I have recently graduated from a Culinary Arts program at a local Community College with Chef/Instructors from the CIA. Great program and I did very well graduating with Highest Honors but now I am out in the real world with a first real job...and I think I know what I should charge but I am also afraid of loosing a friend if I charge her too much! She just needs cupcakes and brownies for 25 people plus a fondant cake for her mom's 70th Anniversary! They are 2 separate functions on 2 separate days. I am making Vanilla cupcakes with a Strawberry French Buttercream and a Lemon cupcake with Lemon Buttercream frosting. The brownies are fudge brownies scented with raspberry. This event is for 25 people. I thought I would add some chocolate covered strawberries to add some color and speak to the season. I was thinking I should charge for the product cost naturally and then add $15.00 per hour for my labor.
Where the cake is concerned I am going to make a small tiered warm milk cake with chocolate buttercream between layers that have been slathered with simple syrup, then the cake will be crumb coated with the buttercream, then fondant covered with gum paste flowers and doves as decorations. The cost of this could go as high as $150 but I am afraid she will not want to pay $150 for a 6 inch cake...I would not blame her. She is a good friend and we share similar tastes for good food and wine and she lives a very comfortable life style. Can you help me?