If you love to bake and have a creative spirit, a customized cake baking business combines both passions. Birthday cakes today take on many forms. Any shape you can imagine can be sculpted into a cake. Television shows such as TLC's "Cake Boss" and Food Network's "Ace of Cakes" offer a glimpse into what types of birthday cakes are available. Whether you offer simple cakes or towering masterpieces, customized birthday cakes offer flexibility for your home bakery business.



Ask your local health department and state business licensing office about any local laws regarding home bakeries and obtain any necessary licenses and permits. Some states have a cottage law that allows home bakeries, others require a separate kitchen, and still others outlaw home bakeries. If home baking isn't allowed, rent a commercial kitchen.



Buy cake baking and decorating equipment. One of the biggest expenses in starting a home-based birthday cake business will be for supplies such as cake pans, a professional mixer and icing tips. Look for these items through a local restaurant supply store.



Order business cards with your name, what types of cakes you offer and your contact information. Make up a brochure that shows pictures of your work and gives a general idea of prices and how much time is needed to create a cake. Include how far you will travel to deliver a cake or if the customer needs to pick it up.



Give away a few cakes at first to gain experience. Offer to create a birthday cake for your best friend's birthday party. Make the cake as unique and interesting as possible and take pictures to show clients. Do this several times with different family members and friends. This will give you pictures to show, and those at the party may want to order cakes for their own events.



Let everyone in your address book know you bake cakes. Once you've created a few, orders from those who've seen your work will begin to arrive. If business gets off to a slow start, place an advertisement in the local newspaper or work with a local business that offers birthday parties, such as an indoor playground.

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