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post #16 of 79

The restrictions are really tough here in Texas on home bakers. You have to include info on what allergens are in it and where it was made, but you can bring your cat along on deliveries. Now while I can't believe that anyone would bring a cat on a cake delivery, a health dept employee in opposing some changes to the existing law got up  at the state health committee hearing this year and stated that she'd had many complaint calls of people bringing their dogs, and specifically cats, along on deliveries and the law didn't give her the right to do anything about it.

 

Oh, and you have to take a $20 class explaining you shouldn't squeeze raw hamburger juice into your icing.

post #17 of 79
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The restrictions are really tough here in Texas on home bakers. You have to include info on what allergens are in it and where it was made, but you can bring your cat along on deliveries. Now while I can't believe that anyone would bring a cat on a cake delivery, a health dept employee in opposing some changes to the existing law got up  at the state health committee hearing this year and stated that she'd had many complaint calls of people bringing their dogs, and specifically cats, along on deliveries and the law didn't give her the right to do anything about it.

 

Oh, and you have to take a $20 class explaining you shouldn't squeeze raw hamburger juice into your icing.

Yum, I love me some undercoat with my ganache.

post #18 of 79

I live in Texas and recently became licensed.  For the past year I have given buttloads of free cake away because I refused to charge (even for ingredients) when I was not legal to do so.  I concentrated on making a good quality product that I knew that I could charge a fair and decent price for.  The actual cost to me for the class was $15, I did it through Texas A&M University and it was all online.  Last week a lady came into my workplace trying to sell mini muffins that she baked because "she just liked to bake".  She had a label on the three mini muffins she was selling for $1 but I took one look and knew she wasn't licensed. I handed it back to her and said I wasn't interested.  If I were starving to death I would not have bought them out of principle.  They spend more money on fancy labels than it would cost to be able sell the product legally!!!

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Yum, I love me some undercoat with my ganache.

 

OMG I just died laughing at this

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."

 

Scott Adams

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"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."

 

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post #20 of 79
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I live in Texas and recently became licensed.  For the past year I have given buttloads of free cake away because I refused to charge (even for ingredients) when I was not legal to do so.  I concentrated on making a good quality product that I knew that I could charge a fair and decent price for.  The actual cost to me for the class was $15, I did it through Texas A&M University and it was all online.  Last week a lady came into my workplace trying to sell mini muffins that she baked because "she just liked to bake".  She had a label on the three mini muffins she was selling for $1 but I took one look and knew she wasn't licensed. I handed it back to her and said I wasn't interested.  If I were starving to death I would not have bought them out of principle.  They spend more money on fancy labels than it would cost to be able sell the product legally!!!

Are you saying you are opening up a licensed kitchen? Because there is no licensing for home bakers in Texas.

post #21 of 79
I bake under the cottage food law and I had the sense to wait until I had all my ducks in a row. I didn't give cakes away. I practiced and threw them out. Made them for thanksgiving. There are slot of ppl out here not following the rules. And undercharging. I just let them go. They'll burn out and go away. Not making money will take care of that.
post #22 of 79

No, from my home.  I got my certificate, sorry wrong word there.  My point is, it isn't hard nor expensive, yet people do it anyway.

post #23 of 79
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No, from my home.  I got my certificate, sorry wrong word there.  My point is, it isn't hard nor expensive, yet people do it anyway.

Sorry to point it out, I was just afraid it would mislead someone. Though I'm not sure why I care - it's not like I need more competition! :D

post #24 of 79
I absolutely get it! It really irks me that someone can take the easy way (unlicensed) and reap the same benefits I worked hard to earn (license, tons of practice, safety course). I don't like to see anyone fail, but I'd like to think there is more if a benefit from following rules and working hard.
post #25 of 79
I'm also in Texas but I moved here from Illinois where I couldn't even think about baking from home unless it was for a farmers market. I've been giving away cakes while getting ready to start things more professionally, it's just not worth the risk for a couple of dollars profit.

There are so many cheap home bakers here though, I recently left a Facebook group because the constant posts about how they needed to give away their cakes for pennies to get business were driving me crazy.
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post #26 of 79
Of course the flip side to making licensing too easy is it erases barriers to entry, so people can set up shop legally without having to stop to think about pricing that makes sense.
post #27 of 79
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I'm also in Texas but I moved here from Illinois where I couldn't even think about baking from home unless it was for a farmers market. I've been giving away cakes while getting ready to start things more professionally, it's just not worth the risk for a couple of dollars profit.

There are so many cheap home bakers here though, I recently left a Facebook group because the constant posts about how they needed to give away their cakes for pennies to get business were driving me crazy.


And I can imagine business is "booming" and they're booked solid. Never mind that they may not be making any profit.
post #28 of 79
There was one from someone who said a dozen cake pops cost them $6 in supplies and took six hours to make. She wanted to reduce her price from $25 to $15, because she wasn't getting any orders. Sorry but I'm not working for $1.50 an hour for anyone.
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post #29 of 79
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Of course the flip side to making licensing too easy is it erases barriers to entry, so people can set up shop legally without having to stop to think about pricing that makes sense.

Yep, and next time around if there's a movement to require home kitchens to be inspected and licensed here, I will consider supporting it.

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I'm also in Texas but I moved here from Illinois where I couldn't even think about baking from home unless it was for a farmers market. I've been giving away cakes while getting ready to start things more professionally, it's just not worth the risk for a couple of dollars profit.

There are so many cheap home bakers here though, I recently left a Facebook group because the constant posts about how they needed to give away their cakes for pennies to get business were driving me crazy.

What a coincidence, same here but it was some time ago. They had this leader person that they all worshiped and she hated my guts. Right after I'd post my price on a cake price question, she'd be sure and post something significantly less. Otherwise she ignored those threads - she was trying to protect her flock from my silly, crazy pricing help.  On the other hand, she'd repeat things I said and take credit - a real piece of work.  As far as I know, I was the only professional in the group. At the end, I was so tired of casting my pearls before, well, not swine, it was more like the unappreciative.

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We're just too professional icon_biggrin.gif
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