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post #16 of 32
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definitely do! Im registered with my local health authority too...i thought that was pretty standard although since joining here ive read a few posts about many people not bothering?

Ive advertised through facebook too, and joined the local groups, although unfortunately this is where i seem to be getting the 'i don't want to pay a fortune' clients! So ive minimalised that now and just post a picture of a cake with the web address, that has all my details and pricing on it so they can eliminate me for themselves if they think the price is too high...saves the awkwardness.... i hope!

what is your name on fb? ill add you. I wanted to create a separate FB page for my website (currently just an additional page off my personal FB) but i can't seem to figure it out...can you have separate business page FB?
post #17 of 32
Here's my FB page, and my personal FB is linked in the page owners - I think you can disable this? And you don't have to link the page directly to your own Facebook page, so it's pretty much as separate as you can make it then. You can also choose to use Facebook as your business, and ask it to always post to your page timeline under the business name, so nobody has to know who owns the page if you don't want. It even has its own message inbox icon_smile.gif

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post #18 of 32
I would like to know if you would charge the same for your cakes if they were baked from scratch. I do not like to use cake mixes and I feel this may increase my cake charge. I am a beginner who does not have a store front to sell, so my cakes are freebies to my closest friends and family who let me practice on them. I hope to have a business soon but wasn't sure if I need to calculate my pricing any differently when I am ready to charge. Thank you
post #19 of 32
I make cakes for friends and family for free. Someone saw one of my cakes and now I face a problem. I got an order and I am not sure if my cakes looks good enough to sell them. Just out of curiosity how much you would charge for this cake? It is chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream. 10", 8" 2 layers and 6" 3 layers. And gumpaste flowers. image.jpg 999k .jpg file
post #20 of 32

tatiana, that is a very pretty cake--it does have a 'loving hands at home' quality to it--so so long as your client is basing their order off this cake and you did this cake--then i think you should be fine to charge the starting price of fondant cakes in your area (often called base price) plus the flowers--

 

best to you--

my cookies are prettier than your cookies because this is the second time i substituted my opalescent sanding sugar when i ran out of sugar to make the batch ha!

 

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my cookies are prettier than your cookies because this is the second time i substituted my opalescent sanding sugar when i ran out of sugar to make the batch ha!

 

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post #21 of 32
It really is a nice cake.

First, please check the legal requirements to ensure you are following all local guidelines for selling baked goods. Thier are usually state and city requirements.

You didn't ask for constructive criticism but I'll offer some. The flowers are really well made. Adding some shading with petal dust will really bring them to life. I've found it's best to look at the real flower or a photo of one. Notice all the color variations.

There are 2 methods for getting cleaner pearl molded borders. Either scrape excess fondant from the mild before unmoldimg or trim once unmolded. I personally find it faster to pipe a border.

Pricing is difficult. I suggest you do some homework. First calculate all your true costs. Write down every single item you use while baking. This includes dish soap, paper towels, and increased utilities as well as license and insurance fees. Once you know your true cost, compare your skill level with others in town. You wouldn't expect the market to bare the same price for your skill as someone with more or less expierience.

Best of luck!

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It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
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post #22 of 32
image.jpg 826k .jpg file image.jpg 800k .jpg file With legal side is everything ok, I just need to be ready for such stuff and I don't feel like I am ready yet. A good scoop of honest professional criticism is just what I need. I had no idea how to make a border so I just piped RI and stick in candy pearls. Thanks to you now I know how to do that icon_smile.gif . I got mold and it worked like a magic, no mess no fuss just enjoyment. I was kinda scared to use colors on my flowers but I tried and it worked. I gained more confidence in myself. Can't wait to get start my cake decorating classes, I am soooo exited. Thanks for your help DeliciousDesserts.
post #23 of 32
The flowers look great! Those leaves look much better.

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
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post #24 of 32
Hi everyone! I was wondering if you guys could help me out. I am a newbie at making cakes. They have always been for gifts. I just finished one for a friends 1 yr old daughter and was wondering what someone might charge for this kind of cake. It's a 10, 8 and 6". Chocolate fudge cake torted with toasted marshmallow cream and raspberry buttercream. (What the mommy requested) then covered in dark chocolate ganache. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

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post #25 of 32
i made this for my neices 10th birthday it took 11 hrs to do now everyone wants a cake like this one an fondant isnt my thing i can make i just hate doing them because ppl wanna be cheap can someone help me with pricing for fondant cakes an toppers??
post #26 of 32

There. Their. They're not the same.

 

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There. Their. They're not the same.

 

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post #27 of 32
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Originally Posted by Crystal72384 View Post

Hi everyone! I was wondering if you guys could help me out. I am a newbie at making cakes. They have always been for gifts. I just finished one for a friends 1 yr old daughter and was wondering what someone might charge for this kind of cake. It's a 10, 8 and 6". Chocolate fudge cake torted with toasted marshmallow cream and raspberry buttercream. (What the mommy requested) then covered in dark chocolate ganache. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

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Price is based on the market price for similar work. That means you have to research bakeries in your area, throwing out comparisons with people who don't know what to charge.  Usually free standing bakeries are good comparisons because they have to charge enough to survive.  However, if they use icing from buckets and premade cake, then you'd be charging more. Some private bakers will charge a third of what they should be charging and that can ruin the cake market for your town.

 

 You must know your costs to determine if the market price for a cake is worth your while, but your costs plus a wage is NOT the way to price your cake.

 

I might charge about $435 for that cake.

post #28 of 32
I've seen you say that before howsweet, and I dont understand it. What does the prices of a bakery have to do with how much you? I was always taught (this is the basic version) you cover materials and labor, and then mark up for profit. What does the market price have to do with anything?
post #29 of 32

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Originally Posted by morganchampagne View Post

I've seen you say that before howsweet, and I dont understand it. What does the prices of a bakery have to do with how much you? I was always taught (this is the basic version) you cover materials and labor, and then mark up for profit. What does the market price have to do with anything?

Because a reasonable person is going to charge as much as she/he can for a product. It is unreasonable behavior not to do so. If a person is selling cake for $50 when they could get $100, it's the same as throwing money away.  Cakes have a market value and you determine it by pricing your competitors  (that doesn't mean checking out a few home bakers who may not know how to price ;)).

 

Check any business website about pricing and this is what you'll find.  And that's how "real" businesses do it. McDonald's doesn't figure up the cost to make a burger with wages, overhead etc. and then decide what kind of profit might seem about right. They check out the competition and charge as much as they can. 

 

 

 

post #30 of 32

And it works conversely as well. If the market price for cakes in your area is very low and by checking the market you determine there would be no profit to go into the cake business, that's a lot better than using the other method and finding out in 12 months that you're wasting your time.

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