How much do I charge a friend?

Business By cakeMeesa Updated 4 Sep 2013 , 3:49am by MBalaska

cakeMeesa Posted 3 Sep 2013 , 9:14pm
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I am making a birthday cake for my friend's daughter. It's her first birthday so I'll be baking a 2 tier cake, 6" and 9" with ganache filling and covered in fondant. I will be decorating it with more fondant elements as well as putting a modeling chocolate figure on top. I will also be making a smash cake, as well as a dozen gluten-free cupcakes topped with ganache.


I don't have a business and I do this as a hobby.. so I have no idea how much to charge. It's always difficult for me to give a price when they are a friend. Any tips on how much I should charge?

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Norasmom Posted 3 Sep 2013 , 9:21pm
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Keep reading this forum!  It's illegal to charge if you are not baking out of a licensed and certified kitchen.  I will PM you.

kikiandkyle Posted 3 Sep 2013 , 10:55pm
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When it's a friend it's completely up to you what you charge. There's no magic 'friends pricing chart'. Charge what you feel comfortable charging, if it's just for your ingredients then just charge that, if you feel like you should get something for your time, charge for that too (assuming it's even legal to charge as a non-licensed baker in your area).


Bear in mind that your friend may not expect to pay at all, or may not expect to pay as much as the ingredients cost because they have no idea how much these things cost, or may expect to pay full market price because she knows the value of good cake. Only you know what the situation is. 


Personally I don't charge anything for my cakes, but I also get to decide what goes on and in them.

kikiandkyle Posted 4 Sep 2013 , 12:27am
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AEspecially with gluten free and ganache on the menu.

MBalaska Posted 4 Sep 2013 , 3:49am
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Only you know what your payoff, end result, or subsequent consequence  may be. It's entirely your responsibility to decide.

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