Hi, all! I need some help here. I have a request for a cake and I've never done one like it, so I really would appreciate some pricing references.
(I realized I have no pics here, but I use to many moons ago. I guess they were removed over time. Just want you to know it's not my 1st rodeo! Just my first Henna!)
Bride wants small 3 tier, so 6, 8, 10. Thanks so much for any help! m
hmm I'm not sure. Is the pattern hand piped? that would take a long time. Are they sugar flowers or fresh? that makes a huge difference in time. What do you usually charge per serving?
If your base price is $3 per serving I suppose I'd add another $1 per serving for the intricate decorating. If she wants sugar flowers that would add a lot extra too becuase of the time investment.
So it's hard for anybody to give info I think without further details about your usual price :)
Thank you Coffeelover77 for replying!
Yes, $3/serving as a base price.
I will recommend fresh flowers. I've been making cakes for nearly 20 years, but am in the process of opening a storefront. I am just a one woman show right now, so that many sugar flowers would be a bit much right now!
I am thinking that it is hand piped, that's why I had no idea what to charge. I've never done that much piping, nor so intricate. It will be very time involved, so I need to charge accordingly. I was thinking at least $5/serving. I am right outside Memphis, TN if that helps, as well.
I would think a $2 upcharge is fair for the piping but again it depends so much on how fast you'll be able to pipe this. I mean, I have never made a wedding cake and am pretty new to all this so i know I couldn't do this cake lol. I am good at fondant figures but bad at piping because I have shaky hands lol. But I assume you know you can do it, so maybe you could try piping one part of the design on a piece of paper and see how many attempts it takes you to get it right, and how long and then multiply that by X for the entire cake then factor the time that way.
but if you normally charge $3 per serving and they'll be providing the flowers, then I think $5/serving (so $500 for the cake) seems like a good ballpark figure.
You know when I have my shop I wouldn't charge extra for that. It is the design/decoration. Would you pay extra for gravy on your mashed potatoes or hot beef sandwich in a resturaurnt? That's what I equate it to. Since your base price is $3, you could charge $3.50 or $4 but I think $5 is too much......that just my humble opinion :)
My cakes start at $5.00 per serving. If it was me I would use stencils (saves time) and charge $6.00 -$7.00 per serving.