Starting a cupcake business from home, where do i start? SF professional bakers, please help!

Baking By Anna1211 Updated 15 Sep 2013 , 11:05am by BatterUpCake

Anna1211 Posted 14 Sep 2013 , 9:05am
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Hi guys,

 Im thinking about starting a cupcake business from home, just doing catering and parties. Do i need to apply for any type of permit? Im located in San Francisco. What are the steps? I'll take any advice! Thanks for your time everyone!
 

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scrumdiddlycakes Posted 14 Sep 2013 , 9:30am
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Yes, you do. The easiest way it to contact your local health dept, they will tell you where to start.

I think San Fransisco has a cottage food law, (according to a very quick google search), but your health dept can give you that answer very quickly.

The rules and steps differ depending where you live.

BatterUpCake Posted 14 Sep 2013 , 11:43am
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Nah...those are just for family and friends and she only charges for ingredients. She's not in business...lol

kikiandkyle Posted 14 Sep 2013 , 2:12pm
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Well you already got a lot of advice on your identical thread in the other forum

 

http://cakecentral.com/t/763626/starting-a-cupcake-business-from-home-where-do-i-start-sf-professional-bakers-please-help

 

but may I suggest you do a bit more 'experimenting' and figure out your recipes and fillings before you even think about trying to start a business. 

Anna1211 Posted 14 Sep 2013 , 6:55pm
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Thanks guys! Yeah i just wanted to gather as much information as I can. I been practicing and experimenting alot at home and I am new to this website but so far its been an amazing experience! I am so far very impress with this website due to how responsive and helpful you guys all are! Yeah I'm not a professional business baker yet, I just bake for the love and fun at home and share my goodies with family and friends. But i am definitely looking forward to the life as a baker! :grin:

BatterUpCake Posted 14 Sep 2013 , 7:24pm
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but you said you have had to deliver over 200 cupcakes a few times before...you must have a HUGE family

scrumdiddlycakes Posted 14 Sep 2013 , 8:23pm
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but you said you have had to deliver over 200 cupcakes a few times before...you must have a HUGE family

Or perhaps someone in her family, or a good friend, got married, and she made then cupcakes for the event.

BrandisBaked Posted 14 Sep 2013 , 8:56pm
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AYou never know why she had to deliver so many. I've entered charity competitions where in addition to a showpiece, we also had to make a dessert for 225 people. It was an "honor" to be invited to participate, and you didn't have to be licensed or in business. It was just to show off your talents and potentially win a prize.

So anyway - just sayin' it's not fair to assume the worst. ;-)

BrandisBaked Posted 14 Sep 2013 , 8:59pm
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AOh, also, I just went and read the other thread, and the way I read it was that she was anticipating having to make larger deliveries (since she is planning on starting a business) and wanted to be prepared when the time comes.

kikiandkyle Posted 14 Sep 2013 , 9:26pm
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AI think I saw something about a family wedding.

Anna1211 Posted 15 Sep 2013 , 7:19am
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Hi guys!

yeah i just recently did it for my brother's wedding party!, It was a bit of a disaster because of the wilton boxes. The car ride was a bit bumpy so some of them knocked over =( I only made this post to plan for future reference if i ever have to make a lot of cupcake for friends or family and have to deliver them again. Thank you to all the kind responses!

BatterUpCake Posted 15 Sep 2013 , 11:05am
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Well if you get the plastic cupcake boxes that hold 24 at a time you would only need 8 of those plus a small 4 box. They aren't that expensive for the peace of mind. When they are stacked in the backseat put a sheet over them tightly and then the seatbelt.

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