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post #16 of 32
Honey, you need to up your prices. There are always those that go for the lowest priced item, and that's up to them, but if you undervalue yourself, discerning people are going to wonder why. After all, you usually get what you pay for, right? So make sure you charge enough to send the message that you are worth it! I think at the minimum $1.75/serving. Probably more.
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post #17 of 32
I'd charge at least $2.00 a slice. That is minimum what you should get just for buttercream. Extras are, well, extra!
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post #18 of 32
I think it depends on your skill level and experience. It is hard to judge since you only have one cake posted.

That said, you should at least match the grocery stores!
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post #19 of 32
Actually, I am checking out your website and see that you are actually charging LESS THAN A $1 per serving!!!!

Round Cakes:
Starting at: Serves:
8", $16....................................16 ($1.00 per serving)
9", $25...................................31 ($0.81 per serving)
10", $35.................................39 ($0.90 per serving)
12", $50.................................56 ($0.89 per serving)
14", $65.................................76 ($0.86 per serving)
16", $100..............................100 ($1.00 per serving)

Are you nuts?!?!? icon_eek.gificon_surprised.gif

Are you familiar with Excel? I have this AWSOME (but complicated ) spreadsheet that calculates down to the penny what you should charge. If you are interested, let me know and I can e-mail it to you.
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post #20 of 32
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Can I get in on that spreadsheet offer?
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post #21 of 32
Sure! Post or PM your e-mail OR I am checking out this one that I just found on this site. It is less complicated, but also less thourough. Here is the link for that one:

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-5711.html
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post #22 of 32
OMG!!!!!!! I was just snubbed for charging $1.00 per serving. After many, many freebies, I decided, enough......I'm going to charge. AFter figuring out my costs (from Walmart supplies to boot!!!), I tacked on an extra $50 for my troubles (for 250 people), not to mention, my time shopping around for best prices etc.......AGH!!!!!! I wish people would take the time to figure this out and not look at us like we're out to lunch when we offer home baked from scratch goods for next to nothing!!! I'm making my niece's wedding cake for 250 people in July for nothing (considered this part of my gift to them....) If I charged the Dallas prices as I've read, that would be a $2500.00 cake!!!!! Not sure many people realize this! Wish I could print out some of these posts and sneak them somewhere where everyone could appreciate this....sorry ...had to vent again. Think I've been making too many free cakes!!!! icon_cry.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gif
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post #23 of 32
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Strawberry, I price my wedding cakes differently, as I can only give a fair enough price based on what the client wants. If it's a sheet cake w/ just BC, well, then it's just a sheet cake w/ bc...lol. I charge differently for stacked, tiers, fondant, etc, just b/c I am putting more work into it and tiers scare me...eek! For example, I have a bride for next June who has 100 people. She wants a 14, 10, and 6 stacked square with BC, a filling of some sort, swiss dots, and an elaborate chocolate monogram and BC roses around the based tinted perfectly to match the bridesmaid's dresses. $ 275 inlcudes delivery and set up. But, yes, they're generally still TOO cheap from what I see. Honestly, I am afraid to charging too much. People seem to want something for nothing, they want quality but don't want to pay for it, yadda, yadda. I just moved here and dont know who does what or has what so I'm a bit apprehensive about getting off on the wrong start and getting turned down I think it is a lack of confidence as well. BTW, thanks for the excel sheet; I'm gonna check it out now.

Jenn123, there is a note on the bottom on the pricing sheet of my page explaining why I dont have anymore pics up..kinda stinky icon_evil.gif

$2.00 it is.

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post #24 of 32
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Strawberry, I price my wedding cakes differently, as I can only give a fair enough price based on what the client wants. If it's a sheet cake w/ just BC, well, then it's just a sheet cake w/ bc...lol. I charge differently for stacked, tiers, fondant, etc, just b/c I am putting more work into it and tiers scare me...eek! For example, I have a bride for next June who has 100 people. She wants a 14, 10, and 6 stacked square with BC, a filling of some sort, swiss dots, and an elaborate chocolate monogram and BC roses around the based tinted perfectly to match the bridesmaid's dresses. $ 275 inlcudes delivery and set up. But, yes, they're generally still TOO cheap from what I see. Honestly, I am afraid to charging too much. People seem to want something for nothing, they want quality but don't want to pay for it, yadda, yadda. I just moved here and dont know who does what or has what so I'm a bit apprehensive about getting off on the wrong start and getting turned down I think it is a lack of confidence as well. BTW, thanks for the excel sheet; I'm gonna check it out now.

Jenn123, there is a note on the bottom on the pricing sheet of my page explaining why I dont have anymore pics up..kinda stinky icon_evil.gif

$2.00 it is.

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Again, thank you all for your imput. I appreciate your honesty.
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post #25 of 32
Maybe you could advertise as being Grand Opening prices until you get calibrated for the area? Just don't want you to LOSE money on your cakes!
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post #26 of 32
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Originally Posted by puppyloveconfections

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Originally Posted by mcalhoun

Where near Dallas do you live? My daughter got married 2 years ago and we paid $3 per slice - we bought from a bakery in Plano.
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I'm just south of Dallas in Ellis county....



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post #27 of 32
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Originally Posted by puppyloveconfections

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Originally Posted by mcalhoun

Where near Dallas do you live? My daughter got married 2 years ago and we paid $3 per slice - we bought from a bakery in Plano.
Melissa


I'm just south of Dallas in Ellis county....



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post #28 of 32
I think you should increase your price. Once people know that you can decorate your cakes more professionally than the grocery store or walmart, they will be willing to pay the price that you set.

Besides grocery stores and Walmart decorate cakes based on supply and demand. So the simply the decorations the easier it is to produce more for themselves and customers.
post #29 of 32
Lots of Dallas area people on here. I live near DFW airport! icon_biggrin.gif
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post #30 of 32
I don't think people it that area would pay "Dallas prices" for a cake. The only real bakery in town is gone. So Walmart & HEB are the only places to get a cake. Except for a few that do it out of the home and we know that is a no-no. I have never charged for a wedding cake - I have done 3. Mine and 2 daughters of close friends. So I don't know what they go for. All I know is she is in a heritage rich community that won't pay $4 a slice.
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