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How much should I charge per person for this cake tasting?

post #1 of 24
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A potential client wants to taste the following flavors at her cake tasting:

Cake flavors: Carrot Cake, Red Velvet, Spice, Devils Food, White Almond Sour Cream

Filling flavors: Cream Cheese Buttercream, Banana Cream, Chocolate Bavarian Cream, Bavarian Cream

She wants to bring friends along to the tasting. How much should I charge per person based upon the flavors chosen? Thanks in advance for your help!
post #2 of 24
i would charge more than anyone would want to spend.

I may have those flavor of cakes in the freezer for tasting, but i am not going to make all of those fillings. I would look at it like an order and charge for filled cupcakes or a small 6" cake in each flavor w/filling. So a one layer 6" square serves 9 people. 9servings for 4 cakes = 36 servings. I would take that times my per serving price and add in a little more for all the different fillings they want.

Also, i would set the maximum number of people she can invite. This isn't a desert party, it's a tasting. If she wants the desert party she can do it at her house with all the cake she ordered. She's meeting with me to discuss her cake, i don't want to hear the opinions of everyone else (they aren't paying for the cake)
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post #3 of 24
I agree, what does she mean by "friends'? There should be one friend, or a mom and a friend, or a fiance and a friend, but definitely no multiple friends.

I also think you are giving them way too many options. Like IndyDebi says"the spice cake tastes like the white cake, but with spice" and "Chocolate Bav Cream tastes like Bavarian cream, but with chocolate." I can see the carrot and the red velvet and just one more cake flavor.

I don't charge for tastings but that is because I limit the options.
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post #4 of 24
As I point out in my blog article, "It doesn't take a baseball team to decide if you like white or carrot cake." http://cateritsimple.blogspot.com/2009/08/ask-question-how-much-is.html

Plus "decisions by committee" turn into a nightmare.

The Golden Rule: Those with the gold get to make the rules. I offered free samplings which meant I got to pick what was served. I also viewed a sampling as a time when they got to see if they liked my baking .... not as a time when they got to order a sample of everything on my cake/catering menu just so they could decide what they wanted. Not happening.

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"I provide 3 cake flavors of my choosing. Anything over 3 is $25 per flavor/per person."

So 2 add'l flavors with 4 add'l people .... $25 x 2 flavors = $50 x 4 people = $200. They are not paying for THE CAKE. They are paying for the xtra time you have to take out of your VERY BUSY DAY to bake this extra cake for them. Time is money .... if they want your time, they have to fork over the money.
post #5 of 24
And it must be paid for (and the check cleared) in advance.

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post #6 of 24
LOL, I wing it most of the time since this is a new career for me, so one of my 1st tastings I had Bride, Groom, 2 moms, 1 aunt, and 2 BFF's show up. Now, the bride told me she was bringing all those people and asked if it was OK, but it didn't occur to me they'd all want free cake. I had tastings for 2 people. Mom #1 asked me to go get more cake. I politely told her that wasn't possible. Needless to say I was the target of 10 eyeballs shooting daggers at me and snipping negative comments the whole time about how "dry" the cake looked or how "slimey" the frosting looked.

Yeah, I didn't get the job. Which was probably for the best. It still makes me laugh though, and now I have a 3 people limit and they have to share 2 tasting portions.
post #7 of 24
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Originally Posted by FromScratchSF

LOL, I wing it most of the time since this is a new career for me, so one of my 1st tastings I had Bride, Groom, 2 moms, 1 aunt, and 2 BFF's show up. Now, the bride told me she was bringing all those people and asked if it was OK, but it didn't occur to me they'd all want free cake. I had tastings for 2 people. Mom #1 asked me to go get more cake. I politely told her that wasn't possible. Needless to say I was the target of 10 eyeballs shooting daggers at me and snipping negative comments the whole time about how "dry" the cake looked or how "slimey" the frosting looked.

Yeah, I didn't get the job. Which was probably for the best. It still makes me laugh though, and now I have a 3 people limit and they have to share 2 tasting portions.



OMG! LOL! Dry cake and slimey icing, eh? That is just too funny, because it wasn't me, but now that I have heard this, if it ever happens to me, I'll have to laugh!
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post #8 of 24
I do just as indy says. I pick the flavors of cake and filling that are offered. It is whatever cake I had to bake that week. IF they want to try a particular flavor combo - they have to pay for it. Doing it this way allows me to keep the tastings free and less stressful for me. (2 people limit also)
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post #10 of 24
I have a tasting menu and the brides can choose from that.
"Oh can't I taste carrot cake?"
"No, sorry that's not on the tasting menu. The tasting menu includes flavors that I know I will be making every week. If you want to try the carrot cake, you can purchase it."
"Well, how would I know if I like your carrot cake?"
"You'd have to purchase one, just like you'd purchase one to try from anywhere else."

"What fillings can I try?"
"Whatever I happen to have made and have on hand."
"I'd like to try chocolate truffle."
"Sorry that's a special order item and is never just 'on hand'."

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post #11 of 24
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Thanks for all of your responses. She wants to include two friends, and they are all willing to pay for the tasting. Ugh---decisions, decisions! This is all new to me, so it's a bit overwhelming!
post #12 of 24
I have a 3 person minimum, the bride, groom, and another person of their choice. They get to sample 3 basic flavors that I normally would have in the freezer (cupcakes) and my buttercream icing. If they want to sample the fondant, then, I make a tiny fondant flower and place on the cupcake...I feel as though all the extra people are not needed because it is not there wedding or their wedding cake for that matter. Just my honest opinion.
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post #13 of 24
I also limit it to three people. I did that when the committee one bride brought to the tasting with her made her burst into tears because they all kept telling her what she should do. I choose basic sample flavors so they can get an idea of the range of flavors that I do.

If you're going to charge, how much would you charge to make five different flavored 6" cakes with four different fillings? You'll probably have to make that much, so I'd charge at least $25 each for teeny one-layered ones, which means $125. That's a pain in the butt fee added in there, too.
post #14 of 24
I have seen a couple of people here say that they charge so much for a tasting and if the person books, then the money goes towards the cost of their cake. I like that idea so you're not out the money of a tasting and you can come up with a fair price for materials and your time.
post #15 of 24
There are a few places here that only offer tastings at a the same time, same day once a month, you RSVP to attend it (I don't know if there is a charge). Has anyone had any experience with that type of appointment? I'm not sure how the consultation part happens, I just imagine a room full of people eating cake and leaving, but these bakeries must have some success with it otherwise they wouldn't be doing it, right?
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