As the interest in home baking is increasing day-by-day among the home bakers, baking and customized cake decoration have carved a niche for itself in the world of patisserie and Sugarcraft, opening huge business opportunities for the bakers. It has motivated many home bakers to become successful entrepreneurs from being an amateur. Cakes being an inevitable part of our celebrations assure that this trend is here to stay.
When it comes to the business side of customized cake decoration, it has many facets to it. Most of the bakers who are in the business did not start baking or decorating cakes with the intention of starting a business. The business just happened because of various reasons which could differ from person to person even though it was never much of a business thought to get started off in the first place.
If you have the interest, cake decorating is fun, and making someone’s special day even more special with your artistic skill is indeed what this career is all about. However, behind all that fun part, there goes a lot of work, time and money invested in it. Again, it’s not as intimidating as it looks like if you understand the basics of running a home bakery. Here, we have compiled 6 factors to consider that will help you ease the process of starting a home bakery.
1. Baking Tools & Supplies
In the beginning, you may only need a few basic tools and equipment such as a heavy-duty mixer, bowls, spatulas, an oven, and enough space to work around a cake which could probably be your own kitchen itself in the starting phase. Everything else could be added to the existing facility that you already have as the business grows. The raw materials/ingredients can be purchased according to the orders in the beginning, and later on, you can find a supplier who would provide the supplies for a reasonable rate.
2. Planning & Events Calendar
Advance planning and keeping a calendar for events and holidays are must when you are in this business, so that you can spice up your business with special editions for the season. Also, the calendar will help you manage the orders and delivery.
3. Food Safety & Health Requirements
When you’re in the food business you might want to make sure that you meet with the health requirements of your city for food safety purposes. Yes, baking is a messy work but it is a sweet mess if you take care of a few things before it becomes a big mess.
4. Price Tags & Expenses
Now comes the interesting part, putting a price tag on your product. In the beginning, if others outside your family ask for custom-made cakes, make sure they are willing to pay for it as well. The rule is if you are going to make this a business you must treat it like one. If you are new to this you obviously cannot charge them a bomb, however, make sure you don’t hesitate to charge them reasonably. To begin with, you can check out the prices with the nearby bakeries to get an idea and come up with a price tag that is not too intimidating for your customers. Later, as the business grows your price graph will also grow automatically.
5. Family Support
Along with the fun and happy decorative sprees, there is also a challenging side to running a home bakery. It requires some commitment of your time that your family may not want to sacrifice. So, your family’s support is very important if you are considering this as a home business. And as far as honing your skill sets are concerned, the classes and speciality equipment can be expensive too but totally worth.
6. Training and Honing your Skills
Bakeries make good cakes but that comes nowhere near to the homemade ones where you spend hours putting things together to make something exceptionally special. Again, that will happen only if you have enough knowledge in baking and Sugarcraft. As soon as you figure out your interest lies in and around cakes & bakes, make sure to get yourself trained professionally in a culinary school to take your baking game to the next level.
If you have considered all these factors and are ready to step in, you are most welcome to the wonderful world of storytelling cakes and sugar arts. This is to be a most rewarding and creative business and is an art that keeps stretching your imagination and building your skills, making others happy.
Starting a Baking Business in the UAE
To start a Baking Business in the UAE, you are required to have a Trade License. And, if you are planning to set up a Baking Business on Mainland or Free Zone, you can find all the detailed information in the official government portal here.
Running a Baking Business (or any kind of business) from home is illegal in the UAE. However, you can be a part of a Bake Sale in the very popular ArtE Makers' Markets hosted all over the country, as these kind of markets have their own Trade Licenses which cover all the vendors.
Furthermore, routine checks are also carried out by the Municipality in these markets to make sure that the food being sold meets all the requirements & guidelines in terms of food safety, hygiene, etc.
For more information on the guidelines and registration to the ArtE Markets, you can refer to their official website here.