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This Lady’s $1000 Cake for 7-Year-Old’s Birthday Goes Viral, Here’s Why

The baker stated it demanded extensive labor and specialized materials to achieve perfection.
Cover Image Source: @pamcakescb | TikTok
Cover Image Source: @pamcakescb | TikTok

Recently gaining fame on TikTok, Pamela Wooten (@pamcakescb), the proprietor of PamCakes Bakery in Liberty Hill, Texas, showed a "thousand-dollar cake" she baked for a child's seventh birthday bash. While some TikTok users questioned the cake's value, the 35-year-old baker clarified that it demanded extensive labor and specialized materials to achieve perfection. Adorned in fondant, this exquisite creation, featuring superhero motifs and consisting of 12 layers, was initially priced at $810 after a $200 discount.

Image Source: pamcakescb | TikTok
Image Source: @pamcakescb | TikTok

Captain America, Iron Man, and Spider-Man graced each layer of the cake. According to Wooten, crafting this intricate cake was no easy task. It took approximately 15 hours from start to completion. "This entails everything from drafting the contract with the customer, procuring all the necessary items, baking the cakes, preparing the fillings and buttercream, frosting all the layers, sculpting the 3D elements, and applying the final touches," she explains.

"Many people underestimate the amount of time invested in crafting these special cakes," she remarks. "It feels like an eternity." Typically, a superhero-themed cake of this caliber would command a price tag of around $1,000. However, since the customer was a regular patron, Wooten extended a $200 discount. "I aim to ensure that such valued customers keep returning, so I endeavor to offer them some leniency when possible," she notes.

Image Source: pamcakescb | TikTok
Image Source: @pamcakescb | TikTok

While some TikTok users believed $1,000 was excessive for any cake, others understood the rationale behind the price.

"Anyone saying this cake should only cost $300-$400 doesn't realize how much the ingredients cost or how long it takes to make something like this," one person commented on Wooten's video. "This is crazy! A cake for $1000????" wrote another user.

Image Source: pamcakescb | TikTok
Image Source: pamcakescb | TikTok

Wooten employs a distinct formula to calculate the pricing for her cakes. "I have this formula I use," she shares. "It's Materials + Ingredients + Labor times 30 percent. That gives me the minimum I should charge. Then I round it up." For the superhero cake, she invested approximately $450 (or $30 per hour) in labor, materials, and ingredients.

The material costs amounted to about $35. After factoring in the additional thirty percent and a $60 delivery fee, she finally reached $810. Indeed, $800 may seem like a hefty sum for a cake. However, Wooten points out that it can accommodate a sizable crowd.

"This cake can serve around 50-60 people if it's cut the right way," she notes. While the 35-year-old baker also crafts numerous wedding cakes, she clarifies that they are typically less intricate compared to a child's birthday cake, which often demands a specific theme and meticulous detailing.

"A lot of folks think wedding cakes are the most expensive, but actually, it's cakes with fancy decorations, especially ones covered in fondant like most birthday cakes," she elaborates. "A plain wedding cake the same size as the superhero one would've been $495 and would've taken about half the time to make."

For more such content, you can follow Pamela Wooten (@pamcakescb) on TikTok.