How much do cakes cost??
Let’s start with ingredients – Firstly, I price my cakes by estimating the cost of the ingredients I’m going to use, starting with the basics – flour, eggs, sugar, butter etc. But also the filling (buttercream, ganache, jam?), the coatings (sugarpastes, marzipan, chocolate), the materials for decoration, edible colours, paints, dust and sprays, the cake board, box, ribbon, tape, glue… etc.
Then there is the labour – Then I calculate the hours it will take to design, make, and decorate (labour). The biggest chunk of expense is actually Labour, I try and pay myself a reasonable hourly rate so I can keep the business going, and make a profit! The easiest thing to remember is that the more complex your cake design is ,the more expensive it will be. If your cake is going to have multiple models and a complex theme and decoration, then that will be a time consuming creation (hours of work). If the cake has multiple tiers and requires construction then this will affect the cost as well. Not forgetting electricity/water, cleaning (it all adds cost).
To give you a rough idea when contacting me for a quote please see some examples of cakes on this page with price ranges.😊
Examples of cakes priced between £155 and £195
Examples of cakes priced between £205 – £255
Examples of cakes priced between £260- £370
Examples of cakes priced over £350
Please remember that I make bespoke cakes which are made to individual specifications unlike the mass produced supermarket cakes which are understandably a-lot cheaper!
“Surely it can’t be that much? it’s only flour, eggs, butter and sugar, after all!”