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Charge for Gumpaste and Modeling Work?? How much?

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A client just sent me a picture of something they are interested in.  It's a cake from a place called Lady Wrights Delights.  I am just starting out and have a pricing matrix to cover my costs for buttercream and fondant cakes and basic gum paste work, but there are a lot of things I haven't actually done before, so i don't actually know how long it will take me to do them.  Also, because I haven't done them before, it might take me longer and feel like passing on that cost to the consumer can only go so far.  I was just curious what other people would charge for the additional items on this cake (not the cake itself) including the helmet which I would do out of RKT.  I was thinking that the balls and the whistle would be like $3-5 each, and the tees just a couple bucks.  The golf club though $10-15?  Computer $20?  Football $15-20?  Helmet, no idea?  Too much, too little?  Thanks for your insight.

 

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I would do that as a package deal--not counting the suitcase and round cake

 

$300 + the cost of the cake

 

the "40", passport, emblem, pictures, golf stuff, 3 sculptures

 

that's the lowest i could go and not hate myself

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post #3 of 9
$500 at least
post #4 of 9
This would require SO much time. And it looks like it would feed a lot of people. Don't be afraid to charge for this one girl! I'd quote around $700
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You will be kicking yourself all night if you charge to little.  I agree with the top posts with the $.  That cake is going to take some time, especially with all the details.

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Thanks for all the suggestions.  Get this, I quoted her around 500, but told her that it would still depend on the exact details she wanted, etc.  She was astounded at the price because apparently, she didn't know that all that stuff in the picture was made out of sugar, fondant, etc.  She thought it was all real.  She said she would just buy the stuff to put around it and just needed the cake, but that she didn't want any fondant and the cake probably wouldn't be eaten anyway since it was just a centerpiece.  Why would you want to spend money on a cake you won't eat?  Just buy a pedestal or something.  Also, if you aren't eating it, what does it matter if you don't like the taste of fondant and P.S. there is fondant all over that cake.  It's just funny because she sent of picture of what she wanted and it ends up, she doesn't want anything that is actually on the cake.

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Originally Posted by SandyES00 View Post

Thanks for all the suggestions.  Get this, I quoted her around 500, but told her that it would still depend on the exact details she wanted, etc.  She was astounded at the price because apparently, she didn't know that all that stuff in the picture was made out of sugar, fondant, etc.  She thought it was all real.  She said she would just buy the stuff to put around it and just needed the cake, but that she didn't want any fondant and the cake probably wouldn't be eaten anyway since it was just a centerpiece.  Why would you want to spend money on a cake you won't eat?  Just buy a pedestal or something.  Also, if you aren't eating it, what does it matter if you don't like the taste of fondant and P.S. there is fondant all over that cake.  It's just funny because she sent of picture of what she wanted and it ends up, she doesn't want anything that is actually on the cake.

On my very first day of work in a restaurant, the supervisor said "people eat with their eyes before they eat with their mouths" Boy was she ever right.

 

People see a picture like this, they drool for DAYS before they ask how much $$$. 

 

You could offer to make her a dummy with the suitcase and fondant, but you would still have to charge some fair hourly rate as well as the supplies.  Look ath the website that this picture came from, to see how the servings are priced separate from the sculpture.

 

Hourly rate?  What you think is fair for your work.  As you get better you will get somewhat faster but not necessarily that much.  A hundred flowers is a hundred times five or twenty petals, they still take time even if you make them factory style quick and clean.

post #8 of 9

First, a lot of people are crazy

Second,  a lot of people will make up some crazy stuff when ordering a cake if they think it might lower the price

Third, half of the people are on the left side of the IQ bell curve

Fourth, there isn't much point in thinking too long and hard about it
 

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Originally Posted by howsweet View Post

First, a lot of people are crazy

Second,  a lot of people will make up some crazy stuff when ordering a cake if they think it might lower the price

Third, half of the people are on the left side of the IQ bell curve

Fourth, there isn't much point in thinking too long and hard about it
 

I just spit soda all over my screen!!! so true, im saving this icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif


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