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Poll Results: What do you charge for a PLAIN white 8" two layer cake (vanilla and buttercream with fondant)

Poll expired: Jul 31, 2013  
  • 3% (2)
    $0-$19
  • 3% (2)
    $20-$24
  • 16% (9)
    $25-$35
  • 75% (40)
    Over $35
53 Total Votes  
post #76 of 83

You say your local competition consists of illegal home bakers that charge $60 for a cake...DO you mean an 8" 2 layer round like in your comparison?

post #77 of 83
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No i meant for a big 3 tier cake with a sculpted cake topper.
post #78 of 83

It seems to me that raising your prices is not going to hurt you anyway.  I mean, you aren't getting any business anyway so why not try it.  At least if you do, then your clientele will not balk at a price change after you get open.  I agree that when you undercut pricing ( like $2.00 a slice) that people consider that your price is 10.00 higher than the stores like Sam's or Walmart so why not go with one of them. After all, it is cheaper, in more ways than one, even though yours will certainly be better.  As far as dummy cakes go, get a set of round ones, cover them and do different decorations on the.  You can stack like a wedding cake, do some of the flowers you like and put them on there, take a couple of photos and take the flowers off.  If you want to change the fondant color then just soak it off or set them in the dishwasher.  That hot water will take it all of, you can use maybe the top layer and the bottom one to do a birthday cake, use the bottom layer to make a children's cake.  There are so many options that you can do with just one set of dummies.  Just put your mind to it, don't say you have tried everything or thought of all this previously, you probably have.  Be determine that you need to make it work and get going on finding the answer to the problem.  You have been given many ideas ans at a young age you are brave enough to start an venture this large, then be brave enough to listen to some ideas and try them.  Lower price, lower profit or higher price and higher profit, either way you still need the customers and someone seeing a higher price will figure you have some great ideas and can execute them very well.

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post #79 of 83

I forgot to add that the prices you charge now really do not help cover costs as you advertise using heavy cream and butter.  Making those luscious fillings has to cut into your profit margin and they do sounds great, my mouth was watering.

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post #80 of 83
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Thank you for that ...... I have an order pending right now, I will take in everyone's recommendations and see how things work out.

post #81 of 83
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Originally Posted by NSuojhayer View Post

No i meant for a big 3 tier cake with a sculpted cake topper.

For $60? Then what was the reference to $6 to $10 a serving earlier? I'm confused. Are you saying that your $2 serving is providing the same quality as someone who is charging $6 to $10? Or? Sorry, just trying to understand.

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post #82 of 83

If you're charging too low, you're probably scaring people off. Most brides will be hesitant to go with someone who charges ridiculously low prices, in case they get a hot mess delivered on their wedding day.

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post #83 of 83
I think the $6-10 a serving is the only high end bakery in the area that was mentioned.
elsewhere.
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elsewhere.
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