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post #16 of 23
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Thank you so much for all that great advised. But at the beginning of this yr. My fam went thru all the trying that is required and we have our license and or permits to sell food n bake goods from home, so thank you for the suggestion its been done. Before you go on in how my fam and not me have permits let me jst say i live in that home with the permits which allows me to sell aswell with my parents... Now the only reason why i ask for a price was because she insisted in paying me something. I  don't sell in a regular basis, it was just a ?  in thee event i would have another request to make a cake and not lose money, since my fam was giving me a hard time . If it was a business am sure i wouldn't be asking anyone how much to sell my cakes for.  As much i dont mind all the negative comments i really appreciate the good ones, cake central in a community of bakers to help one another not to attack them and be rude abt grammar and call me unprofessional, you dont no me and do not know how i present myself with any one .... its called texting or shorthand typing ect.... With that said thank you .

post #17 of 23
The best way to set your price is to add up your costs (including ingredients, labor, and allocated overhead) then add an additional markup to bring your price in line with market prices. Since your family is already running a food business from your home they should be able to help you with the details, including market research and a business plan, as well as putting together the required labels for the products you sell.
post #18 of 23
Thread Starter 

I will thank you Jason.

post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by pieceofcaketx View Post

If it is truly a hobby and you have no desire to make money then just ask family and friends to purchase the ingredients/supplies for you and then make them the cake. That way (I think) you aren't breaking any cottage food/health department laws and your family should be satisfied the money isn't coming out of your pocket.

 

You are still required to be compliant with local food safety laws if you receive any form of compensation for your cake. The good news is California just passed a cottage food law, so OP can apply for a cottage food license from her county health dept and legally sell food made from home.

If this is truly a hobby then she should not accept any money for the cakes, as soon as you start accepting money it becomes a business.

I dont mean to hijack OPs thread, but I just wanted to get some clarification on this, because I see this a lot on this site.  If someone gives you materials and says "please make me a cake", is that really considered compensation?  No money is changing hands, and it isn't even a form of barter.  To me, I dont see it as being any different than going to a friend's house and raiding their kitchen to make them a cake.  The only difference is that I am now using their materials in my own home.  

post #20 of 23
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I dont mean to hijack OPs thread, but I just wanted to get some clarification on this, because I see this a lot on this site.  If someone gives you materials and says "please make me a cake", is that really considered compensation?
Technically yes, but in reality since there is no paper trail the risk of getting caught is virtually nonexistent, especially if you aren't acting as a business (no advertising, no business cards, no business web site, no invoices) and offer this service only to friends and family. If I had any baking skills I wouldn't hesitate to do this for friends and family without a license.
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To me, I dont see it as being any different than going to a friend's house and raiding their kitchen to make them a cake.  The only difference is that I am now using their materials in my own home.  
Some states have personal chef exemptions, where you are allowed to charge whatever you want and do not require an inspection as long as you make the food product from start to finish at the customer's site.
post #21 of 23

technically and legalistically i guess yes it is some kind of 'payment'

 

but i srsly doubt that anyone in authority would give it the time of day or a fraction thereof

 

if done on a random basis --say two or three times a year or something even up to once a month sometimes

 

for close friends & family (not friends of friends)

 

if someone wanted to bust you for the suspected marijuana farm in your house and needed cause--maybe

 

but just to set you straight and mess with you--who would do that

 

if there are complaints--sure you're toast

 

but that would be a cease and desist order/letter--maybe a fine

 

done

 

if your mom pays you for cutting her hair do you declare that on your taxes?

one baker's never ever do is the next baker's 'i swear by this'
 
one baker's never ever do is the next baker's 'i swear by this'
 
post #22 of 23
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Thank you so much for all that great advised. But at the beginning of this yr. My fam went thru all the trying that is required and we have our license and or permits to sell food n bake goods from home, so thank you for the suggestion its been done. Before you go on in how my fam and not me have permits let me jst say i live in that home with the permits which allows me to sell aswell with my parents... Now the only reason why i ask for a price was because she insisted in paying me something. I  don't sell in a regular basis, it was just a ?  in thee event i would have another request to make a cake and not lose money, since my fam was giving me a hard time . If it was a business am sure i wouldn't be asking anyone how much to sell my cakes for.  As much i dont mind all the negative comments i really appreciate the good ones, cake central in a community of bakers to help one another not to attack them and be rude abt grammar and call me unprofessional, you dont no me and do not know how i present myself with any one .... its called texting or shorthand typing ect.... With that said thank you .

I hope you don't think I'm ganging up on you. I was just trying to get more information. It's great you have a license. I would follow Jason's advice about adding up all your costs and including a markup. 

post #23 of 23

There have now been a few threads dealing with this type of thing (spelling, grammar etc).  I changed the title so this thread will populate in a Google search and that was my only intent.

 

Many of you ganging up in this thread have had warnings sent in the past 24 hours for the same thing but different thread.  This is your final warning:  I have my finger in the "ban" button and will not hesitate to use it.  And BTW, this new system has IP tracking so you will NOT be able to just re-join like you used to.

 

Knock it off. 

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