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post #16 of 25
Tiered cakes should cost more due to the extra work and costs of the internal supports. Unless you want to do the extra work for free.
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post #17 of 25
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So if a customer orders a wedding cake that includes a 10" tier, I would then charge per serving not a flat rate?

Exactly...the per-serving price would be for the entire cake based on the ingredients and labor needed to meet the customer's requirements.
post #18 of 25
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I'm sorry if I seem like I'm running around in circles. If it ever gets to the point of why a customer asks why a same size party cake is less expensive than a wedding cake I can say its because weddings are more stressful, they require more time, etc because brides want perfection for their wedding day. Does that sound like something around the right lines?
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I'm sorry if I seem like I'm running around in circles. If it ever gets to the point of why a customer asks why a same size party cake is less expensive than a wedding cake I can say its because weddings are more stressful, they require more time, etc because brides want perfection for their wedding day. Does that sound like something around the right lines?

You don't want to say anything about stress - that implies that YOU get stressed out by cakes. Is that the message you want to convey?

I would say that the increase is due to the increased work and supply costs.
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I'm sorry if I seem like I'm running around in circles. If it ever gets to the point of why a customer asks why a same size party cake is less expensive than a wedding cake I can say its because weddings are more stressful, they require more time, etc because brides want perfection for their wedding day. Does that sound like something around the right lines?

If a customer wants a party cake of size X that looks like Y, the price should be exactly the same as a wedding cake of size X that looks like Y.

Wedding cakes tend to be more expensive than party cakes because they are usually larger with more complicated designs that require more labor to complete.
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Thank you! 😃
post #22 of 25
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 because brides want perfection for their wedding day.

Implies you aren't going to work as hard on their cake. And wedding cakes shouldn't be more expensive than wedding cakes. If you sell a 3 tier fondant cake with 13 roses for a wedding and next week someone comes in and wants a 3 tier fondant cake with 13 roses the price should be equal. Same time, materials, supports, etc...

post #23 of 25
I charge the same for wedding cakes and party cakes because I don't care if they use them for a wedding, a party or a Jerry Springer food fight. I've been doing tiered cakes for years, though, so they really don't take that much more time. Seriously, the difference between a tiered cake and a single tier is about 5 minutes to dowel and stack the tier.

The extra time for weddings comes with the extra appointments, emails, delivery, etc. BUT...I've found that some of the most demanding people are the people who are ordering birthday cakes, especially the first birthday parents. If I assumed that those clients will take less time than a wedding client I would be sorely mistaken, so I charge the same regardless of event.
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Implies you aren't going to work as hard on their cake. And wedding cakes shouldn't be more expensive than wedding cakes. If you sell a 3 tier fondant cake with 13 roses for a wedding and next week someone comes in and wants a 3 tier fondant cake with 13 roses the price should be equal. Same time, materials, supports, etc...

 I know this thread is old, but I have to say I completely agree with you.  I've never understood charging more for wedding cakes, especially when some people are using smaller servings for their wedding cakes.  I don't do a lot of weddings, but I can tell you with 100% truthfulness, the wedding cakes I've done in the past year have been waaaaaaay less complicated than the birthday cakes I've done.  Maybe it's because simple is more the style for weddings lately, I don't know. 

post #25 of 25
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 I know this thread is old, but I have to say I completely agree with you.  I've never understood charging more for wedding cakes, especially when some people are using smaller servings for their wedding cakes.  I don't do a lot of weddings, but I can tell you with 100% truthfulness, the wedding cakes I've done in the past year have been waaaaaaay less complicated than the birthday cakes I've done.  Maybe it's because simple is more the style for weddings lately, I don't know. 


LoriMc~~You should enjoy this youtube video:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gimiDBAK2wA

 

(Thanks to CakeBoss software for the link above.  The original article is well worth reading!)

http://www.cakeboss.com/CakeStuff/Articles/HowMuchShouldICharge.aspx

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