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post #136 of 664
I have no problem deciding what I would ask for any given cake, but what would you charge for something like this?

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1963578

It took about eight hours spread over one month. It took forever for the swan to dry because its solid and it is a 50/50 fondant/gum paste mix. Next time I'll use all gum paste for the swan. I'm sure I could vastly improve my time on the flowers too because this was the first time I made most of them, and then had to wait for them to dry so I could color them.

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post #137 of 664
When you price your cakes, how do you price Rice Krispy Treats? do you extimate the serving size or charge extra as a seperate sculpture?
post #138 of 664
Want to see some things ridiculously underpriced?

This one: http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1964265 serves 47 and I charged $40! Actually, it's not underpriced, I just did WAAAAY more than they asked for! I got carried away because I love Strawberry Shortcake...lol They only asked for it to feed 14 people! It was for a friend and he told me to "go crazy" I took him literally...but didn't raise the price since I had already quoted it. That family has ordered another cake for their son, but I explained that the next one will not be that caliber for $40 icon_wink.gif and gave them a breakdown of my pricing.

and this one: http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1962089 same thing happened....They only asked for it to feed 20...but it ended up with 42 servings!

I am happy to report, that I have an understanding of serving size now and will never go that over the top without payment again! icon_smile.gif In the future, the SS will be $129, and the track will be $115.
post #139 of 664
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Originally Posted by shaekae81

jeca_sss - that cake is FABULOUS!!! Love your quilling work! Again...it's all a matter of location. I had a friend balk at 2.75/serving for my 3D Ninja Turtle cake (she was TOTALLY sweet about it, but was shocked beyond belief). My biggest problem is calculating servings. That turtle cake was suppose to be for 20 people...but after 20 people ate, 1/2 was left over! LOL Guess I need to figure that out...and SOON! :|



Thank you!

Did you try using Wilton serving chart? I always price my cakes by Wilton chart.

I agree about the location. It is really important, but than again I think if you value your work and if you are patient enough you will find people who are willing to pay for your art.
post #140 of 664
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Originally Posted by cakeyouverymuch

I have no problem deciding what I would ask for any given cake, but what would you charge for something like this?

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1963578

It took about eight hours spread over one month. It took forever for the swan to dry because its solid and it is a 50/50 fondant/gum paste mix. Next time I'll use all gum paste for the swan. I'm sure I could vastly improve my time on the flowers too because this was the first time I made most of them, and then had to wait for them to dry so I could color them.



I like that swan a lot! You did a great job. I would probably charge $50 for that.
post #141 of 664
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Did you try using Wilton serving chart? I always price my cakes by Wilton chart.

I agree about the location. It is really important, but than again I think if you value your work and if you are patient enough you will find people who are willing to pay for your art.



I did...but it seemed like the pieces were sooooo small....then (like two days ago..lol)...I realized they were for 4" high cakes, not 2" and it made much more sense...LOL I use a combination of Wilton and Earlene's now and I think it's worked out to be more along the lines of what I was thinking.
post #142 of 664
jeca_sss

I was thinking about $65 because the base that everything is attached to is also gum paste. All told the whole thing used a whole recipe of gum paste, plus the fondant to make the 50/50 mix. Then there were the eggs that I used as the mold to dry the wings on, lol. I've since gotten some styrofoam eggs to use as molds, but at the time I wound up using real eggs to keep the curve of the wings as they dried over 3 days.


shaekae81

I have a really hard time deciding on what would be appropriate costing for RKTs also. I'm thinking a lower price per portion might be OK if you're using them for a mountain as I did here ( http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1924916 ). I just pushed the RKT into a hump and slapped some buttercream on it. But when I do something like this ( http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1923365 ) that takes a whack of time and attention to detail a small per portion cost because its 'just' RKT seems wrong to me. I'd love to hear what other people do.

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I did...but it seemed like the pieces were sooooo small....then (like two days ago..lol)...I realized they were for 4" high cakes, not 2" and it made much more sense...LOL I use a combination of Wilton and Earlene's now and I think it's worked out to be more along the lines of what I was thinking.



I had the same problem icon_smile.gif I always explain to my customer how big pieces are. I was even thinking about cutting the foam so they can see icon_smile.gif
post #144 of 664
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jeca_sss

I was thinking about $65 because the base that everything is attached to is also gum paste. All told the whole thing used a whole recipe of gum paste, plus the fondant to make the 50/50 mix. Then there were the eggs that I used as the mold to dry the wings on, lol. I've since gotten some styrofoam eggs to use as molds, but at the time I wound up using real eggs to keep the curve of the wings as they dried over 3 days.



Go for it! Don't forget that I just started my business so I still tend to undercharge icon_sad.gif
post #145 of 664
When I recalculated all of my cakes to see what I *should* have charged, my Ninja Turtle cake (in my photos and linked to above), I estimated the RKT servings at slightly bigger servings than the cake. Between the two sculptures (head and shell), I used about 3/4 of a RKT recipe (the 6 cups of cereal one)...and I estimated that to be about 14 servings. I think we actually cut it smaller than that...but I don't want to be a cheap skate on it icon_wink.gif
post #146 of 664
Hey guys - I'm new at pricing out my cakes and would love some help for my first "paid for" order. It's going to be a castle cake (see http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1325576 for reference). I'll have a 10" and 6" layer covered in buttercream with fondant, buttercream and some royal icing accents. The cake will be a standard pound cake with buttercream filling. It should serve at least 40 people. What is a good price for the cake? I'm thinking $80 (as the customer is purchasing the wilton castle kit in advance).
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post #147 of 664
using my price structure, that castle cake would be $110. If you wanted to subtract the price of the kit from that total, it would bring you down closer to the $80 you were thinking.....hth....I'm still really new at charging people, too. icon_smile.gif
post #148 of 664
This is one I sold for $440. Four hundred for the cake and $40 for the Tulips. I should have charged more for the flowers but I had never done them before. when I experiment I charge less.

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1948080
post #149 of 664
Thanks to everyone who posted on here, I can read this all night!!!!
post #150 of 664
I sold this cake for $125 - 36 servings

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1966436
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