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post #16 of 27
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Thank u everyone for all of the great suggestions. I have finally decided not to price the cakes according to per serving. Instead I just took out a basic cost of the cake per size for both butter cream and fondant covered cakes plus a little profit. And I have separately priced each item like if they want a rose so add that cost to the cake and so on. I think it makes it easier this way for me at least.

post #17 of 27
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Thank u everyone for all of the great suggestions. I have finally decided not to price the cakes according to per serving. Instead I just took out a basic cost of the cake per size for both butter cream and fondant covered cakes plus a little profit. And I have separately priced each item like if they want a rose so add that cost to the cake and so on. I think it makes it easier this way for me at least.

that's kind of how I do it, too.

post #18 of 27

memonakhalid I'm glad to here that you are doing what is best for you. While we all can offer our opinions and ideas it is ultimately up to you as to how to price your cakes.

 

We all live in different areas, work with different markets, and pay different costs for ingredients.

 

The reason I answered with the $12.00 per slice (6-8) is because of you outstanding sugar flower talent, the thinness and detail of your ribbon, and clean fondant work which all give you room to up charge.

 

Even if you offer your customers BC or fondant cake for basic prices of $3.50 to $6.00 per serving (in your area) with the flowers and ribbons being an extra charge, and they will definitely want them after seeing your pics, you  stand a chance to make a nice profit.

 

Good Luck with your cake endeavors!

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post #19 of 27
You watermark your work, but haven't done any kind of pricing research? Odd.
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post #20 of 27
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AZCouture, I watermark my pics because some lady was using my pics to show as her own work. Took me a long time to get it removed from her site. I didnt want the same issue to arise again so taking precaution. I have always been baking cake for my own kids and friends for fun. Never actually thought of selling them till I just recently was asked by a few people for a quote.

post #21 of 27
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thank u so much enga. When I actually calculated the cost of this particular cake it did come out to $12 per serving. I just wanted to make sure that my prices are not too high but after doing a little more research I found out that its not the price I am telling people its the people themselves. They want regular grocery price for professional cake. They just dont seem to understand what actually goes into making a personalized cake. I think those kind of people are better off buying a cake that is kept in freezer for days and months and then iced with a boxed icing which have tons of preservatives in it. For now I think I am better off making it for my kids and friends only. I will love to cater people if they are willing to appreciate the time and effort I am putting into making the cake for them.

post #22 of 27
It's not out of line, a price like that. But I wouldn't refer to anything that small in terms of per serving pricing, it's just too much for most peoples brains to process.

My small cakes are generally around that much, and talk pricing as "cake to serve xxxx will be in the range of xxx to xxx". It's easier for people to process a whole dollar amount for their beautiful little cake, rather than what it's costing them per slice.

Smaller cakes are a PITA, and should be priced accordingly, no doubt. It's taking you just as long to make as a 10", you're spending just as much time with the client regarding details as a larger cake, etc.

Most of us have highminimum orders to cover our time, because slinging five $50 8" round cake orders out every weekend would be ridiculous, for a small shop anyways. I'll take the one 2 tier cake for $250...get it? Either way, minimum order, and don't talk about it in per serving price. I wait until well over 50 servings to do that.
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post #23 of 27
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Yeah thats pretty obvious so I told them the price of the full cake as it is instead of per serving because she wanted a cake for a birthday party. I even offered to sit down and discuss how much she is willing to spend so we can design a cake according to that. So lets see if they reply back. I have my fingers crossed till then.

post #24 of 27
You should ask Jason Kraft! He's really smart about this kind of thing. I'm kind if surprised he hasn't posted on here yet! Maybe he will shortly.
post #25 of 27
I'd get a solid confirmation about what she will spend before making any appointments or sketching anything. Time is money. I'd hate to spend an hour with someone and not be sure I'd be handed money afterwards.
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post #26 of 27
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...I just wanted to make sure that my prices are not too high but after doing a little more research I found out that its not the price I am telling people its the people themselves. They want regular grocery price for professional cake. They just dont seem to understand what actually goes into making a personalized cake. 

In UK countries, these would be referred to as "Bespoke Cakes".  Here is a brief explanation of the term as used in fashion:

 

The term bespoke in fashion is reserved for individually patterned and crafted men's clothing, analogous to women's haute couture,[4]in contrast with mass-manufactured ready-to-wear (also called off-the-peg or off-the-rack).

 

Perhaps we should start a trend calling custom cakes, "haute couture cakes"???   Here's a fun article about haute couture in fashion:      http://shine.yahoo.com/fashion/haute-couture-means-buys-much-actually-costs-160000418.html

 

Maybe y'all could even hire movie stars to eat your haute couture cakes?  [In the article above, Nicole Kidman walked the Oscars in 1997 in a peacock green Christian Dior Haute Couture gown (and was reportedly paid $2 million to do so).]

post #27 of 27
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thank u so much enga. When I actually calculated the cost of this particular cake it did come out to $12 per serving. I just wanted to make sure that my prices are not too high but after doing a little more research I found out that its not the price I am telling people its the people themselves. They want regular grocery price for professional cake. They just dont seem to understand what actually goes into making a personalized cake. I think those kind of people are better off buying a cake that is kept in freezer for days and months and then iced with a boxed icing which have tons of preservatives in it. For now I think I am better off making it for my kids and friends only. I will love to cater people if they are willing to appreciate the time and effort I am putting into making the cake for them.


Your family and friends are very lucky,lol. I make celebration cakes for mine mostly in BC, I only have two real wedding cakes under my belt so far the rest were dummy cakes. As far as my fondant and sugar flower skills, I'm a work in progress. My forte is geared more towards pastries, entremets, tortes, and other baked goods.

 

I have been taking a break from caking on the side. I am taking a long hard look at what I really want to do as far a cake decorating. I will say that I'm leaning more towards a cafe style rather than an actual bakery or cake shop. One that offers cakes with simple designs with unique flavors along with other treats and breads made with healthier ingredients.

 

I have used cake bases and high ratio shortening in the past in a rented commercial kitchen which is now closed. I want to take on a totally different approach when and if I decide to find another one to rent. I'm perfectly happy right now wowing my friends and family with my creations.

 

Wow, this post has moved quite a bit, now I feel OT :razz:

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