Do You Sell Your Cakes To Restaurants? How Did You Start?

Business By kss1217 Updated 23 Aug 2012 , 12:16am by kss1217

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kss1217 Posted 22 Aug 2012 , 4:40pm
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I'm pretty new to cake decorating and have gotten some business for friends, family, and a few people through word of mouth. There are a few cakes from scratch that I'm thinking about selling through restaurants. So far I've gotten my food handlers certificate, but don't know what else is needed. How do I do this?

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jason_kraft Posted 22 Aug 2012 , 5:52pm
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The first step is to check whether or not you will need a licensed and inspected commercial kitchen, in many states this is still required for wholesale even if a Cottage Food Law is in place.

The next step is to put together a business plan that identifies your target market (both wholesale and end customers), your cost structure, competitive analysis, market prices, etc. This will give you a better idea of whether or not it will make financial sense to sell wholesale.

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TheItalianBaker Posted 22 Aug 2012 , 8:39pm
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Hi kss1217, I have a question..
where/how did u get the food handlers certificate? where do I need to look at? thank you

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TheItalianBaker Posted 22 Aug 2012 , 8:40pm
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Hi kss1217, I have a question..
where/how did u get the food handlers certificate? where do I need to look at? thank you

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jason_kraft Posted 22 Aug 2012 , 8:46pm
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We used ServSafe:
http://www.servsafe.com/

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kss1217 Posted 22 Aug 2012 , 11:53pm
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Hi TheItalianBaker!

I went through Safe Food Handlers and they had a 15-hour class at a local hospital, which took two Saturdays (8am-5pm) to complete the course. There were 75 test questions on the test taken at the end of the second day of class. I paid $120. It took a month to get the passing grade and to get the actual certificate, I have to send $35 to my state's Dept of Public Health. The certificate lasts for 5 years. I live in Illinois, but it's also offered in other states, however they offer it online, too. I hope this helps! Here is their website:

http://www.sfhcorp.com/

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kss1217 Posted 23 Aug 2012 , 12:06am
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Thank you, Jason, for the helpful info. I found out from the public health department that I DO need to find a commercial kitchen because my home lacks everything needed to function as an approved home kitchen. Now on to the business plan...Thanks again!

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kss1217 Posted 23 Aug 2012 , 12:08am
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Thank you, Jason, for the helpful info. I found out from the public health department that I DO need to find a commercial kitchen because my home lacks everything needed to function as an approved home kitchen. Now on to the business plan...Thanks again!

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kss1217 Posted 23 Aug 2012 , 12:16am
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Thank you, Jason, for the helpful info. I found out from the public health department that I DO need to find a commercial kitchen because my home lacks everything needed to function as an approved home kitchen. Now on to the business plan...Thanks again!

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