Originally Posted by DCharlene
This was my first cake I made from fondant. It seems to take me forever (probably about 3 days). This didn't include the planning and ordering molds and materials to work with fondant. I really wasn't even planning on making fondant cakes because I don't really like how they taste, but a friend asked me to make one. The last couple of times I've made her a buttercream decorated cake and then cupcakes and I didn't charge her for the cup cakes and she took us out to dinner for the buttercream cake. This time since she had a specific theme in mind, she said she would pay me. I just have no clue as to what to charge her, but it did take a lot of time and cost. [Part of your learning curve.] The topper is a plastic genie lamp I ordered online. What do you think? Thanks for your input!
Beautiful and professional presentation, Charlene. With that said, personally, I would think of this particular cake as part of custom cake/design training. Since you did not give your friend any idea of the possible cost and time involved (you may not have known yourself), I would suggest that you recover your COST for the materials and supplies only. [Even the reimbursement for supplies and ingredients may be shocking to your friend.] A good way to look at this is that the time involvement was part of your learning curve. Now that you know what is involved with this type of custom cake, in the future, you can provide a meaningful estimate for a cake this detailed.
Tell your friend that if anyone asks how much she paid for this gorgeous custom cake, she should tell them "it has a value of $500". Nothing more, nothing less.
I just made 15 dozen mini-cupcakes over a 3 day period to see how long it would take, and what ingredients and supplies would cost. I did this simply for practice. (Gave them all away.) Now, IF anyone asks, (or if I'm dumb enough to volunteer) to make this many cupcakes, I will KNOW what I am getting into for cost and time involvement.