A customer contacted me for a very "unique" wedding cake. (Pic below). I did a cake tasting with her, we discussed the design, the flavors, size, servings, delivery, set up, etc etc. Before giving her a final price I sat and picked the image apart. I have experience with the topsy-turvy, there is quite a bit of hand painting, the topper is obviously intricate, however I can see how to break each part of the cake down and piece it together. She made some minor changes to the cake in the way of colors and details that actually will save me SOME time... so I quoted her a price.
Ummmm...I came in at 1/3 of what the other bakeries in the area quoted her!!!! UH OH!!
This has never happened to me before. I am typically right in line with the prices in my area. Now I am worried that I am missing something. This woman was very thorough, asked intelligent questions and seemed very educated about what she was looking for. In other words I don't see any "odd expectations" coming around the corner that another bakery was charging extra for. I've run the numbers several times now and I just can't see where I may be in error. Unless she is lying to me (or REALLY over exaggerating in some of the other quoted prices), but what reason would she have for that??
She has asked for this cake to be 14 inch, 10 inch, 6inch (ordering larger than she needs), white cake with buttercream under fondant.
What would you be charging??