Bag Cakes

BAG CAKES

Perhaps one of my most favourite cakes to make are bag shaped ones. I literally jump at the chance to make one. The aim is to make the cake entirely edible. Normally some inedible pieces may be used for structural reasons. I always communicate to the client to remove the supports before serving.

Here I am sharing two of my favourite bags cakes, especially because of the sweet families who ordered these.

This Mulberry bag was a surprise for the recipient. Her family designed it, ordered it and did all the planning for the cake in secret. They emailed me pictures of some of her favourite things that could go on the cake. She had no idea that a surprise cake was on its way.  I delivered it to their home, and her reaction was great! She loved the bag. Too bad I didn’t manage to take a decent photo that captured the colours nicely.

handbag cake

 

This sports bag cake needed to incorporate the birthday boy’s interests. His mum finalized all the details after many discussions. She wanted to be perfect for her son and the colours and details needed to match his exact gym bag, shoes etc. I was a bit nervous as the birthday boy came together with his mum to collect the cake. He was overjoyed with the result! And I couldn’t be happier about the reaction!

 edible bag cake

These cute little edible bags aren’t really cakes, but edible vintage suitcases. They are decorations that went on another favourite cake. I decided to add these here just because I thought they looked cute. The wife ordered this cake for her husband. It had the world map on it, and tiny hearts as place pins for all the places they had been to together.

suitcase cake toppers

There are more pictures on the Cake and Cookie Company Facebook page if you would like to see more fun novelty cakes.

How to start your own home based Cake Decorating Business

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How to start your own home based cake business

Are you thinking of staring your own cake business?

Are you unsure about who to contact and where to get help from?

Do you know what the first steps are before you start?

Working for yourself is challenging, demanding and sometimes exhausting but it is also fun, exciting and fulfilling.

Setting up your own business is a daunting prospect and can put off many from attempting it. It will take a tremendous amount of dedication, energy and hard work but it can also prove to be a great way to take a passion to make a living.

I am hoping to help out some of you who are looking to start their own home based business. To simplify the process, I am outlining some of the legal steps to make sure you start on the right footing. I am not a business consultant or expert and I have tried to provide links to the right organizations that can guide, but, these are the things I have learned along the way and can maybe help others start.

The following is a list of things to sort out once/before you start.

1. THE LOCAL COUNCIL

As soon as you start thinking about setting up, the first point of official contact should be the local council. In the UK, council offices have separate business regulation departments to assist local start ups and risk assess food businesses. They will tell you about the council requirements, kitchen inspections, permissions, and health and safety requirements. My first contact at the Sutton council guided me about the food health and certification, about council inspections, kitchen standards etc. Often they will send you the UK food regulation guides, hygiene practices manuals and links to where you can get food Safety certifications. Council requirements and laws vary from council to council so it is best to contact your local office for more details.

2. HMRC

In the UK, contact the HMRC (or your national tax office elsewhere if you are outside the UK). HMRC needs to be notified as soon you start trading. You must notify them of all the details, correctly and in time and keep them updated about any changes to the business or address etc. You will be registered as self-employed and put in tax bracket that is suitable. Their website is full of helpful information and should be referred to in detail to get all the official steps done correctly.

3. FOOD HANDLING TRAINING/CERTIFICATE

Almost all food handlers must undergo relevant food hygiene training. Most councils require you have an up to date Level two certificate in Food Hygiene for Catering. There are others you can do to increase and update your knowledge of safe food preparation and handling but this is the minimum requirement. You can either go to a training centre, where they hold workshops, classes or give you a certificate upon completion. This option is usually more expensive but great as you learn more by practice and demonstration. The other option, which is quicker and cheaper, is getting the certificate online. You study the course material, take the test and the certificate is emailed to you. Make sure you choose a certified course provider and select the right course suitable for your business.

how to start a cake business, cake business tips

How to start your own home based cake business

4. CONTACT  LANDLORD/MORTGAGE COMPANY

Make sure you confirm IN WRITING from your landlord or mortgage company that you are legally allowed to work from home. Often home insurance prices may change and some mortgage restrictions may apply. So get that sorted BEFORE you take cakes any further. Often mortgage companies will allow a sole trader to work from home if there is no customer footfall etc. As regulations vary, make sure you get in contact and get the details started before you start.

5. BUSINESS INSURANCE

Depending on where you live, it is not usually a requirement, but it is worth investing in Public and Product Liability Insurance. Hoping you don’t have to use them, but it’s a good idea to be covered in case something unfortunate happens. As with purchasing any other insurance, its best to gather a few no obligation quotes, compare and then choose one that suits you. Quotes may vary based on your location, size /kind of business.   Hope the above helps and feel free to comment if you have suggestions or questions.         HELPFUL LINKS

 

how to start a cake business, cake business tips

How to start your own home based cake business

Elegant Anniversary Cake

Elegant Anniversary Cake

Its always a bit of both, nerves and excitement when ever I am given a free reign on the design. I’m nervous because you can never know for sure how the client will react to their surprise design and excitement because I get to work on design elements that I personally like. Yaay!:) ani1 With last weeks cake, I was sent a rough sketch of a heart with two names and the number “40″. The brief was pretty, elegant and (maybe) floral. I’m not a huge fan of heart shaped cakes but I really enjoy making pretty, classic cakes with bits of lace, some elegant piping and flowers. So that’s all that went into this cake. ani2 I baked two classic Victoria sponge shapes, an 8″ square and an 8″ round. Filled with layers of strawberry jam and freshly made vanilla butter cream. I then cut the round cake right across the middle into two equal halves. To make the heart, I put one two sides of the square, smothered in loads of butter cream and covered in white fondant. I didn’t take any pictures while making this but if you type in “make a heart cake with square and round cakes” several helpful drawings will come up. I used a pearl string mould to make strings of pearls at the base. I hand piped royal icing scrolls, dots and names. Filled selected portions of the cake with hand made roses and cut out flowers. Because I’ve recently played around with cake lace and love it, of course the design had to be doted with bits of edible lace. And the board I did in one of my favorite effects, the quilted look. I finished the design off by painting with hints of silver. ani3 I was told the recipients LOVED the cake! Of course I’m chuffed:) ani4