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Hi everyone, I live in Canada and I know our money is different, but what are you charging for your cakes?  I live in the Country and I am almost giving my cakes away because I feel bad when someone turned me down because of my price.  I know the prices I am offering are well below what others charge in the City, but people don't seem to think they should pay them.  HELP I really want business but I am losing out.

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When I worked for TCBY several years ago I began working for $5.50 and then after I had mastered there cakes and there was nothing more to learn I said I was leaving. I was offered $10 to stay which I did. Then I finally gave in my notice to leave and was asked again what would make me stay and I said $15 which was granted. This was about 6 yrs ago so certainly today I would be asking for $20 to $25.
hi Tara good luck on that one its a real toughie!
I'm in a little coastal town in England and there's no way people pay what a cakes really worth here, I specialise in very ornate cakes with a lot of sugar flowers that i spend loads of time making so there as perfect as they can be, while I love doing them people just wont pay for the time it takes so for me its just a hobby that i enjoy so much,

I keep hoping that one day ill make it big lol.
Maybe it's time you stopped thinking about embarrassment from being turned down?^^
Hey, you made it! You iced it! You gave your heart, your time and your effort to create this cake you think is AWESOME!
Then, maybe it's time you DEMAND the money that your cake deserves!:)

If BUSINESS is what you want, you gotta think like a business woman?:)
"My name is Tara! I make GREAT cakes! I charge for them! You'll LOVE em. Pay for what the cake deserves and I'll give you a piece of Heaven! You'll LOVE IT!"
"You don't wanna pay that much for it? Fine! Give me five reasons why and I promise to make my cake even better, you'll have NO MORE reasons! Here's a complimentary slice for yah. Enjoy my heavenly creation!"

It's all about you. You come up with the price that your cake deserves. And charge the same for em. If anybody hesitates, give em a slice and ask them to review it. Ask them why they're not willing to pay up. Make a note for it. Next time, make a cake EVEN BETTER so they'll taste it and buy it RIGHT AWAY, price not being the issue.:)

lol, thats about the advice I have.:) If BUSINESS is your goal, you gotta do BUSINESS.
If you need some help with starting your business. Issues such as pricing, packaging and establishing your business, I can suggest you a good guide that'll help you get on with your adventures, with a SURE-footed confidence.
http://4263ffvgq2516p80lhoc7gfb6i.hop.clickbank.net/

Good luck~:)
Thank you and you are absolutely right!  

John reece said:
Maybe it's time you stopped thinking about embarrassment from being turned down?^^
Hey, you made it! You iced it! You gave your heart, your time and your effort to create this cake you think is AWESOME!
Then, maybe it's time you DEMAND the money that your cake deserves!:)

If BUSINESS is what you want, you gotta think like a business woman?:)
"My name is Tara! I make GREAT cakes! I charge for them! You'll LOVE em. Pay for what the cake deserves and I'll give you a piece of Heaven! You'll LOVE IT!"
"You don't wanna pay that much for it? Fine! Give me five reasons why and I promise to make my cake even better, you'll have NO MORE reasons! Here's a complimentary slice for yah. Enjoy my heavenly creation!"

It's all about you. You come up with the price that your cake deserves. And charge the same for em. If anybody hesitates, give em a slice and ask them to review it. Ask them why they're not willing to pay up. Make a note for it. Next time, make a cake EVEN BETTER so they'll taste it and buy it RIGHT AWAY, price not being the issue.:)

lol, thats about the advice I have.:) If BUSINESS is your goal, you gotta do BUSINESS.
If you need some help with starting your business. Issues such as pricing, packaging and establishing your business, I can suggest you a good guide that'll help you get on with your adventures, with a SURE-footed confidence.
http://4263ffvgq2516p80lhoc7gfb6i.hop.clickbank.net/

Good luck~:)

Hello, I too, live in New Brunswick. I know how you feel about not getting your value for your cakes. I just do them for "friends". Worked in a bakery for a long time and noticed that folks will go to the local stores and bakeries and pay their price for an "on line cake" and think that's great. When I quote a price the reaction=

"Lovely cake but that's a bit high!" Here is the formula I was taught in restaurant work. Add up all your ingredients,boxes and any add ons. Multiply that by three. Now that should pay you, your ingredients,electricity,wear on you mixer etc. Don't be shy about asking. I am trying to get over that myself! To want to do cake decorating  in rural NB can be very discouraging...I know! That is why I just do cakes for close friends!!

32.00 for a quarter sheet

45.00 for a medium

50.00 for a half sheet

75.00 for a 3/4 sheet

100.00 for a full sheet

10.00 extra for any shape that is cut from a sheet cake

tiered cakes are pending design work.  Smooth sides with designs start at 3.50 a serving

This is the way I look at it.  I work in a bakery and I have 5 years exp. I also have a good background in art.  Lots of people are uninformed of what it takes to make a cake and make it look good.  I think that if you do not own a storefront then you should probably not be charging full price.  I do anyways because it only keeps serious buyers. 

Hi Everyone - new to this site and I'm SOO Glad I found you!  I'm working on starting my own cake decorating business, but as most am stuck with what to charge.  I see lots of comments about charging by the slice, how do you determine how many slices per cake? 

 

I found this online, are you using this breakdown? 

A 6-inch pan serves 12 slices; an 8-inch pan serves 20 slices; a 10-inch pan serves 36 slices; a 12-inch pan serves 46 slices; a 14-inch pan serves 76 slices; a 16-inch pan serves 92 slices; an 18-inch pan serves 110 slices; and a 20-inch pan serves 120 slices.

 

I'm thinking then a 6" cake would be $36 based on a $3 pricing per slice?  I'm thinking that might be steep - but then, is this a single layer or double layer?

 

Thanks!

Hey Hi guys. If you want to know about the prices and varieties of cake, then you must visit the site I have given. You would find it very interesting and useful. And I hope you would love it.

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I will hopefully have a cake business someday.  Unfortunately, my full time job does not provide me with the time I would like.  But I am curious, since everyone is discussing price,  what people would have charged if they made the cake below.  Just curious.  I made it as a gift for my friend's son's 1st birthday.  It is a 12in and 8in, both filled with chocolate mousse and ganache.  The bottom layer also has fresh raspberries.  The blue fondant has a marble look to it, but doesn't necessarily show well in the picture.   I made this cake with a day's notice.  By the way, I'm in the Boston area.  Thanks.

 

While I'm being completely narcissistic,  I figured I'd add a couple pictures of the cake I made for my kids' school play cast party.  Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory cake.  Took 4 days off from work to make it.  250 kids at the cast party.  I used 6 9x13 sheets with an 8in round in each corner and 8in rounds for the top hat.  There is a steel post to keep the hat from tipping. The base is covered in just plain vanilla frosting.  The rounds and hat are fondant.  The whole cake cost me about $100 and 10 hours, not including bake time, to make. I have no idea what cake like this would be, retail.  But I bet you do.  Thanks.

 

Charge a minimum of 3 times your cost.  MINIMUM... and this is still giving it away.  Since you can't really figure certain costs, electric, water, toothpicks, etc.. this is why I say 3 times:

 

1 - cost of obvious supplies

2 - should cover your unmeasurable costs as described above

3 - your payment

 

If you do this, you know you are at least covering your basics.  No one, including family and friends, should ever pay less than three times your cost.  If they don't like it, don't bake it.  It really is that simple.

 

This is not say you shouldn't charge more... this is a basic starting price.

Before you sell your cake, you and the customer must have an agreement of the price,your a good decorator.

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