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post #1 of 41
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you know, after all this running around, i forgot to think about price. i really don't know what to charge. it's a simple cake, but at the last minute and a lot of hurrying and running around! anyone have some suggestions?
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post #2 of 41
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Originally Posted by diane

you know, after all this running around, i forgot to think about price. i really don't know what to charge. it's a simple cake, but at the last minute and a lot of hurrying and running around! anyone have some suggestions?



You need to get a price Matrix and add all of your cost to it and then this way you would be able to figure out what to charge for your cakes..

not knowing where you live most cakes just cake and frosting is going to be at least 15.00 that is not counting anything that is added to the cake... not knowing what size this cake is going to be or what is on it .. its a bit hard to give you a price.. No less then $25 but again not knowing what is on it cant for sures give you a price..
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post #3 of 41
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ladycake, this is a wedding cake we're talking about. icon_smile.gif
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post #4 of 41
You said 3 tiers right Diane? What size are they going to be? Give us the size & that might help us help you better~
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post #5 of 41
well I am no expert. But from what I read (now keep in mind I am in the States) a wedding cake run from 1.25 - 3.00 per slice.. Depending on how much decoration you add and also what kind of icing and filling they request. Hope this helps!!
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post #6 of 41
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Originally Posted by briansbaker

well I am no expert. But from what I read (now keep in mind I am in the States) a wedding cake run from 1.25 - 3.00 per slice.. Depending on how much decoration you add and also what kind of icing and filling they request. Hope this helps!!



Cakes can go well over 5.00 a slice depeding on detail and what has been used to frost the cake. I know I have seen the starting price for fondant at 5. It all just depends.
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post #7 of 41
psstt... Just a thought
If we had to charge for our insanity.. icon_cry.gif Don't think I would ever get orders!! It comes with the territory.
Some good days some bad.. Right now I am still new and really don't have my matrix down I only charge 25 - 35 a cake.. And I don't think I am making any money yet icon_confused.gif .. I have alot to learn.. But I am having fun icon_biggrin.gif I guess it pays for that much
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post #8 of 41
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Originally Posted by briansbaker

Right now I am still new and really don't have my matrix down I only charge 25 - 35 a cake..



That is really cheap if your doing it as a wedding cake... What do you mean you dont have your Matrix down??? Make it so it works for you ... Make one is a excel spread sheet that is what I did and I love mine the other ones that are out there are too much work and too confussing....


What is the sizes of the wedding cakes that your going to be doing??? Also what are you putting on theM ...?? But they are right slices go for any where from $1.25 - $6.00 a slice...
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post #9 of 41
oh no this for just sheet cakes..sorry forgot we were talking about wedding cakes. LOL
Pssstt.. Am I in the lead? icon_lol.gif hehe just kidding can't wait for the results!
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post #10 of 41
Briansbaker~ you made me laugh on that one!!
I took my pics of my FD cake to my cake shop. They said that cake would sell for $500!!! I was so excited but at the same time I really didn't want to do another one!!! The size was 12",14",16" BIG!! I've since then made it smaller for the real wedding. I'm going w/ 8", 12" 16". Now I am only charging $250 for this because it is for family friends. BUT if it were for strangers... I would charge at least $425!!!!!
Diane, I would charge the same amount the other person was going to charge. BUT if it's not enough I would charge a few for such short notice. Your helping them out & they know that. They will probably be happy w/ any price at this point. Just try to make a profit out of it ok!! I'm sure you won't be on here very much before Sat. SO GOOD LUCK!!!!!! I'll say a prayer for you!!!
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post #11 of 41
ya know, if you are a professional cake baker/decorator I think you should charge the running price, but not pro, no pro at decorating, not a licensed baker, makes all the difference, or should in the price. See I think people most people on here, especially TC, Cali, briansbaker, ladycakes, (they are always helping others) their skills are way better then mine so if we all were to make the same exact cake everything the same, they should charge much more then me. I think its the skill and time that should be taken under consideration. Then again I know you shouldn't underestimate yourself, but when it comes to charging a price I worry too... I am sure lots of us can understand diane's dilemma. I'm still confused myself icon_confused.gif
Diane, I think it was said before to call local bakeries there and see what they would charge and take a little bit off...just a little of the average cost. I think you would be safe, especially since its a last minute thing and they came to you!
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See I think people most people on here, especially TC, Cali, briansbaker, ladycakes, (they are always helping others) their skills are way better then mine so if we all were to make the same exact cake everything the same, they should charge much more then me.




That is where most people are wrong... I am no better then you ... YOU cant compare you self to anyone but your self.. YOUR worth just as much for a cake as I would charge for a cake.. Just be cause we help you guys and are able to answer your questions dont mean were any better then anyone else... NOW I am not going to be able to charge the prices that Nick Lodge or Collett Petters or one of them are able to charge but I dont know why if I charge $500 for a wedding cake why your not able to charge the same price for one..
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post #13 of 41
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okay guys, since i'm in a different time zone, i stayed on here as long as i could before my eyes were starting to close. icon_lol.gif well, i asked the lady how much she was going to pay, and she said $120. WHAT!!! icon_eek.gif the size of the cake is, 10", 12", and "14. there is no fancy decorations, but come on now. icon_confused.gif i'm wondering who it was that was suppose to make this cake? icon_confused.gif well, this is my history, i started baking cakes in 1995. i quit for several years, then got back into it a few years ago. i may not be a collette peters, but every customer i've had always has high reviews! i already had four cakes due this saturday, two i haven't even started yet!
i didn't have any of the materials. well, i was debating and searching to see what others charged for a simple 3 tiered cake. after all that searching i decided to charge $200. now tell me, and be honest, is that a fair price?? icon_rolleyes.gif i don't want to cheat my customers, but i also don't want to cheat myself.
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post #14 of 41
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oh, i should also mention that there is also a grooms cake!!! icon_surprised.gif
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post #15 of 41
sounds like maybe the one who was going to do it was a friend. I think you do great enough to charge that. I personally would fall to the ground if I got 120 for a cake.... but thats just me.
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