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I love the brightness of this, and the detail, but don't think I would ever take this much work on, by myself. What would you charge, provided you are legally allowed to charge, and have the cake skilz to pull it off as well?

It is just stunning! I need to get busy, so if someone could jump in with the details, But I think at least $6 a cake. And then $4 a serving for the top piece. I don't have a total, since I am not sure about how many there are, but an 6" square for $4.25 a serving, 18 servings, would be $76.50

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post #2 of 46
It appears there are 68 of the smaller cakes.
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I would charge $65 for the top tier and $5/mini cake for $575 total.

 

I believe there are 102 small cakes:

 

Bottom tier is 6 x 6 = 36

Next tier is 5 x 5 = 25

Next tier is 4 x 4 = 16

Next tier is 4 x 4 (again) = 16

Top tier is 3 x 3 = 9

Total = 102

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Yeesh...I probably would not even quote a price, because I wouldn't want all that work. That tedious tiny work would keep me from making something fun and tiered, possibly sculpted for that weekend, and I'd rather hold out for that. So there's my answer. Seriously.

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post #6 of 46

you can only count the corners once per tier

 

there's 68 cakes ~ it's:

 

  8

12

12

16

20 on the bottom

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post #7 of 46
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It appears there are 68 of the smaller cakes.

 

Correct. There are 68 minicakes (no cakes in the middle where the post is).

 

If you charge $12 per minicake, that would be $816 plus the top cake.

If you charge $15 per minicake, that would be $1020 plus the top cake.

 

I would not charge less than $12 each for these minicakes. They are a pain to make.

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post #8 of 46
To me it looks like there are center supports that take up room. I counted the perimeter only.
post #9 of 46
Those mini-cakes are a pain, I would probably charge $100 for the top tier and $15 per mini-cake for a total of $1120.
post #10 of 46
I would charge $10 per mini cake (so $680) and $3.50 per serving for the top cake ($63). Total =$743 + delivery, setup and stand rental.
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I've been sent this photo to quote out to someone that wanted it for their birthday!  I quoted $18/mini cake plus another couple hundred for the centerpiece cake.  They said they got another quote telling them $5 per mini cake.  LOL!  I bet that baker was cursing themselves the entire time they said $5 each and probably since raised their prices!!!

post #12 of 46

When I first started my business, a couple wanted a few mini cakes for their wedding. I had never done them before, and since they are not much bigger than a cupcake, I charged €5 each. I was regretting it by the time I got to the second mini cake (I only had to do 35). SUCH a pain.

 

I would charge €15 each for the minis...all that piping, then painting lustre over it, the little flowers, tinting all that fondant multicoloured...I sell a 6" square as 15 portions, at €6 each, so €90. Total for top cake and mini cakes if we are counting 68 would be €1110. Plus stand rental of €25, stand deposit of €100, and delivery. 

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See, that is why I love you guys! I was just thinking about it being a lot of work for the minis, but not really that the piping and then over painting would take as long as it would, so maybe 45 minutes or more each. Which is worth way more than $6. I think for these to be done right, and my time paid for, then it really should be at least $10-$12 for my pricing. I would be kicking myself for charging $6....

 

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I've been sent this photo to quote out to someone that wanted it for their birthday!  I quoted $18/mini cake plus another couple hundred for the centerpiece cake.  They said they got another quote telling them $5 per mini cake.  LOL!  I bet that baker was cursing themselves the entire time they said $5 each and probably since raised their prices!!!

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Yeesh...I probably would not even quote a price, because I wouldn't want all that work. That tedious tiny work would keep me from making something fun and tiered, possibly sculpted for that weekend, and I'd rather hold out for that. So there's my answer. Seriously.

BUT IT IS SOOO PRETTY! The kind of caker I am, I would be cussing myself while I made them, but then, when I sat back and had this beautiful cake to look at, it makes it all worth it!  But I would be asking my husband to take a vacation day to help me!

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post #15 of 46
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Originally Posted by -K8memphis View Post

you can only count the corners once per tier

 

there's 68 cakes ~ it's:

 

  8

12

12

16

20 on the bottom

I was only counting the corners once. If there are no cakes in the middle (i.e. perimeter only) then it's 68. If the cakes are filled in, it's 6 rows of 6 which is 36, for example. But from this pic you can't tell and I would assume they wouldn't waste all that space in the middle (particularly on the bottom tiers). But I suppose crazier things have happened...

 

Regardless, not relevant to the question as price is still per cake.

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