Seven Ways to Be Successful in Your Specialty Cake Bakery Business

Specialty cake bakery is a convenient and promising business you can start from home. You can do the baking at your own home and sell the products online or to the local community. The selling cost, like advertisement, is at a minimum. Even with all these advantages, many fail miserably because of not following certain golden rules. Follow the seven golden rules and you can see success at your doorsteps.
• Take heed to the exact requirement: Customers’ satisfaction is an important component for the success of any business. You have the advantage of being in contact with every customer. So you can cater to the needs of every client. Customers give more importance to their requirements rather than technical perfection.
• Difference is in small details: You must attend to the smallest detail of the requirement of the customer. A satisfied customer will return to you next time. If not satisfied, the customer will try another seller.
• Make them unique/highly customized: It is a home-based baker’s privilege to make every piece a unique one. A surprise addition without additional cost will be very much valued by the customer.
• Deliver on time: Keeping the time is very important. At least in some cases, a delivery received late may be of no worth to the customer. That will drive off the customer from you forever. Deliver large and delicate cakes at the home of the customer to avoid damage. The customer also will be very much pleased.
• Marketing: Strike up a nice conversation with your customers. Remind them of the celebrations coming up in their homes and secure the order for the cake in time.
• Be truthful: Put real pictures of your cakes in your website – don’t choose from Google images. People compare their cake with what is shown in your site. Don’t give them a chance to get disappointed.
• Other services: Give samples for tasting at the time of placing the order itself. If a prospective client contacts you through your website, ask him/her to come over to your place or offer to visit their place yourself, if that is convenient to them.

Read the above-mentioned points carefully and do a remorseless self-examination. Will you be able to fit into this frame? If yes, go right into the business. You will succeed for sure.

Holiday Gift Giving is Easy This Year with Specialty Cakes for All

Being in the Midwest, this time of year is just the greatest. As the days get colder and old man winter is on his way, we here in the Midwest get busy with shopping, baking, and planning for the Holidays. We make those lists and venture to the crowded shopping malls in the snow. It is always fun to search for the ideal gifts that your family members want or need. But what about when it comes to buying a gift for your busy co-workers, boss, employees, clients, and so on? Do you look every year for something unique and fun, yet practical? We have your answers.

Food and drink is the most appreciated gift you can give this time of year. At Make A Diaper Cake, we are always busy coming up with new treats and tips to perfect your gift giving. This season, we share some of cutest towel cakes that you can make for anyone on your shopping list. But don’t forget, we can save you time by making these wonderful cakes for you. Below are some of our neat ideas for your festive gifts.

1) Coffee Lovers Cake – Gourmet coffees such as Holiday blend, Cinnamon Hazelnut, Chocolate Caramel, Streusel Cake, French Vanilla Cappuccinos coolers, toss in a Holiday coffee mug, gourmet Biscotti’s, gourmet chocolates, and coffee hard candies. You’ll be a hit.

2) Tea Lovers Cake – Cinnamon Apple Tea, Bing Cherry With Almond Tea, Cranberry, Orange Tea, Gourmet Honey, Teapot Cookies, Raspberry Tea Biscuits, Holiday Mug, and a favorite magazine. This tea towel cake will be sure to please any recipient.

3) A Pancake Morning Cake – Gourmet syrups, gourmet pancake mixes, wild blueberries, a wire whisk, and yummy gourmet jams to delight the pancake lovers on your list.

4) The Baker’s Cake – Add gourmet cookie, bread, and cake mixes, a wire whisk, kitchen timer, and recipe cards will delight your baker this year.

5) The Snack Attack Cake- Holiday colored popcorn, Summer sausages, Beef salami, gourmet cheeses and crackers gourmet snacks, such as mixed nuts, and walnut fudge. Almost all of the products can be purchased at online specialty stores or malls near you.

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Your Wedding Cake on a Budget

Getting your cake from a bakery that specializes in wedding cakes can be a major wedding expense for you. That’s especially true if you expect to serve a sizable number of people. Some cakes can cost as high as $1500 from some specialty shops. In fact it is not uncommon for prices to begin in the $500 range if a special design is ordered. The good news is that getting the perfect cake on a budget is not impossibility.

The first thing you need to do is to determine just exactly how many people you expect to give cake to at your wedding reception. As a general rule, expect to get approximately 16 pieces out of the average 9 inch layer cake. Depending on the size of the piece, some cakes can provide significantly more pieces than a regular round cake.

Once you have the number of people firmly in mind, check with a bakery at your local grocery store to see what kind of cakes they can provide. In many instances these cakes will be far cheaper than something created by a specialty bakery. They have experience creating cakes so they can give you a far better idea of how many pieces you can expect to get out of each type of cake. Unlike specialty cakes which uses a special frosting known as a fondant that is hard in texture, those created by your grocery store are likely to have some form of butter cream frosting. This is closer to the traditional frosting found in a homemade birthday cake. It is possible to make decorations like flowers and have writing on the cake just like one that would be made for a birthday or other occasion.

Another possibility to get a wedding cake on a budget is to take advantage of any bakers in your family. Rather than giving you a wedding present, they can make the cakes and decorating them as their wedding contribution. As an addendum to this, if you have a large family, several people can contribute cakes which can be used to reception. Be sure to give them plenty of time to complete the cakes. Be sure to specify what flavor of cake and frosting you’d prefer. If you are renting a hall that does not have catering services, you can assign some of those who make the cakes to cut them at the appropriate time.

Two alternatives to give you a “wedding cake” on a budget is to make one using layers of your favorite donuts or cupcakes. More and more brides are choosing this instead of the traditional style cake because it’s easier for guests to take individual pieces, and it may mean a traditional cake is not required at all. As another option some brides have decided to ask family members to bring an assortment of treasured family dessert items like cookies, cookie bars, and pies to serve to the guests for the reception. This way, no one person has to bear the brunt of the expense. As you can see, with a little creativity finding a wedding cake on a budget can easily be done.

To your beautiful wedding!