Originally Posted by Cakeprob
And my last post on this will be this. According to the link that Mr. Jason posted above, I am fully LEGAL. I can and have the ability to make, decorate and sell these cakes out of my home, as I please. So to all of you who said this is ILLEGAL, read the link he posted. It is sad that someone can’t come on here and just give kind advice rather than throw stones. For Miss “ddaigle” I will tell you about those two bakeries and WHY no one wants to drive to those bakeries who are local. First and foremost, Sweet Impressions does NOT have a good reputation for their cakes (their food is great). I cannot tell you the countless people who have come to me (that have used that bakery) and told me they were NOT happy with their cakes. I, MYSELF, placed an order with Sweet Impressions (with the Owner, as a matter of fact) over the phone. I told him everything I wanted (a two tiered cake) and gave him a $25 DEPOSIT over the phone with my debit card (two weeks ahead of time b/c I knew the cake needed time for prep). On the day of the party, TWO hours before the party, I showed up at his bakery and he had no idea what I was talking about. He did admit that he forgot about the cake entirely, that he NO cake for me at all BUT that he would make one in that two hour time frame. It would not be what I ordered but that he would make it. I got that cake AFTER the party started and it tasted like 100% vegetable shortening. Yes, that’s my opinion and that’s why I decided that I was tired of paying $200 for a birthday cake. I decided then that I would make and decorate my own cakes, and I made sure they tasted better. The rest is history. THAT, my friend, is why no one will go to the bakery. Also, the newest Dawn’s bakery is not even open yet. So no one knows about it, no one has mentioned that they will be going and I sure hope that it is a true asset to Central! I look forward to tasting their stuff!!!
Not a troll J I’m a true, bonafied person who happens to make some pretty super cute cakes that taste just as good! It's not my fauilt that I don't have the heart to charge someone $200 for a cake. I don't want to pay that much for a cake!
I'm sorry that you got a little pounced on. I think many of us on here get a little irritated at the frequency with which these questions pop up. How much to charge...etc. It would be nice if we could all just ignore the question or post a little "type 'cake pricing' in the search bar." And then just LET IT GO!
I'm glad to see that you are legally allowed to do this out of your home. I will say that after some time, you may come to realize that undercharging quickly gets old. Supplies are expensive and there is a solid reason why good bakers/cake artists charge what they do for a cake. Most of us on here would rather get paid what we are worth, do less cakes at a higher clip so that we have more time with our families and can say "no" to many orders because we already said yes to ONE or TWO that will pay the bills.
Keep in mind that not everyone is your customer. I understand that it is hard to charge someone $200 for a cake, but if you are highly skilled you HAVE to know that you shouldn't make $2.50/hr, right?! This is a SKILLED job, an artistry. It's not flipping burgers...heck, an ALDI's cashier in OH makes $11/hr! Not that it's not a respectable job, but there isn't much skill involved...just logic so you aren't smashing the bread with a can of peas.
I always say that I wouldn't be my own customer...well, I would for maybe for SUPER SPECIAL occasions, and then, only if I had the extra money. Would I want to buy a cake from someone such as myself? ABSOLUTELY! I guess I am lucky that I can do it myself. I have a customer that orders a cake from me for her two daughters EVERY YEAR for the last 4 years! She is MY target customer...who is yours?
AND HERE IS MY RANT: It sounds like you are fairly busy. And why is that? You say it's because people don't want to drive far for a cake. No...it's because you aren't valuing yourself and it allows people to take advantage of getting a whole lotta sumthin' for nuthin'. Isn't that our country's mentality these days? Let's not value quality so we will buy as cheap as we can and put the skilled, quality product providers out of business. Yes, I HATE Wal-mart! I do shop there occasionally and cringe every time. You may feel that you are doing a service to others - and you are (who wouldn't want a kicka$$ cake for super cheap?) but you are doing a GREAT DISSERVICE to the industry.
Just some thoughts...I don't want this to come off as hateful or anything. I hope you can find a pricing niche that is comfortable for you for your time and effort. There's no need to gouge your customers but you don't wanna burn yourself out, either!
I don't want to compare our jobs to plumbers, electricians or other skilled workers. Those types of jobs are a necessity. I would compare us to a housekeeper or a house painter. Not necessary, but they are paid well for their services IF they are good at their jobs. Those luxuries in life. I have a cleaning person that comes to my house once every other week. It's my BIG splurge on myself, a mom of 4 boys. I pay her $20/hr and it's worth every penny to ME. That's what I want MY cakes to be to my customers!
Good Luck and I will see if you have pics posted. We'd love to see your work. And don't get discouraged by the slight bashing....this is a great site.