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post #1 of 664
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Hi everyone!

Thanks for all of the pricing guides. They are a big help. However, sometimes I am still unsure how much to charge for a particular design, especially if it's a new design that I have no idea how long it will take me. The per slice price is great, but of course, some designs are more complex than others, so that is a big factor in pricing as well.

So, I thought it would be a great idea to post pics of cakes we've sold, along with the price that we've sold them. Is that allowed here? If so, I will post mine too, of course. I am somewhat new to this forum (been a member for a while, but rarely have time to log on), so don't want to post pics and prices if it's not allowed here, but maybe there are some people who are also interested in seeing examples of cakes and their pricing.

Thanks!
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I think that is a great idea...on the cake shows, i always wish they would give the prices!!! They make it look effortless and I have clients that want a life size barbie doll for $50! (ok, that was sarcasm, but really!) I am not sure if it is allowed or not and I know that prices also vary by location. I hope some more experienced decorators answer this bc I want to know, as well!
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post #3 of 664
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Originally Posted by Katherinej51679

I think that is a great idea...on the cake shows, i always wish they would give the prices!!! They make it look effortless and I have clients that want a life size barbie doll for $50! (ok, that was sarcasm, but really!) I am not sure if it is allowed or not and I know that prices also vary by location. I hope some more experienced decorators answer this bc I want to know, as well!


I know what you mean about the cake shows!!!! I always wish they would quote the prices so people would know how much to expect to pay! I am tired of people balking at a $200-300 quote for a cake I know they would pay at least twice as much for at one of those fancy bakeries.
There is a new show actually, Fabulous Cakes, which does quote the prices, and I love it!
If no one says it's not allowed by tomorrow, I'll start thumbs_up.gif
post #4 of 664
I have seen Fabulous Cakes....and I balk at those prices sometimes, only bc I know that nobody around here (Dothan, AL) would pay that! LOL But then I think, man, I am in the wrong city! Yes, I do wish they would tell prices on all the shows....and on CC. I have a decorator friend and we always tell each other about our orders and my first question is always, "and what did you charge for that?" Her prices have really helped my confidence. When I first started out, I would sweat when I had to tell someone their cake was $50 but when I see her making 8 cakes a week and all over $100, its not so hard. Also, the 2 of us together won a local competition (don't laugh, it was called the national peanut festival cake decorating contest) and that really helped me in raising my prices. But MOST of the time, I work for family and friends and barter cake for things...this past wk, I did for "free" cakes and have a lot of cleaning to do today!
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post #5 of 664
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OK, here is my first pic. This is a two-tiered chocolate cake with ganache filling and crushed oreos. The teapot and cup are rice krispies treats and the little sweets are fondant. I charged 150 for a friend, but would normally charge 225.
I'm adding a link to the pic (hopefully doing it correctly)
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1915996
post #6 of 664
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This Bible cake was for a christening, and fed about 40 people. I charged 175.
http://cakecentral.com//gallery/1592458
post #7 of 664
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For this slot machine cake, I charged 250, but I definitely undercharged, as it took me waaaay too long. It was one of my first cakes icon_smile.gif.
http://cakecentral.com//gallery/1612935
post #8 of 664
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Are the pics not coming out? I added the attachment, but can't see them here.
post #9 of 664
There's a bug that isn't allowing us to attach pics in the forums. You can add a link to your pic (but I just looked in your photos). Nice job on the cakes, thanks for sharing your info.
post #10 of 664
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Originally Posted by FullHouse

There's a bug that isn't allowing us to attach pics in the forums. You can add a link to your pic (but I just looked in your photos). Nice job on the cakes, thanks for sharing your info.

Thanks, FullHouse! I love your profile cake! I'm actually doing a similar one in a few weeks, but with an elephant and different colors icon_smile.gif.
Can you please tell me how I can add a link to my pics?
post #11 of 664
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Originally Posted by cupcakefrost

Quote:
Originally Posted by FullHouse

There's a bug that isn't allowing us to attach pics in the forums. You can add a link to your pic (but I just looked in your photos). Nice job on the cakes, thanks for sharing your info.


Thanks, FullHouse! I love your profile cake! I'm actually doing a similar one in a few weeks, but with an elephant and different colors icon_smile.gif.
Can you please tell me how I can add a link to my pics?



Got it, never mind. I figured it out icon_smile.gif. Thanks though!
post #12 of 664
Thanks, that was for a friend's baby shower (no charge), inspired by Pink Cake Box designs. Actually the 1st tiered cake and 2nd fondant cake I'd ever done.
post #13 of 664
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WOW, nice work, especially for only the 2nd time using fondant! It took me forever to learn how not to get creases near the bottom, lol. I just scanned your pics, they are awesome!!
post #14 of 664
I donated my Charlotte's Web / Farm cake to my son's drama group,
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1940664
but probably would charge $274.00 if I sold it, though I'm not sure that would be considered a fair price or not. 12" & 9" chocolate cakes, vanilla buttercream filling, MFF figures.
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Originally Posted by cupcakefrost

WOW, nice work, especially for only the 2nd time using fondant! It took me forever to learn how not to get creases near the bottom, lol. I just scanned your pics, they are awesome!!



Thanks, so are yours. That cake was covered with Wilton fondant. I make my own now, but I teach Wilton and every time I use it in class I wish it tasted better because it is so much easier to work with.
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