(Closed) Cake Costs When Done By A Friend

posted 5 years ago in Food
  • poll: How much should I pay a family friend to make me a cake?
    $50 : (3 votes)
    16 %
    $100 : (7 votes)
    37 %
    $150 : (6 votes)
    32 %
    $200 : (3 votes)
    16 %
  • Post # 3
    Hostess
    23597 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @Stefbroome:  I pretty much chose a number arbitrarily. If I had a friend who was willing to make that cake for me, I would feel inclined to give her the $200 as a thank you, maybe $150 if you really wanted to keep that down. But then you factor in a little bit of tip, and just your happiness that she’s making it for you, I figure, it’s back up to 200! But that’s just me. 🙂 I’m no cake baker over here!

    Post # 4
    Member
    837 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    From a cake decorators perspective, I’d say at least $150. It’s a lot of time, money for supplies, and stress (especially when it’s a wedding cake!)

    Post # 5
    Member
    551 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I have the same question! We have a distant relative of my Fiance who has offered to bake our cake. I just want a simple tiered white buttercream cake and am going to have my florist decorate it with some fresh blooms. Do you typically pay the baker if they are a wedding guest? Or do they ‘gift’ the cake, especially if it’s not very extravagent? It’s so awkward to discuss these things with guests!

    Post # 6
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    2902 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    If it’s a gift then wouldn’t it be without pay? If you asked as a favor then I would find out how much the ingredients cost and then add $100 or so for her time. Obviously this amount depends on how intricate the cake is. Simple buttercream shouldn’t take too long but if she is adding sugar flowers and stuff like that then I imagine that takes lots of time and effort. 

     

    Post # 7
    Member
    837 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @Dareebs:  buttercream is a lot less expensive, and decorating with real flowers is a lot less work. You’d have to ask her how much she wants to charge and see if she offers to do it as a gift.

    Post # 8
    Member
    2951 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 1998

    I think $150 is more than enough:) 

    Post # 9
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    4436 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    If you gave her $150 or $200 (which I would probably end up doing), it would be more expensive than having a local baker do it (you said $3-$3.30/slice X 40 slices). If you are having her make it for sentimental reasons, I’d give her $150, but if you are trying to save costs, I’d get the local baker to do it!

    Post # 10
    Member
    2874 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    did she say its a wedding gift for you, or did you ask her to do it

    if she said its a wedding gift id probably take her at her word and offer some money for the ingredients if she wanted it

    if you asked her thats different

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