I was asked to make 800-1200 mini cupcakes. I am trying to figure out what to charge? How much would you charge for regular cupcakes?
AI charge for a 95mm size cupcake will a buttercream swirl and very simple topper 2.50$. My cost are roughly 0.50$ per cupcake. So, what I would charge is cost of mini cupcake plus 2$. Roughly... The time to make the batter, the frosting, piping and making a topper is the same. You only save time while baking as more of them fit in the oven at the same time. And I would consider that a huge order of cupcakes is "easier" to handle because you do everything only once (making batter ect, even the cleaning afterwards). I would take that into consideration when giving a price! But that's only what I would do. And also prices vary from town to town. Not sure if this was any help, but good luck anyway.
Have you ever made more than 300 mini cupcakes at one time? Because mini cupcakes lose their freshness SO rapidly, making 800-1200 is a huge, logistical endeavor.
Are you a hobby baker? Are you a business? Where are you located? What do you charge for 12 minis? 120 minis? 300 minis? What is your success/failure rate when making minis? How many are over-done, under-done, how many have cupcake liners that come loose after baking? What ingredients will you use for your minis? How much is your individual breakdown for cost for a dozen minis in each requested flavor? Do you have packaging for 800-1200 minis? Do you have sufficient space to prepare/bake/cool/decorate 800-1200 minis? Do you have delivery logistics to make/decorate/box/delivery/arrange 800-1200 minis?
I suggest you read this excellent article:
How Much Should I Charge for my Cakes?
Here is a quote from the article:
This is one of the most frequently asked questions by cake decorators when they begin to sell their cakes. The simple but frustrating answer is that no one can tell you how much you should charge. Setting a price structure is one of the most difficult parts of any business. As with real estate, the price of cakes varies widely by location and is largely determined by your local market. Finding the right price point requires research of your competitors' prices, and a solid understanding of your own costs.
Thanks for the feedback. they asked me to make a US flag out of mini cupcakes. After talking to them the flag will take 650 mini cupcakes. I plan on making the cupcakes on one day and frost them the next day.
I have written down the cost for the ingredients and will make one batch to see how many cupcakes it will yield and how long it will take me and go from there.
I am overseas and a hobby baker.
Sounds like a good plan. Be sure and post a photo when your flag is done.