Do You Think I'm Good Enough To Charge More For Cakes

Business By skaggs1 Updated 29 Jan 2009 , 8:05pm by __Jamie__

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skaggs1 Posted 27 Jan 2009 , 8:56pm
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I started selling my cakes almost a year ago, so I charged a little less because I was building my skills. Almost everyone in the area seem's to want a sheet cake, so I have been charging $25.00 for a 9x13 sheet and $30.00 for 11x15 and $35.00 for 12x18. I attached a couple of photos of some of the cake's that I have done, the wedding cake I charged $65.00 for a 6in and 10in. Do you think that I am charging to much or not enough??!! Thanks

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leah_s Posted 27 Jan 2009 , 9:06pm
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Since you're getting less than $1 serving on the sheet cakes, I think you're nuts to be pricing like that.

The wedding cake served 38 from the 10" heart and assuming you provided the top tier for free you got $1.71 per serving for that. And from that you bought the push in pillars also?

I would have charged $144 for the wedding cake and that does not include delivery.

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cakesdivine Posted 27 Jan 2009 , 9:07pm
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You could go up some...Where I am I charge $22 for a basic 1/4, $42 for a basic 1/2 sheet, $80 for a basic full, Add $10 for kits $20 for custom work.

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indydebi Posted 27 Jan 2009 , 10:02pm
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The smallest sheet I do is 11x15 and it's $53. 12x18 is $81. 18x24 (full) is $162. Some people back out of the shop with shock on their face. Most pay it without batting an eye.

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sambugjoebear Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 1:41pm
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I live in Ohio too, a very rural area. I sell cakes $2/serving whether it's a stacked cake or a sheet cake. Some ppl balk at that price, I can only imagine how much they would swoon if I upped my prices ( I probably will next year). I would ATLEAST charge that amount, especially if you're in rural, USA like me. Charge more if in a bigger city. Check with local competitors also to see if you're in the same price range as them to make sure you're not undercutting anyone. You're worth it icon_wink.gif

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pianocat Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 2:00pm
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To answer the question "do you think I'm good enough...". Yes, your work is very precise, from what I can see the piping is very neat. All in all a very good job on both examples.

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Kiddiekakes Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 2:01pm
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I definetly think your skills are more than good enough..Up your prices and start charging for you skill.Charge your cakes out by if the cake serves 30 then what ever you charge per slice x 30.I charge $3.00 a serving for tiered cakes and $2.00 for slab cakes. Some people will complain but most will pay up.

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cambo Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 7:44pm
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I think your work is very, very good....and you should be charging much more! How are you making any money? I suggest you do some market research in your area and adjust your pricing accordingly! Figure your costs and go from there!

Again, very nice work!

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__Jamie__ Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 8:05pm
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That's one of the most beautiful sheet cakes I've ever seen! (The name does not mean I hate sheet cakes, by the way) Charge more girl, you're worth it! icon_smile.gif

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