Originally Posted by brmagic
Here is a thought. I contacted the department of consumer affairs NYC. They told me the obvious answer. That I must register to a commercial kitchen in order to sell custom cakes. How does it work. Must I always create every order at a commercial kitchen. How do they know that this was done? It doesn't seem like it would benefit financially.
Yes, obviously everything edible must be made at the licensed kitchen.
Where I am, I am allowed to make gumpaste flowers, figures, etc that are not intended to be eaten, at home, (and yes, I have that in writing.) That's something you have to check with your local health dept though.
There are a lot of things they turn a blind eye to, until there is a complaint. All it takes is one person getting a stomach ache and reporting you, and the dept finding out you are baking at home for you to get into heaps of trouble. That most certainly wouldn't benefit you financially.
It's not too hard to figure out if you are using a commercial kitchen, a quick look at your utility bills, or in your pantry, is all they would need.