(Closed) Cupcake sticker shock..

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’ve found that things people say are cheaper (hors dourves receptions and cupcakes specifically) are really more expensive than traditional cake or buffets. Because they are more labor intensive.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am paying $1 for each cupcake, I am getting 150 cupcakes for 120 guests … plus an 8 inch cake for cutting, including delivery and set-up totals $235. We went this direction, because there is a $2 per person cutting and plating charge from our venue … 

We are having Future Brother-In-Law who is a finishing carpenter make our stand as a wedding gift … 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - The Mountain Terrace, Woodside, CA

We originaly thought cupcakes would be cheaper than a cake…but after making a giant stand to hold them, and realizing we made the stand a lot bigger than we needed to, we’ve got to fill it, and it’s pricey!

We ended up ordering 32 dozen mini cupcakes at $24 per dozen, plus a jumbo cupcake for the top of our cupcake stand for $7.50, plus the $175 delivery and set up fee. That’s $950, and it doesn’t even include the $230 we spend building our 6ft tall cupcake stand!

But they are so yummy and awfully cute and mini….

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

People say cupcakes are cheaper, but if I owned a bakery I would DEFINITELY charge more for cupcakes than a slice of sheet cake.  I find them immensely more difficult and time consuming to make.  You have to make sure you fill up the MILLION cups to  the EXACTLY CORRECT AMOUNT so they aren’t too short or overflow and stick to the pan and get crunchy, then frost all of them INDIVIDUALLY without dribbling over the wrapper. I love to eat cupcakes, but god do I hate making them.  I don’t blame anyone who charges a premium.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Actually, I think that’s a really good price if you’re getting them from an independent bakery.  Aside from grocery stores or home bakers, I don’t know that you’ll find anything cheaper.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

That doesn’t sound so insane if they’re “gourmet” cupcakes and are fairly large.  The trendy bakery I go to sometimes sells cupcakes for like $4 per.

Or you could check out Costco or a grocery store and probably get them much cheaper.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Try to think of it in terms of quantity of cake though.  If you bought a wedding cake, a buttercream style would probably be about $2 at minimum, and maybe as high as $7 or $8 a slice.  And wedding cake slices are small- the industry standard is usually 1×2 inches on a 4 inch tall cake.  So for a cupcake each person is getting more volume of cake per serving.  Plus, while wedding cakes have their own labor intensive skills, so do cupcakes.

None of that is to say you should pay it if it seems to be not worth the money to you.  I’m a big fan of making budgets and sticking to them 🙂  But as someone who is thinking about going into the cake business, I always feel compelled to explain the reasons behind prices which might seem high from the outside.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Try your regional grocer….they often have excellent bakery departments who will do great and tasty work for much cheaper than small local bakers/caterers!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We’re paying $1.15/cupcake.  I originally looked into a more trendy bakery in the area that quoted me $4.00/cupcake.  They were beautiful, but way out of my budget.  If you look around, you may be able to get them for a little less.  I’d try grocery store bakeries, as others have suggested.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I got cupcakes for $1.50 apiece here in NYC at Sugar Sweet Sunshine.  Everything’s more expensive here, so I wonder if you can find a better price.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

Ours are $22/dozen, which works out to be about $1.83 apiece. We’re not decorating them or anything, though – just plain old frosting! 🙂

ETA: Ours aren’t from a grocery store bakery or anything, they’re from an actual cupcake shop – best cupcakes I’ve ever had! I’d say you should look around a little – you may be able to find a better price.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We are doing mini cupcakes. Which at this particular bakery are still pretty large. they are $100 each. Sooo 300 for 300. They also arrange them on a stand and deliver them! With the mini cupcakes we can pick up to 6 different flavors so guests can sample. I am preeeetttty excited!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m in Ireland, and cake runs around 800 euro (roughly$1k, I think) for 150 guests. I’m getting really pretty cupcakes from my local M&S for 1 euro apiece ($1.25?). They’re really pretty, quite big and 4 diff varieties. Do look into upscale grocery, you might get a price that works for you! Especially if your venue charges for cutting & serving the cake!

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