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Will you tell me YOUR COST for a 10 Inch Round?

post #1 of 22
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I'm playing around with my costs, and I wanted to get an idea of what your cost are.  I know it may not matter - being in different states.. But right now I do not buy bulk..just standard grocery store items, and I tried google searching and found some links where people stated their costs..but were a few years old and also much less than mine.. which made me wonder why mine were so high.

 

I'm asking for a cost on a 10 inch round cake (just your batter/filling/buttercream cost) Nothing special. I'm pricing out a chocolate cake, vanilla buttercream.... 6 cups of batter in each pan (x2 making the cake 4 inches high- so 12 cups of batter) and 5 cups of buttercream for filling and frosting.

 

My cost comes out to just around $20.  Does that seem high?

 

Any input would be great! Thank you

post #2 of 22

I have only worked out the cost of one 10 inch chocolate cake before, it would probably cost me less than $15 to make that cake, not counting cost of fuel, or cake boards. I buy some of my stuff at Costco but it's not a significant saving.

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post #3 of 22

shopping in bulk, about $11.00

post #4 of 22

A 2 layer 10" with vanilla buttercream runs me about $16 of just ingredients. That is buying bulk, using high end chocolate and real vanilla bean.

post #5 of 22

This doesn't include gas or labor to buy the items, nor any over head costs, it's strictly the item costs as is. I don't have my recipes broken down for 10" cakes. But here's my costs on a 9". I do 3 layers per cake, 1.25" tall each layer.

 

Cake box: 0.34 cents

Gold foil cake circle: 0.22 cents

 

Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:

v. cake: $4.47

v. American style buttercream: $4.30

 

Chocolate cake: $4.33

v. buttercream: $4.30

 

For these 2 cakes options I buy from Restaurant Depot, Sam's Club and Costco. I forget where I order my gold boards from (at this moment) but I buy them online.

post #6 of 22
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oh boy..my prices are way to high then!  thank you all for helping - any others please chime in if you'd like!

 

I priced buying bulk at Sams Club - and it really wouldn't be as much savings as you all !

post #7 of 22
For me the most expensive thing is butter, and I can get 4lbs for $7 at Costco which is about half what I'd pay at the store. Then it's the chocolate and the cocoa powder, again I can save pretty good on those at Sams or Costco over retail. Also, we don't all use the same ingredients - do you have actual chocolate in your cake or just cocoa powder? Do you do meringue buttercream or American?
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post #8 of 22
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My stuff is pretty basic... I use cocoa powder in my chocolate cake - and just standard 2 sticks of butter 1 cup of shortn for my buttercream.  And my cost is so much higher than the other poster who DOES use high end items.

 

My chocolate is more expensive to make than my vanilla (Vanilla is just basic WASC) so i priced it out using y chocolate... but then if i get into my other flavors of cakes..or filling choices..it just goes up from there once you add in all the extras!

 

I'm trying my hardest to make sure i am covering all my costs..but when i sit here and see how much it just cost me to MAKE the cake...and that's not adding in my boards, my boxes, - its kind of shocking to see how much it is! 

post #9 of 22

I should have added I bake completely from scratch. I use cocoa powder in my choc. cake and Nielsen Massey real vanilla.

post #10 of 22
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Just checked Sams Club website... For butter it looks like I'd save a bit.... It's a $1.28 cheaper to buy 4 sticks (1 lb) from them vs Walmart.  But that's not a HUGE difference.

post #11 of 22
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Stitches - you would think scratch would be more expensive than doctored box mix no?  My vanilla is doctored box while my chocolate is scratch... But my chocolate is much more expensive to make than yours - AND you do 3 layers of cake, while mine is only 2. oi just confuses me more.

post #12 of 22
I haven't done mine in a while, but when I was using box mixes, cake and icing for. 10" cost about $18.
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post #13 of 22

Scratch is definitely cheaper. If your chocolate cake is more expensive then your vanilla you're probably using all butter in your cake, no? Find a recipe that uses oil instead.

post #14 of 22
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No its actually oil..its Martha Stewart One bowl chocolate cake or something.. And i actually figured out the prices by using the wilton chart on how many cups of batter / cups of buttercream would be used. (i have some written down on what i ACTUALLY used...but some sizes i haven't baked so i used that chart) 

post #15 of 22
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And i guess i never thought about scratch being cheaper!! I may have to just test out some more cake recipes and find cheaper ones... that Martha stewart one uses 3 cups sugar, 3 cups of flour..which im sure is more than normal...and i want to say it only gives me about 6 cups of batter in the end...so im sure that all matters too..with wasc i think i get much more batter.

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