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How much would you pay for this cake?

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SpunBodgeSquarepants Thu 14-Dec-17 20:44:51

Honest opinions please! I was asked by a former colleague to design, bake and decorate a cake. They have paid upfront for ingredients/icing/cake board - the raw materials used for the cake.

I am due to deliver it in the morning and have just been asked how much they owe me! I have no idea what figure to say! I've never charged for a cake before and neither have I bought one from anyone else. Help!

SpunBodgeSquarepants Thu 14-Dec-17 20:45:43

It took around ten hours from start to finish, I should add.

Tobuyornot99 Thu 14-Dec-17 20:45:46

£30 maybe. But I live in a cheap part of the UK!

twofloorsup Thu 14-Dec-17 20:45:46

How long did it take you ?

Tobuyornot99 Thu 14-Dec-17 20:46:14

Oh heck, £30 isn't going to cut it then!

twofloorsup Thu 14-Dec-17 20:46:45

Sorry cross posted !
That's a long time.
Did you not agree a price at the beginning ?

choccybiscuit Thu 14-Dec-17 20:47:59

I'd say £30 too

Elephanah Thu 14-Dec-17 20:48:42

My first reaction was £30

Hillbillyhotel Thu 14-Dec-17 20:49:04

I'd say £25

Waterdropsdown Thu 14-Dec-17 20:49:19

I bought 2 tier cakes for a party and they were £60 each. Similar looking with fancy bits. This is London and I didn’t pay for the ingredients etc

sparechange Thu 14-Dec-17 20:49:33

The name on the sticks looks a bit homemade but the rest of it looks amazing

That would be £80ish around my way but that's London prices

ShatnersBassoon Thu 14-Dec-17 20:49:48

£30, but that doesn't seem anywhere near enough for 10 hours work plus ingredients and overheads. This is exactly why I'd never order a cake, because I know I'd faint when I got the bill.

OlennasWimple Thu 14-Dec-17 20:49:56

So the only cost outstanding is your time, as they paid for all the ingredients?

I would pay £40-50 extra

OutandIntoday Thu 14-Dec-17 20:50:12

This is very difficult now - she has paid for ingredients already- was there an agreement she was going to pay for your time making it? If so, i think given all this that £20 is prob the reasonable amount you could ask for. Did you do it as a favour or as a job?

namechangedcantthinkofnewone Thu 14-Dec-17 20:50:22

I was charged £45 for a cake similar (think that was overpriced), I'd expect price range of £35-£40

WaitrosePigeon Thu 14-Dec-17 20:50:25


SleepFreeZone Thu 14-Dec-17 20:50:42

What has it cost you to make?

Lovestonap Thu 14-Dec-17 20:50:54

I'd say no less than 40.

MyKingdomForBrie Thu 14-Dec-17 20:51:07

It’s difficult unless you’re a professional. I mean it’s lovely but it’s a touch amateur in places (which I think is great but not if you’re charging). Did you intend to charge?

PinkAvocado Thu 14-Dec-17 20:51:55

Where I live, that’d be around £50.

stoplickingthetelly Thu 14-Dec-17 20:53:35

If she's already paid for ingredients etc I would say about £30 too, but I'm in the north west.

OhforfucksakeFay Thu 14-Dec-17 20:56:33

Did you do it as a favour for a friend or to make profit? If a favour then ingredients only. I don't think you can charge 10 hours at minimum wage as you are not a professional and it seems to me part of that time was learning on the job.
Perhaps ingredients plus £25?

Rainbowandraindrops67 Thu 14-Dec-17 20:57:39

i would pay more than £25 on top of the cost of ingredients. I would charge low if you want to keep your friend and/or build up a business

SpunBodgeSquarepants Thu 14-Dec-17 20:57:54

I'd love to say 'Don't worry about giving me any more money, it was a pleasure to make!' but the cold hard truth is I am absolutely skint at the moment, and I did find it quite stressful today as had my 3-year-old under my feet too!
Raw materials were about £30. I had to ask for this upfront as funding it myself would have meant using my rent money :-/
Ugh, this is so stressful. Think I will leave the ball in their court, if I can?!

chickywoo Thu 14-Dec-17 20:58:01

It's a bit of an awkward one isn't it - it is unusual for someone to pay for all ingredients upfront then to pay you for making it, if they have paid for ingredients they would maybe see it as you were making it as a favour for them? Would be better in future to charge an 'all in' price of maybe £30?

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