Why Are Custom Cakes Worth So Much?

Why do custom cakes cost SO much?

See this beautiful but ‘simple’ little ruffle cake? It’s tiny, only 6 inches in diameter and about 12 servings.
pink gold ruffles

FOUR HOURS. Four freaking hours to make those ruffles and edge them in gold. And I was busting my butt to get it done because I had an event to go deliver a cake to, so I wasn’t dawdling! And I didn’t get it finished. Had to finish the next morning.

Yes, ruffles are ‘simple’. But they are one of the most time-consuming & therefore ‘expensive’ cake techniques we do. A larger tier, say the bottom of a 4-tier cake, takes TWELVE or more hours for that one tier. The ruffled rosette tier on this cake took TWO of us more than a day to finish, working together, so about 18 labor hours total between the two. And the top tier was 10 labor hours.

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And that’s not counting the time to mix from scratch, bake, torte, fill, crumb coat and final ice the cake underneath. That’s at least 1.5-2 hours per cake tier. And we haven’t even mentioned the cost of high-quality REAL ingredients, not chemical crap from a bag.

Skilled labor is valuable. Cake artists are highly skilled & spend years learning & enhancing their skills, always on the cutting edge of new trends & techniques. An electrician or a plumber charge at least $75/hr, right? What if THEY made cakes? This tiny little cake would be about $450.00, or $37.50/serving, again just for labor. We charge about $14-16/serving for ruffles, depending on exact style, including ingredients & everything. A bargain!

There is SO much more time involved than people realize, or than it looks like on the nowhere-near-reality TV cake shows that make it look like we wave a magic cake wand at our oven & a masterpiece just pops out in a few minutes. Complicated cakes can EASILY take 40 hours or more to complete, (we’ve had some take over 100 hours!) which is most people’s work WEEK.

I hope it makes more sense on why the cost is what it is now? They are WORTH every penny. 😘 😊 🎂

 

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