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Homemade Cake Pricing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elmer Querubin Jun 6, 2012. 2 Replies

Hello, everyone.I'm making a birthday cake for some very close friends.  But it is part of my business, and they are aware of that.  The cake is homemade from fresh ingredients.  It's 2 9x13s with a…Continue

Tags: ingredients, costs, pricing, cake

Cake Decorating

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tamara L. Barney May 23, 2012. 11 Replies

I have been told I'm pretty good at decorating cakes and have taken some lessons recently on improving my skills.  I enjoy it and am pursuing beginning a business from home selling decorated cakes.…Continue

Tags: word, of, mouth, Texas, business

 

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My latest creation

This is my latest creation in my business - Special Occasion Cakes.  This iPhone cake was a triple flavor - chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla covered in black butter cream and fondant with fondant app pictures.  So far I have been working out of my home under the Cottage Laws.  See More
Aug 11, 2012
Elmer Querubin replied to Vanessa Collier's discussion Homemade Cake Pricing
"Vanessa, The rule of thumb to pricing depends on the market and your cost of the items to make it.  Ideally, you want to charge 3 times it costs you.  So, if it costs $24 dollars for you to make the cake, then it would be appropriate to…"
Jun 6, 2012
Claudia Bartow replied to Vanessa Collier's discussion Homemade Cake Pricing
"Could you call local bakeries and ask what they charge for a cake that size?  Be sure to emphasize the "fresh" ingredients part- do you use any special chocolate, vanilla, or other fancy ingredient that adds value?  If so, tell…"
Jun 6, 2012
Vanessa Collier posted a discussion

Homemade Cake Pricing

Hello, everyone.I'm making a birthday cake for some very close friends.  But it is part of my business, and they are aware of that.  The cake is homemade from fresh ingredients.  It's 2 9x13s with a cream filling and chocolate buttercream frosting.  Right now, I have put about $24.00 into this in materials and ingredients.  I've been charging ingredients-times-2 for what I've sold so far.Is $47 or $48 dollars too much for a cake that size? Thanks.See More
Jun 6, 2012
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May 26, 2012
Tamara L. Barney replied to Vanessa Collier's discussion Cake Decorating
"YAY!! That is wonderful!"
May 23, 2012
Vanessa Collier replied to Vanessa Collier's discussion Cake Decorating
"Got my first cake order yesterday. Someone other than friends or family anyway. I'm so excited."
May 17, 2012
Vickie Smith replied to Vanessa Collier's discussion Cake Decorating
"One local  radio station teamed up with a place that did cakes....  gave a way cakes for birthdays... You could do one a month?  They did daily for a while.  We won one and it was delicious and beautiful :)"
May 16, 2012

Group Leader
Dallon Christensen replied to Vanessa Collier's discussion Cake Decorating
"Vanessa, I would definitely join Grace's group. You will be able to interact with many people in similar situations to your own.  You definitely need a visual element to your marketing. People need to see your cakes. Is there a local TV…"
May 15, 2012
Tamara L. Barney replied to Vanessa Collier's discussion Cake Decorating
"You should ask Grace Becker here on 48 days about regulations on selling out of the home. She is the admin on the group Raise Some Dough here and has her own site www.doughraisingmom.com where you can contact her also."
May 14, 2012
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May 13, 2012
Vanessa Collier replied to Vanessa Collier's discussion Cake Decorating
"Thanks to everyone for all the help.  I want to clarify something on the regulations on selling out of a home.  Is that state or city?  And where exactly do I find them?  I am in process of setting up a blog of the work I make."
May 13, 2012

Group Leader
Kent Julian left a comment for Vanessa Collier
"Welcome Vanessa! I try to take time each week to welcome new members to 48Days.Net. So, let me say "welcome" to you! I know you will find this to be a great site filled with people who are experiencing true success in both life and…"
May 7, 2012
Dan Miller replied to Vanessa Collier's discussion Cake Decorating
"Vanesssa - I would encourage you to also talk to local restaurants.  Doing individualized cakes one at a time is hard to grow into a real business.  I have a friend who started doing brownies and cheesecakes for restaurants in addition to…"
May 6, 2012
Lainie Alexander replied to Vanessa Collier's discussion Cake Decorating
"I would also look into attending bridal expos, create a weekly blog where you write about cake decorating and post photos of your creations, and  start a podcast where you interview  other pastry chefs. Good luck with your dream! "
May 4, 2012

Profile Information

How did you hear about 48Days.NET, and what do you hope to get out of being a part of this community?
My husband - Doug Collier
What is your current work situation? Employee, self-employed, generating any income on your own?
I work part-time out of the home. I also have been pursuing work from home income in a couple of areas. I teach piano lessons. I am also in the beginning stages of a decorated cake business.
And then...what is your goal/dream for your work life?
My goal/dream is to work from home to be able to take care of my child and to be able to help with the household income.

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My latest creation

Posted on August 11, 2012 at 1:08pm 0 Comments

This is my latest creation in my business - Special Occasion Cakes.  This iPhone cake was a triple flavor - chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla covered in black butter cream and fondant with fondant app pictures.  So far I have been working out of my home under the Cottage Laws.…

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Cake Decorating

Posted on May 26, 2012 at 8:13pm 0 Comments

This cake was Classic White one 9 x 13 and one 9 in square.  Again, I separated or torted each layer and spread a raspberry cream filling between each layer.  I used buttercream frosting for decorating zebra stripes.  I may have had an easier time making zebra stripes out of fondant, but the…

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Cake Decorating

Posted on May 26, 2012 at 8:08pm 0 Comments

This cake was a two layer German Chocolate.  I separated or torted each layer to make four and spread the German Chocolate frosting between each layer.  Then used buttercream to frost and decorate. The colors were purple and gold.  I will try to have better lighting for photos next…

Cake Decorating

Posted on May 13, 2012 at 3:39pm 0 Comments

Here's the latest cake I made.  I baked a white cake recipe with orange flavoring in two 9" square pans.  I used buttercream icing with orange flavoring to frost cake and pipe decorations.  I tinted some of the frosting orange for between the…

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At 6:11pm on May 7, 2012,
Group Leader
Kent Julian
said…

Welcome Vanessa!

I try to take time each week to welcome new members to 48Days.Net. So, let me say "welcome" to you! I know you will find this to be a great site filled with people who are experiencing true success in both life and work.

Also, I'd like to point out that one of the best places to connect with other liked-minded people here is in the GROUPS section. There are groups for just about every interest you can think of, and if you can't find a group that interests you, you can start one. Groups are my favorite part of 48Days.Net!

Finally, if you happen to be a speaker or author (or want to become either), check out these two groups. They are two of the most popular groups on the site because of all the great conversation taking place:

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Again, enjoy 48Days.Net. It's a great place to be!

Live it forward,
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At 7:12pm on May 3, 2012,
Group Leader
Lynne Watts
said…

Welcome Vanessa!  And welcome to 48 days.  It is an inspiring and encouraging place to be.  I hope you will join in the active discussion.  May I recommend some groups to you?  I am a member of Write It Forward, Speak It Forward and a group that I recently started, A Called Woman.  Hope to see you there...

At 2:00pm on May 3, 2012,
Group Leader
Rob Clinton
said…

Hi Vanessa,

Just stopping by to welcome you to the amazing 48days community!

Little background on me; I’m a long time member here, who truly believes in the 48 days vision and this community. I can truly testify that the power behind this community is a huge reason for my success and business.

So whenever I can, I like to reach out to see who I can help. If you have any questions, or you start feeling overwhelmed right off the bat, because there is just so much great content, discussions, and just lots of great stuff happening, feel free to reach out and let me know! I would love to help guide you here.

If you have questions, or get stuck with anything, you can always ask me, any of the 48 Days Advisors, and you can always just post a discussion on the home page forum.

Many blessings on your journey, and by all means… Enjoy the adventure!

~Rob Clinton 

At 10:00pm on May 1, 2012,
Group Leader
Joel Boggess
said…

Hi Vanessa,

Thank you for adding me as your friend.

What have been some of your favorite finds here on the site? You are invited to join us in finding your voice and get in the conversation.

The next issue of our newsletter will be out in a few days. 4 Points Coaching is a weekly. May we begin sending it your way?


-Joel
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At 6:53pm on May 1, 2012, DOUGLAS COLLIER said…

Hey, Vanessa.  Welcome to the neighborhood.  Thanks for jumping on board.

 
 
 

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