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Covering Cake Dummies - What to charge

post #1 of 7
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I had a fellow cake maker contact me for help with a wedding cake. What she has asked me to help her with is to cover four cake dummy tiers with fondant. She is providing the dummies and the fondant. She will decorate them. She is driving across town to deliver everything I will need.

I don't have a clue what to charge her. She has put that on me. I have a week's notice and the cake is due next weekend and was a last-minute order for her. Any help with figuring a price would be greatly appreciated. Basically the only cost I need to cover is my time.

Thanks
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Originally Posted by ShandiKakes

Basically the only cost I need to cover is my time.


There's your answer...estimate how many hours it will take you, then multiply that number by your usual hourly wage plus your markup. So if you price your other orders based on a $12/hour wage, you have a 25% markup, and this job will take you 5 hours to complete, you would charge 12 * 5 * 1.25 = $75.

If you don't have an existing business you may want to do some research and see what other cake decorators are making in your area to give you an idea of what a reasonable wage would be.
post #3 of 7
What Jason said.

But it seem like such a strange request to me! I'd love to hear more of the other decorator's story...
post #4 of 7
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Originally Posted by KoryAK

What Jason said.

But it seem like such a strange request to me! I'd love to hear more of the other decorator's story...


Some people want a big/tall fancy cake for the visual impact and for pictures but do not have hundreds of people coming to the wedding.

There. Their. They're not the same.

I hope I die before "your" becomes the official contraction of "you are."

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There. Their. They're not the same.

I hope I die before "your" becomes the official contraction of "you are."

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post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by shanter

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Originally Posted by KoryAK

What Jason said.

But it seem like such a strange request to me! I'd love to hear more of the other decorator's story...


Some people want a big/tall fancy cake for the visual impact and for pictures but do not have hundreds of people coming to the wedding.



But she wants to decorate them and just needs someone to cover with fondant? icon_confused.gif
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Started my business legally February 2012! Commercial kitchen and all!
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post #6 of 7
Exactly. I don't understand why the other decorator can't just cover it themselves since they are already such a great decorator.
post #7 of 7
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Sorry it has taken me so long to respond back to this!  In short, this never happened.  I actually never heard back from her.  She probably thought about it and figured it'd take more time to get it all to me and have me do it than it would for her to just do it, haha.

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