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post #16 of 664
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FullHouse, I think that sounds like a fair price. That cake is beautiful!! I love the little sheep! icon_smile.gif
I know what you mean about the Wilton fondant. I've never tried to make my own. . . seems like too much of a hassle, lol. I use Fondarific or Satin Ice, but I do use Wilton for some sculpture work, like bows or small pieces that have to dry faster, since it is stiffer than the other two fondants.
post #17 of 664
I think it would be helpful to list how many the cake serves and where you are located... maybe even how many hours it took to torte, fill, stack, decorate, etc. For me, without these items, it's hard to compare.
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I love this topic. One of the most hard things to do in this business when starting up is pricing. Then after all the hard work and sweat, you say, " darn i think I priced it to low" This is a great and honest topic! Thanks FullHouse! Can we share pics of cakes that we've priced?
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post #19 of 664
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That's a great idea, Pinkpiggie. I'm in NY. I'll add those details on the cakes I post from now on.
Davyi, I know!!! I always think I undercharge, because the cakes take me about twice as long as I estimate, lol. I think this is a great way to get an idea of how to price our cakes.
post #20 of 664
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I charged 250 for these cupcakes, including the stand. There were 50 cupcakes in all, vanilla with cannoli cream icing, brown sugar on stand, and crushed cannoli shells on some of the cupcakes. Took me about an hour of planning and sketching, 2 hours baking, and 10 hours decorating, I think. Maybe it took longer, can't remember icon_smile.gif.
Long Island, NY
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post #21 of 664
This is a great topic. I really appreciate the pricing and serving sizes with the cake pics. It helps me tremendously!! I only make cakes for family and friends, but they seem to think a box of cake mix and a bag of powdered sugar will make a 2 tier cake with decorations. Or that $20 will make a cake plus figures. icon_surprised.gif
Now I give them of list of ingredients I need, they buy the items and it is a reality check for them. thumbs_up.gif
post #22 of 664
Pinkpiggie, I'm in an upper middle class area of NC. The baking, making fondant, making icing, torting, filling took me about 5 hours (I'm slow and SO want an agbay). The decorating took about 8-9 hours, I think - hard to tell, because with little ones around, I have to stop and start quite a bit so the fondant was colored at one time, figures were done one night, barn the next day, etc.

I also think I work slow, but not sure how long someone else would take doing the same thing. I don't like to base pricing on my time, because I feel like I work a little slower than I should - but I'd be happy for others to weigh in on how long it takes them to do similar work.
post #23 of 664
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Originally Posted by Dayyi

I love this topic. One of the most hard things to do in this business when starting up is pricing. Then after all the hard work and sweat, you say, " darn i think I priced it to low" This is a great and honest topic! Thanks FullHouse! Can we share pics of cakes that we've priced?


Please, start sharing!! icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
post #24 of 664
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Originally Posted by cupcakefrost

I charged 250 for these cupcakes, including the stand. There were 50 cupcakes in all, vanilla with cannoli cream icing, brown sugar on stand, and crushed cannoli shells on some of the cupcakes. Took me about an hour of planning and sketching, 2 hours baking, and 10 hours decorating, I think. Maybe it took longer, can't remember icon_smile.gif.
Long Island, NY
http://cakecentral.com//gallery/1854547



I'm originally from Long Island icon_smile.gif. I know its OT, but Cannoli cream icing sounds amazing - my dad would love that for his birthday next month. Would you be willing to share your recipe?
post #25 of 664
Located in northern NJ...3 hours to make this. I am almost embarrassed to post this with a price- I charged $65. But if I would charge anything more, I would not get a single order....
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post #26 of 664
Thank you so much for this topic. I am very self concious of the prices of my cakes. I don't know if it's because I don't think people will pay it, or if I think they won't realize the cost and time put into it. I have the software CakeBoss, and thank God for it, because I never realized all the little supplies I was leaving out. Now, I go into the program, put in what I think I will use and the time it will take me, and it calculates it. Not that it makes it any easier for me to tell someone what the price is! What I have been doing lately though, is going into my order after I completed the cake and collected the payment, and updating the supplies I used and the time it took me...I then realized how much I SHOULD HAVE charged! Anyways, I have only been making cakes for others outside my family/friends for not even a year, so I am still totally new. I will try and attach some pictures, and please, I would love the honest feedback.
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Oh yeah, I almost forgot. This cake took me 20 hours. It was all B/C with gumpast roses that were sprayed. This was my first and only wedding cake so far. My supples cost me almost $100. I didn't charge for this as it was an exchange for services, however, I would have charged $410.00, not that I know if anyone would have paid that for it!
post #27 of 664
By the way, I started using the cake central equation to figure out my prices- (total cost of supplies + hours X $ per hour) + %25 of that. I charge $10 per hour ( WAY too little I know)
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post #28 of 664
Okay, it didn't attach...hhhmmm...and I'm outside Chicago
post #29 of 664
Fullhouse, I just got the Agbay... all I can say is WHOA... AWESOME. And I understand about the stop/start thing... I have a boy who will be one this week and an almost 4 yr old.... but I usually estimate on how long it should take me or 75% of what it did take me.
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