Funny business, this cake and cookie operation of mine.
Not only do I have to be creative, I also must be on my mathematical toes. Which, for me, is quite a stretch. For whatever reason, the formulas I employ on a daily basis are the ones that I filed away in a special corner of my brain after learning them in 8th grade math class. Like quickly figuring out the circumference of a circle so the ribbon that adorns the cake board gets measured and cut to perfection.
Or, the subject of today’s post: what to say when a prospective client asks about the price difference between a 2.5 inch cookie and 1.5 inch cookie.
So what, who cares, you say? A little bigger, a little smaller, it’s not that big a difference.
I’m sorry to say this to you, but your assumption is incorrect.
Allow me to
show off my one math trick illustrate.
The square on the right looks a lot bigger than the square on the left. We’re talking square inches now.
[cue the formula 'l x w = a']
Each side of the square is 2.5 inches. Multiply 2.5 x 2.5 (the height and the width) and you get 6.5, according to my trusty calculator.
Now, multiply the smaller square’s stats. 1.5 x 1.5 equals 2.25.
6.5 square inches is a far cry larger than 2.25 square inches. It’s not quite 2.9 times larger.
It works the same way for rectangular cookies.
Circles are a little different:
The circle on the left has an area of .78 as opposed to the circle on the right which has an area of 3.14. And, yes, we’re talking about the difference between a 1 inch circle and a 2 inch circle.
Consider this when figuring out the quantity of ingredients for your cookie dough and royal icing. Be mindful that it’s going to take more of everything, including the most mystifying of all pricing factors, labor, to make and package these cookies.
Size does matter, especially when it comes to your bank account.