Originally Posted by JessDesserts
1 last thing: I do not know how to quote someone in that little white box and then write my response underneath, but, to the person who said that it doesnt cost $80 to make 40 cupcakes......you're right. But my time is worth charging for, as well as my experience ( as little as it may be).
If you're charging for your time and experience, then you're doing it for profit. Not much
profit at $2/cupcake, but for profit.
If you first state that you don't bake for profit, and then you clearly quote something more than the out of pocket expenses, I would have been shocked, too. I'd hope I'd be a little more polite, but I'd still be shocked by your quote.
Do a cost card. Figure out what it really costs, and feel free to charge exactly that if you're genuinely not baking for profit. (Of course, if you're not licensed and not working out of a legal kitchen, even that's illegal--and a whole different issue. As an attorney I feel obliged to mention it.)
I don't bake for profit, and I don't accept money for cakes. I only do them as gifts for friends. But I do keep cost cards. When friends have offered to pay for the ingredients, I'm willing to show them the cost cards so they know that I'm not kidding when I tell them that there are $63.79 worth of ingredients in the cake. I still don't accept anything in return, and even though it feels a bit uncouth to reveal the exact dollar amount, at least they're being educated as to exactly how expensive the product really is. I also like to point out what a standard bakery and a luxury bakery's standard markup over the cost card price is, so they don't have unrealistic expectations of how much it would cost to buy the product. It's my small effort to educate a small section of the public.