What Would You Charge For This Cake?

Business By aggiewife12 Updated 30 May 2014 , 6:08am by SystemMod1

aggiewife12 Posted 28 May 2014 , 3:51pm
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I am still new to the business, but I'm learning more everyday! I'm obviously not nearly as good as a lot of you, but maybe someday.

 

Anyways, this was my first "big" wedding cake this past weekend and I'm curious as to what you would charge for this cake. The bride loved (as did her guests) and I am pretty pleased with it (although I do see mistakes).

 

It was 14", 10" and 8". Bottom tier was vanilla with buttercream and the top two were strawberry with strawberry cream cheese frosting.

 

It was a shabby chic wedding and the cake fit in perfectly!

 

I would love to hear what you think.

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aggiewife12 Posted 28 May 2014 , 4:46pm
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I have already read that. I am a legal home business. I am just curious as to what other people would charge. Y'all are the pros, I'm still a rookie, so I have lots of room to grow and questions to ask! :)

morganchampagne Posted 28 May 2014 , 5:18pm
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AThe thing is is that it's kinda hard to give you a price. Sure I could tell you what I charge but there are soooooooo many factors that are different, so my price may not be right for you. You'll find that people on here are hesitant to just throw out numbers

AZCouture Posted 28 May 2014 , 5:29pm
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AWhat did you charge?

enga Posted 28 May 2014 , 5:58pm
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Originally Posted by aggiewife12 
 

I have already read that. I am a legal home business. I am just curious as to what other people would charge. Y'all are the pros, I'm still a rookie, so I have lots of room to grow and questions to ask! :)

When I started out I priced my products the way I was taught in school. I had a master copy with the price of everything that I needed to actually produce a cake right down to the packaging and charged the highest price the market where I lived would be willing to pay.

 

You have to figure in fixed cost like (rent if it applies to you) electricity and other utilities including water. A lot of people have a problem with the multiply by 3 rule but I think it has been taken out of context. The formula I have heard about says to take your cost and multiply by 3 or 4 to come up with your price. It also states that the results could be too low or too high and that you should see what price a cake or other baked product goes for in your area. It goes further to say that if you are offering something unique (high end ingredients or special skills), you can use that to justify your higher price.

 

You have to research which market you want to target and what makes your products stand out from others. Pricing is not easy and there is no magic formula that works for everyone. You don't want to cheat your self or your customers when you set up your pricing. You definitely don't want to undercut other cakers and bakers in your community. Most of all you want to be able to make a profit and charge what you and your products are worth.

 

Good Luck!

aggiewife12 Posted 28 May 2014 , 6:34pm
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What did you charge?

I charged $250.

aggiewife12 Posted 28 May 2014 , 6:41pm
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I guess I am more curious as to what this cake would go for elsewhere and by more experienced decorators. I know every market is different and I think experience dictates price somewhat. Just wondering if you were to do this cake what would you charge?

Dr_Hfuhruhurr Posted 28 May 2014 , 6:50pm
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Originally Posted by pastrypet 
 

Please see this notice:

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Isn't your reply in violation of that notice?

 

OP: I am *not* a business, so my advice isn't worth much.  I assume pricing has a lot to do with where you are located.  Isn't a 14-10-8 approximately 140 servings?  If so, assuming people are charging somewhere around $5-$8/serving in your area, the cake could range from $700 to $1120.

 

But, again, I don't sell cakes. 

enga Posted 28 May 2014 , 6:52pm
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Where I live for basic BC the cost is anywhere from $3.00 to $4.50 per serving. I charged $3.50 per serving. So a cake that size with just basic BC would start at $434.00.

 

*probably a little more, I looked at my chart for a 14-10-6 tiered cake.

MimiFix Posted 28 May 2014 , 6:57pm
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Originally Posted by Dr_Hfuhruhurr 
 
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Originally Posted by pastrypet 
 

Please see this notice:

http://cakecentral.com/t/764720/policies-for-posting-the-cake-decorating-business-forum


Isn't your reply in violation of that notice?

 

Simply pointing someone to a CC policy is a nice, friendly gesture. 

cakebaby2 Posted 28 May 2014 , 6:57pm
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Originally Posted by aggiewife12 
 

I guess I am more curious as to what this cake would go for elsewhere and by more experienced decorators. I know every market is different and I think experience dictates price somewhat. Just wondering if you were to do this cake what would you charge?

More experienced decorators would have made an entirely different cake. That size of cake would go for around  £500.00 (roughly $1,000 last time I changed money)

cakebaby2 Posted 28 May 2014 , 7:00pm
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I meant to say that would be a ballpark figure in my local cakery for that size cake.

aggiewife12 Posted 28 May 2014 , 7:04pm
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Originally Posted by cakebaby2 
 

More experienced decorators would have made an entirely different cake. That size of cake would go for around  £500.00 (roughly $1,000 last time I changed money)

Why would more experienced bakers make a different cake if that's what the bride asked for?  I realize I have a few spots where my ruffles aren't perfect, but there is nothing wrong with the overall design of the cake.

cakebaby2 Posted 28 May 2014 , 7:16pm
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I didn't say there was anything wrong with it. The bride was happy, you're happy, but everyone's style is different.

dkltll Posted 28 May 2014 , 7:50pm
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Everyone is so sensitive about this subject.  I don't think the OP was asking for advice or what she should price it at or how to price. I understood her question to be that she wanted to know what people in other areas are charging for similar art work. I thought it was a simple question. My only question would have been how many servings. I hate it that newbies can't ask questions any more without being scolded for being inexperienced or show the door to the legal issues. BTW, pretty cake!

aggiewife12 Posted 28 May 2014 , 7:58pm
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Originally Posted by dkltll 
 

Everyone is so sensitive about this subject.  I don't think the OP was asking for advice or what she should price it at or how to price. I understood her question to be that she wanted to know what people in other areas are charging for similar art work. I thought it was a simple question. My only question would have been how many servings. I hate it that newbies can't ask questions any more without being scolded for being inexperienced or show the door to the legal issues. BTW, pretty cake!

Yes, that's what I was asking. Maybe there needs to be a forum for new decorators and one for experienced ones. Doesn't everyone want feedback and on their work? If not and if you don't want to help others then why be on a forum?

cakebaby2 Posted 28 May 2014 , 8:02pm
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I didn't understand you wanted feedback on your cake, I thought you were talking price. Apologies. 

-K8memphis Posted 28 May 2014 , 8:10pm
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130 times $4 so just over $500

 

i guess shabby chic is my favorite style--i personally don't care for letter perfect competition worthy cakes unless it's a competition cake--and i can do letter perfect--just not my favorite--

 

i like it because it doesn't take itself too seriously and the percentage of shabby to chic can vary--

 

i love your ombre--great first wedding cake--congrats

cakebaby2 Posted 28 May 2014 , 8:18pm
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The OP must have removed her post under dkltll? That was the one I was replying to about feedback?

MimiFix Posted 28 May 2014 , 8:24pm
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I didn't understand you wanted feedback on your cake, I thought you were talking price. Apologies. 

 

 I don't think you need to apologize for posting. The thread is titled What would you charge for this cake? From that title it seemed that the OP was asking for pricing help.

cakebaby2 Posted 28 May 2014 , 8:37pm
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Originally Posted by MimiFix 
 

 

 I don't think you need to apologize for posting. The thread is titled What would you charge for this cake? From that title it seemed that the OP was asking for pricing help.

I know but the OP has removed a post re feedback where she quoted dkltll and that was the one I was replying to.

Makes no sense now. 

MimiFix Posted 28 May 2014 , 9:07pm
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... the OP has removed a post re feedback where she quoted dkltll and that was the one I was replying to. Makes no sense now. 

 

These pricing threads often make no sense :wink: 

AZCouture Posted 28 May 2014 , 9:12pm
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AGood grief.

AZCouture Posted 28 May 2014 , 9:19pm
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ASo to get back to the price...do you usually charge that little? I know you said first big wedding cake, but it doesn't really matter what the occasion is for.

thecakewitch Posted 28 May 2014 , 9:27pm
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Originally Posted by MimiFix 
 

 

These pricing threads often make no sense :wink: 

And sometimes it magically disappears:roll:

MimiFix Posted 28 May 2014 , 9:47pm
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Originally Posted by thecakewitch 

 

And sometimes it magically disappears:roll:

 

I saw that, too. All in a night's work. And I must say, it was well done! 

yoyocakes Posted 28 May 2014 , 10:11pm
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I think its a great cake. 

Natka81 Posted 28 May 2014 , 10:21pm
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I charged $250.

In my area it would be from $ 2.00 per serving to 3.50 per serving, buttercream icing, buttercream decorations.

I haven`t started real cake decorating business yet, I am only working on my pricing, practicing  to decorate.

But even at the prices I have right now it would be $ 350.00.

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I charged $250.

pastrypet Posted 29 May 2014 , 1:46am
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..... I hate it that newbies can't ask questions any more without being scolded for being inexperienced or show the door to the legal issues.....

I was not scolding and I was not forcing legal issues. I was simply following the instructions of SystemMod1:

http://cakecentral.com/t/776575/pricing-rules-reminder

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