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Can't believe even SAM'S CLUB can do a cake so cheap.

post #1 of 38
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I was contacted for a quote on a full double layer sheet cake-to easily feed 100 people for a large retirement party. I gave a very reasonable quote and the person let me know that Sam's had quoted $38!!!! WHAT??!! FOR 100 PEOPLE??!!

Instead of giving in or giving the "you get what you pay for" line, I simply stated I couldn't believe EVEN SAMS CAN DO IT THAT CHEAP. ARGH. I really can't believe they can go that low-even if we all know their cake stinks. (sorry Sam's "bakers"). I know this comes up all the time, but thanks for letting me vent. I simply told the person to feel free to contact me again when the budget allows. thumbs_up.gif
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post #2 of 38
Oh, I can believe it. I posted earlier in the week about a customer that was going to "throw a little business your way." She wanted a 1/2 sheet princess cake from my gallery..with a candy melt decorated, standing castle and tiara...for $20!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I told her that that wouldn't even cover my expenses! Geesh!!!

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post #3 of 38
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ugh...they surely had to be quoting a stacked half sheet though, weren't they?? By my calculations that would NOT feed 100+ people.
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post #4 of 38
That sounds extremely low!! I betcha that's for a ONE-LAYER cake and not a two-layer!!

I just went to the Publix website and even they charge $62.00 for a full sheet cake!!
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post #5 of 38
I worked for Acme in the bakery dept and they got their cakes allready baked and frozen. All they had to do was throw icing on them ,a few roses and put in a box. Each frozen cake layer cost them about 50 cents. Highest was $1.Even decorated and in a box couldnt cost any more than $4.00.
post #6 of 38
I guess they consider one bite a 'serving size', heh...
post #7 of 38
If they are anything like Costco I kinda believe it. It has been a looong time since I bought a cake from a wharehouse but when I did it was full sheets for $13. Those fed a lot, so doubling that would probably feed 100. Not that I would ever go that route again but seems possible.
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post #8 of 38
I used to work for Food Lion bakery in Florida and we would normally charge $36 for that kind of cake. The cake is already made from frozen and all we did was to put icing and box it. It's very simple cake, nothing fancy.
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post #9 of 38
I know BJ's and Costco have great prices on their sheet cakes, but that's because they're able to do them in bulk on a conveyor type formation when they bake and decorate. Though the taste isn't bad, they don't compare to a homemade cake.
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post #10 of 38
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sigh...even Food Lion charges $42 for a full sheet...single layer. We must have quoted completely different cakes. I know I sound like a broken record...but when somebody asks about cake for 100, I would give them more than just a full sheet. That would certainly not feed 100 if I'm cutting. It doesn't even come close by Wilton's chart and we all know their party sizes are a little small.

Oh, well, so we quoted different cakes. Hope they have enough...and I hope they think it sucks. icon_biggrin.gif
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post #11 of 38
well sams' can do them so cheap for a quite a few reasons.

But the main one is because their cakes come in frozen. The wal-mart corporation buys all of their cakes made as 1/2 sheets (their size, I cant' remember exact dimensions but it is close to a 12x1icon_cool.gif from a company that mixes up batches larger than we can even imagine, then bakes them probably hundreds at a time, then puts them through a flash freezer, then wraps them loosely, boxes them up and then ships them.

Doing it like this I am sure wal-mart is only paying $1 or $2 dollars per cake by the time they buy so many for ALL of their wal-marts and sam's clubs.

Don't forget the premade icing - and the cakes that have filling in them? Well most of them are filled at the factory so there isn't even any human labor to fill cakes anymore.

They also say that their full sheets serve 64-96. If i remember correctly their high end servings are 1 1/2x2. And I believe the price of $38 is for a filled cake. The prices I have from wal-mart (which are pretty close to sam's) are 4 years ago but I know their prices don't go up that much.

If the customer is worried about price then you didn't want them as a customer anyways. You want a customer that is more interested in the quality of the cake.
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post #12 of 38
I believe it. The bakery is not a money driving department it is strictly there to draw a weekly shopping crowd. Then while you are there bam they get you shopping for other items. Why do you think they sell things like milk, eggs, bannana's so cheap all to draw you in weekly.
post #13 of 38
I believe it. Our local Costco sells 1/2 sheets for $16, filled. And they taste pretty darn good, although there are only a few stock designs you can choose from. That's one of the reasons I don't do sheet cakes any more...I can't even begin to compete with Costco on price, so I choose to make a completely different product.
post #14 of 38
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Originally Posted by kelleym

I believe it. Our local Costco sells 1/2 sheets for $16, filled. And they taste pretty darn good, although there are only a few stock designs you can choose from. That's one of the reasons I don't do sheet cakes any more...I can't even begin to compete with Costco on price, so I choose to make a completely different product.



thats one of the reasons my "business" has declined over the last few years. some of its because its a small town etc so any one who works anywhere is a relative friend inlaw etc even the next towns up and down the river etc..

some folks i know here their brother or inlaw etc or relative of a friend works at a costco an hour away from here and she says they bake their cakes there make them etc. but i agree their designs are limited. but i dont mind Too much when they opt for a costco cake over mine as i 've never been very good at roses and if they come to me to do the cake in less time then i would normaly have for it ; i end up doing a simple buttercream filling as i dont normally have room to keep extra supplies just sitting around for fillings like cream cheese bavarian cream etc.

I never tried to get in to fondant beyond a few attempts as my first experiences were with wiltons lol and no one liked it.

this of course was beforei found here and plan on trying my hand with the mmf etc soon as finances allow me to splurge icon_smile.gif lol.

i get quite a bit of special requests for sheet cakes mostly becaue folks here want custom designs that most places here including the nearest costco can't or wont do.

i've had some crazy requests lol but they were all fun to do. i used to do cakes for school occassions when i worked there and had some teachers as customers also.

soon as i can find them i have a couple pics of cakes i've done for the local search and rescue org dinners. I used their seal and copied it on to the cake.

anyways i rambled,, sorry. its a curse.
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post #15 of 38
I wonder if the sheet cakes at Sam's/Walmart and Costco and BJ's are all the same size or if they vary. Does anyone know? Just curious since there seems to be no industry standard on sheet cake sizes.
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