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post #2731 of 2803

I think that most people do not have any idea of the recipe cost of a cake let alone the time to make and decorate it.  I didn't realize it myself until I invested in some software that was really an eye opener. One thing that has stayed with me from articles and posts I have read-- I am going to price cakes according to the cost of the cake and a reasonable charge for my design and labor for decorating the cake.  I am not going to be known as the "cheap cake lady" and spend hours of my life decorating cakes practically for free.  I'd rather be less busy and make what I'm worth than stressed and rushed for practically nothing.  And fellow cake bakers will appreciate it too-- we should not be undercutting each other.   Hang in there.  If they want a Costco/Walmart cake, they can go there.

post #2732 of 2803

I had a new one today, a client called for a 3 tier cake for her sons birthday. I asked her how many people the cake was for and she said 8-10 kids. I told her it's too much cake but if she really wants the 3 tier look I could make 2 of the tiers dummies. She was really happy about it so I told her I'd get back to her about the price. I worked out everything & messaged her the price. She messages me back absolutely incredulous at the price, she just can't understand why it's not the same price as the 6 inch cake she ordered for her daughters birthday.

post #2733 of 2803

Well, you could always calculate the surface area.

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post #2734 of 2803

People are truly amazing.  A client called and wanted a birthday cake (3 days notice)-- carrot cake for 12 people.  So I quoted her a price for an 8" round 4 layer cake with cream cheese filling/icing.  She called me back and said she didn't like the price because she was only really having 8 people.  Wanted to know if she could pay by serving.  Sure-- I'll be happy to cut a huge wedge out of that cake for ya!

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People are truly amazing.  A client called and wanted a birthday cake (3 days notice)-- carrot cake for 12 people.  So I quoted her a price for an 8" round 4 layer cake with cream cheese filling/icing.  She called me back and said she didn't like the price because she was only really having 8 people.  Wanted to know if she could pay by serving.  Sure-- I'll be happy to cut a huge wedge out of that cake for ya!

 

 

:lol: good one!

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post #2736 of 2803
What is wrong with people? Really? LOL
post #2737 of 2803
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Originally Posted by Bonne Bouche View Post

People are truly amazing.  A client called and wanted a birthday cake (3 days notice)-- carrot cake for 12 people.  So I quoted her a price for an 8" round 4 layer cake with cream cheese filling/icing.  She called me back and said she didn't like the price because she was only really having 8 people.  Wanted to know if she could pay by serving.  Sure-- I'll be happy to cut a huge wedge out of that cake for ya!

Of course you can pay by serving. See that price I just quoted you? Take that, divide it by 8, and there you go icon_biggrin.gif
post #2738 of 2803
Well that's technically correct, but don't forget the 250% idiot fee that you will have to add on....
post #2739 of 2803
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Originally Posted by winniemog View Post

Well that's technically correct, but don't forget the 250% idiot fee that you will have to add on....

 

 

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Of course you can pay by serving. See that price I just quoted you? Take that, divide it by 8, and there you go icon_biggrin.gif

 

LMAO

post #2740 of 2803
Lmao Lizzy, I like that! icon_biggrin.gif
post #2741 of 2803

 :D If only you could say it instead of just thinking it!

post #2742 of 2803

I recently had a customer ordering a wedding cake, I gave her the list of flavours that I currently am offering for tiered cakes, it had the usual mud cakes, chocolate, vanilla, different flavor buttercreams if they want to create their own mix. She was determined to have red velvet, I told her (in a very professional manner) that I don't offer red velvet for tiered cakes for weddings, due to the stability not being as certain as other flavours I offer and with the unpredictability of Melbourne's weather and temperature/humidity. She pretty much had a tantrum stating that she was an ex pastry chef and she has done a two tiered cake with red velvet before and it was fine, and she could give me her recipe if I liked, oh and if I couldn't do it just this once she might have to ask for her deposit back. She also went on about how she had already settled to not have a fruit cake (as I don't make fruit cake) and was going to ask if she could make the fruit cake and cover it with fondant so I could use it for the top tier. 
I told her that due to my kitchens registration and my business insurance I am unable to accept premade cakes to add to any cakes that are made in my kitchen. 

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I do quite a few markets and sell cupcakes and have display cakes and pamphlets with pictures of cakes on them. Some of the things I get people saying are:
Mother to her young daughter "They're soap, not cupcakes"
"So and So make cupcakes"
"I used to make cakes like that"
"I'm watching my weight" (Quite often I then watch them walk over to the mini pancake stand and buy a big plate)

And my favorite, a mother asked if my cupcakes had nuts in because her 16 year old daughter (who was with her) was allergic, I explained that because everything is made in my registered home kitchen I can't guarantee that anything is nut free, her daughter agreed with me that it wasn't worth the risk, the mother however wanted to buy one so the daughter could eat it closer to a hospital, just in case she has a reaction. The daughter talked her out of it and they walked off, about 10 minutes later the mother came back and bought a two cupcakes, and announced that one was for the daughter to eat closer to their local hospital when they get back to the city. I made sure she knew that it was almost guaranteed that there was traces of nuts in these because of the environment they're made in. 

post #2744 of 2803

Sounds like those cupcakes weren't the only things with traces of nuts:???:

post #2745 of 2803

Sounds to me like the Mother has that syndrome where they want their child to be sick to get attention. NUTS is correct .

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