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post #1 of 23
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i want to ask wht is fondant cake with fill going for in the los angeles area... every one tells me am selling myself short... i never add up the amount am spending ... which is wrong , i jst think of it as my hobbie n i love doin it . Money is not the issue but for my fam is... its time consuming  i did a minnie mouse 10 ",  4" inch high square with  gourment flavor n filling dazzeld it up with bling and charged 50 dollars.... i no theres alot to it... but am looking for a base price per slice... is 2 dollars cheap? please help ... i love doin this but am tired of my fam tell me this... 

 

 

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post #2 of 23

Yes, 2 dollars is practically Walmart pricing.  Fondant cakes start for me at $4 per servings and I'm in KY.

 

PS your post is quite difficult to read.  We're kind of old fashioned here and tend to type whole words rather that text-speak.

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post #3 of 23
Add up your ingredient cost, labor cost, and overhead cost, then add a markup to reach market price in your area (you'll need to do some research to find this out).

If you are selling cakes made at home you'll need a cottage food license if you don't have one already, contact your county health dept for more info.

If you made your own Minnie Mouse picture or figure instead of buying a licensed figure you will also need to get Disney's written permission, otherwise that's copyright infringement.
post #4 of 23
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Dilemma is more searchable than dilema.

post #5 of 23
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Originally Posted by CWR41 View Post

Dilemma is more searchable than dilema.

 

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

 

Should I leave it?  Serves me right.

post #6 of 23

I thought it was dilemna. Damm.

He's still got the whole world in His hands.
He's still got the whole world in His hands.
post #7 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thnk u so much for the good advise....n sorry abt my typos n grammar thts jst the way I type. Mainly bcuz I'm on a cell phone n its much faster....thought its cake tlk not grammar school ...note not being rude at all, jst sayn...its jst like on this site there's a lot of a abbreviations on cake tht I dnt get. ...thnk u ..
post #8 of 23
If you are going to present yourself as a business (even if you are just selling to family and friends) you need to make an effort to write in a professional manner, or at the very least avoid shorthand and spelling/grammar errors.
post #9 of 23
Thread Starter 

That's awesome , ur making good money. I do it for fun and not planning to make a business out of it. I respect everyone,s opinion but this is my person n i dont plan to change my typing jst to please others. People that would want me to make a cake ,wud be because they know me and not total strangers. Nothing wrong with making words a bit short, didn't think cake central bakers where so picky abt this. But good to know . 

post #10 of 23
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@ jason thank you, its good advise. I will consider.
post #11 of 23
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Originally Posted by Krystal323 View Post

That's awesome , ur making good money. I do it for fun and not planning to make a business out of it. I respect everyone,s opinion but this is my person n i dont plan to change my typing jst to please others. People that would want me to make a cake ,wud be because they know me and not total strangers. Nothing wrong with making words a bit short, didn't think cake central bakers where so picky abt this. But good to know . 

Yeah, well, good luck with that plan.

post #12 of 23

I guess it needs said again. "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all".
 

post #13 of 23

If it is truly a hobby and you have no desire to make money then just ask family and friends to purchase the ingredients/supplies for you and then make them the cake. That way (I think) you aren't breaking any cottage food/health department laws and your family should be satisfied the money isn't coming out of your pocket.

post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by pieceofcaketx View Post

If it is truly a hobby and you have no desire to make money then just ask family and friends to purchase the ingredients/supplies for you and then make them the cake. That way (I think) you aren't breaking any cottage food/health department laws and your family should be satisfied the money isn't coming out of your pocket.
You are still required to be compliant with local food safety laws if you receive any form of compensation for your cake. The good news is California just passed a cottage food law, so OP can apply for a cottage food license from her county health dept and legally sell food made from home.

If this is truly a hobby then she should not accept any money for the cakes, as soon as you start accepting money it becomes a business.
post #15 of 23

I agree with pieceofcaketx. Ask for the items to be purchased for you if its only a hobby.

 

You are selling cakes since you have charged for a cake already and are looking to sell more. I know California passed a Cottage Food law, but I don't know their specifics. I'm only familiar with Texas' CFL. 

 

People are asking you about business related questions since your post asked what the prices were for fondant cakes in Los Angeles. It just sounded like you were trying to match your prices to bakeries in LA. If you are planning on selling cakes then you should look into the cottage food laws in your state. 

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