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hi i'm just doing a basic 2 tier 10 and 8 inch buttercream birthday cake with very basic designs on it i was wondering if in general yall think that $60 is too much to charge?
post #2 of 6
I don't think it's enough. You have to figure what it costs for you to make and the time you are putting into it. I would also check around with other bakers in your area and see what they are charging so your price is competative.
I consider a basic birthday cake 1 tier, buttercream, with lettering. Those I price by the size(extra charge for added decorations or fondant). Anything 2 tiers and up I price by the serving. HTH
post #3 of 6
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Originally Posted by mudderteresa

hi i'm just doing a basic 2 tier 10 and 8 inch buttercream birthday cake with very basic designs on it i was wondering if in general yall think that $60 is too much to charge?


How much are you spending in ingredients for the cake, and how many hours will it take you to complete the order (including prep, baking, decorating, and cleanup)? Also, how much overhead do you have? (Some states require licensed and inspected commercial kitchens to legally sell food, so if you live in one of those states you'll need to find commercial kitchen space and include that cost in your price.)

Our starting price for that cake would be in the $200-250 range plus delivery, this is in CA so it includes commercial kitchen rent and additional overhead for inspection fees, etc.
post #4 of 6
I'm not an expert...but my first gut check says...too low. I think even our local Walmart would charge more.
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Originally Posted by mudderteresa

hi i'm just doing a basic 2 tier 10 and 8 inch buttercream birthday cake with very basic designs on it i was wondering if in general yall think that $60 is too much to charge?



I just did one and it took me $60 in ingredients and materials alone...
Started my business legally February 2012! Commercial kitchen and all!
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Started my business legally February 2012! Commercial kitchen and all!
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post #6 of 6
My standard response to everyone asking about pricing is that, unfortunately, we can't tell you. There are far too many variables: ingredients/skill level/geographic location, and so on.

Here is an excellent article about how to price cakes:

http://www.cakeboss.com/PricingGuideline.aspx
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