A Cake Decorating Business

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Are YOU Thinking of Starting a Baking or Cake Decorating Business? 

"My name is Patricia and I am so inspired by your work that I have decided to start baking professionally. I am still scared but the thought of the beautiful cakes I have seen on your website keeps me excited. The hope that I can put smiles on people's faces far outweighs any monetary gains".

~Patricia Saranwiyo~ * Nigeria

If you are seriously considering a career in baking and decorating then please read all of the advice here including my website building recommendations. Then take some time to browse all of the Q&A at the bottom of this page.  

Some Useful Cake Decorating Business Tips 

Baking Degree? Yes or No

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Decide if a baking degree is something that you are interested in having or are you a self learner. You don't necessarily need a degree, but it certainly wouldn't hurt to have credentials.

I learned on the job ( more about that below) 

Hone Your Baking & Cake Decorating Skills

Cake decorating courses are everywhere. It's a good starting point. Check out the classes page on this website. There you will find links to baking schools, culinary arts programs and cake decorating classes

You can also check out my Step-by-Step Books  and my video guides.

Buttercream Guide 

Wedding Cake Guide 

Get Practical Training on The Job

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Learning on the job working in a bakery is one of the best ways to get training. 

I started out this way. My first job was at a French bakery in Palo Alto California. From there I worked in various jobs in the industry to gain experience before opening my own home based bakery.

If you want to learn more about me or my experience in the bakery and cake decorating world go here.

Build a Website

Build a real business online, work right from your home, and drive traffic to an existing business or website.

SBI is the company I used to build this profitable online and offline business.

Cakes with Lorelie website

Create a buzz for your cake decorating business using Facebook, YouTube and other social networks. I personally use these in addition to Pinterest.

If you do sign up for any of these social networks make sure to post and engage regularly. Start by learning one social platform at a time to avoid overwhelm.

Once you get the hang of each one and start planning your posts it can be fun to meet your fellow niche creators. 

 "I am just starting a cake decorating business from home and this is the most informative website...Thank you so much for this wealth of information especially for someone just starting out."


Question Or Helpful Advice?

Do you have a question about starting a cake decorating business venture? Are you already in the business and have some great advice or a helpful tip to share! Join in and submit your questions and answers. Comment on any of the entries. Help and be helped...

What Other Visitors Have Said And Questions Asked

Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...If you have any advice or tips please join in. I don't have all of the answers so would very much appreciate your input.

Leveling your cake tiers 
Everyone eventually learns that you have to take the time to level your tiers or something gets lopsided. I had a mortifying experience last month …

Cake decorating business 
Hello, I really enjoy making cakes and want to start a cake decorating business but I live in a very small community. Is it still possible to make a career …

Cake pricing 
Hi Lorilee, Can you please tell me what is appropriate when pricing a special occasion cake that can take up to 3 days to create? Would you price it …

Do I need to take a deposit? 
Hi! I love your site, I think I use it everyday to answer some sort of question I have. I have been asked to do a wedding cake and its a big order! …

Cake Decorating Business Reality 
Question: Can you tell me, what is the cake decorating business reality? What is the cake creators schedule? Do you start early and finish late? What …

Commercial Ovens 
I'm looking to start my own commercial cake bakery. I'm looking at purchasing a double stacked convection gas oven. I'm currently working out of a standard …

What equipment do I REALLY need for a new bakery??? Not rated yet
Hi there I'm in the process of opening up a Specialty Cake shop in our City Mall, but I have always baked with the basic household equipment and am …

New Cake Business Not rated yet
Hi My Name is Nilda Veras, and I'm trying to open a new cake business, I live in Anchorage, Alaska, I need tips so I can decorate cakes with fondant, …

Wedding Cake Pricing Not rated yet
I was asked to make a 3 tier wedding cake. They want ruffles on all the layers. I am worried once I pipe the ruffles on they might slide or fall off. …

Cake Delivery And Preparation Not rated yet
Hello I will be making our first wedding cake delivery for a December 31st wedding. I was planning on baking 2 cakes; one for delivery and one just …

How much to charge for specialty cakes Not rated yet
Hi! I mostly do specialty/custom cakes and I have no idea how much to charge. Your wedding cake price guide was really helpful but I can't find a guide …

Stay At Home Mom Loves Baking Not rated yet
I am a stay at home mom and I love to bake. I have never been to a Wilton cake decorating class, but would love to go. At the time I don't have the time …

Cake Decorating Flowers Business Not rated yet
Cake Decorating Flowers Business? I have been making cakes and hand made gum paste flowers out of my home for some time now. I love making the flowers …

Ups and Downs in Cake Decorating... Not rated yet
Hi Lorelie! I'm so happy to have found your website and even more happy to see that we're neighbors...I live in Westfield, MA! I just started my …

Baking From Home Legalities Not rated yet
Question: I would like to start a home-baking business creating custom cakes. But, I was told that I could not bake from my own kitchen and sell my cakes …

Making my dream come true Not rated yet
My friends call me "Martha" ... to tease me because I LOVE culinary arts, gardening, flowers, interior design, and so on. I have always fueled on creativity, …

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