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I can't believe it...actually I can

post #1 of 60
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Forgive me for what I'm about to write, I can't contain it, so please don't take offense. I was on FB last night and I ran into yet another new cake business in my area. I was looking for another oven at my favorite not-so-local resale shop, so I stumbled on this new Bakery and decided to check it out. She sells her cakes for $25, with a free dozen cupcakes if you order asap. Her cakes were on plain thin cardboard sheet cake rectangles, pictures taken on her dryer, by her hair dye, nail polish, chemical bottles on the same counter...
All of her cakes were TMNT, Spongebob, Hello Kitty...

I know she can't be making much money.I know she will price herself out of work. I know her buttercream wasn't even slightly smooth. I know she is not technically in a beginners league. I know I wouldn't want the customer base she is getting. But it still drives me bonkers!

I'm not giving her a hard time because she is new, we all had to start somewhere. I'm still new compared to many of the other decorators here. It's just so disheartening after everything I've gone through to get licensed, remodeling my home, etc. I can't help but feel terribly frustrated and she's not the only one in my area that's cut through the red tape (so to speak). I almost did it myself before I knew better, well went about things backwards anyway. There are people in my area that post other people's work as examples of cakes (with watermarks)!

I know there are people that do this all over, maybe some just don't know any better. I saw websites that listed 'easy home based business' for stay at home mothers' cake decorating was one of them, 'Do you like making cakes? Sell them from your home!' Again, I'm not disrespecting home based business owners! I bake from home, so please don't be offended. Just venting, which has turned into me babbling incoherently icon_smile.gif
post #2 of 60
I wonder if we live in the same area, we have a few of those on our local craigs list. The pictures just make me cringe. Although it's slightly better than the baker who uses photos from other bakeries, and didn't even bother to try and remove the watermark.
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post #3 of 60
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There's a girl here that does that too! She posted these Turkey Cakes from The Cake Blog/Half Baked and attached a price, I couldn't believe it!

I'm in Central IL
post #4 of 60

I agree completely and can understand why you needed to vent!  I am fairly new to cake decorating to (which I don't sell mine, I just do it for fun and family) but what does TMNT mean?
 

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TMNT=teenage mutant ninja turtles
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I just went on CL and looked. I just can't believe how many people will buy food from an uninspected kitchen without any qualms....Of course I can't look at the post and tell who has a license and who doesn't but I am guessing most don't.

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It's getting ridiculous here too. But we have CFL, so now everyone and their dog (ok, maybe not their dog) can have a cake business legally without any red tape or hoops to jump through at all. I've said it before, and I'll say it again. The market is over saturated. Every week I see a new cake business popping up on FB. There's just too many, and NO, there's not enough business for everyone! 

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post #8 of 60

So to get a CFL they don't have to get a business license or have a health certified kitchen??

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Some states without CFL's are like that also. If you are selling only "non-potentially hazardous" food items, you don't have to be inspected or licensed.

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How can any food item be "non potentially hazardous"? If I have boxes of rat poison stored in the cabinet next to my box of baking soda, that is not hazardous??? Are they serious? Then why would any baker have to have a certified kitchen?!?!? It seems like it would be tougher for a home baker since they are less likely to have taken food handling safety courses....and more likely to have cats and rats and bats...Oh My! (not discriminating against cat owners but dog didnt rhyme)

post #11 of 60

Yes, it depends on your state and they're particular laws, but our CFL (Florida) does not require the kitchen to be inspected or the baker to be licensed unless they are selling potentially hazardous food, as determined by the FDACS. 

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post #12 of 60
I agree that we have to start somewhere. But if they're not there yet, don't sell it! And I hate when people compliment an ugly cake!
There is a cake business who has cake pictures on her FB page and her website taken from other people's website. She even photoshopped the name on the cake to a different name and watermarked it with her own logo! I let the owners (at least 3 different bakeshop) of the pictures know. The thief insist it was her own but eventually took the stolen pictures off her FB and website.
post #13 of 60
The term "potentially hazardous" refers to bacterial growth at room temperature, if you final product must be refrigerated it usually can't be sold by a cottage food business.

The CFL in California does not require an inspection if you are selling directly to customers, but luckily it does require applying for a license (usually in the $100-200 range) and submitting product labels to the county health dept.
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I'm in Central IL

IL has a pretty restrictive cottage food law, if you see a potential violation I would definitely contact your county health dept, that's what they are there for.
post #15 of 60

learn something new every day....I wonder what VA requires. I will have to look that up. I had to pick the only city in the state that does NOT allow home baking to buy a house in....

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