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Did I overcharge? Just need an honest opinion.

post #1 of 25
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Hi Everyone,
Just need an honest opinion...
A colleague at work asked for a price on an Elmo cake. Two square tiers (7 and 10), covered in fondant, a bunch of decorations, and Elmo on top (kinda like the Elmo popping out of the cake design). I quoted $75. She said no an that she would do it her self with the Elmo pan. Did I quote too high a price?
I am new to this whole thing.
post #2 of 25
No. That's more than fair. She has no idea what is involved.
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post #3 of 25
Heck no you didn't charge too much! If anything you charged too little. There really are two types of people in this world. Those that are willing to pay for custom cakes and those that aren't. I personally would NEVER pay for a custom cake. Guess it's a good thing I know how to make my own. icon_wink.gif Don't worry about it. Happy caking!
post #4 of 25
I think that is very fair. You may have been able to even charge more depending on your skill level. No one understands what goes into making these cakes. They see it done on T.V and think we can produce a cake in a half hour. But figure out what you want to charge per serving then add on your hourly and that will give you the price to charge for your cakes.
post #5 of 25
A 7 and a 10 inch square would feed around 70 people, so you were charging her just a little over a dollar a serving, that is way, way, way to cheap. If it were a friend of mine, I would carefully explain to her the costs that go into a cake. I don't remember who it is on here (I think IndyDebi) who says that experiences like this are a good opportunity to educate people as to why a cake costs what it costs!
post #6 of 25
absolutely not!!! She was just wanting something cheap and if she's now going to do it herself in the Elmo pan that is not the same size nor difficulty as what you were going to do. I charge $60 for just the 10 inch square done in butter cream...really you were very reasonable in your price quote considering it was in fondant and all the work. Don't feel bad at all!!!!
post #7 of 25
That's a great deal for what she wanted. Go ahead and Let her make her elmo pan cake....Someone like that wouldn't appreciate your cake anyway.
post #8 of 25
I don't think so. I think you are way undercharging IMO.
post #9 of 25
Your price is way too low. We would charge at least $300, but we are in CA which requires a commercial kitchen to legally sell food. If you are in a state that allows you to legally sell cakes made from home, it would probably be in the $200 range.

By the way I would strongly recommend buying a licensed Elmo cake topper, since making your own Elmo out of fondant or gumpaste would infringe on Sesame Workshop's copyright unless you got their permission.
post #10 of 25
I would have charged at least $270.00.
post #11 of 25
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Originally Posted by Periperi

Heck no you didn't charge too much! If anything you charged too little. There really are two types of people in this world. Those that are willing to pay for custom cakes and those that aren't. I personally would NEVER pay for a custom cake. Guess it's a good think I know how to make my own. icon_wink.gif Don't worry about it. Happy caking!



I think you undercharged...I would have quoted a much higher price. Although I have to say I'm also too cheap to pay it. Let's face it, I'm a girl who makes my own laundry soap, I'm not paying for a custom cake icon_lol.gif
post #12 of 25
ditto. Over $240 here.
post #13 of 25
At minimum she would have paid $297.50 plus tax for me to do it.

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post #14 of 25
By the time she buys her elmo pan, all of the ingredients, struggles for hours trying to make red icing and adds up all the time and expense for her to do it, I am thinking she will have wished she had just paid you to do it. I think $70 for a two tiered cake is absurd because you may have paid yourself about 10cents an hour to do the work
post #15 of 25
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Originally Posted by jason_kraft

By the way I would strongly recommend buying a licensed Elmo cake topper, since making your own Elmo out of fondant or gumpaste would infringe on Sesame Workshop's copyright unless you got their permission.



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