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The CakeUlator - Get Started Costing Cakes

By: Anna Hinds BA (hons) - Updated: 7 Aug 2013 | comments*Discuss
 

The CakeUlator has been designed to be very easy to use and really doesn't need much by way of a user guide. That said, we have prepared a quick start guide to get you up and running and also to give anyone interested a feel for how The CakeUlator works.

The CakeUlator which was released on the 18th September 2012. If you don't have a copy you can Download The CakeUlator from the AppStore.

1. Configure The CakeUlator

When you first use the CakeUlator you will receive a message to update the ingredients pricing. To do so go to the 'Options' tab and click 'Update'. It will take around 30 seconds at which point you will have the latest prices.

When you are in this screen you should also add the name of your company, which will appear on the quotations that you send, select whether you want to use metric or imperial measurements, the currency you will use and your desired profit margin.

2. Add a recipe

To add a new recipe you simply click on the Recipes tab and select New Recipe. You name it and then select your ingredients and tasks from the selector and add the quantities.

The CakeUlator contains prices for over 100 commonly used items and tasks. Don't worry though, if you cannot find the item you require then you can quickly add it. You can also easily edit all of our prices as many bakers buy in bulk and need The CakeUlator prices to reflect this.

3. View a summary

After you have added the recipe and before sending a quotation you can view the summary to see how the pricing works out. At this point you can go back to the recipe and edit any of the ingredients or tasks.

Here you will see the profit that you are making on the cakes. Remember that this also includes profit on the amount that you are charging for your time and not just that on the ingredients. We think that 35% is about right, but you can experiment.

4. Add a picture

At any point you have the option to add a picture of your creations. This will be attached to any quotation that you send out so your client can see an example of your work.

You will have the option to change this at any point, picking a new picture from your iPhone library. If you think you may re-use your picture for another recipe, be sure to store it in your iPhone library as the in-recipe image is only stored for that recipe.

5. Prepare your quotation

To send a quotation you select the Quotations tab and enter the customer contact details, the recipe, the quantity, a delivery date and finally a description which might describe the cake or the event.

Again, you will be presented with a summary of the quotation to allow you to amend it. When you are happy you simply press send.

6. Send your quotation

Now you are ready to send your quotation all you have to do is select whether you would like it to go via sms or email and tweak the text if required. You also have the option to fully personalise The CakeUlator's standard quotation text to reflect your style as it might be a little formal for some!

When you have sent the quote you will have the email or sms saved in your sms or email history. The CakeUlator also saves the quotation so you can edit it and resend it at any point.

And that's about it - for now...

There are many more screens and functions to The CakeUlator, but we wanted to give just an overview. The CakeUlator allows you to add and edit all ingredients and tasks, read tips from a professional baker every day, personalise quotes and more.

Do you need assistance?

Would you like us to add a new ingredient for you, to add a new feature, report an error or simply ask us a question? If so you can send us a message via our support page and we will respond right away.

In addition, based on user input we will be bringing out a new version of The CakeUlator towards the end of 2012. So if you could help us by providing feedback, through our support page, as to what you would like to see we would appreciate it.

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@Deb, to set the pricing to canadian go to,options - currency - and selectCAD.
CakeBaker - 30-Jul-13 @ 11:47 AM
I have purchased the cakeulator and it not showing the right price I have put in the price of a 12 cake box as £1.20 and it shows me the cost of this in recipe as £1.80 ???? How is this right it's the same for most ingredance
Marge - 17-May-13 @ 2:17 PM
I have a blackberry smartphone and and have paid for the cakeulator app and downloaded it but it wont work on either.What is wrong? many thanks
lesley - 11-May-13 @ 7:33 PM
Will this be made available for kindle fire HD?
nikkiM - 23-Apr-13 @ 10:08 PM
Hi, I just wanted to know if the app was transferable between devices (iphone and ipad) or would it need to be purchased twice? also, are there any plans for having a version for Samsung phones?
sbcakes - 25-Mar-13 @ 2:02 PM
Android version PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ! ! ! (HAVE NO IPHONE/PAD....)
CornishCakeGirl - 16-Feb-13 @ 6:15 PM
Hi,Please can you produce this app for windows or similar - I've no iphone / ipad etc! and would love to use the facilityThanks
Emma - 6-Feb-13 @ 3:44 PM
Hi, Has the cakeulator app been done for a windows phone yet?
SHAZMAC - 15-Jan-13 @ 11:30 PM
When will this be available on Android?
tjgett - 14-Jan-13 @ 12:13 AM
Please note the Cakeulator is available on the ipad, iphone and ipod touch as long as you have iOs 5 or later
CakeBaker - 7-Jan-13 @ 10:41 AM
Please please iPad or Mac typing all recipes on my phone is horrible
Jo. - 6-Jan-13 @ 5:55 PM
Hi will this app be available for the blackberry or can I get it on my laptop?? X
cece - 31-Dec-12 @ 3:37 PM
Would love to have this app. For USA as I use cups, tsps etc. can I put on PC ? Email quotes to customers? If available please contact me I'll buy the app
Momma gnome - 29-Dec-12 @ 1:34 PM
I want to know is this app is available for android.
Sun Sunny - 19-Nov-12 @ 1:05 PM
I would love this if available on iPad
Michelle - 18-Nov-12 @ 11:04 PM
Is there a version to download for my mac?.. It's absolutely brilliant .......
aggie - 13-Nov-12 @ 12:30 PM
Hi, If I download the app onto my iphone, can I get it on my PC/laptop as well? Also, if sending a quotation from my PC can I specify the email address it is sent from? Thanks Jemma
Jemma - 10-Oct-12 @ 12:42 PM
Sounds like a great idea...Can it be made available in for use in Australia??
madnurse - 30-Sep-12 @ 9:08 AM
I would also like this app for the iPad.
Codi - 30-Sep-12 @ 2:16 AM
Can you tell me if the app be available for the Blackberry
jan - 27-Sep-12 @ 8:38 AM
When will the app be available for android tablets or phones?
Terry - 23-Sep-12 @ 3:05 PM
Hi, Could you please help me.I dont have an i phone or ipad.How can I get the CakeUlator application to my pc. please.I've beeceptedn trying for the last two days, so any help would be gratefully ac
Norms - 21-Sep-12 @ 3:03 PM
Will you be able to e-mail when the cakeulator app is ready for androind phones
chrissy56 - 20-Sep-12 @ 12:31 PM
I want this app for my kindle fire (android)
sweetmischiefja - 20-Sep-12 @ 1:02 AM
When is it going to be available for the android phones?plzzzzzzzzz i think it will be a huge hit x
Yummy Mummy's cakes - 17-Sep-12 @ 3:14 AM
Is there a way of being notified when the android version becomes available?
KEzzaCake - 3-Sep-12 @ 11:21 PM
Would love this app for android pretty please :)
Sassy64 - 1-Sep-12 @ 11:14 AM
Is there an app for the iPad as well
Wendown - 28-Aug-12 @ 10:55 PM
I would like to know if I can have the cakeulator for HTC phone Android.
Evy - 26-Aug-12 @ 11:12 PM
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