Cake pricing can be such a mystery, how are you supposed to know what to expect? What is a realistic budget as you walk into the store to order a cake?
Part of the mystery is perpetuated by the TV shows you see on Food Network and TLC. They’re so much fun to watch the cakes being created and see the drama unfold in the kitchen… but aside from that, these shows omit some really significant parts of the process: namely the time and labor and material costs that go into creating these cakes, which ultimately translate into the prices of these works of art. No wonder you don’t know what to expect!
In the industry we’re a bit more knowledgeable and aware about pricing that’s out there. To put things in perspective for you, here are some points of reference–at Carlo’s Bakery (Buddy Valastro’s Cake Boss) a consultation costs $100, which includes cake samples and refreshments. This $100 is then deducted from the cake order total once you order.
Cake Boss’s pricing for wedding and specialty cakes, with basic buttercream, starts at $8.00 per person. For more complex cake designs (things you’ve seen featured on TV or in a magazine), cost is closer to $12.00 to $18.00 per person. Adding unique design requests and creative artwork to the cake order then increases the price from there.
Duff Goldman of Ace of Cakes (Charm City Cakes) provides the following pricing: “Wedding and tiered cakes start at $7 a serving. We find that most of our clients choose designs that start at about $15 per serving. There is a 50 serving minimum on wedding and tiered cakes. Minimum price for 3D [and] sculptural cakes $1,000.” Delivery is priced at $175/hr.
Here’s the good news!!: Dessert Works’ 3D and sculptural cakes start at $200 (cost for a smaller 3D figurine on a standard-sized cake is even less). Our wedding cakes start at $4 or $4.50/serving. We deliver cakes for $25/hr travel time, plus $0.50/mile (round trip). Pretty reasonable, no? And these prices include the costs of producing our cakes fresh, made completely on-site, and with high quality ingredients. We aim to produce cakes that taste as good as they look – the inside matters too!
Unique and specialty designs may be subject to individual pricing, but we’re able to offer competitive pricing by offering “standard” designs and commonly requested themes at rates lower than completely custom cakes would be priced at. Please call us (781-708-9088) to talk further! We’d love to hear from you and talk about your specific cake ideas more!