I'm not "legal" and I sell cakes. I live in a really rural town and it just started as me making a few cakes for my family. I was really horrible too at it but liked doing it. Then after awhile my family was telling other people and I was getting cake orders. It was just one every few months, but ever since the summer now it has gotten to one a week.
I was really worried about this and talked with Kim Morrison a few weeks back while taking a class from her. She lives about an hour from me in a small town but close to bigger cities. Anyway, she said she stayed illegal until she was doing 2-3 wedding cakes a week, after she started competing and winning and her name was getting out there. She told me not to worry about it too much, especially because of where I live, until I get to a point where I'm doing a lot of business and could actually make a decent living on that business. I haven't even done a wedding cake yet.
She told me if I'm going to worry about anything, it should be using characters and other copy righted things on cakes. I'm not really concerned with this either, as I don't really make too many of those anyway.
It just made me feel better and right now I'm not going to worry about it too much. There are people in my town that sell pumpkin rolls and other holiday treats from their home and advertise and aren't legal.
I'd rather risk it until I know for sure I'll be doing this for awhile. I'm not normally a rule breaker by any means, I've always followed rules and laws and never gotten into any trouble whatsoever. But this is just something I'm not going to follow until I know it is worth it for me to do, plus I'm only selling to people that I know and I only charge for supplies basically at this point.
I think to each their own and nobody should be judged either way. We all have our reasons for doing things...right? If I get caught, than I'll have to pay the fine. That is just how it goes. Though, I'm hoping that won't happen...maybe I'll get warned first