Just Cakes?

Business By shadowcat1501 Updated 10 Jul 2009 , 3:32am by MichelleM77

shadowcat1501 Posted 7 Jul 2009 , 8:40am
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For those of you who have ventured out and opened up your own cake business, do you just sell cakes or do you sell other things like candy, pies, cookies, brownies, etc.? Just curious.

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poohthebear Posted 7 Jul 2009 , 9:28am
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I sell everything cakes, candy, cookies, cupcakes, pies, brownies and bars. In my area pies sell more than cakes sometimes. Are you thinking of opening your own shop?

shadowcat1501 Posted 7 Jul 2009 , 9:43am
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I would love to open my own business one day, but I've only been doing cake decorating for a few months. I have always loved to bake and make desserts of all kinds! I'm sort of known as the dessert person at family gatherings and on holidays. I like to cook other things too, but none as much as desserts. I know there will be a lot of 'business stuff' involved in opening my own place and I think that will be the only thing that holds me back.

poohthebear Posted 7 Jul 2009 , 9:57am
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I have to give a little chuckle, I too am the family dessert goto. But yes I cook everything. I started my own restaurant back in 2001, with the financing from a family member. We started and ran on a shoestring but it wasn't enough to keep going. Now I have an empty building full of equipment that only gets used for "family" dinners. So here's my word of wisdom for you. Start studying......study study study!! Take classes on starting a small business and getting grants and loans. I was told before I ever started that you need to have at least enough $$ to pay everything for 4 years. And when you start figuring everything you need that's alot of greenbacks. Good luck! Watch your local and health codes and start small but be warned this is a very addictive habit and hard to get out of your blood.

niccicola Posted 7 Jul 2009 , 1:19pm
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I do whatever the customer wants as long as it is within the Dept of Agriculture's guidelines (no refrigeration required).

But i usually only get cake/cupcake requests

classiccake Posted 8 Jul 2009 , 3:08am
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I am in my 15th year with a storefront and I only sell cakes....not even candles, cake tops, balloons, cookies. etc.

I think it depends on your area, your expertise, etc.

I am in a large metro area, and I get more than enough traffic with just cakes. I personally like the idea that cakes are all I do...I use it as part of my marketing....we are the "cake specialists."

You also need to think about what to do with the products if they do not sell. Are you going to do custom orders only, or are you going to offer things on a walk-in basis.

Lots of decisions to make!

littlecake Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 5:21am
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in my 8th year with a storefront, i only sell cakes as well...i don't even sell cupcakes.

__Jamie__ Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 5:29am
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Originally Posted by littlecake

in my 8th year with a storefront, i only sell cakes as well...i don't even sell cupcakes.




icon_cry.gificon_cry.gif I get talked into cupcakes every once in awhile. But you know what I neeeeever get talked into?? icon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gif

FromScratch Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 1:37pm
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I do cakes and cupcakes (once in a while). If you do it all you can stretch yourself thin. Do one thing and do it better than anyone else. I love to cook everything, but as a business I don't want to take on too much.

cylstrial Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 2:36pm
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Originally Posted by __Jamie__

Quote:
Originally Posted by littlecake

in my 8th year with a storefront, i only sell cakes as well...i don't even sell cupcakes.



icon_cry.gificon_cry.gif I get talked into cupcakes every once in awhile. But you know what I neeeeever get talked into?? icon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gif




What?? Tell us, tell us!

Bluehue Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 2:45pm
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SHEETCAKES - i bet thats what Jamie NEVER gets talked into -

Is i right - or is i right - icon_wink.gifthumbs_up.gif

Bluehue. icon_smile.gif

Bluehue Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 2:47pm
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SHEETCAKES - i bet thats what Jamie NEVER gets talked into -

Is i right - or is i right - icon_wink.gifthumbs_up.gif

Bluehue. icon_smile.gif

__Jamie__ Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 4:07pm
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Originally Posted by Bluehue

SHEETCAKES - i bet thats what Jamie NEVER gets talked into -

Is i right - or is i right - icon_wink.gifthumbs_up.gif

Bluehue. icon_smile.gif





Oh youse is right! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

cylstrial Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 4:54pm
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LOL! It's right there on your avatar! (Smacking forehead). Sorry, I'm out of it. It hasn't been the best week. We are moving next Friday so I have been packing like a mad woman. And my aunt and my friend died this week.

__Jamie__ Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 5:00pm
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Oh! I am so sorry to hear that. icon_sad.gif ((hugs))

cylstrial Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 7:04pm
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It's sad but they are in a better place now. Thanks!

Bluehue Posted 10 Jul 2009 , 1:00am
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Sympathies to you cylstrial on reading your sad news.

Bluehue.

MichelleM77 Posted 10 Jul 2009 , 3:32am
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Originally Posted by FromScratch

Do one thing and do it better than anyone else.




I love this. It was actually my FB status update a few weeks ago when I did just that, stretched myself too thin. It is also why I am slowly cutting down on what I offer. I know what I'm good at, what sells, and what I'm slow as molasses in doing. icon_smile.gif Now if I had a storefront it might be a different story (legal home biz)...and I would have some help, but right now I love doing custom decorated cookies and that will be my focus.....and of course from scratch! icon_smile.gif

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