I had so much fun making this Elmo birthday cake for a 2-year old baby girl. While the cake looks simple, lots of work that goes into this cake. Even simple cake can take up to 8 hours. Custom cake can go beyond 40+ hours. All my custom cakes start at $150. Some people may think they are too expensive. Let me say that a cake designer job is a cross between a baker, an architect and an artist. There is so much math involved that most people do not realize. We spend so many hours of planning, shopping, baking, construction and decorating put into it that we are lucky to be breaking even hopefully.
Custom cakes are edible works of art that require skill and artistry, and can take days or weeks to complete. When you buy a custom cake, you're paying for the baking experience. Truly, it is not just a cake, it is a labor of love--at least in my case. I pour myself into every cake that passes through my door. I beat myself up over every imperfection that the customer never sees.
If you are looking for a cheap cakes, I am not the one for you. But if you are looking for quality and focused attention, I am here to make your day special. I hope this has given you some insight into why custom cakes cost so much and understand what you are getting for your money--quality and experience.