Friday, 24 August 2012

Start Your Own Cake Making Business?

Have you got it what it takes to start you own cake making business?

Many people dream of starting their own business, you may be making cakes at home for friends and family and dreamed about opening your own business.

Well in today's tough economic climate, many people are starting registered businesses from home. With the surge in home baking, pushed by TV shows, such as The Great British Bake Off, more and more people are doing just that.

So what do you need to do.?

The first thing to do is make sure that you are doing everything in the correct way, safely and the quickest way. Consider enrolling at evening class for a cake decorating course, many colleges and private courses offer basic cake decorating courses, and some, such as Penningtons, even offer courses in starting a cake business from home.

The key to any successful business is pricing to be profitable. We hear time and time again from cake makers quotes such as "well I only do it as a hobby", "I only charge for ingredients", "I'm not really professional", "I charge £20 a cake" etc etc.. You really need to sit down and work out exactly what a cake costs you to make. so Make and 8" cake, how much greaseproof paper did you use to line the tin, how much flour, butter, sugar, eggs, and any other ingredients did you use. Work out ingredients to a cost per gram, so that you can scale it up or down for bigger or smaller cakes e.g. if your recipe for an 8" cake asks for 200g of butter, 250g costs you £1.40, then 1g costs you 0.005p, so the butter in the 8" cake is 200 x 0.005, is costing you £1. Do this for all your ingredients, even things like icing, jam, sugar glue, cake box, board and ribbon.
Once you have done all of this, you will be able to see that your 8" cake costs you e.g. £15 to make, this is before the cost of wages and profit! To work out profit you need to decide how much money you would like to make on your cakes to be profitable, so if you have any hidden costs such as advertising, you need to add this to the £15 pounds before you start. If you want to make 30%, add 30% to the £15 - this is a very low figure, most business would increase the trade prices by times 2.5 - so £15 would be £45 - however this then makes your cake quite expensive. Take a look at what other people are selling their cakes for, work out how much your cakes cost to make, and decide where you want to be - there is nothing wrong with being slightly more expensive than other people, and nothing wrong with having similar price.

You also  need to add in the cost of wages, take a look at the UK minimum wage, and decide what you would like to be paid for your work from there. If a cake takes you 4 hours to make, and you want to be paid £6.50 an hour, you need to add this to the cost of the cake.

Stay Legal!
Staying within the law is essential, you must take a basic food hygiene course, you can do this at most local colleges, it's usually a day course, *(half day tutoring, and a quick tick box exam), these are relatively easy and nothing to worry about, but it means that you know the basics of keeping your kitchen up to required standards.
Register with the local authority - you must do this, or else you will be breaking the law! If you get paid for your cakes you must be registered with the local authority, phone and chat to your local environmental health office - they are usually friendly people and will want to help you! Your premises will be visited to check that they meet the standards, if they don't you will be told what you need to do to correct it - easy!
Making an income - make sure you declare what you sell for tax purposes, missing this out can lead to big bills and fines! Visit HMRC to find out more. Set yourself up a business bank account, really easy to do, and most business account managers can advice you on what you need to do - that's what they are there for!
Get insured - you can do this cheaply through the british sugarcraft guild.

Enjoy it 
Don't bite off more than you can chew, if you've never made a wedding cake and you get asked for a 7 tier cake on pillars, think about whether you have the skills to do it successfully - the last thing you want to do is let someone down on their big day.

Don't take on too much, working through the night is not conducive to great cake decorating skills and ability, if you've got to do 8 cakes by Saturday morning and each cake takes 2 hours to decorate - you're really pushing it!

Make sure you are fully aware of what a client wants you to do, it's a good idea to design an order sheet, so you right down exactly what the client wants and get them to sign it - so everyone is clear on what has been agreed.

Marketing
Word of mouth is the single best piece of marketing you can have. Printed advertising saps money and can lead to very few enquiries. Get into the local schools, offer to make cakes to sell at fetes, but give out your own leaflets for party cakes. Do Wedding Fayre's (make sure you cost exactly how much this is going to cost you and whether is will be worth it i.e. how many cakes would you need to make to cover the cost of the stand. Do markets - investigate your local town market - could you have a stall, how much would it cost, how many cakes could you expect to sell? How many orders could you expect to take?

Cake Decorating Supplies
If you are buying lots of supplies each week, make sure you are buying from best sources - check out your local shop - if you are buying over 10kg of icing a week and 12 boards a week, and everything else, then they may offer you a discount, don't expect a discount though if you are only making 2-3 cakes a week!

Also check out online suppliers for discounts - but remember you will pay shipping on this, although if you order a lot, most companies offer free shipping!
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Thursday, 23 August 2012

New products at Cake-Links

New Products - Perfect for Wedding, Engagements, Anniversaries, or just  a good old celebration

We've just taken stock of these lovely cake toppers, perfect for a Girls Birthday cake, the metal pink heart says 'you're a star' in embossed lettering, and the silver stars are great for around the top of the cake, or better still use in cupcakes.


We also have this gorgeous vintage style crown shaped heart cake topper. We think the off white colour would compliment most wedding cakes, and really finished off the classic look.

Need something for cupcakes, we have just the thing. Tiny metal hearts, or stars or doves on wooden picks, easy to use and look great.

Great Cake Decorations From Cake-Links Ltd

Monday, 20 August 2012

Cake and Bake Show - London


The Cake and Bake Show 2012, is shaping up to be a spectacular exhibition of all things cake!

Earls Court, London -  22 & 23 September 


Featuring a Cake Kitchen,  Bakery Theatre, Kids Kitchen, Sugarcraft Showcase, Market Place where you can taste and try artisan baked goodies, and also a supplier zone where you can shop the latest products and innovations in baking and cake making. 

And if all that wasn't enough there are guest speakers and demos from some of the UK's top Bakers and chocolatiers and Cake Makers including, Mary Berry, Eric Lanlard, Paul Hollywood, Mitch Turner and more!

Book your tickets now by visiting http://thecakeandbakeshow.co.uk/visit/

 

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Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Dundee Cake : The Ultimate Recipe


 

Dundee Cake : The Ultimate Recipe


We read with interest this fascinating article about Dundee Cake
Currently the search is on to find the ultimate Dundee Cake Recipe in a bid to get European Protected Name Status for this traditional rich fruit cake. If the Protected Name status is awarded, like Cornish Pasties, this tasty cake will only be able to made locally i.e. in Dundee!

You can read more from the BBC at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-19150348

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Saturday, 4 August 2012

One Recipe - different size cake tins

One Recipe - different size cake tins

We've all been there, we have a tried and tested recipe, but need to make a bigger cake with it.

If you have a Madeira Cake Recipe than you can start from an 8" recipe, and the following should help. Remember although the quanity increases sounds a lot - you are measuring in volume, not just the width of the tin!

So for a
                                    6" cake tin, half the recipe
                                    7" cake tin, 3/4 of the recipe
                                    8" cake tin, is the complete recipe
                                    9" cake tin, is the whole recipe plus a third
                                   10" cake tin, is double the recipe
                                    11" cake tin, is two and a half times the recipe
                                    12" cake tin, is three and a quarter time the recipe

Remember that you baking times may vary slightly, a madeira cake usually takes one to one and a half hours to bake (at around 175 degrees C). Just skewer the cake to ensure the cake is baked completely.
 


Friday, 3 August 2012

Cupcakes!

Just a few pictures of simple cupcake designs!

























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Thursday, 2 August 2012

Just for Fun - cake Pictures

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Just A random selection of some of the cakes and models 

we have made in the past!

Black and white swirls cake - hand drawn with food pens and painted with blossom tint, with cut out applique flowers.
Her we go gathering flowers in May

Hello Sailor!
Rio Style - This cake was made for a little girl who wanted a beach hawii style party with carnival masks.
Simply elegant, a timeless design
You can't beat a good cupcake, with buttercream, edible sand, sugar pearls, and a push mould starfish!

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