So, since my state passed a CFL, I've taken my hobby up a notch. I'm completely legal according to my state's regulations and even exceed them in that I have liablility insurance that's not required. I'd also like to make note that as a CFL baker, I had to take a safe food handling class (which I did gladly) but those who use a commercial kitchen aren't required to have any sort of food handling training, even though they can sell perishable items (not allowed under my CFL). I'll be very happy to do 6-10 wedding cakes a year. I'm not dependent on the income from cakes at all.
Part 1 of why I'm feeling discouraged:
There are venues here that only allow cakes from their preferred vendors and some of them won't allow from home bakers at all. That's completely OK, I get it, I can live with it. Two brides in the past year have wanted me to do their cakes (1 was a friend and would have been a gift) and couldn't because the venue they were using won't allow me to deliver there. Again, I'm OK with that, but when I see this on their Facebook page it just kills me. The 2 weddings that I couldn't do the cakes for had similar quality cakes.
I'm in no way calling out this decorator; I have no idea who it is and I don't want to know. The cake isn't even bad, just mediocre (and crooked). It's just so frustrating to know (I'm not going to pretend a false modesty here) my cakes are so much better than this and I can barely make a go of it.
Part 2 of why I'm feeling discouraged and probably why the pictures on Facebook bothered me today:
I did a few wedding cakes and then things kind of were at a standstill. Did a bridal fair a couple of weeks ago. It went great. The other vendors were RAVING over my cakes, with several saying they were the best they've seen or tasted, the attendees loved them, all good, all fun, all positive. I booked 5 consultations from it. So far 2 have cancelled (1 of them at the last minute) and have not rescheduled; 1 was a no show, she left me sitting in Panera with all my cake stuff, no response to email, call or text and I never did hear from her (it was a week ago); the one I had booked for tomorrow hasn't responded to my confirmation email or a text I sent today. Do I assume she's not going to show or assume that she is? I could be a loser either way. The 5th is next weekend so I don't know how that will go, I'm trying to stay optimistic.
Thanks for reading my long, rambling pity party.