CupcakeMoma Posted 29 Aug 2013 , 10:06pm
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Hello All,

I'm new to the cake business and trying to get any orders I can to build up my business.

 

I have a question, I have recently got a request for a Ube cake which is a Filipino type of cake (I've never heard of it until this request, and looked it up online). I usually make white, chocolate, carrot, etc type cakes, so I don’t really know much about this type of cake. I can follow a recipe and make it but what’s your policy when it comes to specialized types of cake? If you haven’t made it before do you say "No thank you" or would you take the request and hope for the best?

 

Please help, I don’t know if I should take this job since I don’t have any knowledge in that type of cake.

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jason_kraft Posted 29 Aug 2013 , 10:33pm
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AIf you think the product will be useful in the future to break into a new market (assuming a large Filipino population in your area) and you can differentiate it from what is already available, then it might be worth it. If it seems like this would be a one-off item with no potential for future sales I would pass.

For an ube cake the only specialty ingredients should be the ube itself (a purple yam) and macapuno (coconut preserves).

We did something similar when we got a request for vegan pan dulce. We did a little research and discovered it wasn't too complicated to make with few specialty ingredients, plus there was a large Mexican population around San Jose and no one else was making vegan pan dulce so it was a good fit.

CakeGeekUk Posted 29 Aug 2013 , 10:38pm
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Hi Cupcake Moma, I agree with Jason's advice. If it's a recipe that will bring in orders in the future, go for it, as long as you don't foresee any problems with the recipe (if it's for a cake in the next week or so. If it's a cake order for a few weeks time, have practice run first.) Good luck with your new business and have fun!

CupcakeMoma Posted 29 Aug 2013 , 10:42pm
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Originally Posted by jason_kraft 

If you think the product will be useful in the future to break into a new market (assuming a large Filipino population in your area) and you can differentiate it from what is already available, then it might be worth it. If it seems like this would be a one-off item with no potential for future sales I would pass.

For an ube cake the only specialty ingredients should be the ube itself (a purple yam) and macapuno (coconut preserves).

We did something similar when we got a request for vegan pan dulce. We did a little research and discovered it wasn't too complicated to make with few specialty ingredients, plus there was a large Mexican population around San Jose and no one else was making vegan pan dulce so it was a good fit.

Hi Jason,

Thank you for the information. I dont think there would be enough interest in my area to market it, I think it would only be a 1 time deal. I think I will pass since there are very few recipe's I can find online with not many reviews which makes me nervous. Thank you!

scrumdiddlycakes Posted 30 Aug 2013 , 12:59am
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I actually just alter my carrot cake recipe, replace the carrots with ube, take out some of the spices and raisins, and add coconut.

It's not the traditional type, but it's really yummy, and people seem to like the twist.

 

Pinterest has a ton of ube cakes recipes though.

 

I love getting requests for new flavours, even if it's something I doubt I will ever make again. I do charge extra though for something that isn't on my flavour list.

mattyeatscakes Posted 25 Sep 2013 , 7:44pm
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i make this cake lots (since i am filipino) and have been using this recipe. it's absolutely delicious :) 

 

http://pinoyinoz.blogspot.ca/2010/08/ube-macapuno-cake-recipe.html

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