Pricing On Custom Bowling Ball Cake?

Business By Bmarco Updated 14 Dec 2016 , 4:16am by Pastrybaglady

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Bmarco Posted 12 Dec 2016 , 6:42pm
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I am awful at pricing.  I seem to be doing cakes for friends lately (just starting) and although I hate to charge a lot, I am not making ANY money on these... and they take HOURS.  

Any ideas on pricing?  Served about 22-25.  Chocolate with chocolate buttercream / fondant.  If you can give me a range, I would appreciate it.  These are being sold in a market that tends to pay on the higher end for products/services.  

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kakeladi Posted 12 Dec 2016 , 9:15pm
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Pricing has soooo many facets to it...your location; cost of ingredients; how much hourly wage you want to make.    W/o a picture it is hard to say even a 'ballpark' figure.  You need to do some figuring out the above things.  Don't forget to include the coast of board, box, ALL ingredients; you estimate of cost of gas &/or electric to make the cake.....as I said soooo many factors need to be taken into consideration.

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Bmarco Posted 12 Dec 2016 , 9:23pm
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Bmarco Posted 12 Dec 2016 , 9:24pm
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Sorry,

Didn't know how to upload image properly - http://www.cakecentral.com/gallery/i/3383998/bowling-ball

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Pricing has soooo many facets to it...your location; cost of ingredients; how much hourly wage you want to make.    W/o a picture it is hard to say even a 'ballpark' figure.  You need to do some figuring out the above things.  Don't forget to include the coast of board, box, ALL ingredients; you estimate of cost of gas &/or electric to make the cake.....as I said soooo many factors need to be taken into consideration.


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kakeladi Posted 12 Dec 2016 , 9:44pm
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That looks very time consuming.   I don't know your skill level and don't want to upset you but are you capleable of making that?  How long do you think it would take?  I suggest NO LESS than $150 but then I retired from selling/making cakes yrs ago when it was easy to price!  Pricing on our custom made cakes has gone sky high:)

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Bmarco Posted 12 Dec 2016 , 9:59pm
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I did make that :-) ....This past weekend for a friend - but I said that I would settle up with her this week because she was busy with the party ;-)

$150 was about what I was thinking too...  I don't think I'll get more out of her, but if I could charge more in the future, then I'd like to know!

*** ALSO *** Did this one for the next day.  Never again back to back!  (I have a full-time job and three very young children... I was a bit ahead of myself).

Can you also help me price this one?  LOL.  (I only charged $150 because it was for another good friend and I knew that she couldn't pay more than that, but I wanted to give her a nice cake!) - 
40 people.  Choc/btcream top, van/btrceam bottom. 

http://www.cakecentral.com/gallery/i/3383999/winter-birthday-cake


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kakeladi Posted 13 Dec 2016 , 11:13pm
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You are **NEVER** going to make any money if you keep that thought process going :(  I know how you feel......they can't afford more....won't pay more....etc, etc but do you go into a resturant or car dealership and try to make them think you can't afford anything they offer so they willo offer you something cheaper??  Of course not.  If they want a custom designed cake they have to pay the custom price.   

I can't use the link you posted.  Which cake is it - the dino or the 2 tiered?  To give you a better idea of pricing I really suggest you find the many threads on here about pricing.  It is very hard to figure as I stated before due to your location, what you pay for ingredients etc, etc, etc. there is much information for someone who will take the time to look it up.

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Pastrybaglady Posted 14 Dec 2016 , 4:16am
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Kakeladi is right. You need to decide if you're running a business for profit or just doing cake favors for people. It's a tricky thing to find the balance between what your market can bear and the price that makes making any given cake worth your time and expenses.

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