A posted recently about a baby shower cake that I offered to make and about a week out, I was told to make 100 servings (which I vetoed after asking CC what you thought).
Here's another example of how hobby baking continues to make me frustrated with people:
A friend (not a close one by any means) asked me to make her sister's 40th birthday cake. I told her that I had a very busy weekend right before the cake would be due, but she said it was only for 20 people. When I heard 20 people, I told her that it was fine since I thought, 'well, an 8-inch round is not a big deal - I can bake and freeze.' We discussed design and she was thrilled.
She texts me later on in the day saying, "My mom said to make the cake for 40." To which I replied, "40?! Yikes, that's a lot more cake." She then wrote back that she was sorry and didn't realize that her mom was planning that big of a party.
I wrote, "Well a cake for 40 is a lot more work because the bigger the cake, the more surface area that needs to be covered, and it is a lot more expensive for me. The fondant alone is going to cost me about $40."
No reply. No offer to pay for supplies - nothing. I emailed her a few days later (because I know that I will run into her at my kids' school and I just wanted to kill any awkwardness) to say that I had never heard back from her and that she should call me.
I intend to tell her (in the nicest way possible) that I realize that people truly have no idea about cost, but that my cakes cost me a lot to make. I don't know anyone who would just give away $50 gifts to people they don't know (like my friend's sister - whom I don't even know). And that's not even taking into consideration the hours and hours of my time. She wouldn't even take the time to return a text, for crying out loud.
I'm thinking about making a 'Cake FAQ' post on my FB page that would say (among other things) the following (although I think my tone sounds kind of pissy but I guess that reflects my current state of mind):
1. Why don't you go into business?
Because once anything becomes work, it's becomes less fun.
2. I got quoted on a cake at a professional shop and it was RIDICULOUSLY expensive. What gives?
Cakes are EXPENSIVE TO MAKE. As a hobby baker, on average, my cakes cost me between $50 - $75 (some a lot more if there are many servings). Fondant is expensive, the chocolate I use is expensive, and then there are the overhead costs like electricity, paper towels, etc that are all involved in the process. Cakes are very labour intensive - hours and hours go into each creation. Professional cake artists charge what they charge because otherwise they would not make a living. Trust me, you are being quoted fairly.
Sorry for the rant, CC - I'm just bummed out by people. :(