Cake prices and a little perspective

July 24, 2011

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! I’m a nerd) I’m 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. That’s 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 an extra 5 – 7 euro.

And if I didn’t 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!



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2 thoughts on “Cake prices and a little perspective

  1. Karen

    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!


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