A very good post. I am a very very new member and just started making cakes. I usually make it for friends and family. All of you are sooo talented. I am no where near you all.
I am a at home mom. I do not do this for a living. But i just love to bake and cook and decorate. So my orders too are very limited. But i do everything from the scratch at home. So the clean up is like huge time. Also making a cake does not happen in a day.. There is planning and also execution and time to buy the ingredients. I hope people get that. Th
But after reading through and seeing your prices i see so many people undercharging. Do you really make something from it?
When i tell people how much i charge people immediately start negotiating and stuff. The prices of the diary are constantly on the increase. Even at $2/ serving i see we hardly make anything for our efforts.
Recently i had a lady contact me for her wedding cake. It was for 200 people. With just 15 days notice and her budget was $300 with delivery charges. She stays about 60 miles from my place. I was just calculating the costs and my costs only would be around $200. Plus the gas and electricity etc. I said that she will have to go for cupcakes for everyone and that also will not be possible within $300.
Before taking an order i just see a few things.
1. How much ca i make from the cake.
2. Is it worth spending all that time away from my 15 mnths daughter.
And for those who said that $4 or $5 a slice is expensive. believe me the cakes look awesome. They taste a lot better when we make it from scratch at home. yes you get what you pay for. I do not mind losing some customers. For people who cant afford it i am sure walmart is there.
Here is the cake i made for house warming ocassion. I charged her $85. It was to match her favors. and she wanted a 2 tier effect so made a cake dummy with RKT. It was a 8" square. White cake with fresh strawberry Filling.
This was a surprise cake. They paid me $40. It was a chocolate cake with ganache filling and frosting. 8" cake.
Let me know what you guys think.