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post #1 of 45
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I had a customer ask me to make cake pops for her two daughter's birthdays. She said they are going with a red carpet theme and would need about 120. I have NO CLUE how to price these and thought I would go to others to ask for advice and see what you charge.

Thank you so much for your help!
post #2 of 45
I hope to sell them one day so I am always searching for what others charge. It seems average is $2.00 each. That's just what I've seen, hopefully some people that actually sell them will start replying.
post #3 of 45
I would say if you do cakepops with just sprinkles on a stick then about $2 or $2.50 each. If you do some kind of face or character on them then $2.50-$3.50 each.
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post #4 of 45
Starbucks sells plainly decorated ones for $1.25, I might start there and then add on for custom colors or designs. Included in the $1.25 might be white or chocolate coating with an alternate drizzle. I would add on for "designer" colors or for any themed pops ala Bakerella. Maybe topping out at$3.50 or $4.00.
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post #5 of 45
I start at $2.50 and range depending on the decoration.
post #6 of 45
I just gave a quote today for $1.50 each (plain, simply dipped)
post #7 of 45
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Thank you for all your help guys! That at least gives me a place to start when I call her back. I'll have to let you know what happens.
post #8 of 45
on a side note - I rcvd word from the person I gave a quote to that $1.50 was too much $ to spend for 30+ cake pops. She wanted to know if I could give her a bulk discount...I told her if she ordered 50 or more I could do $1.25 each - she still didn't take the offer. (which is fine by me! cake pops are a pain to make!)
post #9 of 45
That's better anyhow. I don't believe in bulk discounts unless it is a standing/regular type order of a large number. Not to mention that even 50 cake pops isn't that many. No bulk discount for 50 servings of cake so why on the pops.[/url]
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post #10 of 45
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This party is going to be for 60 little girls between the ages of 8 and 10 with a couple of adults mixed in. How many cake pops do you think I would need? Would it really take 2 pops per person or something like 1.5 b/c you would assume some people would eat 2 and others would only eat one?
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Originally Posted by dukeswalker

on a side note - I rcvd word from the person I gave a quote to that $1.50 was too much $ to spend for 30+ cake pops. She wanted to know if I could give her a bulk discount...I told her if she ordered 50 or more I could do $1.25 each - she still didn't take the offer. (which is fine by me! cake pops are a pain to make!)



I don't understand what a "bulk discount" is when making cake??????More ingredients, more time - sound like more cost and time to me icon_rolleyes.gif
post #12 of 45
For a party of 60 I would probably suggest 70 pops. Most people only eat one but one or two may fall on the floor or someone may take one home. A few may eat two but not many. 10 extra usually covers things.
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post #13 of 45
I believe anything that requires me to "prepare" each individual serving should cost a little more not less. Cake pops are tiny but they take a bit of time to make, if the object is to make money, not just break even can you do that at $1.25 each.

If it takes an hour to make the batter, bake the cake, cool it, crumble it, roll it into balls. It will take another hour to freeze them for 15 minutes, and dip and roll them (24 of them) and if you decorate them it will take more time than that. If you pay yourself a $10 an hour that's 20 dollars right there, plus the cost of making them, the sticks, the candy melts, the sprinkles, the electricity, bags and ties etc......can you make a profit if you make 24 at $1.50? That's $36 and if you charge $1.25 you make $30. There has been quite a bit of discussion on CC lately about pricing. I just dont see how you make a "profit" at that price. At one time I had to examine what I was charging for my products and I came to the conclusion that I wasnt running a profitable business, I was just doing favors. I'm just encouraging everyone to get over our fear of charging a price that is fair for what we do. Best Wishes!
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post #14 of 45

Please do not take Starbucks as a starting point for pricing cakepops! I agree with all of the comments, start at 2.50 for retail. Those who have taken the cost of materials and labor involved know this is no easy task when done right. If your business model involves wholesale that is a different story all together. If this is a hobby by all means give them away, a business is a business and needs to make a profit to grow and succeed.

post #15 of 45

60 cake pops for 60 people is plenty.  They are so sweet and rich.  Make additional in case a few fall apart, of course.  $1.50 is reasonable.  It's all about target market and what people are willing to pay.  I say charge what you want to charge!    I wouldn't give a bulk discount, it takes longer to make more...so it's more work for you!icon_smile.gif

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