Originally Posted by tootie0809
I'm not turning on my oven and making batter and icicg for a measly $15.
On a caterer's website that I'm on, a caterer said that people don't understand catering pricing, and I think it applies to this type of cake situation, too. He said people have the fast food mentality: Meal #2 is $5 and it feeds one. So it will cost $10 to feed two, $15 to feed 3. It's a straight multiplier.
Catering isn't like that. He gave the example of it costs him $1000 to feed 50, and costs $1500 to feed 100. It's NOT a straight multiplier because of the overhead costs (it costs me the same money to rent a tablecloth, no matter if there is food for 50 or food for 100 sitting on top of it; it costs the same amount of gas to deliver, no matter if it's food/cake for 50 or food/cake for 100 in the van).
That's kinda what we have with cakes. It costs the same amount of electricity to run the oven, no matter if there is a single 4" cake in there or a single 4" cake AND 2 doz cupcakes. When food/cakes are quoted as a package, it's a PACKAGE price. In the above catering example, food for 100 breaks down to $15/person, but if you only want food for 50, then you're paying $20/person.
I know the feeling when you're on the spot and your brain is out on a coffee break.