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Im building a clientele through yoga places and with in my vegetarian community. Seeing as i specialize in vegan pastries. My local cake store is having a LARGE bake off in march. i was thinking about signing up only $50. i think its 30 booths. lots of competition but great exposer. I know my vegan cupcakes can go up against dairy cupcakes any day. but if i lose will it hurt business???? But i was wondering if anyone else has ever done something like this if so any tips? i was thinking doing cookies and cupcakes. 

 

here is the scoring guide 

Scoring
    40% Taste
    40% Cupcake, Cookie or Cakepop Decoration
    20% Serving and Booth Presentation

 

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I'd say that for $50 it's worth doing it. You'll have to do samples so that will increase your cost (and time) but if it will get your name out it isn't a huge investment. And if you don't get much from it that will be okay, because again, not too much of an investment.

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I think it's worth fifty bucks, go for it. Make sure you have someone proofread any signage you might make, or flyers, or anything printed. I always ask at least one person to check my spelling and grammar before sending anything to print.
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I think it's worth fifty bucks, go for it. Make sure you have someone proofread any signage you might make, or flyers, or anything printed. I always ask at least one person to check my spelling and grammar before sending anything to print.

 

I cant spell to save my life. so for flyers, cards, or even my website I have them spell check for me. and then i ask someone else to 3x check 

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Rules: Entry Rules: • Participant must participate within their appropriate category. Either Professional or Novice • All entries must be brought complete. No baking/cooking will take place on site at the event, no cold storage or kitchen facilities will be available • All frosting and decoration on cupcake must be edible • Entries must consist of a minimum of a dozen (12) full size entries. Cupcakes for public taste-testing can be full or mini size, minimum qty of 300 tastes for public tasting. • Please bring your cupcakes in container and as part your display/presentation. • Please CLEARLY label your cupcakes name, description/flavor. • All competitors will be able to name their cupcake and will be assigned a number that represents who the cupcake belongs to for the purpose of judging. • Registration must be completed by 2/28/14 • We will provide you 1 6 foot table for presentation. Please review scoring on the main page

 

 

Should i do minis or regular size??? 

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post #6 of 9

I would definitely do something like that, especially for $50. My competitive side wouldn't be able to resist :).

 

I would do minis for the samples, you have to have a minimum of 300, right? That's a lot of full sized-cupcakes.

post #7 of 9
I participated in one last year and was so nervous. There were only three entries... My bakery, a home baker that I really admired, and another bakery that had been trying to talk bad about my shop. We ended up taking 1st place. It certainly gave me a huge sense of accomplishment.... And maybe a bit of satisfaction that the other bakery came in last.
post #8 of 9

Just wanted to ditto the proofreading!  But not just the spelling, make sure that everything is matched up.  A few months ago, I had a new batch of business cards printed and despite sending them to about 5 people to check, no-one noticed that 'web' was next to the email address and 'email' was next to the website URL!!! DOH!  The second I showed them (proudly!) to my other half, he said, 'sweet, there's a mistake on them'.  I thought he was kidding to start.  Anyway, lesson learned and thankfully there was only 200 of them! x

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my family is so excited that ive signed up they have already jumped head first into planning. only problem is they want to do a rain forest theme because im vegan and they think that would set me apart. im worried it would clash with my logo and my personal style. I was think of a 1940s theme being able to use my vintage mixer, and other kitchen stuff as decorations. am i being stubborn? 

 

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