I wish I knew what to charge. A lot of friends see my cakes and go "Oh, I didn't know you made cakes. How much for one like that?" When I tell them that the ingredients alone are at least $50. That doesn't include my time and extras like gold coloring, etc. Then they say, "I spent so much on the party stuff, I don't have much of a budget left." Of course being friends, that tugs at my heart and I give it to them for less than the ingredients. That's it! I guess I need to toughen up a little and give them the alternative,,,,, go to the grocery store bakery and pay $30 for a sheet cake. I am now doing a 6" x 6" round carrot wedding cake and 2 dozen pistachio cup cakes for the wedding. I agreed to do this as the gift to the bride and groom but what would I have charged normally?