Explanation of Cake Pricing
determination of the cost of your cake is not only the size
(in terms of
But in the labour / hours required in order to
individualised custom cake.
How do Cakes produced in mass quantity differ from home made custom cakes?
The question arises,
‘shouldn’t cakes being made at home, be cheaper? ’.
The answer is ‘no’. Cake bought from the stores are mass produced.
The raw materials are purchased in bulk and cake are made in bulk. There is usually more cream and less cake.
They are stored in the freezer for months, before they hit the shelves.
To maintain long shelf lives, preservatives are added.
There is also the limitation of customizing it to the customers requirement, be it in flavor or in design.
On the other side, Home made cakes are baked to order,
using tried and tested recipes.
They are baked with passion and handcrafted to Your requirements. There are many factors that contribute to Home made cake being expensive.
For example, if I were to use dark chocolate in a mud cake, I need to ensure that there is at least 70% cocoa in the chocolate block, of good quality. Usually chocolate blocks with 70% cocoa cost more, compared to other chocolate blocks.
Another example is butter. Butter comes in different price ranges. Again, good quality butter contributes to the lovely taste in the cake as well as buttercream and fondant. Specialty cakes like carrot cakes, coconut cakes or fruit cakes would cost more because of the quality ingredients that go into it.
Home bakers usually don’t buy in bulk like commercial bakers, so the prices cannot be on par with those that are mass produced.
Quality ingredients, freshness and handcrafted designs are the key to making customers come back, placing repeated orders.
Home bakers usually spend more time designing and decorating the cake compared to what they charge.
Sometimes, just to get the cake perfect, I do the cakes until the early hours in the morning.
Especially if these involve flowers, figures or time consuming decorating works.
We attend expensive designing and decorating courses, as well as getting trained in new techniques.
This skill that make the handcrafted cakes unique isn’t available at commercial bakeries nor can it be done by clients at home
(Unless they are passionate about designing and make cakes as a hobby).
We constantly educate ourselves, keep buying books, subscribe to cake magazines, attend seminars and expos, so we are aware of the current trends.
We also spend on legalizing and maintaining our business.
Last but not the least, you are also paying for the luxury of not going through the stress of baking and designing, as well as the mess of cleaning up.
After I finish baking, I have pans and bowls with grease from butter, leftovers of the melted chocolate, flour and icing sugar all around and not to mention the mess if an air gun is used to decorate the cake. I hope after reading this article, you will understand why home baker’s cakes cost more.
My advice, be open minded and logical when you make a budget.
Let us know your budget and be willing to loosen the strings, if you want to achieve a particular design. After all, we are handcrafting a masterpiece for you.
I am happy to work to your budget where possible and can create
cakes as simple or as elaborate as you like. Several quotes can also be
provided on a variety of designs and sizes to assist in your final decision.
Mon - Fri: 9AM - 5PM
Sat: 9AM - 1PM
Sun: By Apointment
We are based in Hastings on the Mornington Peninsula and service the surrounding areas