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post #331 of 681
Wow...Im surprised at some of the prices....both ways! Some way high....some way low. Im just starting out, but a friend of a friend saw a couple of my cakes that were 2 tier...9" & 6" fondant with fondant/gumpaste decorations. She ordered one for her daughters birthday party....then I saw of FB how many people she was inviting to the party, so I sent her a message, told her how many the cake would serve and asked if she thought the cake would be enough. She thought it would serve 70 people!!!! I had only asked her for $40....bet she really thought she was getting a deal! Needless to say I have to make a bigger cake.
post #332 of 681
Ok, my turn! This is a 12" choc and 8" madeira with handmade fondant roses and handmade personalized topped. I delivered it 12 miles away and charged £125 for the lot. I got done didn't I?! :'o(

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post #333 of 681
Hi everyone!

Great topic! So, I work full time and make cake on the side. Because it is so labor intensive, I have decide to charge more for my time, and most people don't seem to have a problem with my prices (I live in southern Michigan). Here are a few:

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2150501/
This is a 16, 13, 10, 7, plus the grooms cake. All are diffrerent flavors with ganache/fondant.
I charged about $850 for this.

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2119273/
This one was also 16, 13, 10 and 7. All are ganache/fondant.
Because of the flowers, I charged about $925 for this one.

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2100355/
My friend and I traded services for this cake - I got my daughters senior pictures for this one.
It was ganache/fondant also, chocolate and vanilla. I would have charged around $800.

The charges cover SPS, boards and delivery. Each of these cost me aroun $150 to make.

Thanks!

Karen

"Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy cake and that's almost the same thing!"
www.thecakeboxofjackson.com

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"Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy cake and that's almost the same thing!"
www.thecakeboxofjackson.com

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post #334 of 681
Wow safe to say I REALLY underprice. That is definitely about to change....especially for 3D cakes. This was a 3D cake I did and I offered to do it half price ($120) I think it's safe to say I really underpriced this one. Fortunately the client realized this and refuses to tell anyone how much she actually paid and instead just says it was worth every penny. It served 40-50 and was about 3 feet tall. I spent one day building and reinforcing the supports (about 3 hours). The next day baking and rice krispie-ing shoes and arms. Then it was an overnight job of stacking, carving, buttercream, fondant, and details. Probably a full 20-24hours (I have a 4 year old and refuse to work when she is home or awake for the sake of both the cake and my sanity). icon_biggrin.gif Krabby Patty smash cake too.

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2226846/

The pic isnt the best. It was taken at the park that afternoon in windy West Texas.
post #335 of 681
i think I will start listing my price in my descriptions and see what others say. I also call my local bakery and describe te cake asking what she would charge. Of course I pretend to be a customer
post #336 of 681
post #337 of 681
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Originally Posted by cupcakefrost View Post



Thanks, I am from Long Island, NY. Originally from Yonkers, NY (Had to give a shout-out icon_smile.gif).
I also feel nervous when giving prices, because they may sound high for cake to some people, but if they knew how much work was involved, they would understand. After a few stressful cakes I got almost nothing for, I have learned to charge more. And the worst that can happen is they say no. I'd rather have someone say no to me than work my butt off for pennies.

I agree, cupcakefrost, the thing is learning to be comfortable with the idea the worst a client can say is no. With most entrepreneurs I know, the most challenging issue they're always frustrated and quiet kept with is money! I tell people tho' I do understand not wanting to spend a lot of money on a cake but with the stresses my body goes through and my truck, making deliveries, when I need to pay a doctor's visit because I threw my back out or need repairs for the ware and tare on my delivery vehicle it's not worth me "working my butt off for pennies" 

post #338 of 681

$250?? Even at $150 for a friend, I have really been short changing myself. I have done some a lot bigger and charged less because I never know what to charge. Thanks for this thread.

post #339 of 681
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Originally Posted by Abisnail View Post

Ok, my turn! This is a 12" choc and 8" madeira with handmade fondant roses and handmade personalized topped. I delivered it 12 miles away and charged £125 for the lot. I got done didn't I?! :'o(

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post #340 of 681

I made this cake for a friend for $100.00.  I'm just starting out and wanted to do it for the experience.  I'm curious how much everyone thinks I could have charged.  It's three two-layer tiers with butter cream icing covered in MMF.  I know there are a lot of things to consider when determining what to charge so I'm just looking for a general idea.  Thanks!

 

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post #341 of 681
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Originally Posted by cupcakefrost View Post

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




What recipe did you use for the cake?
post #342 of 681

Stick to your guns. You are an amazing cake artist, stop being taken advantage of. Just say No. Sorry, can't do it for that price and ask for a deposit up front and full payment on delivery. And charge her a delivery charge. After all she is welcome to shop elsewhere.
 

post #343 of 681

This is a great thread.  Most of you are way undercharging, your work is so great!  Here are some of mine, I have never charged for a cake before, they have all been for family or friends. I donated a cake to our 4-H auction raffle and it sold for 400.00 so I guess I will be making a cake for profit. I gave 12 months to use the certificate for a 4 tiered cake, wedding or event. Hope I did not bite off more than I can chew. hahahahah. 

 

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this one was for Canada Day. I made the leaves from gumpaste. I made the mold from a maple leaf then created the leaves. It was "death by chocolate" cake. This would have been 200$

 

 

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 This was my first wedding cake. Gumpaste flowers, delivery, set up . If I had charged it would have been 600.$

 

 

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This was the last cake I made. Lost the stand in the process, clean up crew threw it out! arg. She ( the bride) felt so bad she sent me money for it. I did would have charged 600-800$  due to the gumpaste roses. They were my first though so I was glad to get a chance to make them.

 

I am making a graduation cake this weekend for a friend, again no charge. I always figure that making cakes for me is a hobby, I have a full time job as an RN. If I add the stress of money into the mix, it would not be fun anymore.

post #344 of 681
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Originally Posted by peetz View Post

This is a great thread.  Most of you are way undercharging, your work is so great!  Here are some of mine, I have never charged for a cake before, they have all been for family or friends. I donated a cake to our 4-H auction raffle and it sold for 400.00 so I guess I will be making a cake for profit. I gave 12 months to use the certificate for a 4 tiered cake, wedding or event. Hope I did not bite off more than I can chew. hahahahah. 

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this one was for Canada Day. I made the leaves from gumpaste. I made the mold from a maple leaf then created the leaves. It was "death by chocolate" cake. This would have been 200$


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 This was my first wedding cake. Gumpaste flowers, delivery, set up . If I had charged it would have been 600.$


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This was the last cake I made. Lost the stand in the process, clean up crew threw it out! arg. She ( the bride) felt so bad she sent me money for it. I did would have charged 600-800$  due to the gumpaste roses. They were my first though so I was glad to get a chance to make them.

I am making a graduation cake this weekend for a friend, again no charge. I always figure that making cakes for me is a hobby, I have a full time job as an RN. If I add the stress of money into the mix, it would not be fun anymore.


What's your death by chocolate cake recipe
post #345 of 681

Death by chocolate:

 

2 dark choc cake mixes

2 c cake flour

1 1/4 cups sugar

1/3 cup cocoa powder

8 egg whites or 6 whole eggs ( I use whole eggs)

2 cups of sour cream

1 cups of strong coffee ( brings out choc flavor)

1.5 cups of chocolate coffee syrup  flavoring

1 cup of chocolate milk or chocolate coffee creamer

1/3 cup of oil

I or 2  depending on your taste, bags of mini chocolate chips.

 

This makes a lot of cake, you can half it for smaller cakes.
 

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