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post #16 of 51
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I live in utah and I get super sick of these cake decorators that way under charge. I it is an epidemic out here!  The average price out here is $4-$5 a if you live on the wasatch front.  good luck because everybody out here has a friend of a friend that will under cut you.

I live in Orem, what should I do then? I heard many storied around here and it seems that they don't charge enough and it makes harder for others to price correct their work.

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Is this the first cake you've ever charged for?

 

Is this the first cake you've ever charged for?

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post #18 of 51
She said no but obviously has no input herself based on past cakes that she has supposedly charged for.
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post #19 of 51
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My friend asked me to make her wedding cake..  I would like to know how much should I charge for it... 

 

I asked around the bakeries here in Utah, close to the aria where I leave and I got quotes for pricing from $495 till $1200. I am just not sure which one will be the right price to ask. I don't want to loose money, undercharge my work, and don't want to overcharge as well.

 

...The bottom price for a slice a cake is $2.50? Should I just charge by that?

 

I suggest you find a price based on how you usually price your cakes. Then decide if your friend will receive any kind of a discount. 

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post #20 of 51

I would charge her what you want.  Break down your costs and time and charge her what you think is  appropriate.  I know that in Orem cakes are more than where I live - Brigham.  If you are doing it for more practice or a favor cut her a deal, if you want to, but let her know it's a deal, or you will be known all over town that you make cakes for cheap and every cheap person will crawl out of the wood work for a "cheap cake".  A cake that serves 200 people will not be cheap even if you cut her a deal. Your cost alone is quite a bit. If you dont have a lot of experience let her know and price it accordingly.

post #21 of 51
Or, if you don't have the experience don't do the cake. There's no reason to under charge. If you can't do it you can't do it. But the answer is NOT to over charge. Pass her along to someone who can do it and charge appropriately
post #22 of 51
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Thank you very much for all the replies. I do know how to make cakes. Usually I make cakes on order but very rarely wedding cakes. This is my 3rd one so far. I told her about the price ranges and she decided to have only the top part 6" real cake rest of the bottom layers fake and she wants 1 full size half sheet cake. How much should I charge for that? I know some people estimate by $2 a peace. Isn't it to much for the seer cake?
post #23 of 51
That would cost MORE if I was asked to do that.
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post #24 of 51
So has she cut her guest list too? I have no idea what sheet cakes serve, but a full sheet serves 250??
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post #25 of 51
So, hiw did you price for the other two weddings?
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post #26 of 51
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One was a gift to family member the other one was partial gift as well both for family.
post #27 of 51
Ok...how do you price cakes that aren't for weddings?
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post #28 of 51

OP- in the nicest, kindest possible way, I think you're in over your head. Of course I haven't seen your past work, but just going by your posts, your friend should be worried.  A cake for 200 people is a lot. 

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Thank you very much for all the replies. I do know how to make cakes. Usually I make cakes on order but very rarely wedding cakes. This is my 3rd one so far. I told her about the price ranges and she decided to have only the top part 6" real cake rest of the bottom layers fake and she wants 1 full size half sheet cake. How much should I charge for that? I know some people estimate by $2 a peace. Isn't it to much for the seer cake?

No different pricing a wedding cake than a birthday cake. What do you usually charge?

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post #30 of 51
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OP- in the nicest, kindest possible way, I think you're in over your head. Of course I haven't seen your past work, but just going by your posts, your friend should be worried.  A cake for 200 people is a lot. 
Agree. That's a major project. I suggest you do indeed do sheet cakes and dummies for the decorated cake, and friend pays for every bit of it, plus enough money that a person would reasonably make if they were at a job somewhere for the same amount of time. I'm using really simple language here because I don't believe you have the first clue about charging at all, and I'm giving you the simplest explanation as possible. But I would not sell one more cake until you can NOT have to ask a question like this. At least to the public. Give them away all you want to friends, but leave the general public to established decorators who can get a chance to make some appropriate money.
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