Now Jason, I almost always agree with you but not this time. KLHoward has a point. If someone is truly just starting out, has little experience, & is doing this as a hobby they can't really expect to charge the same. How many cakes can they possibly do?
I understand it perpetuates the silly client who thinks they can get cheap cake. No one wants that. However, If they explain this is a hobby, the funds barely cover costs, etc I say go for it.
When I first left the bakery for whom I worked, I was done. I left to get pregnant & have a baby! So many people wanted my cakes. It got to the point that my husband said it was costing too much. So, I started asking people to cover my cost...just cost. I did maybe one all cake every month. I doubt it impacted any local business. Once word spread, my husband demanded & encouraged more legal avenues & a real business. Still, even without years in the industry, I was new. I set my first 3 wedding cakes at $3.75 per slice. That's a steal in my town ($4 - $
The rest that first year were $4 per slice.
Oops I guess I ran on a bit about me. I se all the valid points. If it is a hobby & you just like doing it @ want to cover costs, please remember to say so. Educate potential clients for the rest of us.