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post #1 of 121
Thread Starter 
I was just wondering how many people out there sell cakes out of their home without any licensing or anything? I have just begun to sell cakes and I was wondering who was in the same boat. I have seen on here that South Carolina does not license home bakers and so I really dont know what to do? Thanks for any help!
post #2 of 121
I know in Alberta (Canada) you can face fines up to 50 000$ if you get caught...is it really worth it?? (not to mention being sued if you make someone sick) Not in my opinion....I 'd rather sink 50 large into one hell of a nice kitchen!
post #3 of 121
This question has been addressed numerous times on CC. Anyone that is operating illegal would probably be reluctant to say so on here for fear of getting caught. I would almost guess that the illegals outnumber the legals.

Diane
Lord, If you can't make me thin, please make my friends fat.
Lord, If you can't make me thin, please make my friends fat.
post #4 of 121
i did for almost a year before I was able to open my own shop. I am in oklahoma and under no circumstances can you bake from the home.
post #5 of 121
Thread Starter 
i have only sold a couple of cakes to friends and i just wonder how big of a deal it is to continue doing so for only close family and friends?
post #6 of 121
As with anything that is not legal, it depends on who cares and who would turn you in. I never worry about it as I don't do that many but it is a factor. If there was a bakery in my town, I would really think twice for fear that they would turn me in. Figuring that they have gone to the expense and trouble of being licensed, it would be understandable why they would.

Diane
Lord, If you can't make me thin, please make my friends fat.
Lord, If you can't make me thin, please make my friends fat.
post #7 of 121
Thread Starter 
the thing is there was only one other true "cake decorator" in town that actually owned a shop, and she closed down about 6 months ago. The only other places we have is wal mart and bilo.... so there is a need for custom cakes!
post #8 of 121
I'm very obedient to the law. Plus, I can't imagine going to jail when I am a teen prosecutor for my county. icon_lol.gif
Why is it that the first time you do research, it is re-search, rather than just search?
Why is it that the first time you do research, it is re-search, rather than just search?
post #9 of 121
so why not go legit??
post #10 of 121
Can you find a church kitchen or somewhere that you can rent their kitchen for a reasonable rate? If your state will not let you do it from home and you've got a corner on the market as far as unique, higher quality cakes then it may be worth finding a space to rent.
post #11 of 121
Thread Starter 
well i am a full time student and this is something i do on the side. I am in no way prepared to go full time or put a lot of money into a space.
post #12 of 121
oh right state laws...hummm...I don't understand why some of the states in the US are so against home bakers...at least you would make the effort to be legitamite if you could...but they won't even give you a chance??? weird
post #13 of 121
I'm not legal yet but I don't sell my cakes yet either. I'm doing everything I can to become legal, its important to me.
post #14 of 121
Thread Starter 
i would love to become legal, but its really just not realistic. I only average about 1 or 2 cakes a month, so how is it possible to pay so much money for licensing, somewhere to bake, etc. its just so darm complex!
post #15 of 121
I don't sell any. I would think if I did it would be cash only and no paper trail. Funny how hard it is for home bakers or chefs when you see the gory stories on the news about bugs, rats, etc. in licensed kitchens.....
"Let them eat cake..."
"Let them eat cake..."
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