these are the first wedding cakes i made.. they're for my former boss and she's having a small reception in her backyard for her son and daughter who just got married a few months ago in different states. the white one is white cake with all BC frosting and the other one is marble with BC frosting... both filled and both are 10" cakes double layers... i really don't want to charge a lot because they're my first and i'm not sure the quality is up to par... she's also out of a job like i am so... anyone have any suggestions?
If it were "me" and considering I don't live in an expensive area AND I wanted to give her a deal I'd charge her $30 each. If you didn't want to make any money of them you could just charge her for ingredients. If she were a good friend I might consider that.
Both of those cakes are beautiful! I'm too new at this to give advice about charging...sorry.
I agree with LNW at $30 each.
personally I don't like to think of charging for a "wedding" cake vs. a "birthday" cake or any other event. Price should be based on the cost of materials, time, and effort put into the cake.
To me, the scary part is making a cake FIRST and then trying to figure out what to charge. you should hammer that out before you even mix the batter.
But to your question - just call a bakery (not agrocery store) and ask them what they'd charge for a similar size cake . . . that will give you a ballpark answer. Don't be surprised if whatever you tell your former boss is more than he/she was expecting.
First, your cakes turned out very nicely!
Now, it sounds like you know you will be undercharging your former boss and it's just fine to do favors for friends. If it were me, I would let her know that since the cakes are for her and they are your first wedding cakes, you are giving her a *special* price. That way, she doesn't tell everyone she knows that you make gorgeous 10" cakes for $30, but you will have a very satisfied reference for future business. Congrats on a job well done!
Your cakes turned out beautifully!
I agree with jeans541! You'll get great publicity for the future and for $30 each, your former boss can't help but see that she got a great bargain.
Just wanted to say that your cakes look beautiful!
your cakes are beautiful. you could definately get $30 the next time.
Your cakes are very beautiful!!!! If it were me, I would consider $40 a very good deal. I'm serious, your icing is so perfectly smooth, your technique is perfect, these are not "Beginner" wedding cakes.
Thirty each is a TERRIFIC BARGAIN for those beautifully done cakes. I'm sure she would be happy to pay that for them.
Your work is terrific!!
thanks everyone for all the replies (and the compliments!) i just delivered the cakes and asked her for $25 a piece... she gave me $60 so i'm very happy... thanks!
Just so you know in the future...the quality is definitely up to par. They are gorgeous.
Both cakes are really great!