I am 17 years old and i just love making cakes and cake pops!!! Problem is,i don't have much to spend on proper icing tips, turntable or even a proper round cake pan!! I don't have the right tools or workspace to work on my skills. But i am planning to sell cakes during the summer for a few extra $$. I have been told by friends and relatives that my cakes are good and my cake pops sold out during a bake sale for charity week. My problem is: how can i make good cakes that can actually sell when i can't spend/invest in good tools?? I really want to improve my baking and decorating skills but i don't have the resources i need!!!
AReminds me of the old saying you have to spend money to make money.
Whenever someone asks what you want for birthday, graduation, etc. tell them supplies. Any extra cash? Supplies.
Remember to check (& abide by) your local DHEC laws before selling any cakes.
AYou obviously can't sell cakes without cake pans so you're going to have to drop a few bucks. Just start with the basics. A few pans, tips, and piping bags. Hit up garage sales for a lazy Susan.
I don't know what your decorating level is but have you applied at any bakeries. You could build both your skills and your funds until you can afford more equipment.
You are going to have to buy some supplies but that doesn't mean they all have to be brand new. When I first started out I got quite a bit of stuff off craigslist. Many people will start a hobby, buy a bunch of stuff and then realize they don't want to pursue it. I got a set of 5 hexagon pans, tips, spatulas, bags and an assortment of random cutters and decorating items for $40 one time. I've picked up quite a few things that way. I don't always need everything in the lot but you can resell or give away what you don't need.
i want to say thank you to all those who replied..im actually on the hunt for a summer job so that should solve that :)
I bought a lazy susan at Big Lots for only 8 dollars. Pretty cheap and it is made of glass. I had originally bought the Wilton one and it was so cheap that it would wobble with the weight of two 9 inch layer cakes on top of it. My lazy susan works perfectly and is much sturdier than the Wilton one that costs a whole lot more. Here is a site from Ann Reardon who shows how to decorate with buttercream making flowers without having decorating tips. This should help you out until you can buy some equipment. You would need a good stand mixer to mix your buttercream. I bought mine from Craigslist a couple of years ago and got it cheaper than a new one. Videos are part 1 and part 2. Hope this helps until you can get some equipment.
If you have the time and inclination one can find amazing things at yard sales :)
I recently found an 8 and 10" round for 75 cents each. And yes, there were good quality, good condition.
Turntables also can get gotten for around a $.
It takes getting up very early on a Thurs, Fri, &/or Sat mornings and driving around town.
I always ck out the newspaper and Craigslist for postings to find locations.
Check Craigslist and Facebook. Most areas have garage sale websites these days. Just write an ISO on there and see if anyone has what you are looking for. Also, Micheal's, Joann's Fabrics, and AC Moore usually have a 40-50% off coupon on their websites which would come in handy for more expensive items like tip sets, etc.
AHi i just wanted to say that you can find pans really cheap at thrift stores, i have found so many wilton cake pans at different stores and never paid more than 2 bucks for one. Also there are you tube videos that show you how to use a ziploc bag for decorating and by cutting the corner in certain ways you can make leaves, blossoms, stars etc. I tried it when i saw it to see if it works and it did. So i told my daughter inlaw About it and that's how she decorated my grandson cake that year. They were living 12 hours from me so it was kinda hard for me to do it for her lol. One video that teaches it is so amazing. It's called. How to cook that.net on you tube also my cupcake addiction on you tube are both very good and very helpful. Hope this helps. Also the telling people to get cake supplies for Birthday gifts is a great idea. Just buy something small a little along. You will get there. Good luck.
My area has several "Garage Sale" Groups on Facebook... there is so much stuff listed on them! I love it. I have found a lot of my supplies second hand. I've traded cakes for some of my supplies and it was so worth it. I made about $40 (retail cost) of cake and cake pops for this one lady who gave me a ton of tips, nails, and SO many pans. A 14 inch, three 12's, a 1/2 sheet and a few shaped pans... one cross, one book... useful ones. I don't like to do a lot of shaped pans because you pay too much and they are rarely ordered. However, the cross and book have come in handy for Easter and Church related events.
I take it you must have a few supplies??? Or you wouldn't be able to even do the cake pops. I would maybe borrow a couple of cake pans from anybody you may know. You'd be surprised how many people have them. Start off selling maybe a couple orders of cake pops and with the money you make buy more supplies. You can make a lot of different cake designs with just a round set of cake pans and a star tip. Go online and watch the videos on you tube. You can learn just about anything on there. Start small and then just collect. Tips are a great way to make a lot of different designs without a lot of money. Good luck!
i do have SOME supplies but they are not that great (about 6 years old) and i didnt need any shape or cake pops because they get crumbled anyway and then shaped by hand :) but thanks for the suggestions :)
Get 50% off coupons for Michaels and ACMoore. Sell one cake... set of decorating tips is one cake's worth. Think of it that way!
Michaels, Joann's and Hobby Lobby all have coupons. You can find them online and on apps, also. I've never paid full price for pans.
Don't forget Ebay