How to price a cake for sale

by Terri

I am very new at this and would like to know how to price a cake for sale. I have people who ask me all the time and I just don't know where to start.
Any help would be appreciated. Is there such a thing as an average price for a 8 inch, 2 layer cake, or is that way too easy????

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Nov 04, 2010
How to price a cake
by: Anthony A

I live in the US, i do a gluten-free cheesecake, and charge $45. for a cake that cost $12.-$15. to make. a guideline you can use is 30%.Cost x 3= Price. Be confident when you give a price, believe in the excellance of your product. good luck....long live the Queen.

Jun 09, 2010
How to price a cake
by: Anonymous

Hi Ive just started with the cakes, I have a mentor and asked the same him the same question, his answer was, total your ingredents and times by 4 then you have a retail price, helps. But Im doing a lot for friends at the moment, I times by 3, hope this helps

May 25, 2010
by: miu

i'm in the same situation as you. i made a princess cake and it cost me about 12 pounds to make it. it was for a friend of mine so i didn't put a price on it. he gave me 20 pounds as a thank you! Since it's my first order it's ok
The amount of time n money i spend to get all together it's not worth it.

so another one of my friend told me "if you start from less u'll be always hv to charge less."
She charge £50-£60 for the same cake.
(i make butter cakes with butter icing)
But i think as a starter i'm gonna charge £30-£35.
hope this helps.
please others let me know if this reasonable.

Oct 12, 2009
by: Anonymous

go to party ..great info there

Apr 08, 2009
Pricing Cakes
by: Michelle (admin)

Hi Terri,

That's a difficult question to answer. It depends on what type of cakes you are making, where you live and many other things.

If you are making sheet type cakes or basic decorated cakes, you probably should be pretty close to what your local bakery charges.

If, on the other hand, you're doing 3D, carved or totally custom cakes then you can set your own price, which would be much higher than a bakery since you're not competing with them. Work out how much your ingredients are costing you and add an amount for your time.

In the beginning it's very difficult to confidently charge enough money - you always feel like maybe people think it's too much. You don't want to charge too little and end up feeling resentful of all the time you put in. Set a minimum you can live with and don't worry if people say no.

Hope this helps.


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