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post #16 of 34
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thank you to those that are not rude!! I am doing this for a friend that wants to pay me that is why I have asked the question. guess I should have made that clear.  I do this for a hobby...sorry if you pros got offened by me asking a question

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vgcea - I'm with sugaredsaffron on this one - ROFLMAO!!!!!! HILARIOUS! I think you're impressions were pretty spot on - thank you for the smile!

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thank you to those that are not rude!! I am doing this for a friend that wants to pay me that is why I have asked the question. guess I should have made that clear.  I do this for a hobby...sorry if you pros got offened by me asking a question

If its a gift for a friend and she wants to be nice and give you a gift in return then set any amount you want. If you are doing it for her quid pro wuo then you need to work out how much all the ingredients are going to cost you, how long its going to take you and then add your wage. I'm assuming because its for a friend you wont want to make any profit on it.

I'm not going to get into the legal battle that will probably ensue, but I'm sure there are plenty who'll be able to help. Hope it goes well for you x

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post #19 of 34
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 I am doing this for a friend that wants to pay me

 OP, the responses reflect that the pricing question is constantly asked as if the poster didn't bother to use the search engine for the answer on their own first. Anyway, aside from some excellent answers to your original question; you will now find out that once you accept payment, any form of payment, even from a friend, you no longer are a "hobby baker" especially in the eyes of the IRS. Aside from that, you may really enjoy the Cake Boss software - it is user friendly and a huge eye-opener when it comes to figuring out what your product is costing you.

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ok guys really need help with this one, I am making a 4 tear all black foundant with red and silver decorations wedding cake next month and I have no idea what to charge for this, Really I have no idea how to price any of my cakes. 

Sorry to point out the obvious but...NO YOU ARE NOT MAKING A CAKE.

 

You are DISCUSSING making a cake.  Never in my life would I start baking a cake before the price was agreed on with the customer.

 

Better make sure you are legally permitted to do so in your state/province/county.

 

THEN do your price homework.  

Make a grocery list for every item you will use, and add in the prices that YOU will have to pay.

Calculate how much time it will take you from planning to shopping to delivery, and multiply by your desired hourly rate (which by law MUST be at least your local minimum wage).

You want to cover the overhead like the cost of a license and kitchen rental ( or electricity) and wear and tear on equipment, so make sure you add that $$ in too.

 

The total number you get from the above is the absolute minimum you should charge for any cake.

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thank you to those that are not rude!! I am doing this for a friend that wants to pay me that is why I have asked the question. guess I should have made that clear.  I do this for a hobby...sorry if you pros got offened by me asking a question


You should find out where the cake is going to be served.  If it is at someone's house, then that's fine.  If it's going to be at a banquet hall or some other venue you NEED to make sure that they will allow a cake from an unlicensed decorator.  Many venues will not and your friend is going to have a huge problem when they won't let your cake come in the building.

Tact is telling someone where to go so nicely they can't wait to take the trip!
Tact is telling someone where to go so nicely they can't wait to take the trip!
post #22 of 34
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thank you to those that are not rude!! I am doing this for a friend that wants to pay me that is why I have asked the question. guess I should have made that clear.  I do this for a hobby...sorry if you pros got offended by me asking a question

Sorry you were exposed to one of the ongoing problems with CakeCentral forums.  Sometimes the topic strays from the original post. Forum posts don't allow the filters or questions that occur naturally in face-to-face conversations.

 

As mentioned in the CakeBoss "How to Price Your Cakes" article, pricing for hobby bakers is very difficult because it is usually something that is a first-time experience.  You've been baking cute cakes for fun and putting a lot of time and love into your creations, and suddenly, somebody wants to pay you!  After the initial thrill of being asked wears off, then you think, "Oh my goodness!  How much should I charge?"  This is the question that every single new hobby cake decorator asks.

 

Unfortunately, there are just so many variables that it is almost impossible for someone else to help out with a pricing suggestion.  Your ingredients, the time it takes you to decorate, the pricing and competition in your geographic area, rural or urban, local town hall or 5 star hotel venue, etc.   I just made 2 birthday cakes for my dad; one for his surprise breakfast with family and friends and the other for the staff at the Alzheimer's facility where his wife of 40 years is living.  The first cake (basketweave with trees) for the surprise breakfast took me about 7 hours to decorate, and the recipe, pumpkin spice, cost me about twice as much as my white or chocolate cake recipes.   The second cake, buttermilk chocolate, only took about 50 minutes to decorate and the ingredients cost far less that the pumpkin spice.

 

Good luck with the wedding cake.  I hope  your friend has a lovely wedding day with a beautiful cake.

 

 

 

 

 

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post #23 of 34
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thank you to t.hose that are not rude!! I am doing this for a friend that wants to pay me that is why I have asked the question. guess I should have made that clear.  I do this for a hobby...sorry if you pros got offened by me asking a question
Yeah sorry to say there are some rude people here...I don't think they mean to be rude they are looking out for your best interest but it still comes across as rude. Do make sure you can take your cake into the venue..
Wouldn't want to do all that work and than not have it aloud into the venue. As far as the cost cover all your ingredients than the rest is up to you if you want to charge for your time than do so but if you dont charge for your time be prepared for calls about selling cheap cakes and thats where you tell them that was your gift was to not charge for your time
A lot of people on here charge by the slice
Such as just an example $3.00 per slice and they use the wilton chart to see how many slices the cake that they are making yields.
Lots of people come on here asking how much to charge it seems to be a loaded question.
But if you do make more cakes in the future to sell dont undersale yourself
Now let's see how much grief I get for this answer
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Wha...? Lemme go ahead and sort y'all out real quick:

Godot. Pick your jaw off the floor. Why're you acting brand new?
Kazita. Fall back! #TeamJason
Shanter. *Mimics whiney voice* "Jason, we need you." icon_confused.gif I've got my eye on you icon_confused.gif . #JasonStan
Jason. *nothing new*
OP. Seriously?!
The rest of you. Carry on.

*Exits left*

Yeah right!! NOT!! I'LL NEVER BE TEAM JASON!!
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ROFL

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vgcea - I'm with sugaredsaffron on this one - ROFLMAO!!!!!! HILARIOUS! I think you're impressions were pretty spot on - thank you for the smile!

Thanks. We aim to please hehehehe...

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Yeah right!! NOT!! I'LL NEVER BE TEAM JASON!!

No sweetie, you won't... EVER!icon_evil.gif Make some space for Shanter while you're at it.

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Shanter. *Mimics whiney voice* "Jason, we need you." icon_confused.gifI've got my eye on you icon_confused.gif. #JasonStan

 

Whiney? WHINEY???  No, no. You're thinking of my sister.  icon_evil.gif

There. Their. They're not the same.

 

I hope I die before "your" becomes the official contraction of "you are."

There. Their. They're not the same.

 

I hope I die before "your" becomes the official contraction of "you are."

post #27 of 34
Never Ever is right!! Hes never even made a cake ...just did the business end of it
Shanter is completely welcome on my team!!
post #28 of 34
FFS ladies...way to scare off a newcomer. Can we adapt a ignore list on this forum so that people can simply ignore posts by users who annoy them? It makes it difficult to sort through threads to find useful information when you have to dodge one hateful comment after another. 
 
BRB spell checking 5 times so that the spelling and grammar police don't get me.

Keep Calm And Eat A Cupcake

Keep Calm And Eat A Cupcake

post #29 of 34
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Can we adapt a ignore list on this forum so that people can simply ignore posts by users who annoy them? It makes it difficult to sort through threads to find useful information when you have to dodge one hateful comment after another.
This.

If someone posts an off-topic negative comment about someone else, I find it's best to just ignore them, even if the comment is about you or someone you agree with. It's been my experience that the troublemakers will eventually either tone down their rhetoric or leave the community (voluntarily or not).

I also think it's a little silly to divide people into "teams" as if this is a race for high school class president or a bad reality show. Everyone here has generally given the OP similar advice: follow the law in your area, don't underprice yourself, and take into account your ingredients, time, and overhead. If you want to manufacture drama, take it to another thread.
post #30 of 34

The whole ''team" thing is meant to be facetious and was used to bring some humor into a thread that needed to be lightened up. Now if anyone is taking that seriously, well, they have bigger issues than this thread or space can address. 

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