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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Cake prices and a little perspective

Summer Fruit Sponge Cake with Cream and Garden Herbs

today is sunday and i decided to bake a quick cake at home, (yes i bake at home on my days off! im a nerd) im going to a barbecue this afternoon in courtmacsherry. and as i left the shop with my ingredients in hand, i got to thinking. gosh i just spent 20 euro! then i was thinking about how some people scoff at cake prices in the bakery, "oh, this is too dear, i bake at home." or "i can buy a pack of fairy cakes in the shop for 3 euro! these are 2.50 each!"
so, this cake, sold in the bakery would come in around 25 - 30 euro depending on seasonality.
considering what i bought in the shop and the time to make it this is a bargain. thats not including having to pay rates, bills and rent!

my shopping list:
flour 1.90
cornflour 1.60
irish butter 2.18
local free range eggs 2.00
sugar 1.00
local strawberries 6.00
blueberries 2.00
cream 1.80
creme fraiche 1.70
total: 20.18

if i had to buy the herbs for this cake it would easily cost and extra 5 - 7 euro.
and if i didnt have the vanilla bean another 2 euro at least!
so we could say it would cost the home baker to bake this at home a cool 29 euro + time to bake it and possibly drop it or something.
so its totally worth paying to have us bake it for you by hand (not in a factory) with prime ingredients !



At July 24, 2011 at 6:37 AM , Anonymous Karen said...

I agree totally, but when I get my son Nick to bake me a lemon cake at home I have the pleasure of watching the MOST gammy fisted guy ever trying to control a spoon!

At July 24, 2011 at 2:23 PM , Anonymous divaboutiquebakery said...

home baking is so gratifying, i agree!


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