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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
I have a neighbor who wants a wedding cake that looks like this but with only 3 tiers. Round 10 inch, 8 inch, and 6 inch. She also wants the flowers purple and made out of gum paste.

I am thinking of charging around $250 do you think that is too much, too little, or just about right? I love in Utah if that helps. icon_smile.gif
post #2 of 22
20-30 bucks
post #3 of 22

what's with the snark??

post #4 of 22

that's approx. 50 servings so if you charge $4 per serving for basic fondant cake that's already $200....then add the time it would take you to do the flowers and multiply by whatever you pay yourself for labor. For me, it would be $200 base price plus 20 bucks per hour for the flowers. I say $240-$280. You are right on track IMO

post #5 of 22
Thread Starter 
I am assuming you are being sarcastic with your reply Godot... I don't know if you think the cake is ugly or something? I don't personally like it but it is just what she wants. Anyone out there have a real idea if my price is about right?
post #6 of 22

I think the cake is pretty. A lot of people like the black & white look. I did a B&W wedding cake once and it looked great with the décor. Since they only want 3 tiers, have you decided if it will be black-white-black or white-black- white?

post #7 of 22

10/8/6 is closer to 76 servings, isn't it?  Not 50.  I think a 10/6 would be 50

post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by jorgensenjess View Post

I am assuming you are being sarcastic with your reply Godot... I don't know if you think the cake is ugly or something? I don't personally like it but it is just what she wants. Anyone out there have a real idea if my price is about right?

Godot's response was a bit sarcastic yes, but its because there are a lot of "how much should I charge" questions here and the short answer is that no one can tell you what to charge.  Any answer given here could be wrong because no one knows what your materials cost, what you pay yourself per hour, what cakes usually go for in your area, et.  So she was just making a point, thats all.

post #9 of 22

Oh I see, yes I agree that in general if you are going to sell cakes you should already have a firm pricing guide to go by. Otherwise you will always second guess yourself, and IMO, if you don't know what you need to charge it will leave the door open for negotiators, cheapies, want something for nothings, and other garden variety cake snakes. That being said, I think the newbies ( I am one) will always need a little reinforcement from time to time, until they get their big girl cake panties on and cultivate the confidence to charge exactly what they need to.

   Regarding the 10-8-6 serving 74.....yes you are correct, Wilton says so. But I usually go by a different serving chart, one that is more "party sized" servings, which is about 50-51 generous serving. But that's just me, I am a skinny fatgirl who believes in enjoying a big piece of cake and not just a taste.icon_biggrin.gif

post #10 of 22
Whatever you decide OP, $250 is definitely not too much. Those flowers will take a bit of time . Remember to factor that into your labor costs.
I stick with the wilton chart. If they want bigger servings they order a bigger cake.
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by shebysuz View Post

Oh I see, yes I agree that in general if you are going to sell cakes you should already have a firm pricing guide to go by. Otherwise you will always second guess yourself, and IMO, if you don't know what you need to charge it will leave the door open for negotiators, cheapies, want something for nothings, and other garden variety cake snakes. That being said, I think the newbies ( I am one) will always need a little reinforcement from time to time, until they get their big girl cake panties on and cultivate the confidence to charge exactly what they need to.

   Regarding the 10-8-6 serving 74.....yes you are correct, Wilton says so. But I usually go by a different serving chart, one that is more "party sized" servings, which is about 50-51 generous serving. But that's just me, I am a skinny fatgirl who believes in enjoying a big piece of cake and not just a taste.icon_biggrin.gif

lol @ skinny fat girl :)

 

I used to agree about the serving sizes.  But then I took a 8/6 cake to a party recently and according to Wilton it should serve 36.  I cut up the cake myself and somehow ended up with over 40, but everyone still had a good sized piece of cake.  So now I just stick to Wilton's counts lol.

post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by jennicake View Post

...there are a lot of "how much should I charge" questions here and the short answer is that no one can tell you what to charge.  Any answer given here could be wrong because no one knows what your materials cost, what you pay yourself per hour, what cakes usually go for in your area, etc. 

jorgensenjess~~Welcome to the forum.  What to charge is a question that is asked at least once a day on cake forums.   You may wish to do a key word search on this site or the internet to gain further information.

Here is a superb article that summarizes most of the pricing threads/questions:

 

http://www.cakeboss.com/PricingGuideline.aspx

post #13 of 22

$370 plus the flowers and that other stuff.
 

post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by jennicake View Post

 

 

I used to agree about the serving sizes.  But then I took a 8/6 cake to a party recently and according to Wilton it should serve 36.  I cut up the cake myself and somehow ended up with over 40, but everyone still had a good sized piece of cake.  So now I just stick to Wilton's counts lol.


Agree -same thing happened to me.

post #15 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thank you all for your responses!! I know many of you get sick of people asking this question so thanks for being willing to respond! I just didn't want my price to be way too low or way too high. Thanks again!
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