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To think £3.50 for a slice of cake is a lot?

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Tobythecat Mon 12-Feb-18 13:17:14

Nice, new cafe in town have some lovely cakes - triple chocolate with 3 layers, but are charging 3.50 per slice. AIBU to think it's a bit too expensive?

PinkHeart5914 Mon 12-Feb-18 13:18:47

I am happy to pay that at the cafe in the village where I live, becuase the cakes are home made by them and bloody delicious!

I wouldn’t pay that for a slice of mass produced cake though

Trills Mon 12-Feb-18 13:20:09

Sounds normal to me if it's a nice cafe and nice cake.

NeedMoreSleepOrSugar Mon 12-Feb-18 13:21:02

Our local cafes cakes range from £4 - £4.95 a slice. They're homemade and lovely. Yes, I can make a whole cake for less, but when you can't be arsed, it's worth it as a treat!

Trills Mon 12-Feb-18 13:21:27

Are you and this person opening a cafe and trying to get an idea of what prices are acceptable?

www.mumsnet.com/Talk/am_i_being_unreasonable/3166185-to-think-3-50-for-a-caramel-slice-is-extortionate-even-for-soft-play

hesterton Mon 12-Feb-18 13:21:54

Reasonable for a decent slice of freshly baked cake. Expensive for pre-wrapped commercial shop cake.

Rebeccaslicker Mon 12-Feb-18 13:22:54

That's oddly similar to the soft play caramel slices!

No, I wouldn't think that extortionate for a nice cafe that made homemade cakes and had to pay rent, wages, insurance, business rates, electricity, gas, water, telephone bills....

Beamur Mon 12-Feb-18 13:24:11

Same as above, I'd pay that for a decent portion of nice cake.

cate16 Mon 12-Feb-18 13:26:17

You're not just paying for the ingredients though- staff wages, rent, business rates... etc.
£3.50 - £5.00 normal for me depending on shop.

Idontevencareanymore Mon 12-Feb-18 13:27:51

For good cake, nice setting, I'd pay it.

MistyMinge Mon 12-Feb-18 13:30:28

I think a decent slice of cake is about that these days. It would have to be homemade and a decent sized portion though. Otherwise I'd feel ripped off.

romany4 Mon 12-Feb-18 13:38:54

My ds has a weekend job in a cafe although it's a National Trust one. He says it's £6 for a coffee and a slice of cake there. And the cake is lovely

Dancinfeet Mon 12-Feb-18 13:47:34

No I wouldn't pay that, but maybe that's just me. Assuming the accompanying hot drink is around £2.75 ish, it would cost in the region of £18.75 for coffee and cake for myself and two daughters? No thanks, that's nearer our budget for a quick lunch whilst out, than a drink and snack. I am sure that there are people out there willing to pay those prices, depends on your target market? If it's London, or even an upmarket tea room somewhere like York then fair enough - local cafe in a Northern market town? You're having a laugh.

SaskaTchewan Mon 12-Feb-18 13:51:13

Why don't you try? If you don't have enough customers, just lower your prices

BakedBeans47 Mon 12-Feb-18 13:53:45

As long as it was a nice cake I wouldn’t mind for an occasional treat. There was a cafe opened up near us whose cakes were quite expensive but sadly they were shit and disgusting and it closed down.

BeHappyMummy Mon 12-Feb-18 13:54:13

If prices were cheaper I'd probably end up buying more than is healthy.

So I actually think it's a good thing.

Firesuit Mon 12-Feb-18 13:54:26

I don't think I've ever seen slices of cake sold at a price I'm willing to pay. (Except maybe at a school fete.)

I'd reckon I could buy a whole cake in a supermarket for £3.50. (Possibly wrongly, I don't buy cakes so don't actually know what they cost.)

DGRossetti Mon 12-Feb-18 13:58:03

Is it eat in ?

You're also paying for the seat ....

floriad Mon 12-Feb-18 14:00:14

Seems fine.

But I'm cheap. I prefer to buy a whole cake or make one myself smile !

floriad Mon 12-Feb-18 14:01:20

*seems fine if:

you're sitting down and the cake is actually nice.

PlanNumber Mon 12-Feb-18 14:07:05

£3.50 for a nice cake, served in a nice environment with good service seems to be the going rate, although an extravagant treat so I don't buy it often

Far too much for nasty cake on a plastic plate.

Hillarious Mon 12-Feb-18 14:08:52

As a treat I'd do it, and I'd try to buy something I wouldn't normally knock up in my own kitchen.

Sophisticatedsarcasm Mon 12-Feb-18 14:16:58

Seems reasonable to me. Actually fairly cheap.

MotherofaSurvivor Mon 12-Feb-18 14:18:46

Trills This thread is nothing to do with me!

As stated in my thread I'm disabled so def couldn't run a cafe!

PaintingOwls Mon 12-Feb-18 14:21:08

Well how much would you say was reasonable?

Sounds fine to me.

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