Originally Posted by TPACakeGirl
Thanks to the software, I found that I wasn't charging enough for my cakes to break even on supply costs. I have been really undercharging....
Both people told me my prices were ridiculous, and that they find it hard to believe a cake can cost that much to make.
Do you have this issue too? How much do people think it costs to make a cake?
Please note that I what I say isn't to pick on you, because many people come on here and say the same thing.
But if we, as cakers in general, have no idea how much it costs us to truely make a cake, then how can we expect the general public to know this information?
Until we sit down and really start pricing everything out, we are just guessing at numbers. After you plugged in all the numbers, how far off were you from the number you thought it was?
I know in my head it is easy to tally up some numbers, but it isnt until you really start listing everything out that you realize how much you actually use.
Plus if you are baking at home, a lot of times we forget the items that we have on hand already. Sure we buy the cake mix, but what about the oil that we have under the counter for cooking, and the eggs in the fridge for breakfast. Sometimes it is easy to over look those things because you may not be buying it every time you go to the store to buy the other cake stuff.
Yes we need to education cake muggles but that also starts with a caker that has been educated on pricing as well. Im guess a lot of people on here started out under pricing their work because they just guessed at numbers or used numbers from other local bakeries with out really understanding how to get there.