Help-Need Advice On Turf Wars.

Decorating By Cakemommy2012 Updated 12 Mar 2013 , 6:20am by Cakemommy2012

Cakemommy2012 Posted 12 Mar 2013 , 3:28am
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Hey so I have been doing cakes out of my house for years for my kids, family etc.  Currently I work at a retail chain doing cakes in the next town.  Well I am wanting to branch out and do cakes more out of my home, the problem is there is another girl in the same town as I am in that is already doing cakes out of her home and has a pretty decent clientele.  We have a few of the same friends and I have actually liked her FB page. The issue is.... if I start having my friends "spread the word" will I be stepping on her "turf" and has others had this issue before?  I am sure there are other people who probably do cakes from home here but we are a very small town and don't have an actual bakery here. I don't want to accidently get an enemy from the get go----thanks for any advice! 

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Cakemommy2012 Posted 12 Mar 2013 , 3:29am
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So I meant to post this in the Cake Decorating Business section--any one know how to move it to the correct forum!  LOL

Annabakescakes Posted 12 Mar 2013 , 4:24am
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Easy! KY has no cottage food laws, so neither one of you can legally do cakes from your home without a licensed, inspected COMMERCIAL kitchen. You BOTH need to cease and desist. 

Annabakescakes Posted 12 Mar 2013 , 4:26am
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BTW, I don't get how you say Lexington is a small town...I used to go to the huge Methodist church that is across from Rupp Arena, so I know it is a huge city, first hand. Are you in Versailles, or another close town? I used to live there, in the Methodist Children's Home. 

Cakemommy2012 Posted 12 Mar 2013 , 4:35am
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I live in Wilmore which is in the outskirts of Lexington... And as far as the cottage law-- I hadn't heard that before-there are sooo many people who do things like this out of their homes I had no idea.  I will def need to look into that!  Thanks for the heads up on that!

jason_kraft Posted 12 Mar 2013 , 4:37am
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AKY's cottage food law only applies to farmers who grow at least one of the ingredients in each of their products, so if neither of you qualify then you would both need to stop advertising and stop accepting orders until you have licensed and inspected commercial kitchen space.

Now this might be an opportunity if the two of you can work together to rent or build a commercial kitchen. The hard part will be explaining the legal situation to the other unlicensed baker without burning that particular bridge.

jason_kraft Posted 12 Mar 2013 , 4:40am
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I live in Wilmore which is in the outskirts of Lexington... And as far as the cottage law-- I hadn't heard that before-there are sooo many people who do things like this out of their homes I had no idea.  I will def need to look into that!  Thanks for the heads up on that!

If there are lots of unlicensed bakers around you should make sure it is worth your while to even start a business (this involves putting together a business plan).

It's fine if the unlicensed bakers are pricing correctly, but if the going rate is $1-2/serving you may be better off keeping it as a hobby.

Cakemommy2012 Posted 12 Mar 2013 , 4:58am
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I currently don't charge for the cakes I do out of my home cause they are for friends and family and the cake is usually my gift. I can see what you mean by the unlicensed decorators undercharging-making it difficult to charge a proper price to cover the extra costs of being licensed.

Kellig Posted 12 Mar 2013 , 5:05am
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As far as stepping on toes, a little competition never hurt anyone. If she can't stand the heat....  Go for it girl this is America, free enterprise and all that. As far as decorating out of your home, you said you only sale to friends and family right? I am sure it's fine.

Annabakescakes Posted 12 Mar 2013 , 5:14am
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As far as stepping on toes, a little competition never hurt anyone. If she can't stand the heat....  Go for it girl this is America, free enterprise and all that. As far as decorating out of your home, you said you only sale to friends and family right? I am sure it's fine.

No, it is not "fine" it is still illegal. 

Annabakescakes Posted 12 Mar 2013 , 5:17am
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Originally Posted by Cakemommy2012 

I live in Wilmore which is in the outskirts of Lexington... And as far as the cottage law-- I hadn't heard that before-there are sooo many people who do things like this out of their homes I had no idea.  I will def need to look into that!  Thanks for the heads up on that!

No problem! I hadn't heard of it until a friend of mine who does cakes mentioned that 2 of her friends she went to pastry school with got caught and had to pay ack taxes and were fined. I did cakes here and there for pay for several years before I knew, but it caused me to get serious about it and now I have a commercial kitchen attached to my home. It only took 7 years to clean up my credit, make a living wage, save a down payment, buy a house, and build the kitchen ;-) 

Cakemommy2012 Posted 12 Mar 2013 , 5:28am
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Originally Posted by Annabakescakes 

No problem! I hadn't heard of it until a friend of mine who does cakes mentioned that 2 of her friends she went to pastry school with got caught and had to pay ack taxes and were fined. I did cakes here and there for pay for several years before I knew, but it caused me to get serious about it and now I have a commercial kitchen attached to my home. It only took 7 years to clean up my credit, make a living wage, save a down payment, buy a house, and build the kitchen ;-) 

Oh is that ALL I gotta do *insert sarcasm here*  HAHAHA

Annabakescakes Posted 12 Mar 2013 , 5:39am
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Oh is that ALL I gotta do *insert sarcasm here*  HAHAHA

LOL! Exactly! ;-) 

Cakemommy2012 Posted 12 Mar 2013 , 6:20am
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I love decorating cakes and love practicing by making them for family and friends (giving them as gifts of course).  I work at a retail chain doing cakes now and it sucks- but it lets me get the customer experience and practice as they let me do alot of creative cakes to "hone my skills" My dream would be to one day open my own shop or have my own business. 

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