Someone asked me to make this cake for 50 people, fill it with cannoli cream filling and deliver it. Then of course adding in my time and effort. How much would you charge?? I know my price but the person is giving me a hard time about it so I wanted experienced opinions. Thank you all!!
If you could take the time to do a search on this site you will see how difficult pricing is - how many different factors enter into the picture. Just remember, not everyone who wants a cake can afford a *special creation* - which is what that pic is all about. Our time should not come cheap. I have no idea what your price is but what if you decided to lower it a bit......how much difference is there between what you want and what the customer is willing to pay?
I typically charge $3 per serving which would make a 50 serving cake $150.
a sculpture oughta start at least $5 $6 a serving then the cannoli filling adds to the drama -- delivery is $1 a mile both ways -- time/gas, wear & tear on car & nerves -- $1 a mile is a bargain --
an idea to get your point across -- for example if your friend got an undecorated single serving lava cake at domino's for all of her friends -- it's about $2.50 a serving last i knew -- so it's no stretch to realize for 50 peeps that's $125 -- peeps don't necessarily do the math -- they think cake is inexpensive -- it could be if she made a sheet cake herself, ditched the cannoli filling, bought the boxes & board -- tossed it in her own car and took it with her -- but not for that cute patootie kitty cat --
other restaurant's desserts certainly start much higher and they don't typically make sculptures out of them -- so your friend needs to cough up or pay up --
" I know my price but the person is giving me a hard time about it so I wanted experienced opinions. Thank you all!! "
That sentence alone should tell you to pass on this one:
1. If you are willing to haggle on price, word will spread fast that you can be talked down.
2. If cost if the driving factor rather than quality, they'll be just as happy with an inferior cake from a deli/bakery/less talented baker so long as the price is right.
Just an observance....for a host to invite 50 people to a party and then wish to go cheap on the main event *the Cake* is beyond deplorable.
Using my own pricing system, I'm coming up with $160. Over the years I've learned not to undervalue my time, even when it means turning down a cake, which I just hate to do!
This cake is from a cartoon....Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood (Mr. Roger's Neighborhood spin-off - Daniel lived in the Land of Make Believe). Anyway, this episode was about Daniel's 5th birthday and the baker let him help decorate his own cake, so he picked out the tiger cake and decorated it himself. On the way home, he had a cakers worst nightmare happen - the cake was not transported carefully (as he had to hold it himself) and was a mess by the time he got home. No longer resembled a tiger.....
So, all of this to say, if they want to cheap out, you just make a messy version of it (spending no more time on it than they are willing to pay) and it would be more within the theme of the episode as well Having to secure that head, so it doesn't fall and the anxiety with it, no way would I take less than $175.
sugarbuzz -- don't you think a sculpture at about $3 a serving is a little bit on the almost too low side ?
Always always always do a price quote/estimate before buying anything! That way you are upfront about the cost and you can adjust the design if the client doesn't have it in their budget.
Makes for a much smoother transaction.
Oh and stick with your price. You set it there for a reason.