Do you have the time and creativity, but don’t know how to turn it into an easy money earning option? Then the one business that is actually made for individuals like you is the home cake business. A unique yet fun filled business that allows you to enjoy work and time flexibility completely, in this you don’t need to make any adjustments in your lifestyle, but your work will itself get adjusted.
The business that gives you freedom to be artistic and welcomes your creative ideas with open arms is what the home cake decorating business can offer. Cakes are a very important part of most celebrations of happiness and special occasions in life. So, cakes business can actually help you get started with a career that is fun filled, enjoyable and also the most lucrative of all.
The home cake baking business or cake decorating business is a work that is consumer filled and where the number will only get increased more and more over time. Requiring very little overhead cost, the essentials you require for this enjoyable home based business are very easy on pocket and also real easy to come by. If your kitchen houses an oven or a microwave then you have already climbed your first step on the ladder of success and easy money earning.
With knowledge, creativity and just little time from your daily schedule, you can actually get started with a cake business that will sure be something that will pay you back greatly. So, with an artistic eye to actually help your clients get the best cake as per the occasion or celebration, you can sure earn popularity among a number of customers that will help you in getting success faster.
So, welcome to the world of sweetness where you have full freedom to enjoy your work to the fullest.…Continue reading
If you love decorating cakes, start your neat little cake decorating business and make good profits from home. This article explains about how to start and run a cake decorating business successfully.
Investment and Equipment: If you want to do on a bigger scale, you need heavy duty mixer, bigger oven else you can use a regular mixer. You need to invest on owls, spatulas, nozzles, baking trays and food colors.
You also need to know about below points.
- Legal ramifications of operating a food service business from home
- The best cake recipes
- Build a portfolio of cake options to show clients when just starting out
- Insurance details.
a. Better cakes: Create better cakes and start taking orders from your friends and neighbors. Go around and look for different types of cakes available in local stores. Come up with tastier, yummier and better designed than your local bakery.
b. Parties: Arrange parties and invite people. Let them know about your new business. Ask them to spread the word. Try to attend parties of others and do the same.
c. Partnership and networking: Find partners who will sell your cakes for you. Approach local book stores operating coffee shops and local coffee shops and ask if they would be interested to offer your cakes to their customers.
Network with local wedding planners, event and party planners.
d. Tap the internet: Create a website. Create a brochure and promote it in local online directories. You can make money online by creating an e-book and selling it.
e. Online networking: Ask people to follow you on Twitter and update them about your new cakes. Create a special cake every month and sell them to only few people. The “scarcity” factor will rise enthusiasm in people. Announce the few lucky winners on Twitter.
Sell your cakes directly at their homes. In Twitter, announce the places you would be visiting in a day or week. Ask them to book a slot.
Every Saturday, create conferences, talk to your online customers and do some live videos on how to prepare cakes.…Continue reading
You can store home made fruit cake for years although the type you buy is not usually stored for that long, because, after all it has a sell-by date, and has additives and preservatives in it. You can, however, prolong the life of a fruit cake from a store, by simply freezing it after wrapping it in tin foil very securely.
The best sorts of fruit cake to store are the ones you make yourself that are laced with liquor, brandy, dark rum, whiskey, wine and port make good choices. When you make a fruit cake it takes at least a month to mature, or mellow, so you shouldn’t freeze one until it has been allowed to mellow for a few months.
When you make a fruit cake, you should make it three or four months before you want to eat it as this gives it time to reach its full flavour potential. If you just want to keep it for a few months, store it in an airtight tin such as an old biscuit tin, and once a month, or every six weeks. Add more liquor to the cake, by piercing it in a few places and pouring the liquor over the top of the cake and leaving it. The liquid will slowly seep into the cake and the flavour will be superb when you are ready to eat it.
If it is a top tier or a lower tier of your wedding cake that you want to store, you will need to leave any pillars or dowels in it, as the cake should not be exposed to the air. You can wrap it in several layers of greaseproof paper and then tightly wrap this with aluminum foil and store it in a tin in a cold dark place. You can also get cardboard cake boxes, and after wrapping the cake you can store it in one of these very successfully.
In your grandparents’ day, they still had pantries, which were ideal places for storing fruit cakes, and my parents actually stored their wedding cake in a cardboard box on top of their wardrobe. Seven years after their wedding it was used as the cake to celebrate my brother’s birth. It had icing and marzipan on it and that was still fine, I remember.
Another way to store a fruit cake for years is to wrap it in cheesecloth or tea towels which have been soaked in the same alcohol as was used in the cake, then tightly wrap it all in aluminum foil or plastic wrap and soak the cloth in alcohol again every few months and rewrap this.
You can also store fruit cake that has no alcohol in it, and can wrap it in greaseproof paper and keep it in a tin or cardboard cake box for a number of years. This won’t last as long as one with alcohol in it though, as the alcohol helps the preservation process.
The best type of fruit cake …Continue reading
Chocolate lovers who are getting married can now have their cake and it eat too. The traditional wedding cake was like the fruit cake you get during the holidays. It was popular because it lasts for a long time. Fortunately, the tradition moved away from the fruit cake and towards the white multi-layered cake. Nowadays, weddings are moving towards individuality rather than keeping tradition. The wedding dress is still white; but the design is largely reflective of the bride’s personality. The wedding cake is still an essential; but the design – the color, the style and the flavor, is becoming more and more personalized to represent the couple. So nowadays, it is not such a surprise anymore to see chocolate wedding cakes at receptions.
Whatever cake the couple decides to serve their guests, one thing remains constant: there will be a cake. Traditions over the centuries have changed, thankfully; but the symbolism remains the same: fertility and happiness. Brides today have it easier than brides that came before them. There was a tradition that survived until the 19th century of breaking the cake over the bride’s head. The guests would gather the crumbs that fell to the floor for good luck. There were other traditions; but what the modern bride needs to concern herself with is the ceremony where the bride and groom feed each other cake. That and serving good cake at pains of the guests remembering that the couple served bad cake on their wedding.
Getting the right fillings and icing is an essential part of designing a wedding cake. Fillings can be buttercream, custard and pastry cream, fruit, mousse, or ganache. Icing can be buttercream, marzipan, fondant, chocolate fondant, or royal icing. There really are many possible combinations. Fortunately, there are bakers, now called cake designers, who can help with this, especially to know what works or not for chocolate wedding cakes. But before you go to a baker, you must at least have some idea of what you want.
Before going to bakers, it is a good practice to ask for an appointment. That way they can prepare for you. They usually have their own look books, and possibly taste testing even on the first meeting. Finding the right baker is just as crucial as having the perfect wedding cake design. After all, it is the baker who executes the design. Cakes should be ordered well in advance. Wedding cakes aren’t made overnight. They need meticulous preparations. It would be safe to order at least six months before the wedding. Needless to say, if you want chocolate, you have to find a baker that does chocolate wedding cakes well.
In designing the cake, remember that it will be sitting at the reception for a long time. So the icing, filling, and the cake itself should be suitable for the climate and weather of the location of the reception. To make the cake ceremony more eventful, some humoring couples give each other really huge pieces of the …Continue reading
For weeks leading up to the Mid-Autumn festival every year, mooncakes and festival snacks abound. Many of these products were produced weeks ago and imported from places across the globe. If you’re living in the United States, finding fresh products to celebrate this year’s Mid-Autumn festival can be very difficult. Whether you’re celebrating with family and friends, or just looking for some good, traditional Chinese fare, stick around for some Mid-Autumn recipes and tips.
Traditionally celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar, the Mid-Autumn Festival is a major holiday across China, Taiwan and Vietnam and is rife with traditions and history. As could be expected, food plays a major role in this autumn holiday.
One of the most visible and traditional Mid-Autumn recipes on display is often the mooncake. While many varieties exist, traditional mooncakes have a soft outside crust with a sweet, dense filling in the center. Other foods that are enjoyed during this time are things like pumpkin and taro to bring good health and good luck respectively. Other foods include wine with osmanthus flower and river snails, each of these are also tied to lore bringing happiness and bright eyes to those who consume them during the festival.
Making mooncakes along with other Mid-Autumn recipes can be quite a challenge without access to traditional ingredients or mixes. In order to easily make this recipe, stopping by an Asian grocery will help speed up the process. Try to pick up ingredients like golden syrup, alkaline water, melon seeds, along with whatever fillings you’re considering for your traditional mooncakes. Another thing that should be picked up at any Asian market is a mooncake mould. They come in a variety of shapes and designs, so pick a few that could add a pleasant variety to your display.
Once you have picked up your ingredients, it’s time to make the filling and dough. For the filling to do ratio, consider this ratio 7 parts filling: 3 parts dough. That should give you an idea of how much to make when planning different types of filling.
Filling (feel free to make your own variations):
- 14 oz. (400g Package) Lotus Seed Paste
- 1.5 oz. (around 40g) Melon Seeds
- 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
- 1 / 2 Tsp Alkaline Water
- 5 Tsp Vegetable Oil
- 5 Tbsp Golden Syrup
To make the dough, first mix together the alkaline water with syrup. Stir in the oil and mix until they are completely blended. In a separate bowl, add the flour and make a well where you will stir in the syrup mixture. Mix the dough until it forms a loose dough. From there, knead and shape the dough into a round ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Let this dough refrigerate for at least two hours.
While the dough is resting, mix together the lotus seed paste and the melon seeds. Separate the mixture into two tablespoon portions and shape into balls. Set …Continue reading
Moon cakes are made during the 8th month of the lunar Chinese calender. The actual date for celebrating the festival is on the 15th of the 8th month of the lunar Chinese calendar. Usually wooden moulds are used for making moon cakes. Nowadays plastic moulds are used because it is much cheaper. There are many designs on the mould. It can be bought at any shops selling ingredients for cakes.
* 1/2 kg sugar
* 1 1/2 cups water
* 2 slices lemon
Boil the syrup for about an hour until it turns golden test whether it is ready, pour a tbsp of syrup in cold water. If it separates it is ready. If it turns into a ball, the syrup is too thick. Add more more done, keep in a cool place for 2 weeks before remaining syrup can be kept for future use.
* 350-400 g wheat flour
* 60 g golden syrup
* 50 g oil
* 1 tsp alkaline water
Prepare the pastry: Mix all the pastry ingredients in a bowl. If it is too soft, add in more flour. It should be soft but not stick to the fingers. Divide into 6 portions. Each portion about 50 g. Let it rest for at least an hour.
* 500 g red beans (wash and soak overnight)
* 500 g sugar
* 200 ml oil
* 1 tsp vanilla essence
* 50 g pumpkin seeds (locally known as ‘kuaci’)
1. Cook the red beans till soft and dry. Blend red bean in a mixer while still hot with the skin till fine.
2. To cook the bean paste, pour in sugar and red bean paste in a wok and keep stirring to prevent sticking. When mixture thickens, add in oil and stirring till cook. When it is ready, the paste will leave the side of the wok clean. Dish out and cool it in the refrigerator.
3. When the paste is firm, mix pumpkin seed with the red bean paste. Divide into 6 portions. Each portion about 150g.
4. Flatten each dough and add filling in the centre. Wrap the dough into a ball. Dust it with flour.
5. Shape the dough in a moon cake mould. Press slightly. Then knock it out. Place in a baking tray and brush with beaten eggs. Bake for 15 minutes at 100 degrees Celsius.
Note: Other fillings such as lotus seeds, green beans or yam can be used. Egg yolks can be added in center of the fillings if used. Steam the egg yolk before adding to the filling.
Cooking time: 15 minutes.
Preparation time: 15 minutes.
For better visualization on the steps on how to make the moon cake, there are step by step picture in the authors recipe blog here.…Continue reading
The one thing most guests remember from the wedding – aside from the first dance – is the wedding cake. This is one of the focal points to any special day, and you can guarantee that your cake will make an appearance in many of the photographs. Deciding on what wedding cake to have can be very difficult; there are so many shapes, styles and colours to choose from now. Here are a few things to consider when choosing your perfect cake.
Style of cake
When people picture wedding cakes, the most common image is that of a three tiered, pillared white or ivory cake. However, your wedding cake does not have to be like this anymore – unless you want it to be of course. There are so many options available, you could opt for a traditional pillared cake, stacked tiers, round, square, cupcake towers, or even a novelty sculpted design. Occasion cakes can now be designed to suit the theme of your wedding and your personality.
Once again there is the traditional option of a heavy fruit cake with marzipan, but more and more people are opting for a Madeira sponge, chocolate sponge, coffee sponge, lemon sponge or even rainbow coloured sponge! A good cake baker should be able to create any type of wedding cake filling you want. Remember that not all tiers have to be the same so you could always choose to have each tier with a different type of cake.
Icing & decoration
White or ivory royal icing is obviously the most common type of decoration, but you can let your imagination run wild. Simple and elegant might consist of ivory icing and piping with a coloured ribbon, or perhaps sugar roses cascading down the tiers. Many people are now opting for icing and decoration to match their wedding theme – perhaps a romantic red cake would set the mood.
How many people do you need to serve?
Wedding cakes are all about making a statement and so the actual eating of the cake is often compromised for the design. If you are looking for a cake to serve a lot of people, a popular choice is to request an extra ‘cutting cake’ to ensure there is enough to go around. Also, if you have a smaller guest list but still want a stunning cake, ask your baker for some fake or dummy tiers.
There are countless different types of wedding cake topper available nowadays, whether you would prefer a standard bride and groom, or a novelty one, there is something for everyone. Most couples choose to search for their own cake topper but you could always request for your cake decorator to provide it.
Whatever type and style of wedding cake you decide to go for make sure that you book it well in advance as wedding cake bakers can often get very busy especially during the summer period.…Continue reading