Cake Clubs

Decorating By sandykay Updated 8 Sep 2010 , 2:54pm by SHADDI

sandykay Posted 28 Jul 2010 , 2:12am
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I'm looking for some information on cake clubs. I have several people in my area that are instrested and could use some pointers/suggestion on running a club. I want as much info as I can before I decide if I want to take on the task. Thank you in advance for your support.

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DarleneP Posted 28 Jul 2010 , 2:19am
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Oh this is a good one. I would love to start a club too. I am in the Rochester NY area (Canandaigua) and we don't have anything except Wilton in the form of classes. So instruction for newbies is slim pickings....

sweethands Posted 28 Jul 2010 , 3:52am
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Anyone know of any cake clubs in or near the Burbank, Ca. area? icon_smile.gif

indydebi Posted 28 Jul 2010 , 7:07am
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Have you checked to see if there is an ICES group in your area? If so, this would be the first place to start.

If not, then starting one would be fun!
- Find 2-3 cakers who have good leadership, are well organized, and are motivated to help you with the leadership tasks.
- Sit down and figure out the purpose, the goals, the methods, the costs, the bylaws (if any), membership requirements, etc.
- Find a place to hold the meetings. I have found that consistency and easy parking are key to a good turnout.
- Plan activities, speakers, demonstrations for the first 4-6 meetings. Once you have the ideas in the pipeline, then you are less stressed trying to come up with an idea for "the next!" meeting! icon_surprised.gif
- Will there be a newsletter via mail or email? Whoever handles this, should also handle publicity and press releases.

It may start out with just a few cake friends getting together to 'talk cake', which may evolve into something much bigger. Dont' worry if it starts small. The purpose is fun and sharing. thumbs_up.gif

Navyempress Posted 28 Jul 2010 , 4:37pm
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ICES has actually made a guide to starting a local cake club. It has sample press releases, meeting suggestions, and everything.

http://www.ices.org/communications/publications/Guidelines%20for%20Starting%20a%20Local%20Cake%20Club.pdf

If the link doesn't work, just google "how to start a cake club and you will find it.

sandykay Posted 29 Jul 2010 , 11:10am
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Thanks for the suggestions, I know ICES list local clubs and there is suppose to be one in my aera but the one time I was able to reach the girl she was going to call me back and I never heard from her. I dind't know that ICES had info on helping to start a club though. Again Thanks for the help.

KimAZ Posted 1 Aug 2010 , 10:11pm
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Hi there,
I am very actively involved in the cake club in my area. I run the website and do the monthly newsletter for the club too. Debi's suggestions are very good.

Once you have a few people who can meet, have a place to hold the meetings, the best part is seeing and/or participating in demos. I find that when our club knows what the demo will be, we have a lot bigger turn out.

Our club president opens with general info, news, anything business related, welcomes guests, etc. Someone brings refreshments and drinks.
We have one or two demos each month given by members. We talk about upcoming events, fairs, cake shows, ICES, member's cakes/sugar art, share pictures, tv shows relating to cakes and pretty much anything we think is relevant.

We usually have a 50/50 raffle where the winner gets half the money and the other half goes to a scholarship fund. As well as general raffle prizes. People bring in new tools or supplies to show off too. We have an annual Christmas party/cookie exchange that is a lot of fun. We have at least one hands on demo per year where everyone gets to make something at a meeting.

It's mainly just fun to get together with people who love talking cake! Take a peek at our website and it might help with other questions you have. http://www.freewebs.com/confectionconnection/

Hope that helps!

KimAZ

quilting2011 Posted 3 Aug 2010 , 3:05pm
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Visit


www.newyorkcitycakedecorators.blogspot.com

SecretAgentCakeBaker Posted 4 Aug 2010 , 4:20am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DarleneP

Oh this is a good one. I would love to start a club too. I am in the Rochester NY area (Canandaigua) and we don't have anything except Wilton in the form of classes. So instruction for newbies is slim pickings....




Darlene, Please keep me posted. My sister-in-law and I would be interested in joining a club in the Rochester area. Thanks!

Peanut1027 Posted 4 Aug 2010 , 12:20pm
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I live in Southern NJ and would love to find a cake club around here. I'm just a hobbiest so it wouldn't be possible for me to start a club since I'm still learning.

LindaF144a Posted 2 Sep 2010 , 5:16pm
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So what does a cake club do? I have never heard of these things.

dchockeyguy Posted 2 Sep 2010 , 5:33pm
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Originally Posted by LindaF144

So what does a cake club do? I have never heard of these things.




I'm sure they are all different. Our club meets once a month. One of the officers is in charge of finding someone to give a demonstration/lesson each month. Sotimes it's hands-on, and sometimes it's just a demo. We also talk about stuff, see if people need help, etc. It's a great resource when you need to borrow something you don't own too.

nonilm Posted 2 Sep 2010 , 5:43pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DarleneP

Oh this is a good one. I would love to start a club too. I am in the Rochester NY area (Canandaigua) and we don't have anything except Wilton in the form of classes. So instruction for newbies is slim pickings....




I may be interested as well. I am in the southern tier but I haven't found anything like this in my area.

SHADDI Posted 8 Sep 2010 , 2:54pm
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sandykay,

Here is FL Ices website with a list of cake clubs in FL.

http://www.flices.org/about/clubs.asp

Hope that helps.

Shaddi

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