I have no idea what to charge. I’m doing a 5,7,9 three tiered cake. It’s a buttercream with ombré effect and 2 dozen cupcakes. I was thinking like $180-$200. I’ve never done a theee tier Caleb so not sure how much work will go into this. I’m also doing another cake for the same day on top of making my daughters cake and working.
Its your time that is being spent on making the cake- so the the question really lends its self to how much you value your time. For me, I would not touch this cake for less then 250.00.
I'm charging $190+ change for just a 7" and 9", for a buttercream-finished 2-tier cake. So yes, adding a tier would easily bump it up to $240 or over, for me.
You say you have never done a three tiered cake, but have you done a two tiered cake? If so, what did you charge for those? What would be best is to figure out your per serving cost and then figuring out prices in the future would be a bit easier. So if you have done a two tiered cake take the price you charged and divide it by the number of servings it was. Then take that cost and use it to figure out the cost of the three tiered cake. You should definitely be looking at something over $200.
As an example on what Freckles said - let's say you did make a 2 tier - 9 and 6 rounds if I remember right that would serve about 45 and you charged $150; divide 45 into 150. That give you the 'per serving' price. Then figure out how many servings on the 3 tiers one (about 50) times the per serving price gives you how much to charge.
that's 60 servings give or take on the tier cake and at $4 per that's $240 then decorated cupcakes should be $3 a pop -- that's $70-something -- so that's over $300
I have 6, 8, 10 inch pans, so my calculation is by using what I have, but my cost on that cake, plus the cupcakes is $314.00.