My family has a small business (with a a kitchen/restaurant) that we're going to be opening up again. When we had it in the past, I did the desserts (cakes, pies cobblers and stuff). I enjoy being able to bake and (legally) being able to get rid of what I've made. The problem is our customers were, well, cheap. Prices were along the lines of $1.50 - $1.75 for a piece of cake, $1.50 for two (smallish) cupcakes, $1.95 for cobblers, puddings, pies or a slice of cheesecake. And to be honest, they still complained about those prices sometimes. It sucked the joy out of me. I got to where I would slap a box mix sheet cake together and throw some canned frosting on it and call it dessert.
This was all before I found cakecentral.
I would like to be able to use the business to get my goods out there and(possibly) sell more cakes. Realistically, I don't think there's a possibility of getting these people to understand the cost of cake, but I still want to bake and decorate. I'm just wondering if anyone has any suggestions? Do I try layered cakes and up the price, hoping they'll see that they're getting more for their money? Do lower prices and thinner slices? A local restaurant gets about $4.50 with tax for a three layered slice that's about an inch or so thick. Maybe do half the size for half the price? Just do homemade sheet cakes and sell them by the square?
I really just want to bake and get the experience/practice, without letting their cheapness ruin it again!