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post #16 of 45
Starbucks cake pops don't even compare to a good handmade cake pop and I would not use them as a price point starter. I do $1.50 each for plain simply dipped, $2 each for more gourmet versions salted Carmel , pink champagne and then add accordingly for decorations between $2.50-$3.50 each depending on the complexity of the design. I do however give a dozen discount for instance for a dozen of the $1.50 cake pops I charge $15 a dozen and so on. Hope that helps.
post #17 of 45
By the way someone will always complain they are too much but you can't work for free:)
post #18 of 45
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Originally Posted by pounds6 View Post

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!

 

You're so right. I was thinking that cake pops are so labor intensive. I charge $1 a piece for mini cupcakes, and that's because they take mere moments to create. Cake pops? $3 each. You're talking about a mini work of art. Don't want to pay for it? Hey make em yourself. 

post #19 of 45

Totally. You cannot afford to charge pricing to accommodate the masses. Personalised baking is a premium service just like a Ferrari is. If you cannot afford it you don't buy it. If you really want it you will save for it. Do not charge the same as a local fast food place that has things machine manufactured. Do you really need to do cake pops for nothing. I rather not have the headache of dealing with them or the people who expect all that work for nothing. Same goes for cupcakes. All of those things take far more work than a full cake. Stand your ground. Have a policy of not price negotiating. I far rather clean toilets and get paid for it than have to negotiate with someone who does not appreciate my hard work and skill. That is not at all fulfilling. 

post #20 of 45
I sell cake pops from $1.75 to $2.25
post #21 of 45
I offer cake pops, but I hate making them, so I charge $3.00 each for dipped, drizzled and sprinkled only. I don't do shapes or decorated. I know people can go elsewhere and get them cheaper and that is fine with me. I figure if I have to make them it will be more worth my time.
post #22 of 45

I say they are worth what the customer is willing to pay.  some markets support $3.00 pops others maybe only $1.50.  I give them options.  Plain ones are cheaper then decorated, cause more time means more money.  I also use the cake pop roller, I know there is some debate over it, but honestly I can roll hundreds in an hour if I needed to so I don't really care that they were not the original size I started making them as. (when I hand rolled them they were a bit bigger or smaller depending on how fast I was going:)  But that's the point, with the roller they are all consistent sizes and its faster which means, I'm not losing 4 hrs of work to hand roll a few dozen inconsistent cake balls anymore. Some people say they are a fad...its going on 3 yrs of me making them....haven't gone away yet, and now all the other bakeries in my area are starting to make them, not to mention all the FB pages dedicated to them.  I really don't think they are going anywhere...charge what you can get for them, we are in business for profit:)

post #23 of 45
Sorry I have a question also in regards to pricing. I have a lady who wants 30 cupcakes decorated as monkeys so I was charging 2.50 per cupcake, and she also wanted 30 cake pops shaped as monkey and I was charging 2.00 per cake pop for that.
Is my pricing ok for that?
She emailed me back today asking if she can have a discount and if that price total included delivery.
For me I add 10+ for delivery depending on where it is. I've had customers before that have had no problem with ny prices. Is this lady just wanting lower prices or are mine too high ?
post #24 of 45

You need to search the pricing threads. There are too many variables for someone to tell you what to charge.

post #25 of 45
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Originally Posted by carlacakes View Post

Sorry I have a question also in regards to pricing. I have a lady who wants 30 cupcakes decorated as monkeys so I was charging 2.50 per cupcake, and she also wanted 30 cake pops shaped as monkey and I was charging 2.00 per cake pop for that.
Is my pricing ok for that?
She emailed me back today asking if she can have a discount and if that price total included delivery.
For me I add 10+ for delivery depending on where it is. I've had customers before that have had no problem with ny prices. Is this lady just wanting lower prices or are mine too high ?


I wouldn't change your pricing for one customer. I don't know what your costs are, not just for your ingredients and time but utilities, wrappers or boxes, etc.

Your prices don't sound too high. I'm not sure how your decorating your pops or cupcakes, it depends on the detail as well. Look into Jason's pricing website or search under pricing in the forums if you think you're off, more often people realize they aren't charging enough! Not everyone is going to be your customer.
post #26 of 45
Any time I take cake pops to a party the kids have 3 or 4 each, and there's usually other cake and desserts there too. I've seen them given out singly as favors but not served as the main cake at one per kid.
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post #27 of 45

I Charge $24 a Dozen ($2 Ea) For Simple Round Cake Pops (Sprinkle or Drizzle/Swirl Design) and $30 a Dozen ($2.50 Ea) For More Complicated/Character Cake Pops. Making Cake Pops Are Veryyy Time Consuming and Costly. You Have to Consider The Chocolate, Cake Mix/Ingredients, Sprinkles, Sticks, Bags, Ribbon and Display (I Usually Do a 3 Tier Styrofoam Display.) If You Want You Can Also Charge a $15 Material Fee. EX. If Someone Orders a Dozen Simple Cake Pops ($24) and I Spend $15 on Material I Would Technically Only Make $9. Don't Cheat Yourself. Happy Baking :)


Edited by BiancaA - 10/20/13 at 2:37pm
post #28 of 45

^^^ You Also Have to Factor in How Many You're Making and Up The Price on The Material Fee.


Edited by BiancaA - 10/20/13 at 2:37pm
post #29 of 45

Starbucks cake pops taste like Dog-POO ! 

post #30 of 45

omg i love how you put all that to sense everything thanks i sure took advice on this

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