I would agree with all of the above responses, plus here’s another one I struggle with: I live in an area in which there isn’t much competition as far as cakes go, so demand has forced me to increase my prices. I’m in my late twenties, so most of my friends are getting married and/or having children and there’s constantly a birthday party, baby shower, bridal shower, etc. I myself couldn’t afford one of my own cakes and I wouldn’t expect most of my friends to be able to either. It seems like most of them feel obligated to purchase a cake from me just so I won’t think they’re being cheap or to prove to me that my work is deserving of what I’m charging. That, or they feel the need to explain why they couldn’t purchase one of my cakes. Either way, it’s always an awkward situation. I’ve donated my share and pretty much everyone I know has gotten a freebie. I really don’t think there is any way around this situation but i just thought i would share!