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How to Start a Cake Decorating Business

Updated on May 7, 2010

How to make money from your pieces of art.

You have watched that professional cake decorator place an immaculate layer of frosting on a yellow cake and now you are addicted to the art of cake decorating. You are not alone. The business of cake decorating indeed attracts many people and one of its biggest advantages is that it will always remain a strong business as long as birthdays, anniversaries and weddings will be celebrated.  So how to you bring you dream to life? It all needs careful planning and lots of passion.

How to Get Started

The ultimate key to a successful cake decorating business is a mix of experience, passion and careful planning. There are many consideration to keep in mind and some of them can be quite deleterious to your future business if you do not give it enough ''food for thought''. Following are some tips on how to make your cake decorating business thrive. 

 Turn Your Passion into a Dream

If you envision yourself decorating luscious cakes for most of your day, the cake decorating business may be for you. Most likely, your passion and level of expertise may have already have many of your friends and family ask you to decorate cakes for them thanks to your impressive work.  If your most wished birthday present was a Whitman kit for professional cake decorating last year, this year you may perhaps want to try into turning your dream into a career.

 Go to School

In order to be successful passion is often not enough. While you love watching ''Ace of Cakes'' each day and you feel you have what it takes to become a good cake decorator, it takes some experience to ultimately allow you to excel. Try to attend some cake decorating classes, such as Whitman classes or better,pursue a Baking and Pastry Degree from accredited school.

Decide for Your Future

As a cake decorator, you must decide where you will operate. Will you be decorating cakes from your home (commercial kitchen) or will you decorate in a free standing bakery? Consider that should you decide to go with the commercial kitchen you must follow some strict guidelines set by the health department.  A free standing bakery generally requires a higher investment in money, but it could generate more in the long term.  Consider seeking professional advice in making these detrimental choices. 

♥ Develop a Business Plan

While decorating cakes may appear fairly easy to do, you still must develop a business plan in order to make your business thrive. Determine how many expenses you may incur into and decide how much you should charge per cake. If you are a beginner, of course, you cannot charge the same as that famous pastry shop that has been in business for twenty plus years. Start modest and then build your prices accordingly as you gain experience. 

As seen, it takes a few steps in order to become a good cake decorator and just loving to make pretty cakes is not enough. You will need to plan carefully in order to make your business thrive and this requires careful planning. Very likely you will have to request a loan and a good place to get started in this is the Small Business Association. Once set up, you can then start making a living on doing what you love the most. 


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    • megzcakes profile image

      megzcakes 7 years ago from Ontario Canada

      This is a good summary of where to start! Thanks for sharing your ideas

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      kims3003 7 years ago

      Great article! I love the art of cake decorating.

    • Darlene Sabella profile image

      Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Excellent hub, but you should know better then to put a picture like that in front of me...great advise, ideas and a thumbs up