Servings For 5”, 4” And 3” ? And Pricing

Decorating By ddgl Updated 6 May 2016 , 1:19am by ddgl

ddgl Posted 5 May 2016 , 4:25am
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Just wondering how many servings for these sizes.

Couple weeks ago, I bought a set of cake dummy (6”, 5”, 4”, 3”) to practice decorating smaller tier cake.

This is my first small dummy tier cake (6”,5”,4”)

Based on your location and other pricing factors. What would you charge for this cake (for the real cake, not dummy cake)?

Sizes are 6”, 5”,4”, They are 3” high each tier.

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ddgl Posted 5 May 2016 , 4:31am
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costumeczar Posted 5 May 2016 , 11:01am
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I'm not even joking, I'd charge no less than $100 for each of those. If you're making tiny cakes like that they're a giant pain in the butt, and to have to put bows and make flowers for each one too? Forget it. It's a lot more work than you think it will be and if you undercharge for them you'll be kicking yourself halfway through at 2:30 am.

A 6" will serve about 8 if I remember correctly. A 3 and 4" will be about 3-5 servings, unless my son is cutting it, in which case it will be one serving each. I'd guess that a 5" will serve about 5-6. 

DO NOT use serving count to base the price of small cakes on. When you get smaller than an 8" cake the labor is going to be the main cost factor.

Jeff_Arnett Posted 5 May 2016 , 11:39am
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I agree....if you've never work with small cakes like this before, you'll find that they're actually harder and much more work than working with a large cake! I'd price these AT LEAST $100 each!

ddgl Posted 5 May 2016 , 1:53pm
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My DH looked at me with a doubt “really? ” before I post the question here because I told him I think maybe over $100.

It did take me awhile to finish the cake, had some difficult times to cover the dummies and put the fondant ribbons and bows. I spent a lot of time to fix the flowers because I just can’t make a clean cut on edge of the petals, don’t know it was because maybe the fondant a bit sticky or the cutter not sharp enough.

I’m thinking continue to use small dummies to practice for now and change to regular size dummies later to do more practice.


Thanks for the replies ^^

Jeff_Arnett Posted 5 May 2016 , 7:10pm
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What type cutter are you using?  If it's a plastic or metal open cutter (like a cookie cutter) try this. 

Instead of rolling out your sugar medium and pressing the cutter in, turn the cutter upside down, lay a piece of rolled out sugar medium on top and use a piece of foam or even your palm and fingers to press it down until it is cut through the and the cutout drops through the cutter. 

This will help get very clean edges on your petals.

ddgl Posted 6 May 2016 , 1:19am
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I have the plastic type and I just tried the upside down with a foam, WOW, much, much cleaner edge!!!

It can save me A LOT of time without spending too much time on fixing up the petals.

Thank you very much for the tip.

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