Thanks all for your comments and help and support. I love the idea of individually pricing each item and adding it to a base cake price. I used this formula on a recent cake order. I drew up progressively more detailed cake ideas with the last, most intricate ideas being presented last. The customer fell in love with the last drawing and was willing to pay for all the extras! It worked great. I actually got my asking price and the customer was thrilled!
I do not regret any cake I have done, even the way under-priced ones. Each has been a learning experience and has boosted my portfolio for future orders! I will always take the extra time for the intricate details because I love the artistic aspect of this job. I love what I do and I don't do it for the money, but I like the money!! But I am going to start asking for more money for the extra time I take.
I am moving to Houston, Texas in 2 weeks. I know the cake business will do better there than here in Melbourne, Florida. We are moving with my husband's new job.
I am going to start off from the very beginning pricing my art work for its true value!!