I've just done what I said I'd never do, and that is undercharging on a cake. Okay, so this is my first wedding cake, and I'm very excited to do it, but I blurted out a price before I thought long enough about it and now I'm not kicking myself over it. I keep telling myself it is my first wedding cake and that she is getting a good deal because of it, but still, I've been mad at myself all week because of it. GRRR!! Okay just had to vent. Thanks for listening! BTW, it's a 3-tier, 12-9-6, cake with fresh flowers in between tiers (I'm not doing the flowers, the florist is). The design is pretty simple, it's covered in coconut shavings with a simple fondant band around the middle of each tier with a royal icing piped design on the ribbon. I'm charging $175.00. I know, I know.......
(hanging head in shame).
Oh My God Oh well, you know what you did, so you won't repeat the mistake! Sorry you're kicking yourself now, but I'm sure you're punishing yourself more than we could
The one thing that I'd suggest you do is make sure the bride knows she's getting a "discount" somehow. Does she know it's your first wedding cake? If she does you can tell her that you're giving her a reduced rate. You don't want her telling all of her friends to come to you for a cheap cake!
Yeah, I have to make sure I tell her in a more direct way that the only reason she's gotten this price was because it's my first wedding cake. I actually was thinking of being honest and telling her I misquoted her on the price, but that I am standing by that price because that was my fault, not hers, but also letting her know this wouldn't be the normal price. Yeah, live and learn. I won't do that again for sure!!!
oh well...we've all done it...it's not that bad, think of it this way, you'll get a pic for your portfolio out of it....
i've done way worse than that...it's a waste of energy to be mad at yourself....think of it as good karma....now you'll get a good deal on something when you need it.
Littlecake is right. This will be a great cake for your portfolio. We are looking forward to your cake photo post.
Thanks all! I don't feel so terrible now, and you're right, I will have a great photo for my portfolio. I figured my costs on it, and I will make a small profit on it, so I am taking it as good practice and a lesson learned.