My friend wants to hire me for her cousins baby shower and I need help with pricing because I always charge too low and end up regretting it but I never know how much is too much! She is asking for 72 cupcakes, with more than half of them with foundant toppers on them (see pictures below) ... She is also asking for a small cake, a 2 layered, 9 inch cake. I've looked all over Google for pricing and need help! I was thinking of charging her $220 all together but I have no idea if that's too much or too little ... Please help!
I'm just throwing a number out there... Which is all any of us can really do without knowing the details of your overhead costs, your hourly rate, your supply costs, your locale, your profit margin, etc...
You really need to price things out once a year at least... Figure out how much a batch of batter actually costs you in supplies, oven usage, time, etc... Then add in your profit margin you would like...
Check with local bakeries for their base prices at least... many have them on their websites... And I don't mean Walmart or the Grocery...
Compare what you charge to the local bakeries... you should be charging at least as much as they charge (if not potentially more)...
If it were me, she would be over $220 for the cupcakes alone.
Agreed. Cupcakes would be more than $220. Half the cupcakes have fondant toppers and half just a bc swirl?
Cake would be about $140 alone.
I would charge $388.00 Total.
I doubt she would want to pay you that much, or maybe she will, who knows.
Thank you all very much! I called a few bakeries in my area as well and $220 is low
A 2 tired 9" cake with buttercream you would charge $140.00 wow that sure seems high
What state are you in?
Guess pricing is where you are located.
interesting what pricing is
It is a tuff one
It doesn't seem high to me. Most people charge by the serving, plus factoring in labor, etc. What would a 2 layer cake that looked like that cost where you live?
A 9 inch smash cake!? That is gonna be a ton of wasted cake!! I make mine anywhere from a 4 inch to a 6 inch.
?? She said she's also looking for a small cake.......not smash cake.
In my area I get $2 each for basic cupcakes, $3+ for fondant decor. A 9" cake decorated with those rosettes would be about $70. So for me, it would be about $250 for the order. As others have said, depends on time, and money put into the product that drives the cost, but you have to take into account what the market will bear in your area.
LOL! Where did I get smash cake from?!
So what did you decide for pricing?
Pricing is tough...so many factors to consider. Location of where you are usually sets the bar by what the area norm is for custom cakes or if no one does custom in the area then check out local bakery prices an figure it from there with your expenses.
Me...fondant cupcake toppers with filling inside $3.50 each.
The 9" cake $75.
There was /is a proving matrix on here that is amazing. Not sure who made it or if it's still around by it will help you price out your stuff.
I'd price like this: cost of supplies + labor (hours taken to bake and deco x you're rate). Think about a baker at Kroger, Meijer, Walmart....they make AT LEAST minimum wage. Your skill set is most likely higher.