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Business By Snhollingsworth Updated 21 May 2017 , 2:55am by GIGGLEBOX2014

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Snhollingsworth Posted 19 May 2017 , 2:14pm
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Hi there! So I have been making cakes for family members for a few years. Now I'm starting to branch out and sell a cake here and there. 

a woman contacted me wanting a Snow White themed 6" round and a dozen cupcakes to go with it. Specifically, the 6" is a fondant covered/decorated cake with a fondant bow and cutouts for the name and age of the little girl, and she had asked me to supply a Snow White topper as well. Then the cupcakes are going to be a taller mound of red frosting covered in red sugar sprinkles with fondant stems and leaves for apples. She asked that I find yellow cupcake wraps to hide the paper they bake in. I was thinking I'd charge her $75 for everything, but I'm wondering if that is too much. 

Thanks for any input. I have been referencing past posts for a lot of pricing advice in the past, but I'm kind of stuck on this one 

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leah_s Posted 19 May 2017 , 3:21pm
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No, your price is ridiculously low.  That's the price for the cake alone.

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kakeladi Posted 19 May 2017 , 7:35pm
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Definatly w/leah............way, Way, WAY too low!  Each cupcake should be no less than $3.

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kakeladi Posted 19 May 2017 , 7:37pm
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Oh and it is illegal to sell anything "Disney" themed.  One way to get around that (IN this case) is to have Her buy something to use as a cake topper.  I have heard that even if you do buy something, unless you sell it to her directly (not as part of the cake) you can still get into legal trouble :( 

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ypierce82 Posted 19 May 2017 , 7:44pm
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I'm sorry, I had to read this 3 times. $75.00 total? That's really low for what she's asking for, and you have to supply the topper, that needs to be added in to the price, also. I would reevaluate the price that you were thinking of and go up. Fondant covered cakes (around here) range from 5.50/serving up to 18.00/serving. The fondant bow is also something that I would charge for. You're giving her work for free essentially. 

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Snhollingsworth Posted 20 May 2017 , 12:28am
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Thank you all for the responses. I will raise the price some and request she supply a cake topper. I'm so new at this concept. I want to be cheaper than the bakeries, but still make profit beyond the supplies needed to actually make it. 

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MimiFix Posted 20 May 2017 , 11:21am
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For you to be a profitable business, even minimally profitable, it would help if you learned how to price. There are many threads that explain the process. Knowledge is power (and profit)! Good luck.

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-K8memphis Posted 20 May 2017 , 12:50pm
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aim high -- don't go lower than bakeries -- go higher -- best to you

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GIGGLEBOX2014 Posted 21 May 2017 , 2:55am
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Oh goodness... I'm not an actual business, but that is a lot of work for hardly nothing! I hope you do raise it, cause at the end of the day when you see all the work you put into it versus what you actually made you may be disappointed. I'm currently working on a 2 dozen cupcake order for a friend and it is $50, which is actually low as well.

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