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Hi there Tara, i too am from Canada and that is a question i would like some help with as well. Whwew abouts in Canada are you? Sylvia.
Hey, I'm also from canada. I'm just starting up a buisness with my cousin. We're going to try out charging ingredients (including cake board, box, etc...) + a certain amount per hour + delivery (if included) I'm not sure what we're charging per hour yet but it will probably be around 10 - 15 an hour? Concidering the average cake taking 3-4 hours thats 30 - 60 + the money back for ingredients. (This is something I need to talk over with my partner)
Sylvia A James said:Hi there Tara, i too am from Canada and that is a question i would like some help with as well. Whwew abouts in Canada are you? Sylvia.
Afreind told me that i need to be able to pay myself minimum wage basically.
I get paid $17 an hour as a checkout chic and thats no where near as mentally intensive as making a cake.
I met with a bride last night for a July wedding. They just want a small cake to cut because they are having peitit fours that are included in the price with their caterer. She said but I only want a small 2 tier cake to cut... with the tooled leather look that you do... and hand made gumpaste flowers... hmmmmm "ONLY" is translated in my terms I want it all but I ONLY want to pay you squat...
Her fiance brought op the fact that I have a minimum of $250 on all wedding cakes regardless of the size... I did this a few years ago because I had many brides expecting me to do a small cake for them to cut then they'd buy their sheet cakes from Costco to serve.... what a slap in the face! I explained to them why I have a minimum... The time it takes to make all those gumpaste flowers is the reason. I explain the time involved in making the cakes I make. They want a cake that serves 50... so I settled on $150... it will be 2 tier.... tooled leather brown fondant (I have a few of these in my portfolio) and a few gumpaste flowers.
My biggest problem is we live in such a small area and most everyone I do a cake for is a good friend so it is really hard to stick to my guns. I always say I am going to and I give in.