Charging For Smbc Dummies

Business By 61999 Updated 13 Jun 2014 , 2:18am by TheItalianBaker

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61999 Posted 12 Jun 2014 , 9:35pm
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AI have a bride that wants a 6 or 7 tier cake - all tiers finished in SMBC. However, only the top 4 tiers are real and then the bottom 2 or 3 are display (but covered in SMBC as well).

I feel that the display cakes will be a pain to cover in SMBC but how else will they match if done with shortening or other BC, not just because of color but sheen/texture. Suggestions?

Also, ideas on pricing said dummies? Decor is minimal and I am charging $4/ serving for the top 4 tiers (100 servings). before I sticker-shock this bride (her cake budget is $500) i would love to bounce this off you folks. I'd like to add this cake to my portfolio but already have given away several "charity" cakes...

Thank you.

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-K8memphis Posted 12 Jun 2014 , 9:58pm
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4x6x8x10x12x14--rounds yes?


idk i'd do the the 12, 10, 8 out of cake and the 14, 6 & 4 in foam--maybe do the 4" in cake if they are keeping an anniversary cake-- the 12, 10, and 8  give you just over 100 servings--


nothing wrong with giving a portfolio discount so you can get a nice picture for yourself--i'd charge her cost for the dummies and x amount for the icing--but i'd write it up like i was charging for all servings then show the pd on the order blank/invoice whatever you use--


but the only big deal about dummies is having them not slide when you ice them-- slip a slender flat head nail through the center point of a cardboard and affix the cardboard onto your turntable nail head down (so it's pointing up of course)  then jam the dummy down onto that--easy peasy-- you got this--but yeah you gotta use the same icing--


if it gets into the 7th tier you really should tack on something for labor-- fifteen, twenny (sic) bucks


sounds like fun!

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Natka81 Posted 12 Jun 2014 , 10:03pm
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If you type "pricing dummy cakes" in a search bar, there will be threads to answer your question. I have read the most recent ones, some people charge 10%-15% less of the real cake cost, some say they charge 80% of the actual cake cost.

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TheItalianBaker Posted 13 Jun 2014 , 2:18am
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AI usually charge 20% less for a dummy. It depends on the design anyways.. Check the price of the dummies, how much icing you are going to use e your time..

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