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post #31 of 252
Assuming that cake is 6,8,10,12,& 14, my chart is 200 servings. I start at $4.50 + $1.50 for fondant. I'm also as assuming the monogram & brooch were provided by the bride not hand made.

The additional costs for me would be the quilting, bow, stencils, dogwoods, and carving of second tier.

That's a whole lot of extras. $1400

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
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post #32 of 252
What a pity that the same bride didn't come back to educate/warn her readers.

Wonder if the same G-d that ensures she "stayed within budget & still got everything she ever wanted" was guiding the bakers hand.

Seriously, it really does irk me that she didn't come back & post photos of her cake. Now all those reading that blog think they can get that kind of cake for $340!!

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
(4 photos)
 

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
(4 photos)
 
post #33 of 252
It was a smaller cake, too. She didn't specify that in the blog. She said she was getting that cake, for $340.

Maybe it wasn't The Lord God, but the god of mischief, Loki?
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post #34 of 252

The God that provides Cakewrecks with the good stuff? :D :D :D

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post #35 of 252

Wowzers...

 

For the original I would have charged ~$1100. For the hot mess it wound up being, I would have apologized to the client.

 

There should be a hidden cam reality show with the reactions of people when they see the cake they get versus the cake they expected.

post #36 of 252

That cake is a mess! I would charge about $1,000 for the big one :)

post #37 of 252
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Seriously, it really does irk me that she didn't come back & post photos of her cake. Now all those reading that blog think they can get that kind of cake for $340!!

 

^^^ This right here.

post #38 of 252

Even up here in WI I would charge around $1200. 

 

And the "recreation" if it can be called that- I would be issuing a refund and hanging up my apron if that came out of my kitchen....

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post #39 of 252
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Even up here in WI I would charge around $1200. 

 

And the "recreation" if it can be called that- I would be issuing a refund and hanging up my apron if that came out of my kitchen....

No kidding!

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post #40 of 252

Well - looking at it from a Dutch perspective ... that would feed approx. 150 people (we use bigger servings) and I would probably be at the high end with charging about $5-$5,50 per serving ... so around $ 850-900, including delivery and setup.

 

I am really jealous at some of your prices ... that would be a dream for me ... and the difference between quitting my dayjob or not - however ... "It's just cake" is really embedded in peoples mindset here ... we still have a long way to go in terms of education of the masses

post #41 of 252
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Well - looking at it from a Dutch perspective ... that would feed approx. 150 people (we use bigger servings) and I would probably be at the high end with charging about $5-$5,50 per serving ... so around $ 850-900, including delivery and setup.

 

I am really jealous at some of your prices ... that would be a dream for me ... and the difference between quitting my dayjob or not - however ... "It's just cake" is really embedded in peoples mindset here ... we still have a long way to go in terms of education of the masses


You know, on my facebook business page, I take every opportunity I can to educate people on cake pricing. I think the average person really does believe "it's just cake". People HAVE NO earthly clue what it takes to create an edible piece of art. I hear it all the time: "Oh, that's just too much" or "That's way out of my budget". I had one lady call me up about a month ago and ASK ME straight out why I was charging $200 for a 3D cake. But I refuse to change my pricing simply because some people don't know the value of what I do. I figure eventually, people will catch on. It doesn't help when cake decorators charge ridiculously low prices because "That's all people are willing to pay in this area."

post #42 of 252
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You know, on my facebook business page, I take every opportunity I can to educate people on cake pricing. I think the average person really does believe "it's just cake". People HAVE NO earthly clue what it takes to create an edible piece of art. I hear it all the time: "Oh, that's just too much" or "That's way out of my budget". I had one lady call me up about a month ago and ASK ME straight out why I was charging $200 for a 3D cake. But I refuse to change my pricing simply because some people don't know the value of what I do. I figure eventually, people will catch on. It doesn't help when cake decorators charge ridiculously low prices because "That's all people are willing to pay in this area."


Agree - I did start on my webpage an FAQ which explained the fact that a decorated cake cost more than the average supermarket cake and why (materials, time, skills, freshness, taxes etc.). I do see a lot of traffic on that particular page, which is I think good, but still ... if I explain what my prices are and what they should be for me to actually make a living out of it, people are just stumped. I am on the middle/higher end with my prices, and the fact that we have a lot of hobby bakers who are able to sell a 10" for under $30 is not helping at all. Problem is that is that everybody can start a cake business, provided they include any proceeds in their annual taxreturn, and if they want to be truly official, register with the local Chamber of Commerce... which is free of charge by the way and does not require anything official in terms of forms, registrations etc..

 

I freely admit, that is way I started out as well, until I (very quickly) realized that this was just crazy .. and upped my prices.

 

perhaps I should expand that education to my facebook page as well thumbs_up.gif

post #43 of 252
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Agree - I did start on my webpage an FAQ which explained the fact that a decorated cake cost more than the average supermarket cake and why (materials, time, skills, freshness, taxes etc.). I do see a lot of traffic on that particular page, which is I think good, but still ... if I explain what my prices are and what they should be for me to actually make a living out of it, people are just stumped. I am on the middle/higher end with my prices, and the fact that we have a lot of hobby bakers who are able to sell a 10" for under $30 is not helping at all. Problem is that is that everybody can start a cake business, provided they include any proceeds in their annual taxreturn, and if they want to be truly official, register with the local Chamber of Commerce... which is free of charge by the way and does not require anything official in terms of forms, registrations etc..

 

I freely admit, that is way I started out as well, until I (very quickly) realized that this was just crazy .. and upped my prices.

 

perhaps I should expand that education to my facebook page as well thumbs_up.gif

 

 

Here is the note I wrote on my cake page: https://www.facebook.com/notes/violas-custom-cakes/cake-pricing-explained/492430020803655

 

 

Feel free to use/copy/modify it. I actually modify it from time to time myself and will probably add more to it. I made it because I got tired of justifying my prices to people. I still think my prices are cheap for what I do. And you wouldn't believe the numbers of customer complain to me that they got a cake from xyz cake shop and were sorely disappointed. You get what you pay for.

post #44 of 252
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But I admit that the first few months I sold cakes, they were waaaay underpriced. I once sold a tiered 8 + 6 inch round for $50. Shameful. I quickly learned though!

post #45 of 252

Thanks LadyViola - Love your note on FB -  I'll be making use of of your text for sure ... really appreciate it!!

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