Selling Cake Dummies

Business By rr2sweet Updated 26 Jul 2014 , 5:20am by AZCouture

rr2sweet Posted 21 Jul 2014 , 10:42pm
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AHas anyone heard of just selling decorated cake dummies? Instead of actual cake if so do you think I would have to comply with the cottage food law? Cause in my state I would have to add another kitchen onto my house!

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AZCouture Posted 21 Jul 2014 , 10:52pm
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AYep, there are several online retailers I can think of that do just that. I would think all you would need to comply with would be normal business regulations for your town and or county. Shouldn't be any different than someone selling tshirts or greeting cards. You'd have to research your particular local laws.

TheItalianBaker Posted 21 Jul 2014 , 11:01pm
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AWhy should someone buy a dummy? O.o

AZCouture Posted 21 Jul 2014 , 11:05pm
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Why should someone buy a dummy? O.o

So they can have a pretty cake for pictures, but stiff the guests with mega store sheet cake of course! :D

rr2sweet Posted 21 Jul 2014 , 11:46pm
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AThanks AZcouture! I would really love to sell baked goods out of my home just don't have the money for it now! This just might be an option though just not sure if there's a big enough market for it

Foamguy Posted 22 Jul 2014 , 2:00pm
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I have seen some people sell pre decorated cake dummies. I think it could be a profitable business if you have the right market for it. If your looking for a bulk order of cake dummies I have gotten some for a good deal at buyfoamblocks.com in the past. One idea is reaching out to hotel bakeries! :smile:

rr2sweet Posted 23 Jul 2014 , 2:54am
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AThanks foam guy I'll have to check out that website!

sewsugarqueen Posted 23 Jul 2014 , 11:19pm
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Actually it was a custom in Ontario, Canada and maybe throughout Canada to have decorated dummy cakes.  This seems to have died out in the last ten years or so.  Don't know the history behind it or if it was a British influence.  We also gave out groom's cake which was slices of fruitcake ( with plenty of booze:Dwrapped in doily and tinfoil with a ribbon.  I loved eating those slices.  Still have requests for photo cake--- often top layer  is real to cut for photo and other layers are fake.  Tradition for some to have huge pastry/sweets tables at wedding so rather than waste money and cake they do this.

 

Hey what other traditions are out there for wedding cakes .  Would love to know what other ethnic groups or parts of the world do for wedding cakes/ pastry traditions.  Let me know.. I think this would be very \interesting.

 

Just remembered... sometimes whole cake was a dummy but the bride kept the top layer in her china cabinet.

Shaele Posted 24 Jul 2014 , 1:27pm
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I have sold decorated cake dummies before to a local business that sells the crazy candles and cake toppers.  Also, try talking to photographers about selling them something they can use in their prop closet.  

mariel9898 Posted 25 Jul 2014 , 12:41am
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Dummies are used often in the Caribbean at weddings held outdoors or partially outdoors (think thatched roof venues with no walls) especially in the summer. It's too hot and humid and there are too many flies and mosquitoes. The sheet cakes that are served are often decorated in the same style but not as elaborate. The weddings I've been to where this is done the cake is not a cheap afterthought, they are usually very tasty, it's just more hygienic. 

rr2sweet Posted 26 Jul 2014 , 2:57am
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AThanks everyone for the advice! Renting them out seems to be a good option

AZCouture Posted 26 Jul 2014 , 5:20am
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AYeah, that might be tricky to sell locally. But if you don't have any local decorators, only big box type stores selling g

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Dummies are used often in the Caribbean at weddings held outdoors or partially outdoors (think thatched roof venues with no walls) especially in the summer. It's too hot and humid and there are too many flies and mosquitoes. The sheet cakes that are served are often decorated in the same style but not as elaborate. The weddings I've been to where this is done the cake is not a cheap afterthought, they are usually very tasty, it's just more hygienic. 

That sounds like a perfecto good reason for using dummies…yikes!

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