With a little creativity, you can launch your own professional cake decorating business, even if you’re working with a limited budget.
Use the Cake Decorating Business Blueprint to jump-start your business with simple cost-cutting strategies and creative money-making ideas.
Or if you want to specialize in weddings, you can get step-by-step instructions form professional Dede Wilson from designing to baking to decorating in her guide “Wedding Cakes You Can Make” sold at bookstores.
The permits and licenses you’ll need will depend on where your business operates and what type of food products you are selling. Each state has its own requirements. Businesses that prepare and serve food typically need to obtain a general business license and food handler certification.
Your cooking space will be required to pass an inspection by the Department of Health. Upon approval, they will license you. If selling packaged gourmet cakes, you may also be required to maintain a standard recipe for product labeling purposes.
After putting together a business plan for your cake business, come up with a business name and register the name with your county clerk. Obtain the necessary business licenses and get a business bank account so you can receive payments from customers to your business name.
Next, get a merchant account so you can give customers more ways to pay you. Download a free invoice template that you can use to bill customers and get accounting software to track business income and expenses to hire a bookkeeper. You’ll save time when it’s time to file your tax return and be better prepared to take advantage of tax deductions.
If you plan on opening a bakery, lease or buy commercial space for your shop. Working with a commercial real estate broker will help you find vacancies and calculate rents that fits your budget. You can also rent commercial kitchen space or set up a baking area at home. Your cooking space will be required to pass an inspection by the Department of Health.
Get prepared with cake decorating equipment and supplies. Also stock up on product packaging supplies like cake boxes, bags, labels and wrap. You don’t have to buy in bulk to get discount prices, and some companies can help you with custom designs and labeling.
How to Start Your Own Cake Decorating Business
Here is a step-by-step guide which will teach you how to get your cake decorating business off the ground and how to run it successfully.
Expert Jennifer James shows you every aspect of this creative and fun business so you can be assured you are taking the right steps to start your venture. Cake decorating business owners share their experience so you can minimize your risk and maximize your success in your own business.
- How to decorate cakes – from style to assembly to the right tools and supplies and more.
- How to start with little money, getting licensing, how to find/rent a commercial kitchen. What are the hottest baking industry trends now? How to find clients – and get orders. Plus samples of business forms, pricing lists and lots more
Baking Business Associations
American Bakers Association
The leading trade association for the baking industry.
American Society of Baking
The American Society of Baking is a professional organization that brings together individuals in the grain-based food industry for personal development, recognition, education and leadership.
Culinary Business Academy
This educational institution is dedicated to helping people be successful in culinary businesses.