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post #1 of 128
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hi all!

i'm relatively new to cc.... lovin' every minute of it! what great advice and info i've found here! this site is REALLY addictive! i was wondering if anyone was from ohio? i'm curious about the whole getting licensed bit. don't know if i should get licensed, it's only $10 per year, or if i should just "fly under the radar". i'd really like to make wedding cakes and just increase my customer base overall, but i'm kinda freaked to even hand out business cards with out a license for fear that the cake police will find me! yikes! any advice?

thanks! ~erica
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post #2 of 128
I'm in Ohio and checked on the sec of state site.

From what I can gather on that site and the Dept of Agriculture, it looks like we could be considered a "cottage industry". All that would be required is labeling (though that's a pain, too). At least that would mean you are "legal" without needing to have your kitchen inspected or being licensed, etc.

I posted this previously and others agreed with my interpretation.
post #3 of 128
Hi-
I'm in southern OH. Not licensed yet either, but pondering it. I have 2 indoor pets and I think that's a no-no when it comes to licensing. I'm a newbie. just started in April and am loving every minute of it! I'd love to perhaps have a business someday.
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post #4 of 128
Ohio here too. Just north of Columbus. I follow the "Cottage" guidelines here, and no problems.
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post #5 of 128
i think that all of us Ohio people should get together and have a good time ...cake club any one? and then share all this info/questions....

GO BUCKS!!!
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post #6 of 128
I'm here in Ohio too, also "cottage food producer".

I agree that the labeling is a pain. It took me a while to figure out how to label a wedding cake. Who wants a label to where it can be seen on their wedding cake?, but I think that I have the problem solved now. With each wedding cake I give the bride a printed copy of the wedding cake cutting guide and have my label on it. That way they know how to get the right servings and I am meeting the criteria to be a home baker legally.

Where is everyone located? I am in the Portsmouth/Scioto County area.
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post #7 of 128
I agree with the above posts. Mostly thought just wanted to join my fellow Buckeyes! I live right across the street from Columbus, litereally. My address is Dublin but across the street is Columbus City limits. Hehe. I would love the idea of a cake club!!!

and DianaGreen, I am also Diana, so sorry for any confusion that may arise! It's a good name, eh?

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post #8 of 128
Fishercakes - great idea about handing the instructions with the label on it. I read up a bit on the "cottage food industry" but wasn't clear on how detailed the labeling had to be.

I am a Clevelander.
Sara
post #9 of 128
Here's a link that is helpful regarding cottage industry info:http://www.ohioagriculture.gov/pubs/divs/food/curr/cottage/food-cottageindex.stm
Sally

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post #10 of 128
Hi

I am in a suburb of the Cleveland area as well. I am also trying to figure out the labeling issue, it is indeed a pain.

Glad to know there are some fellow bakers in the area.
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post #11 of 128
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so just how does one label a cake? do you have to list all the inrgedients that go into it? hopefully you don't have to list all the nutritional stuff - that would be a huge pain. i wouldn't know the first thing about figuring all that info out!
i'll have to read up on the "cottage rules" and see if i understand them. we have a small pet too.... a guinea pig. he stays in a cage and has never seen the kitchen. i wouldn't think he'd be a problem. a cake club could be fun! i'm in stark county.
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"How come if you mix flour and water together you get glue? And when you add eggs and sugar, you get a cake? Where does the glue go?" -Rita Rudner
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post #12 of 128
I am in Pataskala which is a suburb of Columbus. I do the cottage business thingy too.
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post #13 of 128
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hi again.... just read about labeling cakes. it all sounds simple except for that weight part. do you just stick a cake on a scale to see how much it weighs?
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Death to a Christian is a transfer to the home office.

"How come if you mix flour and water together you get glue? And when you add eggs and sugar, you get a cake? Where does the glue go?" -Rita Rudner
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post #14 of 128
Hi there! I am from Cincinnati. I am just starting out so I haven't sold any cakes yet, but when I do I will follow the "cottage" guidelines. I am also contemplating getting insurance "just in case" anyone decides to sue...but I am going to look into it further before I decide to sell my cakes. icon_smile.gif
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post #15 of 128
I am from Mentor, OH! I don't actually sell a lot of cakes (yet!) but will also have to look into the cottacge guidelines for the future, thanks for the link!
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