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Hello all...First off, I'm not coming in looking for a fight so please don't jump on me icon_smile.gif After a lot of thinking I've decided to stop selling cakes for now and practice my decorating until I can be financially sound and have my skill high enough to warrant opening my own shop...After the last verbal pistol whipping I got I sat and thought about it for awhile and although I think I do a pretty decent job considering I've only been doing this since January, I'm nowhere near where you guys are...seriously you guys are FABULOUS icon_biggrin.gif And also since I can't bake in my home I have to go to my grammas and it's such a chore to drive to her house, go in the back door to my "changing room" where she leaves me a fresh pair of scrubs and crocs, change my clothes, socks, and shoes so I don't bring in dog hair and slap on a hair net. Scrub up and get my gloves, Bake my cakes, let them cool, wrap and leave for decorating the next day. Clean up and Go back to my changing room, switch clothes and go home and come back the next day and do it all again icon_sad.gif And it breaks my 4-year old daughters heart that she can't go and "watch me work" (I let her watch me at home cooking and help with simple prep icon_smile.gif ). So anywho, I just wanted to say that I love this site and all the advice I've gotten on here from everyone and the inspiration and hope that when I post my practice cakes I'll get some input to let me know if I'm on the right track icon_wink.gif And now a couple of questions, How long did it take you all to go from hobby baker to selling? And where can I find those foam cake dummies? Again sorry for the long rambling message I sorta felt like I was breaking up with someone lol icon_lol.gif Have a blessed day!
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post #2 of 19
Hi Barbara,

I guess my input would be that you don't have to be a great decorator to start. There are different price points. We have talked in pm's about scratch baking. I am a baker more than I am a decorator. I only do work that is within my skill level. But people want the taste of my cakes and are willing to work within my boundaries.

So maybe consider keeping your name out there and do cakes you feel comfortable decorating, but advertise homestyle scratch cakes too. Then only do the ones where you can stick to your prices and feel like it's worth the time.

So consider just slowing down and keeping your name out there. There is more to the baking and food industry than decorated cakes. work on your decorating while you earn a little money.

est of luck and I'm sure you will find your niche because you are so determined and you certainly don't let things ruffle your feathers.

Susan
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Great prices and not bad shipping either for dummy cakes is www.**********.com It's a blocked site so I have to spell it out like that.

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I'm sorry, that's www.**********.com

post #5 of 19
I've been a hobby baker for the last 8-9 years and I know for sure my skills aren't up to par with most of the people here on CC, but I do it because I enjoy it. I used to make my cakes as gifts for family and friends, but I recently started charging for the cost of supplies as it gets to be rather expensive making cakes. However the amount of cakes I've "sold" since I started can be counted on one hand lol! I'm not in it for the money, but one day I'd like to start my own cake shop. Till then I'll charge for supplies as needed and keep on learning.

Personally I think that you should keep at it. The people who order your cakes know what you are capable of. They also know that they have a choice to choose you or go somewhere else. All the stuff you have to go through to make a cake really sucks, but if making cakes is important enough for you to go through all that then I say go for it! We only get better as we go along, so why shouldn't you get paid for it if people are willing to pay you?

As for the cake dummies, I used a place I heard about from CC called Guildcraft Furniture. Their prices were pretty reasonable and I got my order in one day (they're in PA and I'm in OH), but I just looked at the place QT mentioned and their prices were a bit better.

Good luck with everything and don't let some nay sayers from CC stop you from doing what you dream of doing, especially if it makes you happy! Take care!!
post #6 of 19
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Thanks guys! I just decided to do little things on the weekends. Right now it's just too much to try to squeeze in during the week cause I'm in school all day during the week and work at night 10pm to 6am lol...it'll get better after I graduate in May...even though it's crazy that I'm going to have a degree in Criminal Justice and no interest in doing anything with it now lol...and thanks Susan I look forward to expanding my knowledge in all areas of baking and decorating icon_smile.gif
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Originally Posted by BarbaraM0809

Thanks guys! I just decided to do little things on the weekends. Right now it's just too much to try to squeeze in during the week cause I'm in school all day during the week and work at night 10pm to 6am lol...it'll get better after I graduate in May...even though it's crazy that I'm going to have a degree in Criminal Justice and no interest in doing anything with it now lol...and thanks Susan I look forward to expanding my knowledge in all areas of baking and decorating icon_smile.gif

Personally, I'd pursue that degree and get a steady guaranteed income. Keep the caking for a hobby. icon_wink.gif
post #8 of 19

www.**********.com is a great company for dummies. I think all of mine have been purchased from them. I started out selling and built my decorating skills as I went. Now that I'm not selling decorated cakes, I couldn't be happier.

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post #9 of 19
If I were in yo shoes I wd not take a break because I am not seasoned. I learn as I go and charge enough to keep me doing it. Because I love doing it. The hassle u go thru to bake is what would make me slow down. Slow down, not stop.

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post #10 of 19
It's funny you mention the criminal justice, because I graduated in 2007 with a bachelors in criminal justice, and worked in semi-related fields for the last 4 1/2 years with cake decorating as a hobby (in Las Vegas, so I couldn't legally sell without baking from a commercial kitchen). I really did not like the field I was working in- so I moved to VA where it was less start up costs to running a bakery, and I could do it from my home. Now I am paying off student loans, and have no desire to go back into that field. I wish I had known then what I know now! icon_smile.gif Best of luck to you.
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Originally Posted by petiterouge42

It's funny you mention the criminal justice, because I graduated in 2007 with a bachelors in criminal justice, and worked in semi-related fields for the last 4 1/2 years with cake decorating as a hobby (in Las Vegas, so I couldn't legally sell without baking from a commercial kitchen). I really did not like the field I was working in- so I moved to VA where it was less start up costs to running a bakery, and I could do it from my home. Now I am paying off student loans, and have no desire to go back into that field. I wish I had known then what I know now! icon_smile.gif Best of luck to you.



Great story. And best of luck to the OP as well! Love your bowling cake!
Started my business legally February 2012! Commercial kitchen and all!
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post #12 of 19
Barbara, I'm so sorry that your previous post went badly for you. I was following it and couldn't believe how "tackie" some people were. But, this I do know for sure, your decorating skills are quite good! Please don't let anyone, anywhere ever discourage you. What helped me the most when I started out was getting Sharon Zambito's dvds and Jennifer Dontz' dvds. I have them all and consider it the best investment I ever made. They range around $25-$35, but they are worth it. You can watch them over and over. These two women are great teachers in this field. Their methods will get you to the professional level you desire. Please pm me your address, I would like to buy you one of their dvds. You have my utmost respect for your hard work and dedication. Please take any mean spirited criticisms on this cite with a grain of salt. In time you'll see it's always the same people, and they are obviously the ones with a greater problem. God bless you and your little girl.
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post #13 of 19
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Guys seriously I almost started crying when I read these messages....this is the support that I love to see here. And I wished I had done my internship my first semester instead of waiting until that last so I would have realized that while this sounded good on paper in reality I am far too thin skinned in some ways to be a detective (like having to sit across from a convicted pedophile and take notes for the detective during his interview and resist the urge to stab him in the eye with my pen or process evidence from a domestic abuse call from a girl I went to high school with) But I'm rambling, again, thank you for being supportive and for the compliments on my cakes BTW the bowling cakes were my favorites too thumbs_up.gif Well, I need to get off the internet and finish cleaning before my little girl comes home lol...
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post #14 of 19
Back when I was in college, I always said that my dream jobs were to be a college literature professor or a pastry chef, but I didn't want to box myself into one career. I double majored in accounting and economics. Now 25 years later I own a bakery and spend my nights with my youngest daughter working on homework together, many times an AP lit or comp paper. Somehow I got what I wanted.
post #15 of 19
I understand your struggle but perhaps you just have not gotten into the right part of the criminal justice "business" I have been in the criminal justice field for over 20 years as a juvenile probation officer and find baking and decorating as a great way to relax and unwind from the day. I feel like I have the best of both worlds, a recession proof job that allows me to, help keep the community safe, help people willing to make changes (I have been working with juvenile's this entire time) and still enjoy my free time doing something creative and totally unrelated. I am a single mom so I am in no way ready to take the risks of running my own business as my sole income. While I was getting my graduate degree in business I realized most businesses do not make a profit for the first several years and there is no way right now I can take that risk. If my husband were still alive and I could rely on his income, it would be another story but I think I would still miss the interaction with the criminal justice system and making a difference. Best of luck to you
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