How many people on these forums do cake decorating for a living? Just curious because my husband always says 'you can start your own business doing...' but personally I am not a start your own business kind of girl, I would rather work for somebody doing cakes...
If you just do it for fun...what is your occupation?
I personally do it just for fun for now. I would like to explore my options eventually working for someone else (provided this isn't just a phase I am going through...LOL) Currently I am an office girl.
I do it as a part time job. I currently hold a full time job as a financial analyst so I can only do this on a part time basis. I don't think I could make a living from cake decorating alone since my clientel isn't that large.
I'm a kindergarten teacher! I love teaching as much as I love decorating cakes.
I work for a large wireless carrier as a Traffic Engineer.
I started doing cakes after my kids were born and my first birthday cake was 60+ dollars. I said, "shoot, I'm crafty, I could do this" and save money too.
Nothing special. I'm an assistant manager for a store called Torrid. It's all plus sizes. I just do cakes for fun for now. I've only been decorating for a few months, so I've still got LOTS to learn, but it is my goal to one day open my own bakery. Here's hoping!
I work for a large corporation programming and troubleshooting phone systems. I currently do cakes for friends,family etc., but am looking into to starting a business.
I work full time as an executive assistant for a large private company.
Right now I decorate cakes for family/friends/fun but would like to take this further and make some $$.
I've been a full time police officer for 26 years. I do cakes for friends and family as a hobby. Hoping to do it a bit more frequently when I retire....
I am an artist. I own Sanctuary Arts. I have only been doing cakes for a few months and look forward to doing them as another venture. I have already copywritten the name: The Pink Box. I remember in movies or tv when someone bought something special from a bakery it was in a pink box. Kind of the idea of the mint green boxes from Tiffany's. Everyone knows where you have been and how special that something in that container must be!
I am a paramedic and do cakes and such on the side for now. It's a dream to hopefully one day to be able to do cake decorating all the time. It'd be a lot less stressful for me.
So interesting that not very many of us work for someone decorating cakes...Just curious what everyone else does around here!
Thanks for all the responses!
I work at a cake and cake supply store. I'm a WMI I teach at the store I work at and also Hobby Lobby. I do cakes and candy to make extra money.
I'm at stay at home mom till July. That's when I go to school bus driving school~
I am also a volunter Firewoman. I go on EMS & Fire calls with the FD & EMT crew & police. I drive the engines/ help fight fires/assist the paramedics w/emergancy calls, etc. I Love it!
I bake & decorate cakes for fun... I've done a few cakes for friends & family.. starting to get more orders but I'm not in the business. I wanta have fun! I usually do 1 to 2 cakes a week. I love decorating too! It gets stressful when you do too much though. I had a wedding cake & groom's cake last weekend talk about stressful!!!
Hi, this is my first post but thought it a good place to start. I am a stay at home mom! My son is 3 and my daughter is 2. I started the wilton courses as a way to get out of the house for a couple hours every week. I am hooked now, I love decorating! I try to practice as much as I can with 2 kids! Take care, Thena
I decorate cakes for fun, and also for friends, and family, I have thought about going more into it when I retire (at least 10yrs from now) I am the kitchen manager at the county jail where I live.
Why don't we all invest in one huge warehouse and decorate and sell our cakes. Since we all love to decorate cakes and want to make money I think this would be a great place to start. LOL!!!
I love decorating. Out of all the other hobbies I have cake decorating is my favorite.
I train horses for a living. Cakes are a way to relax or give me something to do when the weather doesn't cooperate. I love the horses and some of them love my cake! I'm also a student going for a veterinary degree. It's neat to find out about people. Thanks for asking the question.
I'm an at home mom with two boys. I've been selling cakes about a year, and hope to open a shop soon!
I am a customer service repair technician for Lionel Trains. Basically, I repair and play with toy trains all day.
I got into cake decorating because 75% of a meal is presentation. Olus I LOVE to bake and I want them to look as good as they taste, plus make money doing it!
Cool Joe, you and my FIL could probably talk for hours, he LOVES Lionel Trains and I think the one he set up for my son is Lionel. My 3 yr old son is very into trains and when he's at "Nana & Pa's" they go in the basement and each puts a conductor hat on, way too cute!!
I am currently a stay at home mom of a two year old boy and a nine month old girl. I am currently pursuing my bachelors degree in accounting and only decorate cakes for friends and family. My hubby teases that I should have changed my major to culinary arts since I love baking and decorating cakes so much.
I am a Veterinary Tech part time/full time mom of a 2 1/2 year old boy.
I just started decorating and love it. I imagine some day of having a business out of my house.
Luceymoose-I bet we have ALOT in common.
I am self employed but my business is family childcare my goal is to get the cakes into a supporting business so I can someday close the childcare.
Years ago I took a 1 week vacation and filled in for an aunt of a childcare child and she took him. I learned then working in a bakery was NOT for me. Too many cakes in a day and no creativity there was no time.
I need to depend on my income so for now I will grow both businesses.
this is sooo interesting! I am a stay at home mom of 3 boys... I just started decorating and i just love it! I feel like Im always looking for a reason to bake a cake! Its fun to put it all together and then see the end result and think "wow, i did that" ... wayy too cool!
thanks for sharing your stories!!!
I am a stay at home mom with a 2 year old.
I have a degree in photography, computer graphics, and cosmetology.
Funny huh... how live is. I have no schooling whatsoever in cake baking and decorating and been doing it off and on since i was 15(still waiting for a new wilton teacher at michael's)
I am currently assisting a friend of mine on weekends who is a photographer .
Out of all of them I LOVE baking the most.
I love reading all these posts too!! It is fun to find out about your friends! I am a SAHM to two girls (2 1/2 and 19 months). I started decorating cakes to save money, and earn some. I have been decorating cakes since September 2004 and I love it. I have a degree in Speech Communication and have worked in accounts payable and as an administrative assistant....so far being a SAHM has been the most fun and rewarding, but I miss having co-workers to chat with and go to lunch with!!! Now, we are always pinching pennies!!!
Suzanna, I know what you mean about pinching pennies! I worked in a Lawn & Garden Store till last Aug. when I hurt my back. That's why I became a SAHM again. It has been hard on my family without the extra income coming in. God has always taken care of us!!
I took the Wilton courses because my sister begged me to & also so I could get out of the house. I had been on bedrest from Aug to Oct. I was very bored!! Cake decorating is my first hobby!!! Yep... I never had a hobby before this.. well cleaning if you can call that one, LOL!!! I have always lived through my kids & DH. Not anymore! I have spent some money getting started but it has all been worth it!! I'll be going back into the work force hopefully in July. Then I won't be able to do decorating as much. We need the extra income! I hate it but we need it with 2 half grown kids! TEENS!
AND OF COURSE BEING A MOM IS THE BEST.
HOW COULD I FORGET THAT ONE.
AND OF COURSE BEING A MOM IS THE BEST.
HOW COULD I FORGET THAT ONE.
ASHIAN!! i Second that!!! Its the greatest thing on this earth
I quit work 22 years ago to be home with our 3 sons, opened an in home daycare, and took a Wilton class to be able to save money by decorating my boys cakes for their birthdays. Today, our three sons are either going into or leaving college, I still have my daycare, and I am decorating lots of wedding cakes (which would have been hard to do when my boys were younger). Who else started out taking a class to save money by doing their own cakes?