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post #16 of 79
I'm also in the Metro ATL area. I think it depends a little which part of the metro area you're talking about. Up on the northside (Alphretta, John's Creek etc), inside the perimeter and maybe in the Fayetteville, Peachtree City you're going to be able to ask higher prices. But anywhere those cakes are definitely worth more the $25.

I'm on the west side, Douglasville area, and I'm pretty sure you could get $60-$70, but you'd have a limited clientele. The economy around here has hit people hard. A lot of my friends just don't have that much to spend on luxuries like awesome cakes. So they either make a cake themselves or settle for a grocery store cake. In fact I know of 2 great little bakeries around here that have closed in the last year.

Actually, the reason I'm here is that my brother and SIL just got married and couldn't afford a custom cake, but didn't want to settle for a grocery store cake so they were going to skip the cake altogether. So I offered to make it and found this place doing research.
post #17 of 79
I've been dabling in selling cakes here and there - where can I find a pricing list. Pricing my cakes is my downfall - I pretty much just charge for the cost of the ingredients and any extras that I put on my cakes - so I am definitely under pricing. I'm okay with this for now since I'm just beginning to sell them.

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Originally Posted by Bennie58

I've been dabling in selling cakes here and there - where can I find a pricing list. Pricing my cakes is my downfall - I pretty much just charge for the cost of the ingredients and any extras that I put on my cakes - so I am definitely under pricing. I'm okay with this for now since I'm just beginning to sell them.

The second thing:
what is the best image printer AND fondant cutter out there to buy



IMO....The Canon Brand is the best to buy. I purchased my Canon IP4700 from Amazon.com.

Icingimages is a great place to find inks and frosting sheets. They have there own fourm on this site!

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Don't let those crack-heads bother you. Your work is great. I was recently at a wedding where they had bought a cheap cake and you could tell. I was embarassed for them.



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post #21 of 79
I agree with everyone, you do beautiful work! I used to quilt, and knit, and machine embroider. The problem is so many people are used to mass marketed items, from linens to clothing to food, it's hard to find people to appreciate hand crafted items. Don't sell yourself and your talents short. It is also like going to McDonald's or Golden Corral, vs a local good quality restaurant. We all know you get what you pay for!
post #22 of 79
woah, those two are RAD!

a lady cornered me in Michaels (no it didn't remind me b/c of your name icon_wink.gif) and ask if I knew of local cakeries...I told her 3, the last one she knew and said, oh yeah I went to them but they wanted $194 for a wedding cake...I tried to kindly explain to her all that goes into it.......some people just DON"T get it...buncha crazies icon_wink.gif
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woah, those two are RAD!

a lady cornered me in Michaels (no it didn't remind me b/c of your name icon_wink.gif) and ask if I knew of local cakeries...I told her 3, the last one she knew and said, oh yeah I went to them but they wanted $194 for a wedding cake...I tried to kindly explain to her all that goes into it.......some people just DON"T get it...buncha crazies icon_wink.gif



It seems like it is just us Cakers that get it!!

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post #24 of 79
The Walmart mentality kills me. It isn't people that are artsy. The arsty ones know from the time and energy they put into their work. It is frustrating when people just don't get it.
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The Walmart mentality kills me. It isn't people that are artsy. The arsty ones know from the time and energy they put into their work. It is frustrating when people just don't get it.
One of the CC's has a signature that I love. "Good cake isn't cheap, and cheap cake isn't good."



Love the quote!!! I think this is going to be my new signature. Please let me know who said this so I can give credit!!!! =)
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post #26 of 79
I second Kansaslaura..Your cakes are Awesome....I can't speak for you in the US but here in Calgary which is a large city..1 million...Pastry prices have gotten outrageous at the grocery stores in the last 7 years....I have had to raise my prices to reflect the flour,sugar,shortening,baking powder.It has jumped about 50%...I was just looking today at a major grocery store chain and their pastries are very expensive and they aren't that great either...2 eclairs were $4.00....a single layer 1/4 slab is $24.99..and so on....People have no clue what good quality tastes like or costs.

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post #27 of 79
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Originally Posted by kansaslaura

If they want to talk about expensive, they should take a look at what they're throwing away.



How insightful a statement is that? I don't think I've heard this said better.
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post #28 of 79
I just wanted to say, that your cakes are flawlessly done, really beautiful. And honestly if they can't tell the difference between what you have done and WM you don't need them as clients!

I was a hairdresser, and I can tell you, you just have to charge what you are worth and the right people will find you.
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post #29 of 79
I gotta chime in-because I <3 my fellow cakers and I share in your frustrations. Firstly, you deserve what you are planning to charge. I don't know how in the heck these grocery stores charge so little. I was at Top Foods last night and their dozen of cupcakes was 6.99. I charge 2.25 for a basic cupcake and only give a small discount if someone buys a dozen. These grocery stores make me THINK I am charging too much (and I feel bad when I get the sticker shock expression) BUT people just need to realize the quality and care they are getting from us far exceeds anything a grocery store could offer. Make sure to tell everyone why yours cost more i.e premium ingredients, hand crafted detail, exotic fruit blends, customized wrappers, delivery, and your hourly pay. Plus its my thinking that after someone taste mine and see my service they are happy to pay what I charge icon_smile.gif
Good luck with the sticker shocks <3
post #30 of 79
I must agree with everyone else, your cakes are beautifully done. If you ever want to move, come to Canada, cause those cakes will cost you well over a $100. Keep your head up and don't let those quacks who think they saw your cake in walmart or where ever for $25. My big B____ they did!!!!! icon_biggrin.gifthumbs_up.gif Keep up the great work and make your dream come true and start selling.
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