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Free recipe costing software - is there any?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Hi I am in the process of writing a business plan to start a cake business. I don't want to put out a bunch of cost up front until I know it is a go. My problem is I am trying to write a business model and need to cost my recipes, I have my baking certificate, but have kind of forgotten some things sice getting it 15 years ago. I am wondering if there is a free download out there for costing recipes. I hear the Cake Boss program is great, but it is $100.
Help please
post #2 of 12
You can easily do it yourself. I think it takes me all of 5 seconds to price a recipe in my head. But you can use a calculator.

Get together the actual price of all ingredients. Start dividing bags of sugar and flour into cups per bag. Same with milk. Then do butter by the pound or quarter pound, eggs divided by 12. Make yourself a master list, right down to tsp in a bottle of vanilla.

Now out to the side of every recipe, list the cost and add it up. On every recipe, I have the cost in the upper right corner on a post-it note... you can change these with price increases.

This will work until you can afford a program, but you may be so good at it you won't need a program.
post #3 of 12
There is one here in CC, search for it. I dont remember what the thread is.

Good luck.

Patty*
post #4 of 12
I think this is the link to download the pricing matrix that's an excel spreadsheet. If it's the one I found, it is quite detailed and helpful. Good luck
http://cakecentral.com/modules.....ad&id=2480
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
I have been doing it manually with a calculator, and I know it works fine, it is just time comsuming. I will check out the cake central one. The excel one does it not require you to set up formulas to calculate everything?
post #6 of 12
I just did a Google search for "recipe pricing calculator" and several free download options came up. You can check them out and see if any of them work for you.
post #7 of 12
You can download one here in Excel.

tanya3b, usually the formulas are already set up by the person who offers the download.

This one is even pretty, but it's simple. With some excel knowledge, you can change it and improve it if you want to.

http://thecarolinaclipper.com/2011/03/free-download-recipe-cost-calculator/

Scroll down for download.
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
The only thing I have to say is that this one is not very user friendly, you can modify it. What I mean is you can add your own ingredients to the list. Plus I live is Canada, so yes we use some imperial, but we are metric, so litres, and grams.

thanks for trying, anything I have seen you have to pay for.
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by tanya3b

The only thing I have to say is that this one is not very user friendly, you can modify it. What I mean is you can add your own ingredients to the list. Plus I live is Canada, so yes we use some imperial, but we are metric, so litres, and grams.

thanks for trying, anything I have seen you have to pay for.



I looked that one over and wrote up one myself that is easy to add to, and will add up all the amounts you need by units--no matter if they are imperial or metric--you choose the cost per unit, and the quantity and they are multiplied by the form and you get a column with totals that are added up at the bottom as a total recipe cost, and you can then divide that cost by the number of servings for a per serving cost..

I did it with my own list of basic ingredients of things we use in the bakery I work in. I don't have prices for anything because I don't handle that part, but in your own place you have access to that info and can just plug it in. I can send you the spreadsheet if you have excel, or if you don't, you can use http://download.openoffice.org/ to read and use it. Let me know.
post #10 of 12

you can send the excel to me. i am trying to price out my plates to be sure i am selling them for the right amount. thank you very much

post #11 of 12
I realize this is an old post but wondering if anyone has the spreadsheet to share. All the above links are dead.

Thanks!
post #12 of 12
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 I just did a Google search for "recipe pricing calculator" and several free download options came up. You can check them out and see if any of them work for you.

 

Here is one for free. Not a excel sheet, but a online tool. http://www.cookkeepbook.com

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