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post #1 of 27
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This is the biggest wedding cake I have done...I ended up doing the flowers too (not too bad for my first time ever working with flowers...I've actually never even arranged my own flowers in a vase before!)

It is a 5 tier carrot cake with pecan praline filling and a cream cheese buttercream frosting. Bottom tier is 14 inches, then we have 12, 10, 8, 6.

Thank you so much!
LL
post #2 of 27
WOW, this is beautiful, you did a fantastic job. As far as pricing I know carrot cake from scratch is costly, but I am not that good at pricing. I know usually wedding cakes are priced by the slice, hopefully someone else can answer this oneicon_smile.gif
post #3 of 27
They didn't already pay you for this cake?? It is beautiful!!
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post #5 of 27
I would charge at least $700 + flowers??? Wild guess & I'm usually low. That's hard to say not knowing what ingredients cost and the common wedding rates where you are.
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post #6 of 27
Beautiful Cake I like the height. As far as pricing I have no idea alot of it depends on your area.

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post #7 of 27
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They paid me!!! I am a poor just starting out baker--and full time law student (so I'm double poor!).

I charged $500 total. But that was sort of a nice round number...when I actually priced it out, that cake should have fed 250 people.

The couple wanted to feed 80 people, but they also wanted a really tall cake. So--I charged them $5/person for the cake, and then I made 3 dummy tiers--and I only charged $100 total for that.

But I was thinking that I really should have done something like $5/person for the actual cake, and the equivalent of $2 or $3/person for the dummy cake--since I still used real frosting (to make sure the color matched) and I still spent hours decorating...

SO I was thinking the grand total--for an all cake cake that size would have been closer to $1,250 and for an 80 person cake plus some dummy cakes, somwhere between $800 and $1,000.

I feel crazy charging that much--but I live near DC, and I happen to be planning my own wedding, so I know that isnt really a ridiculous number...

But I wanted to get some other input!
post #8 of 27
Your cake is stunning!!!! They stole it for $500!
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post #9 of 27
I agree--somewhere between $700 to $800. Alot of work goes into the dummy cakes. I have made carrot cakes and that is also alot of work--not to mention the pecan praline filling.

I, too, under-charge and am in the process of increasing my prices. It's like "Field of Dreams"--Build and they will come. If you are good, they will come. Don't short yourself--that was beautiful work!!!
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post #10 of 27
Your cake is beautiful!!!
post #11 of 27
Wow very beautiful.
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post #12 of 27
Great job on the cake. I think you should have priced more in the range of $800's+. That's why in 20 years or so when my daugher gets married or my son I hope to have the skill and the time to help make their cakes. I figure in that amount of time I should be really good and be able to save alot on their weddings. Although the kids do now enjoy the cakes that I make.

What is your recipe for Pecan Praline Filling? That sounds yummy!
post #13 of 27
Beautiful job and no way I would have done it for less than about $600-$700 .. with the icing and type cake you did and the praline filling, $700 for sure!!
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post #14 of 27
Wow, your cake is absolutely STUNNING! I'm not a cake expert/decorator yet, but I'm planning to in near future. May I ask where did you learn how to decorate that cake? You must be very proud of yourself!
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post #15 of 27
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Well, its kind of a funny story I guess...my mom is an INCREDIBLE baker, and people have been telling her for years that she should quit her job and go into baking full time.

I started lawschool 2 1/2 years ago...and as a stress reliever I would come home and bake. Well, I didn't want to have to keep buying bigger pants...so I started taking my stuff in to school--and then people started making requests--so I started having more opportunities to try new things...and I guess its just been alot of trial and error.

I use all family recipes--and thankfully, my mother, in addition to being a baker, is a very talented painter--so I get alot of advice from her.

Thank you so much for your kindness...its really hard to put this stuff up because I put so much time and heart into it, and its scary to be criticized!
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