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i can't remember doing an undecorated--oh yeah when someone wants to dumb down an order to take the price down but just to get straight up undecorated--hmmm
i would charge very close to decorated cake price
lemon cake berry filling
quality ingredients all that labor
the easiest/quickest thing i do is decorate
alll that other stuff eats up the same amount of time
i'd take no more than 10% off my original prices and i would be grumpy about it (inside)
decorating is the fun you get to do after you go through everything to produce the cake
they should not mess with the fun factor
should charge them an extra 10%!!!
it's like asking a painter for a painting sans paint
oh well it is some money painters do have bills
but they don't have to like it!!!!
I see it as a high compliment of my baking. People who want that many cakes LOVE the cake itself enough to serve it as the primary dessert. It also means they love YOUR cake so much that they won't get a commercial sheet or layers.
I wouldn't let such cakes out of my hands without a tiny shell border, but heck, if somebody wants to pay base price for that little decorating time, I won't complain.
Well... how long do they take you to put together? If it's quick, I would definitely discount them some. I'd think it would be like a kitchen cake (which is an undecorated tier to make up extra servings if you can't get there with the main cake without going way over). When I was home I was charging $6/serving decorated and $4/serving for kitchen cakes. They take no time to put together. That's about a 30% discount.
My biggest cake compliment ever: In about 2007 the Ace of Cakes guys did the cake for a friend's business function. The next year, I did it. My decorating work was no where near the quality of Charm City's, but several people told me that my cake tasted much better! ;^)
Thanks for the feedback, y'all!