How to Get Started in Cake Decorating

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The art of Cake Decorating.  How many of you bake for fun?  Then how many of you would love to get money for fun?

I started baking as young as 7 years old with a toaster oven and a little bit of resourcefulness.  I made brownies, pizzas, cookies and I am persistent to get my parents to eat my half burnt goodies and telling me they are great.  But living in a household with my mom raising us, we are living within our simple means and could not afford to purchase an oven and some tools.  But my sweet tooth remained and reminded me of my passion to cake decorating.  I always loved going to bakeshops and patisseries reveling on the wonderful displays of treats.

Fast forward 30 years later after giving birth to my son, I have rekindled my desire to learn how to bake when my dear husband bought my a table top oven and a small mixer.  I have my own dose of brick hard banana breads and cakes that sunk like titanic.  But I kept going by studying cookbooks and experimenting on recipes.  As a test of my persistence, I have practiced making chiffon cakes for three months until I got it right.  From that point forward, I told myself I am going to do this forever.

With all those practice, I ended up with cakes in my household which I bring to gift for friends and family.  They loved the idea so much that they started asking me to make it for them.  Soon, their friends started to ask me to make cakes for them.  With the demand, I had to level up my game by attending classes and slowly my sweet world started to expand.

Now, I am still making cakes to friends who are my regulars.

Upon sharing my story, I want to tell you a few things on how to get started:

  1.  Start with a fire in your heart.  Cake decorating is not for faint of heart.  You need to be motivated to go through the intricacies of the art itself.
  2. Practice on a recipe you want to eat.  I happen to love Banana bread and chiffon cakes.  I concentrated my efforts to master these two bakes and I did.  It helped me to know the moods of my oven (trust me on this).  I am also able to understand the science of baking by nailing the techniques in achieving great cakes.
  3. Develop a system from setting up (mise en place) to clean up.  This will help you recall your techniques and get your body to it too.
  4. Offer a cake to friends.  Free taste is the most effective marketing advice I could give.
  5. Start selling for a minimal fee.  This will allow you to practice more recipes without spending money on the ingredients.
  6. Repeat step 4 and 5 until people start to find you.  When other people rave your cakes from your friend’s parties, they are going to order from you.
  7. Slowly raise your cost for margin and labor.  You need to make a sustainable business here and thus, you need to consider paying yourself and also setting aside some margin to help you  expand your biz.

Thank you for taking time to read my blog.  Feel free to drop any questions in the comments below.

XOXO,

Monica

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  • Sarita

    Iam still looking for a good decoration lessons with buttercream 🙁

    • admin

      Thank you for asking Sarita. I am launching a comprehensive buttercream guide for cake decorators very soon. Watch out for it.

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