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post #76 of 681
I love that cake. If my prima ballerina sees it she'll want it for her 4th birthday coming up. You seriously undercharged.
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post #77 of 681
Each of you are very talented and have made some amazing cakes!! I am new to cake decorating, and I find this topic extremely helpful. I have alot of people ask me for cakes, and I feel hesitant to price them because I don't want to charge too much for them, but too little for me. Noone realizes how expensive and time consuming this stuff really is unless they are involved also. I really enjoy it. Have a request for a 3-D Bear with a Honey Pot smash cake, sitting atop of crazy daisy pan to resemble a tree stump. I priced the cake for $60, and the lady had the nerve to ask to borrow my pans so she could just make it herself....
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post #78 of 681
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Originally Posted by cakes_by_brandy

priced the cake for $60, and the lady had the nerve to ask to borrow my pans so she could just make it herself....



Wow...that's takes some guts! I had to laugh because that's just so hard to believe. How do you react to that?????


I LOVE this topic. It's great to see what people actually get for their talents and hard work!
Some things in life just require cake.
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Some things in life just require cake.
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post #79 of 681
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This cake was for a friend's 1 yr old son's first birthday. He was born on Halloween so it was a Halloween/Sesame Street theme party. Everything is edible: the haunted house and bottom are cake, the tree and costumed Sesame St characters are fondant. The only thing not edible is the light up ring behind the door, and the plastic cauldron, and that's because I put dry ice in it icon_smile.gif.
This cake took waaaaaaay longer than expected (that seems to be the theme with my cakes, lol), and it was a gift, although my friend gave me a generous giftcard as a thank you.
If I were to make this for anyone else, I would charge at least $350. The detail work, although you probably can't tell by the picture, was very time-consuming, and total time was about 50 hours over two weeks!! I also painted the background, which actually takes away from the picture, since the tree and flying bat are hard to see in front of it. The cake is also bigger than it looks and fed about 100 people.

http://cakecentral.com//gallery/1854538
post #80 of 681
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Here is one of my first cakes. The beer cans came out pretty nicely, I think, but I now can see the bottom is very sloppy and would totally do it much better now! icon_smile.gif. I only charged $75 for this one. This was when I used to be afraid to give high prices. Boy, have I learned my lesson, lol. Now I would charge $200 (the bottom would look much better, though icon_smile.gif).
http://cakecentral.com//gallery/1592455
post #81 of 681
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by ladyonzlake

I haven't posted pics or responses on CC in a while but I happened to come across this topic and I think this is a great idea(posting your prices on your pics). I actually post prices and servings on my website with each photo.

This helps weed out less serious people and I do know that when customers are looking for cakes they want to know aprox. how much the cakes are and if it's in their budget.

A lot of people don't realize how much these type of cakes are and this educates them and also helps me reduce my time in calling or emailing people who are looking for less expensive cakes.

It also helps me remember what I charged for that cake because I'm always asked..."how much does that cake serve and how much is it".

Anyway, it's been very helpful for my business to have prices and servings on my website. Feel free to check out my site.


Jacqui, I love your website, and I LOVE how you post prices per serving!! You are right; it takes the guesswork out for customers, and they know what to expect when ordering a cake. I just bookmarked your page icon_smile.gif. Great work! Thanks for sharing!
post #82 of 681
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This christening dress cake was made to replicate the little girl's christening dress, which I had a picture of. It has edible diamonds and pearls, and measured 2 feet long. It fed over 100 people. Shoes were made out of gumpaste, using a template I found here (thanks! icon_smile.gif)

Price $200, but I would charge at least $250 to do it again
Location- Long Island, NY
Total time- can't remember, but I think about 15 hours.
Supply cost was high because of the fresh fruit filling, and sugar diamonds I had to order online.
http://cakecentral.com//gallery/1641981
post #83 of 681
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Originally Posted by BlueRose8302

Now she wants another cake! She already said she will only pay $125 and wants three tiers, a magical forest, faries, Disney princesses, unicorns and a castle. Seriously? I don't think this is good for our friendship.

SHE wants to dictate the price AND the product? icon_surprised.gif

"Hello, General Motors? I'd like a car. Cadillac. An Escalade. With the gold trim and gold wheels. All the bells and whistles. And I'm only paying $12,000 for it. Oh, and I need it in 3 days."

icon_confused.gif Yeah .... THAT'LL work! dunce.gif
post #84 of 681
Indy, I love (all) your comments!

On a more serious note though, I think you have to know your customers. All of the cakes people have posted links to are gorgeous, really beautiful but I know that where I live I could not charge as much as some of the prices quoted.
post #85 of 681
cakescraftsandmore- that pillow is phenomenal! i know the ballerinas are porceline but they are so cute! the draping on the board is awesome too!!!
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post #86 of 681
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Originally Posted by BlueRose8302

What a great post! I just found this!

Now she wants another cake! She already said she will only pay $125 and wants three tiers, a magical forest, faries, Disney princesses, unicorns and a castle. Seriously? I don't think this is good for our friendship.



She is taking advantage of your friendship. I would tell her I could not make the cake... that's what I did for a friend of mine (I had too many orders and she told me 4 days before the party), so she had to pay somebody else whatever they asked. If it was me, the story would be different...
post #87 of 681
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Originally Posted by Katherinej51679

cakescraftsandmore- that pillow is phenomenal! i know the ballerinas are porceline but they are so cute! the draping on the board is awesome too!!!



Thank you very much!!! icon_smile.gif That cake is small, but it is my favorite so far! icon_smile.gif
post #88 of 681
This is a great idea!! Thanks.

We got $120.00 for this one, but it was when we first started charging for our cakes. It was 18"long and 12" wide. I think we would probably charge a lot more for it now. It took about 8 hrs to do. Chocolate mmf and candy corn melted to make the legs.

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1636300
post #89 of 681
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Originally Posted by BlueRose8302

What a great post! I just found this!

I have a friend who has obviously been watching too many cake shows and has ordered a bunch of cakes from me. The first one I made as a present for the girl's first birthday. For the second birthday, she told me she wanted a safari with lots of animals (she made a list) and a water fall and at least 3 tiers and she only wanted to pay $125-150. Sure. I made the cake for her since we are friends http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1602291
She only paid me 125 and moved the cake after I drove over an hour to deliver it and the whole thing fell somehow and she called me to ask how to fix it. Never again, I said.

She orders another cake. This one is for a wedding for a friend of mine and the bride told me she wanted a cake for 300 in square tiers with a tree growing up. After quoting her $588 for the cake, she shared with me that she only wanted to pay $125 and didn't understand why it would be anymore than that. Since it was a friend's wedding, I decided to share the cost and give it to her for 300.
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1829301
She paid $240 for it and I delivered it 2 hours away.

Now she wants another cake! She already said she will only pay $125 and wants three tiers, a magical forest, faries, Disney princesses, unicorns and a castle. Seriously? I don't think this is good for our friendship.



Now and again I see no problem with helping a friend out by doing a cake for less then you would normally charge. I make it clear that it was a discount and for what reason...

I think your friend is taking advantage of your friendship! She is telling you what she will pay? If you are going to run a business you need to grow a backbone and demand the prices you charge. I'm confused??? You agreed on $300, but she paid you $240 and you were okay with that? No more cake for her! I would explain to her that it is costing you money to make these cakes and if she were a friend she would not be okay with that. She will keep dictating to you her price as long as you keep making her the cakes! You need to stop, tell her you are booked that day and can not do the cake. If she were my friend I would be upfront about it.

What happens if you do a cake for her for $125 and you get an opportunity to make a cake for a "paying customer" for $500, but now you can't do it cause you are wasting your time doing a cake for a friend who does not sound too grateful?
post #90 of 681
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Originally Posted by patticake1951

This is a great idea!! Thanks.

We got $120.00 for this one, but it was when we first started charging for our cakes. It was 18"long and 12" wide. I think we would probably charge a lot more for it now. It took about 8 hrs to do. Chocolate mmf and candy corn melted to make the legs.

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1636300


that cake is awesome and so comepletely disgusting at the same time! icon_lol.gif...and I mean disgusting in the very best way!
"I wanted to buy a candle holder, but the store didn't have one. So I got a cake." Mitch Hedberg
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