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An 8inch round rainbow layer cake for $45?????????

 

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Pam, that is a wonderful idea! I want one too! I will convert my attic space over the bakery into a bedroom and provide free room and board. I live in Beautiful Northern Kentucky, and the trees are done changing and we'll soon have a Winter Wonderland. I will put in a fireplace, in the addition I will build, and I will sit in there reading by the fire. I have a metric ton of cake supplies, every tool I can get my grubby paws on. From a projector, to an airbrush, to Agbay, commercial oven, literally hundreds of pans, and 4 5qrt mixers, and a 12 qrt. It will be so much fun!!! And I will quadruple their pay to minimum wage!

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post #17 of 70

I think we also need to take in account of our market.  Here, a double 8" butter cream cake (borders only) sells for about $25-$30.   If you call 15 bakeries around here, that is the norm.   Not that is not to say you can charge what you want...but the cost of living here is much different than NYC or California...or over seas.     Sometimes the responses are insulting.   I understand you live in a high cost area or can easily get $95 for an 8" double cake.   It ain't happen here.   Please take in account of regions before you attack a price. 

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post #18 of 70
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I think we also need to take in account of our market.  Here, a double 8" butter cream cake (borders only) sells for about $25-$30.   If you call 15 bakeries around here, that is the norm.   Not that is not to say you can charge what you want...but the cost of living here is much different than NYC or California...or over seas.     Sometimes the responses are insulting.   I understand you live in a high cost area or can easily get $95 for an 8" double cake.   It ain't happen here.   Please take in account of regions before you attack a price. 

 

Thanks Sarge, this is one of many good reasons why asking "how much?" makes no sense. 

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post #19 of 70

I dunno Mimi...guess I'm just old and cranky...but I am intrigued about what people charge for their cakes...but Im talking about the people that know what they are doing..and that are charging correctly.    I love to hear the different prices.   I think we are all so frustrated with the undercharging threads here that we get in the defense and attack ALL pricing.  I really try not to get involved in those threads because they just put me in a bad mood...and I want to come here to learn, to help or look at pretty cakes.  

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post #20 of 70

I would not make that cake HERE in Australia for UNDER $200

 


 

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post #21 of 70
I don't think we have high prices here. Gas is $3.01 a gallon right now, and milk is $2.79 a gallon, and eggs are $1.60 a dozen. A modest 3 bedroom house with a small yard is about $120,000-$150,000. A typical electric bill for that modest home is about $120-160 a month. We don't have a ton of bakeries, but in a grocery store an 8" 2 layer cake may be $12-18. An actual standard bakery with donuts and such will sell one for about $35, but those are still grocery store decorations. Unless someone works out of their home illegally, any actual custom 8" cake is going to cost at least $60 and one place very close to me does an 8" rainbow cake for $160.
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post #22 of 70
btw, that grocery store cake is dessert style. Like chocolate cake with chocolate icing and crumbs on the sides with bite size milky way bars stuck in 8 dollops of icing. We used to churn out 30-40 an hour and freeze them. But we didn't unwrap the milky way. Gag!
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post #23 of 70
Wow Anna & pam....... that is amazing. And wonderful for you to get that pricing. Not In a gazillion years it would cost that in here....but I really am intrigued but all the different pricing.
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post #24 of 70
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Wow Anna & pam....... that is amazing. And wonderful for you to get that pricing. Not In a gazillion years it would cost that in here....but I really am intrigued but all the different pricing.


There are areas where people can't afford custom cakes. Companies selling luxury products don't come into those areas and lower their prices by 2/3 -- it's not good business. Why anyone would sell cakes for less than minimum wage is intriguing to me. Why not just get a part time job?

 

I'm not referring to anyone specific...I just sincerely don't understand why people do this.

post #25 of 70
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I don't think we have high prices here. Gas is $3.01 a gallon right now, and milk is $2.79 a gallon, and eggs are $1.60 a dozen. A modest 3 bedroom house with a small yard is about $120,000-$150,000. A typical electric bill for that modest home is about $120-160 a month. We don't have a ton of bakeries, but in a grocery store an 8" 2 layer cake may be $12-18. An actual standard bakery with donuts and such will sell one for about $35, but those are still grocery store decorations. Unless someone works out of their home illegally, any actual custom 8" cake is going to cost at least $60 and one place very close to me does an 8" rainbow cake for $160.

A modest 3 bedroom home with a small yard and no extras starts at $400,000 in my area and I'm not in Sydney or in a particularly affluent area, an 8" 2 layer for $12-$18 - doesn't exist here. Just goes to show cost of living can be so different.

 

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post #26 of 70
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Wow Anna


There are areas where people can't afford custom cakes. Companies selling luxury products don't come into those areas and lower their prices by 2/3 -- it's not good business. Why anyone would sell cakes for less than minimum wage is intriguing to me. Why not just get a part time job?

I'm not referring to anyone specific...I just sincerely don't understand why people do this.
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post #27 of 70
Exactly. Otherwise people in my lower middle class neighborhood would be like, "let's go down to Covington and score some cheap cakes!" But they aren't. Cakes cost the same there. And you better lock up your car.
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post #28 of 70
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Is that for just the cake rounds? Like naked cake, put in a box to keep it from squishing and she adds the icing and decorations? For your sake, I certainly hope so! My 8" round cakes START at $84, and go UP from there. For the rainbow, I start at $95.

 Yes, it was just a white cake with a rainbow border. 

 

No one where I live would pay $95 for an 8" cake.  Even the most expensive bakery in town only charges $60 ish.  I don't think I could justify that price, but if you can get people to pay it, more power to you.

post #29 of 70

Rainbows start at $95.00 for me too and yep that is properly priced out, not a guess.

post #30 of 70
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Originally Posted by ApplegumPam View Post
 

An 8inch round rainbow layer cake for $45?????????

 

Do you want a job in Australia?   Hop on the first plane you can get on.   You will be working in a beautiful part of Australia.  I will be your boss.  I won't get in your way ...  I will be taking the orders, you will be living your dream, making LOTS of cakes - and I will be sipping Bombay Sapphire & Tonic by the pool  !!

 

haha! That's my drink- I'll join you!!

 

An 8" rainbow cake here costs about $100. A 2 bedroom condo/apt also sells for about $1M- 1.5M-at least.  It all really depends on the cost of living of where you live.

 

I do wonder how custom cake makers/ businesses can survive in really low cost of living places, where a custom cake sells for $30-45? Isn't that like slave labor? why not just go get a job that at least pays $10 per hour or something?

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