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Help!! how much do i charge?

post #1 of 13
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A customer sent me this picture of a Mac cake and I dont know what to charge! Ive never made one before. They want it exactly like this, and want a quote to serve 25 people and a quote to serve 50 people

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post #2 of 13
I don't think there should be a big diference between the 25 or 50 servings its still the same amount of work. Price would depend on where you live! I would personally charge about 150 for that and i charge very low icon_sad.gif Just my advise don't go too much lower on the 25 servings because you will still work the same.
post #3 of 13
There is ALOT of details in this cake and I don't think I would charge less than $55 for it for 25 people. More for 50 of course. I am not a "professional" but I make cakes for family and friends and honestly $55 is probably to cheap. Hope this helps. Your time is worth alot.
post #4 of 13
Over looking the copyright issues...

An 8in square cake would serve 32 and an 10in square cake would serve 50. So I would price it based off of those two sizes, not just 25 and 50.

http://www.wilton.com/cakes/making-cakes/baking-wedding-cake-2-inch-pans.cfm

Your base cake price should be off how many it serves, not how many they want it to serve.

http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-694973-pricing.html

I'm not a big up-charge for a design person, but there are times when it is warranted. This would be one of those times. I would do a basic fondant cake price (use the link above to get those numbers) and then I would tack on time and supplies for all the extras.

No one can really tell you how much to charge. You have to make sure it covers YOUR costs, time, not to mention profit. There are a lot of things that fact in to costs. It may cost one person $30 to make a cake and cost the next person $50.
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post #5 of 13
With all those accessories? Seriously, $55? Will you come work for me? The base cake for 50 would be $200 without delivery and before a single accessory got put on it. I'd be looking at $350 with delivery.

And you do have a copyright issue.

Heck I just sold an 8" round with bc icing roses and a message on it for $75. Customer was very happy.
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post #6 of 13
[quote="leah_s"]With all those accessories? Seriously, $55? Will you come work for me?

Leah, I would charge my family $55 for this because I would like the practice. Like I had said, I am not a professional. I only do cakes for family and friends at the moment. I charged my friends $65 for the two tier cake in my pictures. What would you have charged for that one, if you don't mind me asking? It was not perfect by no means but issues with my mothers health made me not do the best I could do and my friends understood and loved it anyway.
post #7 of 13
ljchevygirl, check out the second link in my post. It gives you an idea of how to figure prices and what to consider.

I'm not sure $55 would even pay for the cost of supplies in the above make up bag and accessories picture.
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post #8 of 13
Yes. I agree with leah and Texas sugar. MOlding those accessories will take some time. Some people charge for those accessories like they charge for flowers and that is to say per/each. And it always seems that those flowers and little accessories are such a small amount until you start planning and realize how many you have to make and how long it took you to do it. Just plan and charge accordingly but definitely start with a base cake charge and go from there.
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post #9 of 13
I'm with the majority! ALOT of details on that cake increase the price. I wouldn't quote that cake for less then 250.00. Again as mentioned there is the issue of copy rights. GL icon_smile.gif
post #10 of 13
I would charge 100 to 125.00 but i live in Podunk Greenville Ohio
post #11 of 13
I knew that I was off on the pricing, but like I said I would do that for my family just to have the experience. Luckily there is only one niece that is into all the girly girl stuff and I don't have to make anymore cakes for her. But at least I know what to charge from now on if I ever have a request like this one.
post #12 of 13
I was asked to make a cake like this also but my question is how do you get the Mac cover to stay up on the pallet? As far as charging, I am also on the same boat as you are. I am new to cake decorating and do it for family and friends just to get more practice. Right now, I am doing it in place of a gift and it also allows me to practice on my skills and get my name out there. Once I am comfortable enough, I will start charging.
post #13 of 13
I was asked to make a cake like this also but my question is how do you get the Mac cover to stay up on the pallet? As far as charging, I am also on the same boat as you are. I am new to cake decorating and do it for family and friends just to get more practice. Right now, I am doing it in place of a gift and it also allows me to practice on my skills and get my name out there. Once I am comfortable enough, I will start charging.
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