Okay - so I do not have a spine. I'll do just about anything for anybody - BUT.....
I have decided that it's time to enforce my "minimum" and enforce my "late order" policy because I'm actually getting pretty busy! For working a real job 8:30-5:00 every day and caking in the evenings and on weekends I think only a couple of cakes a week is PLENTY!
So, the gal I did the red and white wedding cake for asked me for a cake for her husband's birthday. She said she didn't want to spend too much because it's not a milestone birthday....$15 bucks or so. I said the cheapest one I do is a 6" and it's $25. I know - still too cheap by all your standards, but in my town you just can't charge more than that for a 6" because people have the big grocery store mentality. Anyhoo...she opted for the 8" for $36 instead. Go figure!
Hubby's proud of me - said I need to weed out the people that really want my cake as opposed to the people who think they can just get a awesome (but cheap!) cake. Apparently she likes my cake...
ATTa girl! My new minimum is going to be $50....I just won't go less any more....
PS: I live in the 'grocery store mentality 90 days frozen sheetcake' town too....rofl............
That's great! If they love your cake, they're willing to pay the price.
Good for you!
My husband is still acting as a stand-in backbone for me...I don't sell cakes but our friends ask for lots. The other day one of his coworkers asked him about a birthday cake for his son, and DH told him that I was only doing cakes I wanted to take pictures of and that the cost for my ingredients is usually about $40. So he opted for Walmart Of course, if it had been a coworker that DH liked the answer might have been different.
Good for you! That must feel great!
I start baking in my new commercial kitchen today and I've been thinking about a minimum order also because I work a full time job too. I think you all just talked me into it! I very seldom do a cake for under $50 anyway, so that is going to be my minimum. After seeing how that goes, I may raise it after the first of the year.
Okay - so I do not have a spine.
I don't think you can say this anymore -- I think you now officially DO have a spine!!
Everyone wants something for nothing and it's so hard to make them realize that THIS AIN'T that darn easy and can't be done in 1 hour. Heck, takes me that long to bake it. So, I had to learn pretty quick to say, I don't think so, have you checked Kroger/Walmart?" (I don't charge for the cakes, I only have them buy their supplies)...and I work 40+ hours a week also.
I'm proud of you!
Your cakes are fabulous and it deserves to cost more.
Good luck with more cake orders.
Yep, a spine feels good! It feels good to know that I CAN stick to my guns and it also feels good to know that my cakes taste so good they don't CARE that I'm sticking to my guns!!!!
And, I have a possible bride for next November (daughter of the gal I did the theater cake for). I guess everyone from that party is STILL talking about the cake. YAY!