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post #46 of 54
I have only been advertising my business for 6 months, and I am already booked solid for the next 6 months. I have been increasing my prices steadily at a per serving rate. Every time I raise my prices I get more customers. The word of mouth and the consistency of your product will mean no matter what your price, they will want your work. I am double what other cake shops sell for around here and still getting business. But I also am the only one who does the type of cakes I do and makes everything from scratch even the fondant. So, maybe it would depend on the product and the competition. But I am $3.50 per serving period. However, modeling figures and extra sugar flowers, etc. are more as well as delivery over 20 miles.
Cheryl Green
Heavenly Confections, Athens, Ohio
www.heavenlyconfections.net
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Cheryl Green
Heavenly Confections, Athens, Ohio
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post #47 of 54
thanks this is great
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post #48 of 54
This pricing grid is perfect and gives me a good idea of what I should charge.

After working in the wedding industry as a planner and sometime florist and baker for a long time, I realised that the Wedding Cake Industry is crazy expensive - which is why many people go to someone from home to make their cakes.

I know a very well-established cake place in Vancouver and they will charge $8.00 per serving for 300 servings - there is never a discount.

Most people don't understand the time and effort it takes - so us "adding" extras, say it'll be $1 for each posey, and $2 per each rose - that's just nickle and diming. People are going to start saying - okay okay, 10 roses, that's it. And they'll be dissappointed by their product.

This isn't hard work or easy work, but it takes hours and patience and training - include all that in your price. A wedding cake baker from a high end place will not tell you, also, it'll take 13 hours to make this cake and I charge $120/hour additional to this and that.


Thank you for this matrix, it's very easy to follow.
post #49 of 54
thanks for the link
post #50 of 54
Thanks. thumbs_up.gif
post #51 of 54

Hello! I am not sure if I am missing something, or just not getting it. I understand everything but, what does level 1, 2, & 3 mean? Is it the amount of things on it, the difficultly, etc?

post #52 of 54
It is based on the difficulty of the cake a simple border with happy birthday and a couple flowers would be basic while a carved or topsy turvy cake would be a level 3. It explains it in her original post. Hope that helps.
post #53 of 54

NM - I found your sticky with the price list. Thanks so much for doing this - very helpful!!
 

post #54 of 54
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So sorry just saw this post.  The levels are based on difficulty.  It is up to you how you determine what constitutes the different levels of difficulty.  To me a level 3 is something with lots of ornate flower, or gumpaste figures, 3D sculpting, Lambeth method, Mad Hatter or other gravity defying types of architecture.  Level ones have side piping or easy figure piping, use of edible images, etc., Level 2 decor that falls inbetween Levels 1 & 3.  Basic of course is very easy and quick to make.  The more time needed, the higher the level.

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