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post #16 of 42
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She finally got back to me, said she's just going to have to get them somewhere else because she doesn't have that kind of money.

 

The lady is someone whom I know but not in a friendship kind of way, just someone from my son's school. The funny thing is since the beginning when we discussed me making the cupcakes, she told me clearly that she did not want a special discounted price. Guess what she was doing was hinting that she actually did want a special price.

post #17 of 42

Applegum, your cupcakes are well worth $15.00 each.  I would buy them if I could afford to do so, so I can see why people would spend $15 for your talent!

post #18 of 42

The things people do...in my mind if you go to a grocery store bakery then you get a grocery store bakery product. If you hire someone to do a special cake for a special occasion, you get a special cake for a special occasion and should pay the price for it. My advice to potential customers-look around and see what someone can do this cake for and what other people can do the same cake for (it's a good idea if THEY bring something to show what they want on the cake-ie, a sketch that THEY made...NOT another caker)...just do their homework and expect to pay more for it whoever they go with. Okay that probably sounds confusing so you are welcome to shoot me a private message...

post #19 of 42

$2.50 is not to much for a cupcake. cupcakes cost anywhere from $2 to $3.25 for a cupcake. That's regular ingredient cupcakes, i haven't even researched to figure out what other kinds of cupcakes cost like gluten free or vegan ( not going to be making those kinds). those prices are also for regular sized cupcakes. jumbo's cost more than that. one bakery is charging $6 for one jumbo cupcake. if people want grocery store prices tell them to go to the grocery store.
 

post #20 of 42
Sahesa12---I just made 36 High heel cupcakes and bought, liners, some cake ingredients, sugar, butter, sanding sugar, liners, graham crackers, melting chocolate and praulines(sp) for the heels, and it cost me about $30. I only charged $50 because it was a friend but should have charged more for sure.
post #21 of 42

I personally sell my cupcakes for only $1, but I sell at my high school and if I tried to charge more no one would buy them. It's outrageous, some people tell me that even $1 is too much for my nice, professional looking cupcakes and that I should charge $0.50 instead. I combat this by buying majorly in bulk and usually sticking to doctored cake mixes. I make a profit, but it's very very small. I do it more for the fun of baking :) 

post #22 of 42
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Originally Posted by klovescupcakes View Post

I personally sell my cupcakes for only $1, but I sell at my high school and if I tried to charge more no one would buy them. It's outrageous, some people tell me that even $1 is too much for my nice, professional looking cupcakes and that I should charge $0.50 instead. I combat this by buying majorly in bulk and usually sticking to doctored cake mixes. I make a profit, but it's very very small. I do it more for the fun of baking :) 

I hope you hand them to them with no packaging but a napkin, and no filling! And minimal icing.... My icing costs about 3 times more than my cake, so I see why Gigi's sells their cupcakes for $3.75, since they have 5" of icing on their cakes. GROSS!

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post #23 of 42
I'm so glad to see this thread as I just adjusted my prices to account for packaging and to include tax so it's easier to collect payment from people and not have to bring change, etc.
I went with $1.50/$2/$2.50 for just frosting/frosting and filling/toppings and add-ins. I use $1/$1.50/$2 pricing for friends and family.
I know when I do the farmer's market, I'm going to hear that my prices are too high, that's why I'm going to give samples. Hopefully they will convince people otherwise.
post #24 of 42
They actually do have cupcakes ( or frosted muffins). They're tasty and a perfect surprise for the office on a Friday afternoon BUT they come in chocolate or vanilla and maybe red velvet. They are at most decorated with sprinkles and they absolutely don't do custom flavors or decorating. If she thinks your cupcakes are not better than Costco then she is crazy! You're prices sound very reasonable to me. If she wants to wow the recipient it costs more. If she only cares enough for cookie cutter cupcakes then she should go to Costco.
post #25 of 42
I had a guy just the other day ask me for a cake and when I told him a price he was shocked and said why is it so much, when he can get one for $5 at the grocery store. I told him If he wants grocery store prices he'll have to go to the grocery store. He said my cakes shouldn't cost much because its just ingredients. I preceded to tell him that its alot more to it than that. He really wanted me to give him a free cake but I was not having that. This person wasn't a friend or family just someone I met at my full time job. People are ridiculous. They want quality but don't want to pay the price.
post #26 of 42

i charge 20 bucks for a dozen i should be charging 25 but my business is extreamly slow like no phone calls in a few months i do make post on my facebook business page. i did have my business cards posted at a few grocery stores but some of them changed the community board to non profit bords so i cannot stick my card there anymore. 

post #27 of 42

Costco also sells sheet cakes for $12.99. That doesn't mean we should sell them for that price too.

 

I think your cupcake prices are fine.

post #28 of 42
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Originally Posted by ApplegumPam View Post

I once posted that I got $15 each for cupcakes - and got howled down by THOUSANDS!!!!


Yes, they are fondant AND decorated - but they are MY prices ...... AND I get them   - NO, not every customer is prepared to pay that - but they will go to Sally Cheapskate down the road.... who is ALWAYS busy!

 

Wow Applegum Pam. Just wow. I too had to go stalk your FB page for a minute and your cupcakes are the cutest things Ever!! Your cakes are amazing and the sculpted charachters are awesome. I'm so in love with the girl swimming and the flippers are coming out the top...very creative. I aspire to be as good as you one day down the road.
post #29 of 42

Glad to hear that you didn't waste your time making cupcakes at a lower price. Your cupcakes are perfectly prices besides the ingredients that you use are way better than the ingredients that Costco uses!

post #30 of 42
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