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How much would you charge for a wedding cake like this?

post #1 of 82
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I have been asked to do my first wedding cake - and not sure how much to charge her. Her budget is not very big and she wants to have a cake like this (red velvet & yellow cake). Thanks for any feedback!! icon_smile.gif
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post #2 of 82
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I forgot to add that she needs it to serve at least 50 people
post #3 of 82
It depends on what you feel your time, experience, and materials are worth. I have been working on a fee for mine and came up with a flat rate depemnding on the type of cake and how much work is involved. I bake from scratch and take all my costs for that into consideration, check out what others in the area might be charging and how much time is involved for me to make the cake from start to finish.

I cannot give you a set price, but most people I have researched in my area would charge by the slice at around $3-$5 for a wedding cake.

Hope that helps some...
post #4 of 82
That cake will serve more than 50...looks like a 10" round, 8" square, 6" round which would be 82 servings.

Will you be making the flowers or using silk? Those flowers would take time and cutters if you don't have them already.

The other thing is, you'll have to transport assembled, do you have room in your vehicle and are you confident enough with the support system that you use to do that?

I made my friend's wedding cake for $100 mostly because I wanted to be able to say I'd made a wedding cake for someone. The $100 didn't quite cover the supplies and ingredients and the cake was a ton of work. I probably would have charged a stranger about $400 for the same cake (if I sold cakes).
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(sorry) depending
post #6 of 82
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I am planning on using silk flowers - and I am kind of in the same boat as Texas_Rose was....when she asked, i jumped at the chance to do a wedding cake because she started out with a two tier heart shaped red velvet cake with butter cream and a couple of roses on it..........but as you can see, it turned into much more than that!

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post #7 of 82
can't help you but WOW what a pretty cake!
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post #8 of 82
Round cake on bottom with square cake on top does not fit the 2 inch graduation thing we can go by with all the same shape cakes--that would have to be about a 6 to 7 inch square to fit within the 10" so comfy.

I would do a 10x6x5. maybe 10x6x4.

This would result in about 60 servings give or take.

And same price as has been mentioned plus a little bit more for the flowers is how I would do it.
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post #9 of 82
It is going to be hard to come up with only 50 (or slightly over) servings for a 3 tier cake.
Take out your pans and see what small size sq fits on a round and what tiny round pan do you have to make the top tier?
An 8" sq - if I remember right - is too big to fit on a 10" round.
Consider using a styrofoam sq. A 12" round will give you plenty of servings based on the industry standard of a serving being 1x2x4.
As for pricing no less than $3-4 per serving. Maybe add another $10-15 for the swag and flowers. Oh, and if you do use styro still charge about $2-3 for how many servings one would get out of it - I think it's 25 servings for an 8" sq.
Sooooooo if you use a 12 R; 8 sq; and 5 R the price should be somewhere in the range of $200-250.
post #10 of 82
It's a beautiful cake! I would price each of those flowers separately if it were me.
post #11 of 82
I would go more on the range of $500 to $650. Usually if they dont have the budget I move them to something
that goes more to what they can pay for. Is not fair your work has to suffer cause they dont have the budget.
Teach your clients to go for what they cant buy or you will end up loosing money.
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post #12 of 82
Wow its a beautiful cake........I WOULD LISTEN TO TONEDNA MYSELF icon_smile.gif
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Thanks so much for all of your help icon_smile.gif
post #14 of 82
$6 per serving plus the flowers.
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Originally Posted by madgeowens

Wow its a beautiful cake........I WOULD LISTEN TO TONEDNA MYSELF icon_smile.gif


me, too.

And k8 is right. An 8" square is 8" from side to side, but it's close to 12" from corner to corner.

So I think this is 6/8/12, which serves 12/32/56 = 100. Is she willing to buy twice as much cake as she needs just to have this look?

With the fondant/flower work, it's easily in the $500 range.
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