes-beginners-guide.html

 

http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/09/pricing-cakes-like-a-pro/

 

http://www.thepartyworks.com/your-cake-prices-a-949.html

cakesbycathy Posted 23 Feb 2014 , 4:16am

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Originally Posted by MimiFix 
 

 

Learning to price cakes, let me Google that for you.


This is great!  This should be the standard answer for anyone asking a pricing question!

anitac Posted 27 Feb 2014 , 1:58pm

AWow, some people are just rude. Why are they answering questions if they are annoyed by them? Anyway, as you can tell, pricing is the absolute hardest part of cakes! I am overwhelmed by pricing out the cost of ingredients for one cake so here is what I do; i researched bakeries on line and in my area and i try to have similar prices. With custom, carved cakes,etc.it is much more difficult. So i basically charge 1.75 per slice for a Buttercream cake and 2.25 a slice for a fondant cake. I add an extra charge for more complicated decorating and ingredients such as cream cheese frosting. With cakes for large amounts of people such as 75 or so i always feel bad charging so much, but really I think they are getting a deal. I live in a small town so must people don't want to pay too much.

Angel123 Posted 28 Feb 2014 , 11:45pm

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Godot Posted 1 Mar 2014 , 6:14am

AWhat?

shanter Posted 1 Mar 2014 , 10:32pm

I really like punctuation.

MimiFix Posted 2 Mar 2014 , 1:27am

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JWinslow Posted 2 Mar 2014 , 2:12am

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Originally Posted by shanter 
 

I really like punctuation.


Hehehehe......

lcubed83 Posted 2 Mar 2014 , 6:10pm

So my husband just explained "Let Me Google That For You" to me!  Brilliant!  So much easier that copy/pasting a whole bunch of URLs into a post!

 

Linda

enga Posted 2 Mar 2014 , 6:56pm

Then I guess that settles it, no need for people to even answer threads anymore or even come on CC. Why, when they can just "goggle it" for themselves.

ApplegumPam Posted 2 Mar 2014 , 8:59pm

Actually..... GoOgle  works so much better than Goggle.....   maybe that is the problem people have

OH... and YES I know that was snarky!

Go on ... stone me!!  

I am the resilient generation ....   AND proud of it !!  :wink:

shanter Posted 2 Mar 2014 , 9:09pm

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Originally Posted by enga 
 

Then I guess that settles it, no need for people to even answer threads anymore or even come on CC. Why, when they can just "goggle it" for themselves.


Since it is not possible to tell someone what they should charge for a cake, what is wrong with teaching them how to figure it out? Some people don't know how to use Google to search a certain site.

 

AddieCakes, were you offended by the "Let me Google That For You" post?

kazita Posted 2 Mar 2014 , 9:31pm

AAhh the hot topic of pricing a cake, it just seems to usually bring on disagreements.....

enga Posted 2 Mar 2014 , 11:59pm

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Originally Posted by ApplegumPam 
 

Actually..... GoOgle  works so much better than Goggle.....   maybe that is the problem people have

OH... and YES I know that was snarky!

Go on ... stone me!!  

I am the resilient generation ....   AND proud of it !!  :wink:


Thank you spellcheck police, get some one else to stone you.

enga Posted 3 Mar 2014 , 12:06am

Ahhhh, so that's how this site is run, let them figure it our for themselves. I don't know what some of you would do with yourselves if no one asked the pricing question. Gives you a great reason to be snarky huh.

 

Well I'm not into to S&M, so I'll leave you to your snarkiness,lol. Go ahead, pop that whip!

TheItalianBaker Posted 3 Mar 2014 , 3:58pm

Assuming that cake can serve 60 ppl (which i dont think it is possibile), and you could reproduce it without breaking the law, I would charge 4.5 for serving, plus the bow and the ears.. so around $290.

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