I'm wanting to start a Cupcake business on the side (I already have a full-time job). One of a few problems is not knowing how to price the cupcakes. They are standard size and I will have maybe 4 or 5 different cake flavors and then would like to have a 'Flavor of the Month' and then several different frosting flavors. Also, I will offer them filled with a few different flavors/fillings for a little more money.
I've called a few local bakeries to see what they sell their cupcakes for and the range for a standard size no frills cupcake is $1.25-$1.50 each. $2.25/each to add designs and $3.00 each for filled. And - zero discount on price per cupcake for buying a dozen or more. I've asked friends and family and they all think that's too much for a cupcake and especially paying $15.00 for a dozen (which if you do the math, that's the minimum you're going to pay going to a bakery). Now the grocery store bakeries charge much less for a dozen - about half of that.
I would really appreciate honest opinions on what I should charge. I mean I know that you have to make a profit or it's not even worth it. . So, ANY and ALL advise, personal experience in this area will be greatly appreciated!
Answer by hibbingmom at 5:06 AM on May. 3, 2011
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Answer by Christmaslver68 at 7:36 AM on May. 3, 2011
My mil owns a cake business and her cakes win awards. She also makes cupcakes. There is no way she would ever make any money and she would be throwing away alot of food at the price you are suggesting. Most cake companies do offer a discount after so many items being bought. She makes cupcake arrangements (best way I can describe it) with 15 cupcake, any flavor, any filling, any design, and charges around $25 to $30 for the arrangement. They are not sold individually in her business at all because you do not make money that way at all. This is an example, but not one of hers of what she sells. The one below would go for around $50. Unless you have a store front selling on their own wouldnt be worth it.
Answer by gemgem at 8:00 AM on May. 3, 2011
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