Pricing cake? – Recipes in ‘cups,’ grams or ounces

Pricing cake when a recipe asks for cups or grams makes pricing an ‘interesting’ process.

When pricing cake –  how do I do it? This is one of the most common queries I get.

What makes this exercise so tricky? If the chosen recipe requires ‘cups’ as the measuring unit. However the ingredients weight printed on the packets are in grams, ounces or pounds.

How do you cope?

When the ingredient weights don’t match the recipe? Where do you begin pricing cake?


There are two alternative ways.

Let me tell you the simplest way.


Scoop the contents of the bag of ingredients into a plastic storage jar. Use the cup you would use for your recipe.

At the same time count how many ‘cups’ are in each bag of ingredients, at the same time as decanting the ingredient.

Find the price of the bag and divide the price by the number of scoops or cups – that you counted.

So for instance say the bag cost say $3.00 (and that could be £ or Euros or any decimal currency).  You discovered that there were 10 scoops or cups in the bag – then divide the $3.00 by 10 which equals .30c per cup.

(Change the figures and currency to suite. I have deliberately used easy to divide figures as an example!)


Already have the CakeCoachOnline Cake Calculator? Just change the weight of the bag of dried ingredients purchased into how many cups.  It really is the simplest way when pricing cake. 

Choosing whichever number you discovered when you scooped it all out. Add the price you paid into the Cake Calculator.


Even if you do not have the Cake Calculator – you can use the method above when pricing cake. This will give you a price for each dried ingredient – or indeed anything that requires a ‘cup’ in your recipe.


This will enable you to work out your price for each cup. Thus allowing you to establish a price for your cakes that is correct.

Perhaps not as efficiently as with the Cake Calculator – though! 🙂

So here is the link – if your cake decorating equipment and systems are bereft of this great little tool to help.


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In any event – if you have Cake Calculator already – I hope the above little trick helps you. If you don’t it will still help!


Already knew the above  – apologies, just spread the word, as I get asked a lot!

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If you have not yet got our Cake Pricing Guide – it shows ten different ways to price a cake.

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