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Cake size question, please.

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Hello everyone.

 

I have a Baptism cake coming up for my daughters' therapist (godmother) who wants it on April 7th. She will be coming over tomorrow to show some decorations and inspirations.

 

She loves the taste of the cakes I make and convinced the host that she wants to bring in the cake as a gift. She wants to serve 50 people and everyone loves cake so much, she wants generous slices for everyone. Should I suggest a 10,8 and 6 round to her? Would that be *enough* since they are looking at generous sized serving? It will be BC, each tier atleast 4 inch tall and fondant decorations. Would it matter if all three tiers are different flavors as everyone would want a piece of each flavor maybe?

 

Any questions I should be asking? I asked her what her budget is and she said she doesn't know and its a difficult question. How do I approach? I don't have a price list and I have not sold cakes {not acquired a license yet} and just do it for friends and family. She knows I am looking into starting a small business soon and would like to be a paid customer. I was thinking of $185 as base price for a 6,8 and 10 round BC.

 

I know some of you will shoot me with replies stating that I can't sell it and its not legal and I need to have a business plan and replies in that respect. I am fully aware and am in the process of doing that. Under cottage food law, I can do a non-perishable cake and have checked with the authorities and zoning. I need a business license to conduct business though and I am in the research process.

 

Any help would be appreciated!

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http://www.wilton.com/cakes/making-cakes/baking-wedding-cake-2-inch-pans.cfm
 

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so you are at a respectable $3.70 per serving for a 50 serving cake however that size is really 80 servings coming in at about $2.30 for traditional sized servings

 

if she wants generous then usually her price goes up not that yours comes down

 

so 80 servings at $3.70 is more like $296-- a buttercream tier cake with fondant decor is at least that

 

so it's all in how you want to do it

 

but if her budget is a difficult question for her to answer which way do you think she is leaning--that she wants a super deal or she's willing to pay for what she's ordering?

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Thanks.. I refer to that everytime but I was thinking she needed generous portions..

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Originally Posted by -K8memphis View Post

so you are at a respectable $3.70 per serving for a 50 serving cake however that size is really 80 servings coming in at about $2.30 for traditional sized servings

 

if she wants generous then usually her price goes up not that yours comes down

 

so 80 servings at $3.70 is more like $296-- a buttercream tier cake with fondant decor is at least that

 

so it's all in how you want to do it

 

but if her budget is a difficult question for her to answer which way do you think she is leaning--that she wants a super deal or she's willing to pay for what she's ordering?


Thanks K8memphis for your detailed and thorough reply. I think she wont hesitate to pay for what it is worth. She has just never ordered a custom cake so she was clueless. For 50 servings, would a 10 and a 6 round look proportional? I have never done that combo. I have 6, 8 and 10 inch round pans.I can quote her for a 50 serving 2 tier and a 80 serving three tier and see which she chooses.

 

I will keep you posted.

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I think a 6 and 10 look great together. I do those all the time ! gives you more room between tiers to decorate

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I also do 6/10 constantly.   I love the "shelf" on top of the 10.   Gives you room to add stuff if you need to.  

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Originally Posted by connie9003 View Post

I think a 6 and 10 look great together. I do those all the time ! gives you more room between tiers to decorate

 

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Originally Posted by ddaigle View Post

I also do 6/10 constantly.   I love the "shelf" on top of the 10.   Gives you room to add stuff if you need to.  

 

Thanks, that sounds great! I have dummy cakes that I had ordered so I will play around with the 6 and 10.

 

I have come down with a pricing list that I will print for her so she can choose her serving size/tier combo. Let me know what you think. I usually stack two 2' cakes and torte them to get three layers of filling/frosting and four layers of cake

 

Round BC with fondant accents

6" (serves 12)  $30  ($2.5/serving)

8" (serves 24)  $60 

10" (serves 38) $95

 

Square

6" (serves 18) $45  ($2.5/serving)

8" (serves 32) $80  

10" (serves 50)$125

 

Add $35 for stacked cakes any combination

 

So I can let her choose a 6,10 round or 10 square or a 6,8 square for 50 servings and if she wants more*generous* servings, then I can suggest a round 6,8,10 for 74 servings or a 6,10 square for 68 servings.

 

Thanks everyone!

 

P.S. I feel that $2.5/serving is a good starting price for me for friends/family until I have my license and all squared away and then I can bring the price up maybe

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