The Price Is Right!!

Business By karateka Updated 17 Apr 2007 , 1:31pm by sundaybegonia

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karateka Posted 16 Apr 2007 , 10:45pm
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Not really...just another price question. What would you charge for this cake?? I think to do it in a 14 in round it will cost me $44 and in a 10 in would cost me $35.50.

What would you guys charge for these sizes??
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southaustingirl Posted 17 Apr 2007 , 12:19am
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that's sounds about right to me.....maybe even a little more

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karateka Posted 17 Apr 2007 , 12:24am
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Well, those $$$ were my COST. Not even including my time. So I'd need to mark it up, just not sure how much. If I use cost x 3, it would be $82 for the 10in and $110 for the 14 in. And that's not including the cost of the board and box.

And do you know what kind of flowers those are? Anyone??

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anorris3 Posted 17 Apr 2007 , 12:28am
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How are you figuring your costs? It just seems a little high for a relatively small cake.

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Yorkiemum Posted 17 Apr 2007 , 12:32am
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That is a beautiful cake. The flowers look like they are gumpast.
I find that doing a cake like that isn't going to net me enough to make it worth while. So I try not to put as much into it possible. Are you making it from scratch? If so, perhaps try dressing up a cake mix to cut the corners a bit.

just this yorkiemum's 2 cents

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karateka Posted 17 Apr 2007 , 12:38am
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My cost is for the 10in or 14 in chocolate cake, plus a recipe of buttercream, plus the required fondant, which is about 4-5lbs for cakes of this size, including putting fondant on the board.

I agree, it's a lot...that's why I'm looking for pricing advice. Fondant cakes are expensive. I guess I could offer buttercream, but that picture is clearly fondant, in my book...

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Sandra80 Posted 17 Apr 2007 , 12:43am
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i'd cut costs by not covering the board in fondant, it really seems like a lot of fondant for such a small cake.

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anorris3 Posted 17 Apr 2007 , 12:44am
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I suppose you are buying ready made fondant. You could definitely cut costs by making your own.

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CreativeCakery Posted 17 Apr 2007 , 12:48am
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I think the pink flowers look like just the regular flowers where you pipe and twist (does that make sense?) can't remember their name from class. I definitely think that the ivory flowers on the top look like apple blossoms.

Just guessing on price (I know I have really shortchanged myself a couple of times), but I'd say for the 10-inch maybe $60-65 and for the 14-inch maybe $75 or so? I'm bad at the pricing. Sorry. At least this will bump your post!

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SweetConfectionsChef Posted 17 Apr 2007 , 1:04am
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I'm not sure why your costs are so high for this cake (mine are less than $15 including the box & drum) but I would charge $50 for the 10" and $75 for the 14".

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wan Posted 17 Apr 2007 , 1:06am
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I think your costs are too high. I live in P.R. , i charge about $60.00 for a regular 10" fondant cake, but for this one add youre time, maybe $85.00.

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karateka Posted 17 Apr 2007 , 1:53am
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mine are less than $15 including the box & drum)




Wow....I'm not sure why your cost is so low!! My 14 in choc cake costs $13.24 just for the batter! (the 10 in cost for batter alone is $9.46) About $5.50 for enough frosting, 5.5 lbs of fondant at $3.50 each, $5 cake drum, $1.15 box... adds up to $44...oops, that does include the cake board, sorry!

I guess I could cut costs by using mmf, but I've got a huge drum of SatinIce paid for and sitting in my basement.


Thanks for the input, everyone. I'll chew on it a while and see what I come up with.

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HeatherDG Posted 17 Apr 2007 , 1:58am
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I'm having the exact same problem with pricing. I just did a 6" double torted white chocolate cake with fresh strawberries as the filling with a heavy whipped cream icing. The cake was a doctored mix with an extender and 6 oz. of white chocolate shredded in it.

I then added 24 yellow butter cake cupcakes with chocolate filled centers, iced in almond flavored BC. My cost alone for those items was close to $25 with buying my ingredients at WM/Costco. How on earth are you supposed to make any money doing this??

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kjt Posted 17 Apr 2007 , 2:08am
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I think your cake is lovely, and the flowers look like gumpaste dogwood blossoms to me icon_smile.gif
Pricing is always difficult for me, too. I really like working with Satin Ice, but it is pricey...I would charge $60, and $75 respectively.

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SweetConfectionsChef Posted 17 Apr 2007 , 2:37am
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mine are less than $15 including the box & drum)



Wow....I'm not sure why your cost is so low!! My 14 in choc cake costs $13.24 just for the batter! (the 10 in cost for batter alone is $9.46) About $5.50 for enough frosting, 5.5 lbs of fondant at $3.50 each, $5 cake drum, $1.15 box... adds up to $44...oops, that does include the cake board, sorry!

I guess I could cut costs by using mmf, but I've got a huge drum of SatinIce paid for and sitting in my basement.


Thanks for the input, everyone. I'll chew on it a while and see what I come up with.




Just off of the top of my head my cake boxes are less than .30each and my drums are about $1.47 each...huge difference from what you are paying! I think the Satin Ice is about $13 for 5lbs...not totally sure on that one...my price list isn't with me. Where do you get your supplies from?

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mjs4492 Posted 17 Apr 2007 , 2:51am
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The pink flowers look like royal icing apple blossoms and the white ones look like gumpaste made the same way?

I think $65 and $80 would be about right? Good question - bad problem for you icon_cry.gif

Beautiful cake!! It does cry out for a fondant-covered cake board in my opinion though....

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sundaybegonia Posted 17 Apr 2007 , 1:31pm
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Instead of fondant could you do the faux fondant out of buttercream instead? I agree the picture of the cake is just beautiful.

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