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Budget Living: Bake Your Own

Posted By Jessica Fisher On January 30, 2009 @ 11:16 am In Birthdays,Budget Living,Cakes | 12 Comments


You knew I had to say it. After all, I’ve been waxing eloquent all week about the benefits [4] of baking and decorating your own celebration cakes. (If you missed it, check out the Birthday Cake Round Up [5] to see some great cakes made by readers and to leave your own link.)

But, let’s talk dollars and sense. Dollar $igns often speak louder than anything else.

Yesterday was FishPapa’s birthday, and we celebrated with a Chocolate Cheesecake [6]. Oh my! This thing is gooooood! And very easy to prepare.


If I were to buy him a comparable cake from Cheesecake Factory [8], I would pay upwards from $42.95 for a 10-inch cake.

I baked my own with ingredients that were not on sale. (Yeah, I know. Sacrilege. But, I needed these items. Anyway, moving on….)

Here’s the cost breakdown:

$2.50 package chocolate cookies
$2.00 2 blocks cream cheese
$0.30 3 eggs
$0.15 sugar
$2.50 chocolate chips
$1.25 whipping cream
$0.30 butter

This totalled $9.00 – no tax on food in the State of California, thank you very much!

Nine bucks for a fantastic cheesecake! And that is with non-sale ingredients. Imagine how low you could get this price if the cookies, cream cheese, chocolate chips and whipping cream were on sale. That is one bargain cake.

I don’t pretend to be as good a baker as Cheesecake Factory, but my point is that you can make “good enough” at home for a lot less money.

What do you make at home that saves you money? Tell us in the comments.

Wanna Make a Pretty Cool Cake? Buy the Ebook. [4]
Birthday Cake Round Up [5]
Presenting the Indiana Jones Birthday Cake [9]
Chocolate, anyone? [6]
For more frugal tips, visit Frugal Friday [10].

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