How Much Should I Charge For A Cake?

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craftycroissant Posted 24 Sep 2013 , 10:44pm
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Someone contacted me about making them a cake. The cake would be a two layer 13x9 cake, frosting only (frosting as a filling, too). It would be decorated like a football field. I don't really know how much I should charge. I was thinking $50-60 but at the same time I feel like that is too much.


I am not a certified baker. I am really just messing around and learning so I can start a real business later in life. I'm in high school and the person who wants the cake is my business teacher. She was going to make the cake herself but she thought it would be fun to have one of her students make it. She knows I am not certified.


So what do y'all think?

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kikiandkyle Posted 24 Sep 2013 , 11:18pm
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AYour local laws may prohibit you from charging anything, even just a friend or teacher. This may also be some kind of breach ethically for your teacher, they probably shouldn't have really put you in this position.

That said, it's up to you what you charge. Do you want to just be reimbursed for ingredients, make some money for your time or make profit too? When it comes to charging people you know and you're not running a business there is no rule other than figure out what you're comfortable making and asking for.

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Godot Posted 25 Sep 2013 , 4:28am
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A20-30 bucks ought to do it.

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AZCouture Posted 25 Sep 2013 , 4:41am
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ALook around at the numerous pricing threads and see what you come up with. Sounds like something the grocery store would make, rather than a custom cake, so make sure your person doesn't have a price like that in mind.

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rica827 Posted 25 Sep 2013 , 6:50pm
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Originally Posted by AZCouture 

Sounds like something the grocery store would make, rather than a custom cake


Agreed. I work in a grocery store and a cake like this would fall under normal pricing, which is $16. A 9x13 is a quarter sheet and a football field is nothing difficult. Granted I'm in a different market than you, but if you're just in it for fun, then just do it for fun and don't take her money.


I'll also ditto what someone else said about charging when you're not a legal business - that can be a big no-no.

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