New Cake Business

by Nilda VeraS
(Anchorage, AK)


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, I'm Hispanic and I have been doing cakes with meringue Icing. It is completely different from buttercream and fondant.

Any advise you may have for a new business

Thanks a lot and I love your website.

God Bless you

Lorelie's Response Hi Nilda, Congratulations on thinking about starting a new business. My suggestion is to experiment a little with both buttercream icing and fondant. Fondant is really popular right now, so it is good to know how to use it.

I have some tutorials on this website for you and a recipe for making it from scratch and a marshmallow version. If you go to the fondant wedding cake page, you will see links to amounts charts, recipes, cake decorating and making flowers with fondant.

I also recommend buying fondant in large containers so that you have it on hand in an emergency. Marshmallow fondant is easiest of all the recipes to make, but it is very messy. Fondant from scratch takes a bit of work, so I like to have it ready made. There are a lot of great brands to use. I use Satin Ice for the most part.

You can go to my supplies page and order it from there.

I think you will find it fun to work with sugarpaste. It's like play dough for adults. And it tastes good too.

Check out all of the fondant questions and answers here at this site too. I get a lot of them.

Some more tips for you:
Fondant dries out quickly, so keep it well wrapped and in an air tight container.

I usually recommend not refrigerating it, but I have heard that you can with certain brands, such as Satin Ice. I have yet to try this.

You can make flowers and figures with it but gumpaste works a little better for sculpting as it dries harder and can be rolled thinner.

Meringue icing or Royal Icing as I call it is perfect for decorating on fondant. You can do delicate piping over your cakes with it.

My best tip though is to play around with it and learn as you go.

Good luck with your new cake business venture. If you have more questions you can add them in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

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