Over the past many months, I’ve come to realize that many people simply do not understand everything involved in creating a custom cake. There are so many factors that many people overlook in the cake creation process; time, expense and labor. I truly do understand that sometimes, you simply cannot afford to spend possibly hundreds of dollars on a cake and that’s fine! I won’t be offended if you change your mind after receiving a quote. What I’m hoping to explain here, however, is how these cakes can get so expensive, so you know why I have to charge more than you might expect.
Before even starting to make a cake, I might have to spend up to a few hours consulting with a customer on what they want, put together all of the elements they requested, and present them with a sketch of what to expect. If something’s not to the customers’ liking then adjustments are in order, perhaps in the form of a slight change or a complete overhaul. This is just a quick example of the difference between, say, a unique custom-made multi-tiered cake vs. a template sheet cake from a local grocery store and etc. that are made to instructions, without any creative input.
After the customer is happy with how the cake will look, so begins the cake construction. Let’s make this straight; these cakes aren’t made by just tossing a few simple ingredients together. A five tiered wedding cake made for 150 servings, for instance, includes pounds of flour, butter, sugar, and large quantities of eggs and possibly chocolates, fruits, nuts, and more. Depending on the agreed upon design, I may need to buy custom molds, toppers, or other equipment in order to complete the design. Pans, mixers, and dozens of other (usually expensive) tools will be needed to craft your special cake, as well as possible structural components from the hardware store that constantly add a few dollars to the total. See how expenses add up quick?
Now, I will spend hours upon hours mixing the batter, baking the cake, making fondant and fillings, molding and sculpting any handmade components and anything else that might arise during this time. If the customer wants a special 3D shape, then I’ll have to carve the cake, carefully lay thin fondant, and create any touches that “complete” the design. When all is said and done, the elapsed time can range anywhere from about 10 hours for a simple one tiered cake, or up to 40 hours for an extravagant, towering wedding cake. Creating a cake can take a whole work-weeks’ worth of time, but then you also have to consider that I am working with a perishable item, and only have a few days’ window to complete the cake you envision.
Before you contact me about creating your custom cake, please, please, please, check cake pricing information on my website under the “cakes” page so you can get a rough idea of what to expect, as well as let me know your budget in advance. Even if the cake you want at first would be a bit too costly, I am more than happy to try and work with your budget and create an alternative you would be happy with. Please know that you cannot get a specially created cake for the same price as a retail store. But you can be certain that you will get your money’s worth!
All of our cakes are individually priced based on design. We do not have a standard price list and we do not generally quote prices via phone or e-mail. Our cakes generally range in price from $11-16 per person, depending upon various factors such as extent of design, flavor, detail of sugar work etc. Clients are required to schedule a consultation to get an exact price quote.