I've Never Charged For Cupcake Before; Help?!

Business By kelsiedelizzle Updated 18 Mar 2008 , 1:21am by icer101

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kelsiedelizzle Posted 18 Mar 2008 , 12:42am
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If anyone could help me with this I would appreciate it:

I'm making cupcakes for my brother's class and the room mother offered to pay me for the 20 cupcakes. This caught me by surprise as I was just planning on giving them to the class.

Do you think I should charge anything? I'm not really sure myself. Also, how much per cupcake, if I do charge for them? I was just going to decorate them very simply. And if it helps, I've only charged for 2 other cakes ever before.

Thank you in advance very much!!

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Starkie Posted 18 Mar 2008 , 12:52am
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For a basic cupcake with a swirl of buttercream, I charge $1.50. Anything else, such as a filling or special doo-dads on the top, are extra. You have to consider the market that you are in, though. Here in NC, the Wal-Mart will sell cupcakes with a swirl for 50-60 cents each. (But I know they aren't as good as mine are!) Good luck with your pricing ~ it's always the hardest thing for me!

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KittyPTerror Posted 18 Mar 2008 , 12:59am
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If you're doing it as a favor, you could always just offer to do it for the cost of ingredients, which wouldn't be too much for 20 cupcakes. A lot of times what I do, since I don't sell cakes very often, is just calculate expense and then guess how long it will take me and tack on $10/hr for my time. Usually I just calculate time spent decorating, not baking and cooling and all that stuff. Most of the cakes I sell are to family/friends, anyway. So, if I were charging for 20 cupcakes, I would figure out my cost- let's say $12 for ingredients, and then for a very simple design, it'd probably take me about an hour and a half (including mixing, making icing, coloring, swirling, and clean-up), so I'd charge around about $27.

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Ro40 Posted 18 Mar 2008 , 1:03am
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When I started out, I just charged what it costs me for the supplies (ingredients, cupcake liners, etc.) This helped get my name out there and got me referrals. I now am a full fledged business and charge $1.50 for my cupcakes. The decorations on top are extra. Good Luck.

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jterrill Posted 18 Mar 2008 , 1:07am
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I would do it for free. A little service never hurts!

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FromScratch Posted 18 Mar 2008 , 1:09am
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I'd charge $60 for 20 cupcakes ($80 if they were filled). It's the same as a servings of cake so they are priced accordingly.

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gandelmom Posted 18 Mar 2008 , 1:20am
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I think you should go with your first instinct and just give them the cupcakes for free! It's not that much money and it could get you more business.

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icer101 Posted 18 Mar 2008 , 1:21am
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i made some last week for a friend of my daughters it was for her little boy to take to preschool for his birthday they were yellow cupcake with chocolate frosting i freehanded cut a little pirates sword from fondant for the decoration i charged her $1.50 per cupcake there were 18 she was very pleased i also made the pirates chest for his home party it was small i charged her $35.00 for that she was pleased hope this helps too

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