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The formula jason_kraft (a forum member here with a LOT of good management and legal information) recommends is linked in his signature, http://jasonkraftblog.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/the-magic-pricing-formula/ . I've also read that 3 times material cost usually runs similar to that for cake.

 

She would not expect to pay only $2 a slice for cake in a restaurant, nor would the restaurant cake be decorated like that. How many hours do you expect it to take you to make? What do you think your expenses would be? $300 minus expenses divided by hours is your hourly rate. Would you work for that? Is it worth the time away from your son?

 

If you wish to do the cake within her budget (which is too low for what she is asking for), some ideas I would have for lowering expenses might be:

 

Fewer servings. Perhaps she could invite fewer than 150 people.

 

Does she own (or can borrow) items that could be used in decorating? With a barrier between the item and the cake or arranged around the cake on the table.  I've seen decorative shoe statues. Does someone in the family sew and have a dress maker's dummy? It would be draped with jewelry.

 

Fewer decorations on the cake. She listed a lot of items.

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The formula jason_kraft (a forum member here with a LOT of good management and legal information) recommends is linked in his signature, http://jasonkraftblog.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/the-magic-pricing-formula/ . I've also read that 3 times material cost usually runs similar to that for cake.

She would not expect to pay only $2 a slice for cake in a restaurant, nor would the restaurant cake be decorated like that. How many hours do you expect it to take you to make? What do you think your expenses would be? $300 minus expenses divided by hours is your hourly rate. Would you work for that? Is it worth the time away from your son?

If you wish to do the cake within her budget (which is too low for what she is asking for), some ideas I would have for lowering expenses might be:

Fewer servings. Perhaps she could invite fewer than 150 people.

Does she own (or can borrow) items that could be used in decorating? With a barrier between the item and the cake or arranged around the cake on the table.  I've seen decorative shoe statues. Does someone in the family sew and have a dress maker's dummy? It would be draped with jewelry.

Fewer decorations on the cake. She listed a lot of items.

I really appropriate all you help and advice, I'm gonna let her know I can't do all that for only $300.... if she scales done I will do it..... an no it's not worth the time away from my son not at all..... I'm a PERFECTIONIST so I like things to be perfect, an everything she wants on the cake it would definitely take me WWWWWAAAAAYYYY over a week or two for all the little details I would have to mold an sculpt. ........ I think I would lose my mind an I have my goddaughters with me also so doing that cake with kids 5,4 & 3.... I would lose it lol
post #18 of 20

$300 for 150 people? So $2 per slice but what about your time and effort? what about all the baking? the sculpting? etc etc. I'm not the best at calculating but it seems way off, lowaBaker mentions Jason's blog, you should check it out if you have a minute or 2. He's awesome at stuff like this.

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$300 for 150 people? So $2 per slice but what about your time and effort? what about all the baking? the sculpting? etc etc. I'm not the best at calculating but it seems way off, lowaBaker mentions Jason's blog, you should check it out if you have a minute or 2. He's awesome at stuff like this.


I'm going to right now...... I'm trying yo figure it all out: -)....... thanks
post #20 of 20
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Thanks soooo.much to everyone..... I was thinking of doing a tiered one an doing a small 3D purse on the side.....I'm just like AHHHHHH. an I was thinking of a royal icing tower but man that would be a lot of icing.....I think I will buy an Eiffel tower an put it on top......I'm lost....lol........ just wondering how much would u charge for something like this?? I told her I will draw an get my mind straight and let her know the price in the a.m. ..I'm in Sacramento can.....I don't know what to charge.............. oh an she wants a different GOURMET FLAVOR in each. .... :-O o_O

Sac is such a diverse area, it really shouldn't be much of a concern.  There's high income, low income and a whole lot of in-between there.  Like everyone else said, get your pricing down first and be firm with it.  Then you can help clients pick a cake that fits their budget.  And, if I've taken anything from these boards, it's make sure you get paid IN FULL before you turn on the oven.  If you want an idea of local pricing, check out the Freeport Bakery on Freeport Blvd.  They do a lot of custom work and often have lines out the door on the weekends and they draw from all over Sac.

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