Ah, the Joys of making cakes in your Home!

Decorating By lovable_lauren3 Updated 26 Jan 2007 , 4:08pm by jstritt

korkyo Posted 30 Dec 2006 , 3:04am
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Lint brush... that's a good idea. I don't have pets but long hair. That would be a good idea before entering the shop.

As for the thieves...............my comment is always "touch it and die".
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RisqueBusiness Posted 30 Dec 2006 , 3:09am
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or "Touch it and pull back a stump"..lol

JoanneK Posted 30 Dec 2006 , 6:39am
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or "Touch it and pull back a stump"..lol




OMG I can't stop laughing over this one.

TiffTurtle Posted 6 Jan 2007 , 6:59am
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ok so i have a question for yall... heres my story...i know someone who is trying to get into making things from home ( jellies, jams, candy etc...) and has like 6 or so pets in the house...BUT...there is hair EVERYWHERE!!! its drives me nutso...im not a neat freak..but im clean...so imma toss out a question...how do you go about bringing up something like this to someone with out it sounding like you are trying to tell them what to do or how to do it? i dont want to seem like an a$$ by saying something..i mean i have even seen this person pick animal hair out of things that have been made...how would any of you handle this? any suggestions?

kelleym Posted 6 Jan 2007 , 7:08am
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ok so i have a question for yall... heres my story...i know someone who is trying to get into making things from home ( jellies, jams, candy etc...) and has like 6 or so pets in the house...BUT...there is hair EVERYWHERE!!! its drives me nutso...im not a neat freak..but im clean...so imma toss out a question...how do you go about bringing up something like this to someone with out it sounding like you are trying to tell them what to do or how to do it? i dont want to seem like an a$$ by saying something..i mean i have even seen this person pick animal hair out of things that have been made...how would any of you handle this? any suggestions?




Ew, ew, ew. Yuck. Are you allowed to have pets in the home in NC for a licensed home biz? I would make some remark to her about being surprised the Health Department would allow it, because pets shed everywhere. All the time. Just like people. Yuck. I'm so grossed out I have to go to bed. icon_smile.gif

TiffTurtle Posted 6 Jan 2007 , 7:15am
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well she is not liced...and i dont think that she is...im in the process of getting my lic right now and in NC you CAN NOT have indoor pets and get liced. so because of her not being liced she is not being inspected and so unless someone finds a hair and goes to her home no one would know...so what should i do?

kaychristensen Posted 6 Jan 2007 , 8:18am
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RisqueBusiness Posted 6 Jan 2007 , 2:43pm
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Kay, if you re read the original post you will see that she mentions her grandmother's death in passing...the main story is that her DOG ate the WEDDING CAKE..

The thread IS about having pets in the home....

( and not "jumping" on you..lol)

cakerunner Posted 6 Jan 2007 , 3:23pm
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"If I had my dream kitchen...It would be all stainless steel from top to bottom and all I had to do is close the door press a button and it would be self cleaning with water shooting out of the walls , ceilings and it would self dry too..lol "
RisqueBis... ME TOO!!!!!!!

BooBooKitty Posted 14 Jan 2007 , 5:26am
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Dog or no dog, cake or no cake. I am very sorry your grandmother passed.

Janette Posted 14 Jan 2007 , 5:46am
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I too am sorry for your loss.

I What a great thread. love all the variety of views we have here, very nicely done.

I have a Dog and two Cats. They are not allowed in the kitchen. I give the kitchen a good scrub before baking. I wear a hair band or net. I always use a lent brush on my clothes and put on a clean apron. My hands are washed and I use a hand brush to clean under and around my nails. Kind of like surgery.

I have a daughter and a son-in-law that is OCD when it comes to germs. If nothing else they keep me on my toes.

I've worked in resturants that look very clean on the outside. If I told you stories you would never eat out again. I also worked in a meat packing house. After that a hair don't seem so bad.

ShirleyW Posted 14 Jan 2007 , 8:43am
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No cake decorator wants to walk in and see cake crumbs making a trail to their kitchen, which is what I walked upstairs to. First off, my grandmother had passed away the morning of the wedding, I was already upset from that, but I had to do the cake now. I mean it was the day of the wedding. All I had to do was finish icing the cakes, and add the ribbon at the reception site. I went into my basement to get the box for transporting and came back upstairs and saw that my dog had decided to eat half of the bottom layer ( of course the largest). I was due at the reception site in 30 minutes. So with a quick call to the bride, I told her I would be there at 5, one hour before the reception, to set up. I baked my butt off and my mom helped me finish up. I finished working right up until the wedding party arrived. It was slightly embarrassing having all the guest watch me, but I made it through and the cake turned out pretty good (see Ribbon Parade in my photo album). Needless to say my cakes will not be temporarily left on the dining table anymore. icon_biggrin.gif




I think this is one of the reasons why health departments are so strict about regulations and why it is so difficult to get a license for doing cakes at home. Would you order a cake for yourself from a bakery if you walked into their kitchen or shop and saw a dog walking around? I wouldn't, I don't think the two things are compatible. You either have a food business or you have an animal, but not both. No matter how good a housekeeper you are there are going to be dog/cat hairs in your home, and those hairs are going to transfer to your cakes at some time. Sorry if I sound scolding, but I feel pretty strongly about sanitation with food products.

Jorre Posted 14 Jan 2007 , 5:09pm
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I have a Bullmastiff....talking a counter height 80lb dog and he's a puppy and only getting bigger and yes, he lives inside.

There are NO dog hairs in anything I cook or bake! Nor do I ever have to worry about my dog sniffing or touching my cakes. I simply don't put them anywhere near where he could hope to reach. Ensures that neither the dog, my 2 kids or my hubby can touch them either! As soon as I finish anything or if I need to step away, it's put in a covered container on top of a cabinet in our home office.

I decorate on a bar height counter that neither poochy or kids can reach. I also have an simple easy-clean kitchen. My entire kitchen has caesar-stone walls and counters and a stone floor. I can wash/sanitize my entire kitchen prior to baking.

Since I am in CA, I only bake/decorate for fun and give my cakes away. Nobody has ever complained or turned down a free cake and they all are fully aware that my giant pooch is usually sleeping in his crate in my dining room while I bake.

jstritt Posted 25 Jan 2007 , 10:24pm
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Wow, look like home bakers with pets, husbands and "sticky children" both took a beating this time on this thread.

By the way, my kitchen is impecable, and I have both pets and a "sticky child" (and a husband).

jstritt Posted 25 Jan 2007 , 10:50pm
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Sorry, meant to say "sticky fingered children". And I have one "sticky fingered child"

spottydog Posted 25 Jan 2007 , 10:59pm
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Wow, look like home bakers with pets, husbands and "sticky children" both took a beating this time on this thread.

By the way, my kitchen is impecable, and I have both pets and a "sticky child" (and a husband).




i ditto that!

I have dogs & a 2 yr old boy. The health department just asks that the "animals" not be in the kitchen while baking.

Oh sorry I wasn't calling my son an animal, lol. Well maybe sometimes... icon_lol.gif

stephaniescakenj Posted 26 Jan 2007 , 2:47am
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geez way to discourage a cake central friend guys!!! I think you made a beautiful cake(s) and you did fantastic under pressure Lauren. I would have thrown in the towel and started crying. I have a dog, three cats and two kids and maybe my house isn't the cleanest on the block, but my kitchen certainly is. Just because a dog is in the house, it doesn't mean we all live like pigs. I think it's perfectly acceptable to have animals indoors while you cook as long as you're sanitary but accidents do happen, that's why there's a disaster forum!!! Clearly the cakes were seperated, if they were stacked I could sort of see why everyone is in an uproar but they're all seperated. Maybe I'm being too harsh on everyone that is against animals but poor lauren came on here looking for some encouragement and the bulk of the feedback was really negative.

jstritt Posted 26 Jan 2007 , 4:08pm
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Well said, stephaniescakenj!!!!!!

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