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OT - Price

What would you pay for this? I am testing out the idea of selling cakes, and the next step is to work on putting prices on my cakes. Thanks!

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I think prices vary greatly by area. I paid about $250 for a cake for my parents anniversary party, a girlfriend in New Jersey paid $500 for something really similar

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I have a friend who makes gorgeous cakes and she undercharges me. She made a Death Star cake with working lights and charged me about $100, that was 3 years ago. A Lego cake before that was about $80.

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"mom3girls" wrote:

I think prices vary greatly by area. I paid about $250 for a cake for my parents anniversary party, a girlfriend in New Jersey paid $500 for something really similar

Only the most elaborate wedding cake would cost that much here. I was thinking of somewhere along the lines of $25. Would any of you pay $25 for a cake like that?

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

Only the most elaborate wedding cake would cost that much here. I was thinking of somewhere along the lines of $25. Would any of you pay $25 for a cake like that?

There are two women in my town who run a business selling cakes very similar to your style and thats what I see a lot of from them price wise, between 25-35 a cake or cupcake ensemble. Sometimes they price extra for certain special fillings, things like that.

I typically don't buy cakes for events but if i was looking i think that price range would be very reasonable. For something significantly higher it would need to be pretty fancy/well polished.

I think it depends on the region you live in and the market you are trying to reach. THere is such a wide range of prices for these things.

There is a very popular bakery in the city near me that will sell really nice cakes for a similar price range, only slight more expensive....so a small run individual business like this can really only go so high in price or they would lose their business to the bakery.

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For $25 I could get a rectangular cake with that design printed on top at the supermarket, with my choice of cake flavor & filling. The fancy shape is something you just can't get at the supermarket or at a higher-end bakery, so I might pay more if a Mickey cake was something I wanted; OTOH there's no filling i.e. the cake itself isn't that fancy or customizable, so maybe not. Also, the frosting seems kind of amateurish, maybe it's just a bad picture? You did a great job on the eyes & smile, though, he really looks animated. If it was those tiny dots of frosting, or if the frosting was much smoother, more professional-looking, then I'd pay more. With nicer frosting, I'd happily pay $30-$35 for that cake.

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Thanks for the ideas and responses.

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Photo cakes here run about $25, but I think hand-designed ones are quite a bit more, depending on the level of professionalism.

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OT but I think the pinata cakes my cousin makes are the coolest things. I am seriously wanting to try making one it doesn't seem like it would be that hard.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=575656189181853&set=pb.377083235705817.-2207520000.1392248221.&type=3&theater

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Bonita, when DD3 was turning 1 we did a ballerina hippo party, the bakery I used did the wilton pan like that using a hippo. I think they charged me $40 but they had to do a lot of modification because the hippo in the pan is wearing a tie and pants.

BTW I still have the pan and I have been meaning to get rid of it. Let me know if you want it I will mail it to you

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$25 - $45 is right in line to what a grocery store around here would charge for a decorated that size.

Good luck!!