Originally Posted by bittersweety
but it is interesting to hear that in the UK they price by tier...very interesting
Yes, I don't think I've come across a UK cake site that has cakes priced by the portion.
In saying that, as has been pointed it, it's really not all that different.... an 8" round will do around 20 portions. So depending on the decoration, it would start at £50, so that's £2.50 per portion - which is around $4 according to xe.com I suppose it gets around the problem of the customer saying "but I only want 18 portions". Tough! It eliminates that problem, as we can say "so, for 18 portions, you'll need an 8" round" if you see what I mean?
What is also unusual in the UK is to have different prices for buttercream or sugarpaste (fondant). MOST cake makers use sugarpaste.
Something else is 'sheet cakes'. Never heard or seen of a UK cake maker doing a sheet cake. What size is a sheet cake??? (I've seen people quote half sheet cakes or quarter sheet cakes, so I presume they're a standard size????)