Originally Posted by scp1127
It depends on the recipe. The premium chocolate recipes, top shelf liqueurs, and other pricey ingredients will up my cost.
And ingredients are not the only thing. Some cupcakes have cream cheese buttercream and others have German buttercream. And what about scratch fillings? I'm not charging ingredients to make a lemon curd. These are all time factors.
So an ingredients figure is your ingredients cost divided by the amount of cupcakes. This is only the first step in cost analysis.
If you use scales and have everything measured in grams and ounces, changing the amount of the recipe yield is much simpler.
My prices are set by three factors: Ingredient and packaging cost, set overhead fee per order, and my time. These three numbers must still be in line with market prices in order for the business to be viable. In other words, you can't just pay yourself whatever you want. Your skill and demand for your choices must be marketable.
Thank you for your reply. I agree with everything you've said.
However, I was just curious how much the ingredients cost on average for a dozen or one single cupcake. I was wondering because my chocolate cake is very cheap as far as ingredients go but my lemon is more than double the chocolate. So if you could tell me what ingredients tend to cost you for a couple recipes, that would be helpful.