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post #16 of 19

Well I am really, really impressed with you and you REALLY should consider doing this.  So what if you have a Challenge champ in your area.  You probably wouldn't be charging as much, so you could get her "scraps" of people who appreciate the hard work but don't want to pay AS MUCH for one of her cakes, but would gladly pay your prices.  Which would be competitive...not bargain basement.

 

I get the kiddos thing.  I have 4 boys (11, 8, 6, & 2).  It is hard but it can be done.  I still consider my biz a fairly well-paid hobby but am going throught the planning stages of taking it truly part- to full-time from my home.  It will be a couple of years.  The 2 yr old is likely to go to pre-school 1/2 days when he turns 3 next january...or we may be waiting till the fall of next year.  But the gears are turning.......

 

Regardless of what you decide. you are truly blessed with natural talent that should not go under-appreciated.

 

And by your name "hobby hoarder", it sounds like you are like me.....creative in many ways.  So many ways that it's hard to focus on a true passion!

 

I have given up my scrapbooking dreams and cardmaking dreams.....have lots of stuff that i should really sell.  But I am going to keep it "just in case".  This caking seems to be the best paying out of all the things I've considered doing from home.  It's also the most time-consuming, but rewarding, too.

 

Good Luck!  And be sure to post often!

Aah, cake. . .the 5th food group!!
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Aah, cake. . .the 5th food group!!
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post #17 of 19

and the cool thing about competing (if you even like to compete) is that in the cake world you can work on the cake for a year because you work on dummies usually so it can sit on a shelf 90% of the time

 

and it's fun to rub elbows with all the other cakers etc!

 

just a thought~

 

********** dot com is great place for dummies~

 

of course you might to make your own ;)

 

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my cookies are prettier than your cookies because this is the second time i substituted my opalescent sanding sugar when i ran out of sugar to make the batch ha!

 

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my cookies are prettier than your cookies because this is the second time i substituted my opalescent sanding sugar when i ran out of sugar to make the batch ha!

 

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post #18 of 19
Wow I hope to be as good as you!

If anyone were to see my first cake, it was sad... Very sad!

Life is a slice of cake.

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Life is a slice of cake.

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post #19 of 19
I think your cakes are AMAZING! I too am a relatively new to caking self taught/you tube taught cake artist with little kids living in a Boston suburb icon_smile.gif. You clearly have an amazing talent. There are bakeries in Brookline and Newton that would easily charge $200+ for those cakes and would get it. I don't think you will run in to much of a problem just accepting money for cakes from friends and family, but MA does have laws around residential kitchens. Every town is different with different expectations, but I had to go through a lot of red tape and have my kitchen inspected by the board of health every 6 months. I also can only sell foods that don't need refrigeration, and if it has dairy in it, like buttercream, or a filling like raspberry jam, it needs to be tested by a lab to make sure it is at a safe pH to be left out of the fridge. I started out just baking birthday cakes for my kids and it has turned in to a nice little side business, but all of my cakes are done after the kids go to sleep and a lot of the sculpting work takes me FOREVER, so I know what you mean about limited time.

However you decide to use or talent, make sure you use it, because I think you could be a serious player in the cake world if you wanted to be.
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