What would you charge?
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You should call your customer and tell them to contract with the $250 baker ASAP! $700 is not enough - even if you ONLY charged $10 per mini cake, that would be $750 without the large cake!
Of course what they get for $250 will not be remotely close to the photos you have posted. :)
I am going to let you in on a little secret...Clients lie. They lie about "other quotes" from bakers in order to get you down to the price they want to pay. It's a negotiation tactic. No one offered to do 75 fondant covered tiffany boxes and a cake to feed 75 for $250...That is 150 servings of cake for $1.67 per serving. You would end up losing money.
Mini cakes are a PAIN in the ass, they are just as labor intensive as large cakes.
Word of advice, don't sell yourself short just because you want the business and want to get your name out there, everyone will come running to you expecting to get dirt cheap cakes, you will get burned out and resentful.
The Tiffany box cake to feed 75, should cost no less than $350, ALONE, not including the 75 mini cakes. The mini cakes alone, should be $15-$20 each...So, $1475 total, seems reasonable.
I wasn't asking the client what to charge. I asked them if they had a price expectation in mind. I didn't agree with it and was upfront with them. I was originally thinking of charging at least $1000 for the order but when they came back with $250 I knew I couldn't do it.
What Liz said...When you ask them what their expectations are, it sounds like you don't know what to charge and are willing to negotiate with them...Instead ask, "What is your budget?" Then go from there, if their budget is $250, say, "well for $250 I could do something similar to this that serves XXX." then maybe show them an example.
Thank you so much for all the responses. I felt bad at first for coming up with a high figure but the more I think about it the better I feel. My time and energy is worth money too and this would have been a ridiculous amount of work. I just get really aggravated with people who think they can get things for "free" just because I am an at home/part time baker.
Thanks again! This site is amazing and all the people are so helpful!
They're ripping you off. And here's why:
STOP being the baker who "enjoys" baking.
Start being the baker who sees the value of her work.