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Posted: 08 April 2009 09:31 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Hi, friends!

Do any of you professionals use a standard timeline for baking cakes? For example, measuring on Monday, baking on Tuesday, make frosting on Wednesday, stack on Thursday, final decorating on Friday? I’m considering going commercial and want to be sure I’m organized and not running around trying to stay on top of orders.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Posted: 09 April 2009 12:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Hi AnneH,

I don’t have the answer for you but I wanted to say I’m so excited for you going commercial! 
What you state about timelines makes perfect sense.  I can’t wait to hear what the others do.  I’d like to go commercial once I move to Texas.  (not sure when that will be yet)  In the mean time, I’m practicing and trying tons of recipes.

Good luck to you.

By the way, I love your blog.

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Posted: 09 April 2009 08:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Hi Tammy - Earlene Moore has some very helpful information on her website about going commercial in Texas.  You might find it helpful.

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Posted: 09 April 2009 09:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Tammy,

Thanks for checking out my blog - I like yours, too! smile Wilton Course 2 starts here tonight. I’m thinking about going - I haven’t decided yet if I should just teach myself or try to learn from a pro…

Patricia,

Thanks for the info on Texas. I’ll look forward to your going pro, too, Tammy!

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Posted: 09 April 2009 10:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Anne I just wanted to wish you all the luck in the world. It’s so exciting. I usually weigh the ingredients the night before. I always bake and crumb coat on the same day (to seal in the moisture of the cake) and decorate the next day. I am no professional so hopefully the pros will chime in. Obviously you need to have a better plan than mine b/c I just bake for family, friends and the odd order that comes my way. Just my two cents…....

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Posted: 09 April 2009 12:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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most of my product is due on saturdays, so i bake thursday eve, fill frost and decorate on friday deliver saturday morning. if it’s cupcakes i bake and frost the evening before for the freshest possible product.

product due on sundays usually gets completely done on saturdays, as long as there is enough time for the cake to set up in the cooler.
if i didn’t have another full time job i would make everything the same day as baking. 

IMO anything baked more than 2 days in advance taking a risk that your cake will be dry. i don’t care for cakes that are heavily syrup’d in order to keep them moist. i’ve also found that cupcakes which are frozen tend to shrink and i want them to be as big as possible for presentation.

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Posted: 09 April 2009 12:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Great, helpful tips! Thanks for your responses, Julie and Rozanne! I have a couple of obstacles to work through, so it may never happen, but I’m enjoying the process of thinking it all through. I started a stationery biz (selling cards/invitations/stationery made by other companies) several years ago, kind of on a whim, and learned that I need to start this endeavor more carefully and cautiously if I want to stay somewhat in control! The stationery biz got too busy, so I just stopped selling it. wink

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Posted: 09 April 2009 05:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Patrincia - 09 April 2009 11:18 AM

Hi Tammy - Earlene Moore has some very helpful information on her website about going commercial in Texas.  You might find it helpful.

Thanks Patrincia!  Wow!  she did amazing work! (she’s retired now)  I may have to take a class from her if she’s still offering them when I move there.

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AnneH - 09 April 2009 12:45 PM

Tammy,

Thanks for checking out my blog - I like yours, too! smile Wilton Course 2 starts here tonight. I’m thinking about going - I haven’t decided yet if I should just teach myself or try to learn from a pro…

Patricia,

Thanks for the info on Texas. I’ll look forward to your going pro, too, Tammy!

Anne

Wilton Course 2 starts for me tonight too.  I heard we will only being making one cake… the final. The rest of the time we will be making flowers and learning about royal icing and colorflow

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