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My first square cake

post #1 of 10
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I have never had to make sharp corners before. This was my first attempt. Not bad but thank God it wasn't a wedding cake. Working on a square Redsox cake now....hopefully my skills will improve each time.

post #2 of 10

Awesome job! :) keep it up!

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post #3 of 10
Cute!!
post #4 of 10
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can someone tell me what they would have charged? I really am no good at this and not going to tell you what I charged icon_redface.gifIt is a 10" layer of chocolate fudge cake (I cheated and used boxed)sandwiched between 2 layers of Chocolate wasc (replaced water with coffee), Whipped chocolate ganache, Italian Meringue with Loranns Princess flavoring. Plastic cap was about $1.50 and the other decorations are modeling chocolate/buttercream. I am trying to get my name out there so I am starting cheaper but still making a profit. I feel I am charging for my experience level...but at some point I need to raise my prices. I think I will do that by the end of the summer after I have proven myself, finished getting my license/insurance which I am in the process of now...after Ifinished that one I started a REDSOX one for tomorrow and 2 dozen cupcakes for Sat...working my arse off for not enuf!!

post #5 of 10

Based on your experience level, I would say $50-$60.  That's not much over the cost of ingredients, but give it time.  Many will say don't charge too little just to "make a name for yourself," but sometimes it works to do things that way.  Just don't undercharge to the point of losing money on ingredients.

 For the first year selling cakes, I charged very little.  Now I am getting what I feel is market value, and it's referrals/word of mouth only (with a little one I can't make too many cakes).  I also feel like i am making my cakes more quickly, so my time is being compensated.  That wasn't always the case...it used to take me forever to do a simple design.  I am not planning on getting rich making cakes, but it's a nice little supplement.

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post #6 of 10

BTW, I love your screen name. So cute!  Have fun making the Red Sox cake.  I am up here in Boston  icon_biggrin.gif

post #7 of 10

.......... layer of chocolate fudge cake (I cheated and used boxed..........

*What!?* do you mean cheated??  Using a box mix is NOT cheating in any way, shape or form!

........sandwiched between 2 layers of Chocolate wasc (replaced water with coffee),..........

See, a box mix is used to make WASC.  Coffee does improve/kick up the choco flavor.

 

As for how much to charge, that depends on where you live.  Pricing varies all over the place depending if you are in a big city or small town or out in the boonies :)

From your description you used 3+ mixes to make a 10x4"(? it must have been taller than 4" using 3 layers) so I say you should have charges no less than $3.50 a serving.  A 10x4 should serve 50 so total should have been no less than $175.

 

You did an excellent job on it.  Very, very nice :)  I'd say based on this example you are very talented and can ask for higher prices.

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

This one was a lot of fun. Of course I am not completely happy with it but the customer is and that is what matters. Thanks everyone for your comments and support! Next...beachy cuppies.

 

 

 

 

post #9 of 10
Awww well done, I think they are really good!
post #10 of 10

For the first time I think you did a fantastic job!!! Well done!!!! It will only get better with more practice!!!

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