Originally Posted by Jackie80
Hey, I just left Missouri! Anyhow, for specialty cakes yes it's quite costly. You have to factor in licensing, overhead, etc. not just the cost of ingredients and your time. I believe it's Jason? I think he's on this thread but he has some informative information from a blog he's started about this. I believe that's when some of the comments from the bakers on here may be a bit touchy with some of the hobbyist because they are indeed making a living from what they do. Even if you're not licensed and you're selling (taking donations) cakes it's your electricity you're running, gas from the stove/oven and most hobbyist don't factor that in so when you have "professional" specialty bakers they feel they're being undercut. I know you've caught all this by now tho' so OAN
I'm glad you're getting everything together, I wish you well with your cake endeavors. And IMO aside of this thread if there's only 1 bakery in your area, I definitely wouldn't make my prices comparable to theirs as they don't do what you do. If they specialize in cupcakes, let's keep it that way!
I've printed out Jason's whole blog. I may have missed it, but because I am not licensed, I put **I WOULD have charged $XXX.XX** Also, the costs I put do include overhead and other costs. I realize I would have WAY underpriced the ducks...
I do not charge for any cakes I make. I am only reimbursed for ingredients and I take the receipts to the person who contacted me for the order and only accept the exact amount that came out of my pocket for the ingredients. I am currently working on my business plan. For now, all my cakes are just for my portfolio.
I appreciate your opinion of the regarding the other bakery. They also do cakes, but they specialize in cake-pops, cupcakes, things like that. My plan was to only offer those IF the customer was also purchasing a cake.