Charge for Cake Tastings: Yes or No?

Charge for Cake Tastings: Yes or No?

Charge for Cake Tastings to Not? One of the most common struggles cake business owners face is whether or not they should charge for tastings. As a cake business owner, this is one thing that I have struggled with over the years and I have gone between charging and not charging,and back again, for various reasons. This is the business of baking and you will find there is no one perfect solution. Charging for cake tastings is something that you will need to experiment with so you can find out which method works best for you and your business. Below you will find three common options when managing cake tastings for your business. Charging for Cake Tastings Option A – Charging for a cake consultation and tasting. This scenario works well because you are compensating for the cost, time, and effort you are putting into preparing for the tasting. Free Cake Tastings are not Always the Better Option Option B – Not charging for the tasting. This method will keep your calendar booked because who doesn’t love free cake?! The problem with offering free consultations is that you will see many people that are just going around the cake circuit…

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How to Start a Home-Based Bakery

How to Start a Home-Based Bakery

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Conducting a Wedding Cake Consultation in 45 Minutes

Conducting a Wedding Cake Consultation in 45 Minutes

By the time a client has agreed to meet for a wedding cake consultation, you can be fairly certain they want to place an order with you. Now, it is time to prepare for the cake consultation which can be done successfully in under 45 minutes if you plan accordingly. Why You Need to Conduct a Wedding Cake Consultation The cake consultation explains to the client exactly what to expect when they order a wedding cake from you. The cake consultation is not the time for them to sit down and look at endless cake pictures. They can look at pictures on their own time. The cake consultation is an interview where you meet with the client to discuss the needs of their event so you can gather enough information to prepare an accurate quote. For the client, this is when they learn about your policies and procedures, contract details. If a client comes in to meet with you, they are ready to hire you. This is a buying signal and they’re almost certainly guaranteed to book with you.   What to Discuss in a 45 Minute Wedding Cake Consultation? When meeting for a cake consultation it’s important you discuss…

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Your Guide to Pricing Cake Pops

Your Guide to Pricing Cake Pops

Cake pops, cake balls, or cake truffles,  are small, bite-sized treats that have made a name for themselves amongst brides, party planners, and guests. They are cute, trendy, colorful, and delicious bite-sized treats. However, despite what the general population might think because of their miniature size, they are not exactly cheap. If you have ever tried to make one of these miniature treats, you know they are time-consuming to create. When it comes to establishing business pricing for cake pops, the same strategies and techniques that you would use to price cakes, cupcakes, and cookies apply–time, materials, supplies, expenses, and labor.   Tips for Pricing Cake Pops Correctly In order to make them a worthwhile product to add to your menu, we have compiled the following tips in order to create your guide to pricing cake pops. List out your supplies. Like all of your other products, you will need to know all of the supplies that go into create an order of cake pops. This includes the cake–and all of the ingredients that go into making the cake, chocolate melts, sprinkles, flavorings, etc. List out remaining materials. This includes display trays, plastic bags, ribbon, packing boxes, cake pop roller,…

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How to Photograph Your Cakes Like a Pro

How to Photograph Your Cakes Like a Pro

Professional and eye-catching photography is essential when it comes to having images to use when you market and promote your cake business. Ideally, you can hire a photographer to take pictures for you, or ask the wedding photographer for a copy of the images for the event. Often, photographers will provide you with the images as long as you make sure to give them credit and leave their watermarks intact. However, hiring a photographer for every instance can get expensive, and the wedding photographer doesn’t always get back to you after the wedding. If you don’t have access to professional cake images, it makes it quite difficult to create advertisements, social media posts, blog updates, and other related marketing materials for your cake business. The next best solution is to learn how to take images yourself using a few tips and techniques from professionals. If you have a professional camera, that is great, however, you can take clear, high-quality images using just your smartphone camera. Smartphone cameras actually do produce high-quality images Before we get started, let’s dispel the myth that you need a professional, thousand dollar, DSLR camera to create high-quality images. Let us be the ones to officially…

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