Im so sorry if this is in the wrong spot! I didnât see a âintroduce yourself areaââ¦.
my name is Stephanie and im 20 years old. I work for my dadâs hot rod shop in Mansfield Texas for 3 years. I love the shop I work for but, I work for my father. If any of you work with your parents then you know how hard it can be! I have tried thinking about what I want to do in life as a career. I tried allot of things and got bored or disinterested.
Baking cakes, cookies, cupcakes and sweets is almost a high for me. I love to see the faces on my loved ones and people I donât even know when they eat something I made & fall in love with my creation. I have only worked with mostly boxed cakes. I donât have an artistic bone in my body but I love art and cake art is something I desperately want to learn.
Yesterday I looked up all the custom cake shops in Arlington TX and talked to 3 cake shops. So this is what I got from it. First I need to start off with Michaels baking classes. Then go to any cake shop that will allow me to work for free on Saturdays and sweep floors and clean. (This is so I can get a feel of how things are done). Then maybe after a little while they will let me start baking. Id be willing to pay for the things I use!
Almost every person I talk to say donât go to school and spend thousands of dollars because they really donât teach you anything you will use in the kitchen. (But they teach you the science). IV always dreamed of owning my own little cake shop in a small old downtown somewhere. My cakes would be every shape size and color. I want to do wedding cakes, birthday cakes, fish cakes, cakes shaped like a car, cakes shaped like animals. Whatever you can imagine and I want to be good. (Which I know will take years.
So here is my question to all of you wonderful knowledgeable bakers, artist, crazyâs (iv heard u have to be a little on the weird side to be in this industry, which is a good thing for me! ;0)â
1. What do you all think of my plan to start this career?
2. Do I have to know how to draw at first to be any good? (im thinking this will come with experience)
3. How much did all of you make at first verses now that you own a shop or run a shop?
4. What do you all think of how I think on everything?
All in all im just looking for advise. I want to do my own thing not what will make my dad happy. I want to know what you all have to say so there is no wrong answer.
Im extremely sorry for this long novel, spelling and grammar (this is why I need to get away with the secretary job I have now!) But you all are the best that I know of so please help me.
Thank you all so much for taking the time to read this! God bless you all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The young, thirsty for knowledge, willing to listen and learn
Well hello Stephanie, and welcome to CC!
First, Congrats and catching the bug. It sounds like you would be great at baking and decorating cakes. It is alot of fun! As far as learning, Michael's is a good place to start, but let me tell you it just scratches the surface. But, I do recommend you take the courses though.
Second, owning your own shop takes alot of work, blood, sweet and tears! I don't have my own shop....yet. I have a plan though. I'm trying to learn as much as I can about the cake business now so that when my youngest who is 8 months starts school, I will be ready! I know that sound like a long time to wait, but that's how it is for me. I have my eye on an empty storefront front right now, hmmm, I wonder I it will still be available in 5 years?
Third, I don't think you need to be able to draw to do cakes, but some artistic ability is nice to have. ( I can't draw to save my life)
I think if you stick around here very long, you will find so much information and inspiration that can't be found anywhere else IMHO. This place is great and has so many sharing and helpful people!
Good luck with your dreams, MessyBaker