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can someone give me pricing advice for this cake?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
I was asked to make a cake similar to this but I'm not sure what to charge for it...it would be made out of 2 6" cakes and a sports ball pan, basic buttercream with fondant deco...what would you charge? Thank you so much in advance for any advice!
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1683771
post #2 of 19
I charge by the 'slice', per person. Just because it's small, don't be fooled by all the fondant, and fondant work.

HTH
post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
That's what I was thinking but a lot of people don't understand the amount of work that goes into our cakes. Do you think $50 is too high or too low? Thanks you for responding, I really appreciate it.
post #4 of 19
I say that's fair icon_smile.gif
post #5 of 19
That's pretty low for all that work.
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post #6 of 19
$50 seems very low to me. Let's say your ingredient costs for the cake are $20, your total annual overhead costs are $1000 (assuming you live in a state with a cottage food law and you are baking from home, so that would be a license fee, liability insurance, and added utility costs), and you have 50 orders per year.

The total cost for ingredients and overhead alone would be $40 ($20 + $1000/50). Now you need to add the cost of your labor...if it takes you 4 hours of labor to bake and decorate the cake, you are paying yourself $2.50/hour, and you are not making any profit on the cake. With the hypothetical numbers above, a reasonable price would be $120 ($40 for ingredients and overhead + $60 for labor (4 hours * $15/hour) + 20% for your profit margin).
post #7 of 19
$60 or higher.
post #8 of 19
I was going to say $60.
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post #9 of 19
I agree with Jason...$50 is way too low. beautiful cake btw!
post #10 of 19
I'd be at $75 without delivery and I wouldn't deliver anything that small.
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post #11 of 19
$60 sounds just about right
post #12 of 19
I see about 12 flowers and even if you charged a lousy buck-fifty per flower, that's $18 JUST in the flowers. Plus the fondant work on the side.

For a cake like that? I wouldn't even turn on my oven for fifty bucks.
post #13 of 19
I charged $175 for this and wish I charged more when I was done.
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post #14 of 19
It turned out great!!! I noticed it on the most saved cakes today and remembered this post. What did you end up charging? Great job!!!
post #15 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thank you to everyone for you're advice! This is what I came up with
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2019372
I decided to charge $100 for Mother's Day orders...not sure if that's too low...it was a lot of fun to make and I'm still in shock that it made it to the "most saved" list! I didn't even know that until KarisCakes posted it. Yay!
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