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Fucking 70 quid for a cake????

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Hairwizard Fri 21-Feb-20 20:42:59

As title says. Quoted 'from' 70 quid for a Christening cake. This was based on a 6" square cake with 4 sponge layers. Not tiers. Buttercream icing. Any decs toppers etc would be extra and from 8 - 15 quid!
Am i missing something?? How the f does a cake cost that much?

Hairwizard Fri 21-Feb-20 20:43:28

Obvs i opted out.

LoisLittsLover Fri 21-Feb-20 20:44:35

Ingredients, time, insurance, qualifications, profit

rwalker Fri 21-Feb-20 20:45:22

go to marks and spencer

KatherineJaneway Fri 21-Feb-20 20:46:12

Who was selling for that price?

AmazingGreats Fri 21-Feb-20 20:46:28

Yeah I've looked at this for a different occasion (birthday not christening) and some places it was £60 upwards or even once place £90 onwards. We are going to steal some ideas off their Instagram page and try and make it at home for a fraction of the cost.

Might be a total disaster though

RuggerHug Fri 21-Feb-20 20:46:44

Same reason it costs more to pay a hairdresser rather that cut your own. You want professional standards, you pay for them.

bigchris Fri 21-Feb-20 20:46:58

I'd only pay that much for an epic themed cake , like the whole of Hogwarts intricately done !

Hairwizard Fri 21-Feb-20 20:48:31

The local bakers does larger ones for far less. Used them before but wanted a change and the lady who used to do my ds birthday cakes gave it up.

Waveysnail Fri 21-Feb-20 20:49:32

I know good ingredients alone for large cake can cost around £30/40, add the time and prep then it's really not that much

TattiePants Fri 21-Feb-20 20:49:39

I'm in a cheap part of the country and have paid £60+ for similar. I'm a not a baker but I imagine it will take several hours to professionally bake and ice a cake. So even if they only charge their time at £10 an hour, that could be £40+ in labour before you factor in ingredients, electricity, insurance etc.

reallifegetsintheway2 Fri 21-Feb-20 20:50:06

www.marksandspencer.com/little-boots-cake-sponge-blue/p/p60058937

agree m and s - £35 - done

nameymcnamechangeagain Fri 21-Feb-20 20:50:30

Sorry but I used to be a baker....would you be prepared to work for less than minimum wage??? If not, why expect a baker too? Equipment and training comes at a strap price. Can’t believe people are still this ignorant!!

tallah Fri 21-Feb-20 20:50:37

That's normal. Go to a supermarket if you don't want to pay it

worriedmama16 Fri 21-Feb-20 20:50:53

There's an amazing bakery near me that sells absolutely awesome cakes, they charge easy £150+ for cakes to serve 50-70 people.
We use them every time we have a party because you know what you're getting, they taste amazing and they're reliable.
As with every aspect of life, you get what you pay for.

SuzieBishop Fri 21-Feb-20 20:51:09

I got quoted £150 for a birthday cake last week - I didn’t even reply to her message!

delilahbucket Fri 21-Feb-20 20:51:29

Go to M&S. We were quoted £950 for a wedding cake. £80 in high quality ingredients and about five hours of work as there was nothing intricate about our selection and the decorations were bought already made. Total rip off. This person wasn't even registered with the council or insured. I was all set for doing it myself until a family member offered.

Nomorepies Fri 21-Feb-20 20:51:36

I paid £120 for a two tier themed cake for my DS birthday. It was amazing and worth every penny.

If you want a bog standard cake get one from the supermarket or M & S.

Longdistance Fri 21-Feb-20 20:51:48

Costco for £13.00, well last time I was there.

nameymcnamechangeagain Fri 21-Feb-20 20:52:19

@bigchris you’d have a job finding anyone, even the most basic of bakers to complete a hogwarts castle for that price 🤣 my god, is it not the same as any other service? I’m sure you could get your next door neighbour to have a look under your bonnet but would you trust him instead of a qualified mechanic?! 🤔

noeyedeer Fri 21-Feb-20 20:52:34

Add up how much it costs for the eggs, sugar, butter etc to make your cake. Add in electricity/gas, belong pans, vanilla extract, equipment, cake board, cake box etc then complain. I had a friend ask me to make a "simple" first birthday cake, because her baker wanted £70. By the time I'd added up ingredients (look at the cost of a bottle of vanilla extract) I was at neat £40. Add in the time it would've take me £70 seems like a bargain.

mrsm43s Fri 21-Feb-20 20:52:36

Honestly, to cook and ice a 4 layer (not tier) cake would probably cost £25+ in (quality) ingredients and icing and take half a day. Seems about right to me.

Sparklingbrook Fri 21-Feb-20 20:52:44

I think that sounds like a fair price, you get what you pay for.

Hairwizard Fri 21-Feb-20 20:52:55

@bigchris
Yea its a simple cake im wanting. Not a cake boss creation.

And give over with the 'professional standards, time, ingredients etc' am well aware of all that.
Given the area im in and what other local cake makers here charge i thought it was a quite a jump in price.

nameymcnamechangeagain Fri 21-Feb-20 20:53:56

Obviously I meant steap price, not strap!

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