Thank you so much for all of your replies. I have NOT been getting my email notifications to let me know when folks reply. I really appreciate everyone who understands my position & supports me. I love you all for that
For those of you (5 or 6 ) who don't understand my point of view and tried to make me seem like I'm some greedy/selfish person for not wanting to spend all of my time & money on supplies, how about YOU DONATE a cake to 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 etc of your customers or your family/friends/co-workers every time they give you a sob story about not having any money to pay for one of your cakes. After all, "it's a gift and we should give from a happy heart--and No good deed goes unpunished/you reap what you sow."
Give me a break! I'm a full time nursing student (who pays out of pocket for a Bachelors of Science Nursing degree), a wife and a mother of 3 all on my husband's income.
Oh, I get it, because I didn't take cake classes/go to school, nor have a bakers license or my own bakery, I don't have a right to make some profit from a gift that God blessed me with. Only those who are "professional" or have their own bakeries should make a profit, right? God gives everyone special gifts & talents--for several reasons 1) to make a living ($$$) off it 2) to bless people who are less fortunate. 3) To introduce Christ to people. I GIVE from my heart every day. I volunteer at my church, I'm a member of two of our ministries, in which I had to pay for my own dance uniforms/supplies. The relay event that I donated my cupcakes too, I found out that they were eating my cupcakes w/out paying for them, whereas, I wanted a purse & they charged me for it!
I bake cakes/cupcakes/cookies for people and charge them only for supplies. In fact I just made 40 cupcakes and a 6x4 round cake (under my pics) for a friend all for $60. So, don't act like I'm some selfish heathen who just wants money.
And I was right, I was asked to not only donate a cake to the church (which I agreed to do a small cake b/c I love my church) but I was also asked to "DONATE" a bridal shower cake and birthday cakes to members as well (which I declined). So, I didn't "misunderstand" what I was asked to do and I have every right to get compensated for my time and the money that I've spent, especially if I'm ASKED to just give it away.