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Will someone please explain to me the reasoning behind charging significantly more for a wedding cake than a specialty cake?  I was doing some research and found a bakery whose wedding cakes clearly state they are $50.00 more than a specialty cake.

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Originally Posted by newbe86 View Post

Will someone please explain to me the reasoning behind charging significantly more for a wedding cake than a specialty cake?  I was doing some research and found a bakery whose wedding cakes clearly state they are $50.00 more than a specialty cake.

There is no logical reasoning for charging more just because a cake is for a wedding, unless there is a difference in size or complexity.
post #318 of 412
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Originally Posted by newbe86 View Post

Will someone please explain to me the reasoning behind charging significantly more for a wedding cake than a specialty cake?  I was doing some research and found a bakery whose wedding cakes clearly state they are $50.00 more than a specialty cake.

I don't, but some people charge more becasue weddings generally involve a tasting appointment, more emails and phone calls from brides, etc, so it's a time thing.

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Originally Posted by TPACakeGirl View Post

Before I quote a price, I now put everything through my Cake Boss software, and it spits out a price for me. I love it. The only problem is, that since I've started charging more, I've had several people decide not to book with me. There have been 2 in the last month. Both were 3 tier cakes requiring gumpaste figurings and lots of work. I quoted one at $125 and the other was $175. Both people told me my prices were ridiculous, and that they find it hard to believe a cake can cost that much to make.

 

 

Tell them to try and make it themselves - they'll soon think your $125 is a steal. Having made my first 6 layer decorated cake recently, I will never again think any beautifully decorated cake isn't worth whatever the creator is charging!

I say don't sell yourself short. If someone thinks $125 is too much, let them buy a lesser cake and later, wish they had called you.

As an artist/designer, myself and others who create are always struggling with the price of our art. Those who aren't creative, love what we do and wish to purchase, frequently think it's too pricey. In reality, we rarely charge what we should in order to close a sale, but just breaking even is a tough way to sustain a career. Finding the balance between what works for you as well as the client is sometimes a tightrope act!  (I just read where Chelsea Clinton's wedding cake cost around $11K, and Eva Longoria's cost $40k - which puts things totally out of proportion!)

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If the tiers are 1"-2" then fine whatever, but I can't believe that anyone is thick enough to price a 3 tier for $50/£30.

I think this comment is a bit harsh. Just because someone has not worked out their pricing correctly, doesn't make them thick. People come on here for advice and support, not to be demeaned.icon_sad.gif
post #321 of 412

I know many decorators struggle with pricing issues and often find that, once a job is completed, they have significantly underpriced themselves.  I also know that most people don't have a clue as to the amount of time, labor and materials go into making the cake, not to mention the time it took them to develop the skills to be able to make it.  To that end, I am many years past struggling to get cake jobs....I turn several down weekly....sometimes because I am already booked, sometime because I just am not interested in making it....but, regardless, my price is my price...take it or leave it!  I don't negotiate price!

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Originally Posted by jason_kraft View Post


There is no logical reasoning for charging more just because a cake is for a wedding, unless there is a difference in size or complexity.

 

You don't see one ?

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gimiDBAK2wA

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Originally Posted by Jeff_Arnett View Post

I know many decorators struggle with pricing issues and often find that, once a job is completed, they have significantly underpriced themselves.  I also know that most people don't have a clue as to the amount of time, labor and materials go into making the cake, not to mention the time it took them to develop the skills to be able to make it.  To that end, I am many years past struggling to get cake jobs....I turn several down weekly....sometimes because I am already booked, sometime because I just am not interested in making it....but, regardless, my price is my price...take it or leave it!  I don't negotiate price!

I am so with you on this...there are plenty of people entering the market here every day because of the cottage food law, and they're a lot cheaper than i am but so what? I'm too old and have been doing this for too long to work for minimum wage.
post #324 of 412
I think you meant to write UNDER minimum wage.
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Originally Posted by Godot View Post

I think you meant to write UNDER minimum wage.

either one sucks and is probably what a lot of people are making, so yeah!

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I pray to God I never get a Kangaroo cake request.... icon_confused.gif

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I pray to God I never get a Kangaroo cake request.... icon_confused.gif

 

It could be this amazing !  http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_vilYKjI89rM/Skzk86HHS2I/AAAAAAAABPI/6cfNBYX1jqQ/s1600/kangaroo.jpg

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Oh my goodness im laughing so hard! That made my night!icon_biggrin.gif
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Best...kangosaur...cake...ever.
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Originally Posted by grandmomof1 View Post

I really think it would be great if the "Cake shows" would actually list the prices of their work much like they do on Fabulous Cakes. People are getting their ideas from the things these shows are putting out. They are totally unaware of the amount of work that goes into creating a character or animal or building. If you want true art then you have to pay for it. If it doesn't matter whether you have "true art" then go buy the cracker jacks because you get exactly what you pay for, cracker jacks.


Yes, I would LOVE it if they did that AND put the amount of hours that it took to complete it.   When I get a request for a sculpted cake (mine start at $250 for something on the more simple side) and I quote a price, people immediately back away and opt for a traditional cake.  I tell them I completely understand, that they take a whole new set of skills and time than traditional cakes, and that Duff's minimum order (at the time) was $1000.  Then they say "OH...I didn't realize..."  Educate them!

 

I'm certainly not Ace of Cakes, but I can pull off some pretty cool shizz, and just because I'm not famous doesn't mean I work for a waiter's hourly wage.

 

Or just because I do this out of my house doesn't mean I don't have overhead...maybe a little less, but my time and talent are still worth it.

 

People cringe at the prices because it's edible and will disappear.  It's not a painting or sculpture that will last, so it should be cheap, right!?!  HAHAHAHA

Aah, cake. . .the 5th food group!!
Aah, cake. . .the 5th food group!!
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