So I may be getting my first real cake order. I got a phone call from a man wanting a Sweet 16 cake for his daughter (on Thanksgiving no less). He started off saying he wanted a 3 tier leopard print fondant cake with a shoe, bag, accessories, etc. He said he wanted it to feed about 60 people. I looked at the wrong serving sizes and so estimated the wrong price (although said that I would have to get a better idea when designing etc.). He then changed to a 4 tier which would have to be a 6, 8, 10, and 12, which I also looked at the wrong size for. Ugh!! Anyway, they said they would e-mail me pictures of cakes they were interested in tonight and I could get back to them. First question, am I the worst person ever if I explain that their cake will actually feed 100 people and therefore with the detail they are asking for would cost more?
Second question, I know that this is the question asked by everyone and the answer is always that "it depends", but how much would you honestly charge for this cake? I am a legal home based baker but I'm just starting out, so certainly don't feel like I can charge what the "professionals" do. I live in an expensive metro area though, so prices are pretty high here. I was thinking $3.50 for fondant with basic decorations, but this seems more extensive. What do you think?