Thinking Of Switching To Fake Cakes. Thoughts?

Business By mariahbakes Updated 6 Aug 2013 , 2:22pm by ColinLeger

mariahbakes Posted 8 Jan 2010 , 10:23pm
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Well, my problem is that I hate baking. Haaate it. I love my job, and my business...but it's the decorating/creating that I love- NOT the baking. Lol. I recently switched to scratch baking from doctored mixes thinking maybe if I got more creative with recipes I would like it more, but nope. I've been at this business stuff for two years now, and now I'm trying to figure out the best next move!

I am considering switching over to fake cakes... I've made a few for wedding shows and such and always enjoyed the process. I was curious if anyone in business does these, or offers them and how it's working out. I'll take opinions from anyone though!

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TexasSugar Posted 8 Jan 2010 , 10:27pm
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Have you thought about hiring someone to do the baking for you?

mariahbakes Posted 8 Jan 2010 , 10:31pm
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Yes, that's kind of my other option.... I think part of me is afraid of giving up control. This has been my baby. I probably need to get over that.

KoryAK Posted 8 Jan 2010 , 11:34pm
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Well... what would you DO with the fake cakes? Presumably they would go to events where real cake would be needed as well (sheets or whatever). Will you provide those then? (same boat as before) or would the customer need to go to costco? Perhaps a better alternative is to buy premade cakes and then decorate them yourself a la sam's club??

cakesonoccasion Posted 9 Jan 2010 , 2:52am
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You will not be able to maintain your business on fake cakes alone- as PP said- you'll have to make sheet cakes- and then you're back baking again. Seriously- hire someone to bake- it will free up your time and creative spirit!

jillmakescakes Posted 9 Jan 2010 , 3:12pm
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Also, have you thought about checking with the local culinary school for interns? Most of the time they have to do some sort of internship. Some are paid, some are not.

PinkLisa Posted 9 Jan 2010 , 3:18pm
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Maybe you could sell the fake cakes online and ship them. I've seen sites that do that.

PinkLisa Posted 9 Jan 2010 , 3:19pm
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Or you could rent the fake cakes so brides who wanted a "ta da" cake but couldn't afford it could rent yours and then get cheap cakes to serve from the kitchen.

HarleyDee Posted 9 Jan 2010 , 6:46pm
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Yes, renting the cakes is an idea where they would have to get their own sheet cakes. Or buying premade cakes would work too.. I haven't looked, but I'm sure you could even order them online somewhere..

snarkybaker Posted 9 Jan 2010 , 6:56pm
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Why don't you just get a different hobby ? The medium of a cake decorator is cake ( unless you are Duff, and that's another story). Why not take up painting or sculpting, or any of the other associated arts that don't require baking.
Would you want to buy your wedding dress from a woman who said you know what, i just hate fashion, hate clothes, I just like being creative?

Do something you enjoy doing.

LaBellaFlor Posted 9 Jan 2010 , 7:49pm
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I agree with PP. I never understand how people want to decorate, but don't want to bake. The art is being able to achieve a well decorated CAKE. I am a baker, then a decorator.

PinkLisa Posted 11 Jan 2010 , 11:48pm
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This is a applicable blog for your situation I just came across:

greengyrl26 Posted 11 Jan 2010 , 11:59pm
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Me too...I'm a baker 1st, then a decorator. In fact, my favorite part is when the customer says something like " tastes as good as it looks!".

PinkLisa Posted 12 Jan 2010 , 12:01am
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Everyone is different.... I have hobbist friends who love to decorate so just buy the cake. Nothing wrong with that.. Luckily I like doing both.

dsilvest Posted 12 Jan 2010 , 12:07am
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I only make faux cakes and do not bake on the side. Most venues supply dessert as part of their package in this area. Why bake cake as well? It will only be wasted. I also love to decorate and hate to bake. My faux cakes are rented out most weekends. I have about 25 different ones that can be changed to match a bride's colours at a moments notice. I also ship them across Canada and the US. I have had inquiries from Europe as well. The market is there so go for it mariahbakes.

MissCakeCrazy Posted 12 Jan 2010 , 12:09pm
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Diane, how much do you charge for the rent?

mariahbakes Posted 13 Jan 2010 , 1:56pm
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Thanks for all the comments...I've been away from the computer so I just got the chance to read everything.

I think I was having one of those whiney moments...I have a good friend from pastry school in Vegas that rents fake cakes and it just got me thinking. You know you didn't really mean what you said when and hour later you're thinking "why did I say that"? I don't reeeallly mean that...stop whining, Mariah!"

I really do love my job, first time ever that I can say that.

howsweet Posted 18 Jan 2010 , 4:25am
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To each his/her own - no reason to be baking snobs up there. Artists have a serious place in this business - it's absurd to expect one person in the bakery to do every single thing.

To the OP, since you asked, I'd say start looking for a baker.

giggysmack Posted 18 Jan 2010 , 4:55am
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why don't you order your cakes in frozen just like walmart

cakequeen50 Posted 18 Jan 2010 , 8:21pm
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I also hate to bake, luckily, we have plenty of business so my husband is now my baker and he bakes to MY standards and all of the cake tastes how I want it to taste.
I will decorate all day long.....another thing I hate is spending so much time on the computer answering emails, taking phone calls, going back and forth with designs...but if I didn't do that I wouldn't get to decorate!

mariahbakes Posted 18 Jan 2010 , 11:24pm
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Started looking for bakers! I don't want to purchase premade or frozen cakes, it turns customers off. Which I understand! People love the flavor and texture of my cake, that's the main reason for repeat customers. I just need to get someone in here to bake my recipes. icon_smile.gif

ColinLeger Posted 6 Aug 2013 , 2:22pm
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Originally Posted by cakequeen50 

I also hate to bake, luckily, we have plenty of business so my husband is now my baker and he bakes to MY standards and all of the cake tastes how I want it to taste.
I will decorate all day long.....another thing I hate is spending so much time on the computer answering emails, taking phone calls, going back and forth with designs...but if I didn't do that I wouldn't get to decorate!


I know this is an old post but we've recently been jugling the idea of doing fake cakes for a few more reasons.

We are proud parents of our first son now only 9 weeks old.


We hired someone to help with the cakes thinking she was enthusiastic as my wife to decorate cakes but her quality of baking cakes has decreased and her interst in decorating cakes has instiguished.


Also, our province (state equivalent) has strict laws for kitchen licencing and health safety requirements. There are apperently changes coming where if you are in a market you won't need the safety inspections but we don't want to do markets and sell $3 cupcakes and ruin our weekends... we'll leave that to the small cheaters.


We're considering using a local bakery that does everything else we don't... we would give them our recipes for them to bake our slabs and make those kitchen cakes. (we're not afraid that this 15 years old business will get into wedding cakes)... This is just an option we are jugling at the moment.


CakeQueen50, we hear you on the email thing. we had a bride book over a year ago but she changed her mind so many times that I had to call her and start from scratch and we think she wasn't able to get what she realy wanted. 2 weeks before the wedding she asked for sugar flowers, then a special ribbon that she wasn't able to find then changed the flavours 2-3 times in this period......... all said and done, the emails, calls, Facebooking, we didn't make a profit!


To all you that are stuck on "I'm an artist that decorates cakes" no offence but if you limit your business to just cakes, you might be overtaken by someone else that is willing to do both... I'd say 'get over it' but I do understand your point ov view, so to you... Good Luck. Our market area is too small to say we JUST to cakes.

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