Been quoted £80 for a 1st bday cake - wtf?!?

(48 Posts)
u32ng Mon 13-Jan-14 21:04:38

Am I being naive or ripped off??

Just want a vanilla sponge in the shape of a no.1; white icing with coloured dots that spell DS's (short!) name; & a little icing bear on top. To feed 30. It's just a local lady too not some fancy pants cake maker.

Me & DH had not expected or budgeted for this!!

Seriously thinking of making it myself even though I don't get home from work until 6.45pm (and his bday is a Saturday)....

kansasmum Mon 13-Jan-14 21:08:14

Bloody hell that's a rip off! I make birthday cakes for kids and a cake as easy as you describe- I would charge £30-£35!!

ParenthoodJourney Mon 13-Jan-14 21:08:19

You're being ripped off that is a basic number cake !

Do you use Facebook? They have a lot of area for sale groups. I found a lovely lady who did my DSs for 35 quid and that was a big cake with special ingredients for his diet

So in my experience you are being ripped off

CMOTDibbler Mon 13-Jan-14 21:08:48

You are paying for her skill and time as well as ingredients - £80 sounds about right to me

amouseinawindmill Mon 13-Jan-14 21:10:09

Bake the sponge in advance and freeze it. Then on the day before, ice the frozen cake using ready to roll icing. Takes barely any time. £80 sounds about right for a professional cake... which is why I do the bake and freeze trick instead.

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Mon 13-Jan-14 21:11:14

For an overly elaborate cake, I wouldn't be surprised to be charged £80 - because of the work involved. But for a cake that most of us could have a fair stab at & doesn't seem that challenging for a professional, no!

I would second looking on Facebook. That seems to be where most of my local cake making small business owners hang out!

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Mon 13-Jan-14 21:13:43

The price you can expect to pay may depend on whereabouts you live too.

We are sufficiently north enough for no-one to find £80 a reasonable price for a simple sponge cake smile.

SoftSheen Mon 13-Jan-14 21:13:54

Check out Mark's and Spencers cakes to order, including this Number 1 cake which can be iced with your own message, for £35.

RockCrushesLizard Mon 13-Jan-14 21:14:09

I had similar, coloured blocks with DD's name and two teddies, from a professional, £30
It's not a difficult cake to do, so I think that's excessive

I had a cake for our 40th made in a local cake shop. It was in the shape of an ice bucket with a mini bottle of champagne sticking out of it - was only £52. I would expect a simple number cake to be cheaper than that

SoftSheen Mon 13-Jan-14 21:17:29

Just seen that there is also a Teddy version, also £35 for 30 portions.

I charge £45 for mine but even then they would feed 40 plus people.
£80 is madness but there are others near me who would charge that and get away with it...

MikeLitoris Mon 13-Jan-14 21:18:45

Normally I would say that you get what you pay for but that sounds really simple and I would expect a decent cake decorator to do that for £30-£40.

Number cakes are so easy! Bake a large rectangular cake and cut it into a number 1.

Cover it in a thin layer of buttercream. Get chocolate fingers and stick around the side. Either pipe little blobs of buttercream on top or use white choc malteasers.

I would buy a little bear figure if you really want one.

I make cakes and this is one of the most popular ones I do.

Yardarm Mon 13-Jan-14 21:20:11

I always do simple home made cakes and have used ready rolled icing but usually just do butter icing. Not elaborate decorations, either small sweets, sprinkles or ready made sugar decorations from kitchen shop or supermarket. Always goes down well and a small fraction of the price.

therunnawaybride Mon 13-Jan-14 21:22:15

I had an almost identical cake made for my dd's first birthday, no 1 in lilac and purple icing with her (long) name on and little flowers all over, made by a local cake lady cost me £25! And I gave her £30 because it was beautiful! £80 is a total rip off!!! I'm in Devon btw

MikeLitoris Mon 13-Jan-14 21:26:31

Like this but with white chocolateif you prefer.

You could easily use colored fondant to put dots over it if you want them.

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Mon 13-Jan-14 21:28:02

it is alot of money
I wouldn't charge that Max £50 for that.
BUT it does depend where you are.

u32ng Tue 14-Jan-14 07:42:39

I'm up north so it's not like I'm falling victim to London prices or anything. In my head I had about £50 MAX!

Going to look into a couple more different people I think.

Thanks for the M&S link - great looking cakes though we do have our heart set on a number 1 with a bear theme.

Also thanks for the freezer tip. I'll store that one away for when we actually have a decent sized freezer that could fit a cake in it!

cakewitch Thu 16-Jan-14 22:02:19

Just a quick question, op... how much do you think ingredients are for a cake this size??? How many hours of her time do you think the cake decorator will take to make it?? And do you think she should earn less than minimum wage for her time?? Because i dont think she should
. the problem with making celebration cakes (and, may i add, the reason i WONT do them) is that far too many people do it as a 'hobby' or a 'favour' and dont charge correctly for it. So people honestly believe that 20 or so quid is a fair price, and 80 quid is some sort of 'rip off'... ITS NOT!!!

Beehatch Thu 16-Jan-14 22:09:05

I'm laughing at that M&S cake having CBA spelt out on the train, like blatantly admitting you are not a dab hand at baking!

she was expecting to pay £50, not £20. I paid £52 for mine and it was from an actual shop with overheads, etc. I wouldnt expect a simplish cake to cost £80

the shop I got mine from shows a number 1 cake for £44 (doesnt have a bear on it but could be added for less than an extra £36!!)

nannycook Fri 17-Jan-14 19:07:59

u32, i bake lots of cakes, made 5 in the last 2 weeks including a number 50 cake, i charged £50 which i believe was maybe abit underpriced but it was a very big cake, choc with chocolate ganache covered in white sugarpaste and decorated with red,blue and white stars , the board was also covered in white sugarpaste which took a massive amount of icing as the board for the two numbers was huge, the box and board alone cost me £6.00. The icing cost me around a tenner, double cream and bourneville choc cost me £3.00, then the cake mix itself was alot then on top it took 2 hrs as made two cakes, the amount of time it takes to decorate both cake and deliver all takes time.

Cheap cake isnt good, and good cake isnt cheap, something i stick by.

however i do think your cake does sound expensive for the skill involved which to be honest doesnt sound to be alot, all i can say is shop around.

u32ng Sun 19-Jan-14 08:52:46

Having had the faff of baking & icing my first Christmas cake this year I do understand there is time, effort, skill & ingredients cost.

Buuut, it's just a simple sponge, not huge & not needing to be decorated big time like a fairy princess castle or something. I do think £80 is a wee bit over the odds. The pic is what I had I mind.

isitsnowingyet Sun 19-Jan-14 08:57:12

Wow - some amazing cakes on this thread.

MarvellousMechanicalMouseOrgan Sun 19-Jan-14 09:08:08

We got a birthday cake from our local cafe who make their own cakes. It cost £25 and was really gorgeous. Do you have a place like that near you?

OP if you are Newcastle/Gateshead way, look for Mrs Bou Cakes on FB.

A friend of mine gets her families cakes through her and they are the nicest cake Iv ever eaten.

Sorry I dont know how much she charges, but they are divine!

MikeLitoris Sun 19-Jan-14 09:24:08

I am normally the first to point out how much making cakes actually costs and how people can be ridiculous
In their expectations but that cake is not worth £80.

Get yourself onto fb and look for local cake decorators.

FruitSaladIsNotPudding Sun 19-Jan-14 09:29:39

Number cases

FruitSaladIsNotPudding Sun 19-Jan-14 09:32:26

Sorry, stupid phone.

Number cakes are easy and don't even take that long. £80 is absurd.

My advice would be to make a large rectangular cake in advance, freeze it, and then ice the night before. Should be do able. Lots of tutorials online for decorating etc.

Katz Sun 19-Jan-14 09:36:53

Waitrose one -

Only serves 16 but you could cut smaller pieces or cheat and have a yellow covered sponge ready cut to add to it!

Katz Sun 19-Jan-14 09:37:02
nannycook Sun 19-Jan-14 13:18:28

U32 thats a very simple cake and nothing that simple and small should cost that much, have a go yourself you'll be suprised at how easy you will find it .Have a look at some of my cakes and see if you look my designs. Good luck.

nannycook Sun 19-Jan-14 13:20:27

Just some of the cakes i made last week.

What area "up north" are you? I'm a caker myself, and know a few dotted around the country that I can recommend to you. I would charge £40 for the one in the pic

Chopsypie Sun 19-Jan-14 13:41:15

Bloody hell. I only paid £80 for a single tier sponge fully decorated with pearls and flowers that fed 60 for my parents wedding anniversary. If you are around Cleveland I can recommend a few people.

this is the one that cost me £52 that was for mine/dh's 40th

Some lovely cakes on here!

I make and decorate for friends/family (in lieu of a gift), so can't tell you how much I'd charge.
However, I've hired shaped cake tins from my local baking supply shop before for £5 (with a £20 deposit) and ingredients have cost around £15 including icing.

Pic is one I made this week.

Picturesinthefirelight Sun 19-Jan-14 14:01:52

I paid £35 for one to feed 20 for dd it was a square cake with her name & iced ballet shoes/tutu on.

MikeLitoris Sun 19-Jan-14 16:53:53

For a frame of reference I made this for a friends dd and the board, box cake and icing cost £12.50. It took around 1 hour to bake and another 1.5 hours to decorate. (Obviously cooling time was more)

Also I dont waste money on shaped tins. I just bake two big rectangles, sandwich together and cut into the number I want. Shaped tins are too much faff!

u32ng Sun 19-Jan-14 21:40:04

Believe me I wish I could bake it myself but the lead up to his birthday is my first week back at work after a year's maternity leave so it's going to be a bit of muddle week especially as I get home late. I don't want to bite off more than I can chew & get all stressed out so think it's wiser to outsource this birthday's cake!

Plus our freezer is crap and small! No room for cake!

MsAspreyDiamonds Mon 20-Jan-14 15:37:13

I ordered my dd's 1st cake from M&S as I work next door so convenient for me. The cake was lovely, moist victoria sponge which kept for ages & less than half the price of the price quoted to you.
They also do one with a teddy as well.

MsAspreyDiamonds Mon 20-Jan-14 15:41:56
patchesmcp Tue 28-Jan-14 18:55:15

If you're a member of Costco or know someone who is their cakes are great for the money. Various designs and big but only about £15.

scarlettsmummy2 Tue 28-Jan-14 19:05:50

Marks and Spencer's do personalised number cakes for about £30

u32ng Wed 29-Jan-14 20:16:38

Ended up going with another cake maker for £50 which was a bit better!

Ordering the food from markies though! grin

busyboysmum Wed 29-Jan-14 20:20:59

I'm up North and use my friend's sister in law who makes amazing cakes for around £35. And they are delicious as well - massive bonus.

nannycook Wed 29-Jan-14 20:31:26

god u32, i'm defo doing something wrong
i charged that the other week for a double figure, got 6 cakes to make over the next few weeks, think i'm gonna rethink my prices, i'm currently working on a gardening cake, lots of work, i've made a greenhouse, pots with flowers , watering can, various veg and a vine of toms in another along with two sacks of pots, the price,£45.00.

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