I am living in Germany right now with my military husband and the base we live at has a bazaar twice a year. The spring bazaar is the end of March and I signed up for a booth to sell baked good. I am so nervous about having enough food items for the 3 days. It's estimated that 750 people a day come through to look at all the different vendors.
I wanted to get some opinions about the following things:
What packaging should I use for the different items?
How much should I make of each item?
Are my prices reasonable/too high/too low?
This is the list of items I am making:
Cakes by the slice ($2/slice)
Cupcakes ($4 for 1/2 dozen)
Muffins ($4 for 1/2 dozen )
Cake Truffles ($5 dozen)
Caramel Apples ($3 each)
Premium Caramel Apples ($5 each)
Bread Loafs ($4/loaf)
Cookies ($0.50 each or 3/$1.00)
Brownies ($.50 each)
I really appreciate the advice/feedback! Thanks in advance!
Its hard to say about the pricing. I dont know what things go for there in Germany, but here in FL Id probably charge a bit more...but then again I dont know exactly what the products are that you are offering, and what your cost it, etc. That pricing should ensure you good sales though. That's cheap enough for me! If I were selling my cake slices, I would proably charge 3-4/slice...and it would be a good sized wedge.
Even though I am in Germany, It's a little bit different because Americans are the majority of the business. For some reason people here do not want to pay nothing for everything. I also have to figure in the cost of my supplies and my booth rental ($110).
I am getting a headache trying to figure out the packaging. I think I have the cupcakes down (boxes with inserts) The cake I was going to cut by the slice and place on plastic plates and wrap them with saran wrap.
My main thing I am trying to figure out is where to get everything from, I normally use Country Kitchen Sweet Art.
Ack. Ive been trying to get back to this post for 20 minutes. My computer is giving me attitude today. Did you see this post? I would ignore that PM I just sent you and check out those links.
Just because people want 'something for nothing' doesn't mean you have to accommodate them
I mean, brownies for fifty cents? Come on! That's like paying folks to take those good, homemade brownies off your hands.
I agree...here, let me take a stab at what Id charge if I was doing this.....
Cakes by the slice plain flavors, $3.00/slice (good chunk, like cutting an 8" into 8 pieces), $4.00 gourmet type flavors (fillings, cream cheese frostings, any decor like chocolate pieces, curls, etc.)
Cupcakes (6) - $5-$6
Muffins (6) -$5-$6
Cake Truffles (12) $8.00
Caramel Apples $3.00
Premium Caramel Apples ($5 each)
Bread Loafs ($4/loaf)
Cookies ($0.50 each or 3/$1.00) (if these are just baked cookies, no decor, then yeah.) If decorated, $2.50-$5.00/ piece.
Brownies ($1.50-2.50 each) depends on the size your making them of course. Maybe 3x3?
Pricing is always something I struggle with! I have been debating about getting Cake Boss, but as I just run my business out of my home right now, I am not sure I want to pay it yet. I really appreciate the feedback! I wish I could fly about 5 cake central members over here to help me cook! It's going to be crazy that's for sure!
I am going to go check out the links thanks! (and I will be uping my prices!)
The updated prices look good to me except for the bread loaves. Are they mini or large (regular) loaves? Yeast bread or quick breads? I know when I make a large loaf of quick bread it can easily cost me ATLEAST $6 in ingredients alone, more if it has fresh fruit/nuts in it. I sell these from my home bakery for $10/large loaf, $5/small loaf and am thinking about upping my prices to $12/$7 respectively. Just some more "food for thought."
Hope your adventures at the Bazaar go well for you! And happy baking
Which base are you at?
I'm a military wife and I can tell you. WE ARE CHEAP!!!!! If you make something on base everyone compares it to the commisary.
I think the cheesecake and pies are a little too much.
I pay $1.25 at the bakery for german chocolate brownies. They are only about two inches wide.
Are you selling sweet breads or breads?
julz: I am at Spangdahlem, and I KNOW what you mean!
I am selling the following types of bread:
Hawaiian Sweet Rolls (bag of a dozen)
Banana nut bread loafs (regular size)
& Dinner rolls (bag of a dozen)
I know spouses compare to the commissary but they can get their items CHEAP, just like commercial grocery stores in the states. I know for a whole cheesecake (frozen) in the commissary here it's $18, and I am doing by the slice with individual packaging.
Thank's Sambug for your input!
My computer sent the same thing 12 hours later. So I am editing it.
Since I'm one here. My husband is retiring from the AF (he is in Iraq and said THAT'S ENOUGH) and I am trying to get him to take a GS job over in Stuttgart. Do you like it over there? My friend hates it, but I went this summer and really enjoyed myself.
I love it here! My husband and I travel a lot so we stay busy, but it is so quaint and beautiful here! My husband was born in Stuttgart when his dad was in the Army.
Cheesecake for 4 bucks a slice!!! OMG I go to Chilis and pay a little more then that!!!! And there slice is SMALL! I agree with the above poster, just because I dont want to pay for my truck does not mean the bank is just going to give in a cover it for me!!!
If you are mostly selling to Americans then they should be fine with paying more. Booth food at Bazaars/Festivals/Events is ALWAYS expensive so it's to be expected. Average I see at the events around here is $7 for a slice of cheesecake, $5 for a slice of cake or pie, $3 for brownies and cupcakes, caramel apples range from $5 (basic) to $12 (delux with tons of addons). A small drink is usually $4 and a hot dog is $6.
Seriously, up those prices!