Somebody asked you this??
There was a thread about countries that purchase cake by the pound last year.
Here in Singapore, most local bakeries (storefront or home) charge by weight. The Singaporean accent is not close to the American accent at all- but I've met quite a few who do have an American/Canadian accent if they've gone to the international schools here (for most of their schooling) or they went to North America for school, it could have been a situation like that.
Personally, I think charging by weight isn't a good way to price at all- as it's not fair to the buyer nor the baker. It doesn't consider the time spent on the cake nor the quality of ingredients. I would never buy a cake that was sold based on weight as I think quality ingredients aren't used...they don't (I assume) bother using good butter or organic eggs etc. Not to mention that of course fondant just weighs a lot.
I have noticed that a few of the more 'modern' or update to date-cake places here, will now charge by servings- but that is not the norm- and they have to explain all of this to their customers or on their websites as I'm sure most local clients are not used to buying this way.
Hahaha, I got one like that once too! She really thought it was a typo, and that I meant to type $50 instead of $500. BUT she was NOT polite about it! Rude woman!
A few years ago when I was starting out I received an email from a lady about ordering her daughter's birthday cake. We had several emails back and forth. So the pickup day comes and she never shows up. I finally get a hold of her and she tells me she didn't realize she had actually ordered the cake. She thought she was just getting info. I reread all of our emails to make sure it was an order, and of course, IT WAS. I tell her that's fine that it was just obviously a misunderstanding. So I then post a picture of the cake on my cake facebook page offering this cake for half price because a customer didn't pick it up. She sees it and then emails me about how rude that was and how horrified and embarrassed she was that I told everyone she didn't pick up her cake. I told her I was just trying to recoup some of my costs and that there's no way anyone would've known it was her cake because I didn't give her name. I think she was just upset because she knew she ordered it to begin with. That's when I learned to take a minimum 50% deposit on orders, lol.
I'm curious.....I realize that a cake coated with cake crumbs doesn't require the same amount of work a highly decorated buttercream or even fondant cake requires but cake crumbs don't really weigh all that much. Why charge differently for this cake? You still have the cost of the ingredients, the time put into it, the cost of utilities, etc. Why not sell per serving like many other cakes? It still takes work and effort to produce the cake. It still works the same, the larger the cake the higher the price.
I would suspect this tradition of paying or charging for cakes by weight began long ago, even most likely in the last century or two when cakes were VERY different and it actually DID cost more to produce a cake based on the number of ingredients, probably items added to the cake such as dates, nuts, etc., and the more that was added the more the cake did actually weigh. However, as cakes have changed and progressed this tradition of pricing has not kept up with the change in baked goods and so now it's obsolete and outdated. Change is hard for people of every culture I've learned in life and I've noticed particuarily so in the more "Eastern" cultures where tradition is VITALLY important in many areas in life. Since bakeries have begun to charge by servings, most likely the younger generation are the owners, eventually all of them will change over time either when the younger people take over or because they're forced to as they become the minority.
Last Friday I had a woman pick up a princess cake for her daughters first Birthday. She wanted a two tierd cake with tons of detail but couldn't afford the huge cake she had wanted. So she compromised on the size and ordered a 6" and 4" cake..which we discussed and she agreed too.
Sooo she come's by to pick it up and the first words out of her mouth "holy crap that's small!!"..hours of decorating this intricate little cake for her, AND that was all she could say. And to add to it..she say's "Well I just thought you'd make it bigger, I'll have to go to Costo and pick up another cake now. Its not enough."
Really? Its not like she didn't know what size it was going to be! And I'd have made it bigger..if you were willing to pay more