Have a Creative
Career as a Cake Decorator
you love cake decorating, imagine getting paid to do what you love! You
can when you start your own cake decorating business.
Jennifer James, author of the FabJob
Guide to Become a Cake Decorator, says there are many benefits
when you become a professional cake decorator and start a cake decorating
business (also known as a cake design business).
"There's never been a better time to
start up a cake decorating business," says Jennifer. "With the low-carb
craze over with, there has been a return to the idea of eating for pleasure,
thanks largely to the popular book French Women Don't Get Fat. Single
servings and the personal touch are in - cupcakes are very popular right
now, as are gourmet mini-cakes."
Cake decorators tap into the fact that
people love to feel special, and are always looking for something new and
unique. Clients who are tired of the supermarket's tired-old sheet cake
with a cartoon character are looking for handmade, out-of-the ordinary
cakes that truly reflect the theme of the celebration. and when they do,
they'll come to you.
Cakes are getting more creative all
the time, and the only limitation is your imagination. Three-dimensional
designs are in vogue right now, resulting in cakes that look like pillows,
animals, handbags, or whatever you can dream up. Contemporary cake towers
rising up many feet in the air and can lean every which way, stabilized
by mysterious forces known only to the cake decorator (that is, you!)
And it doesn't stop there. How about
a cake + cupcake combo, with each cupcake sporting a unique design, or
personalized for each guest? Floral toppers or edible pearls just might
complete an elegant look perfectly. The finishing materials (glazes and
dusting powders) available on today's market let you give your cake and
decorations a look that is so real, your clients will hardly believe they
are made of sugar.
Not only are people looking for custom,
creative cakes, they are willing to pay for them too. The average amount
spent on a wedding has nearly doubled in the last 20 years. Prices of artisan
cakes for special occasions range from $3 to $10 or even more per slice,
depending on the design.
If you're wondering if cake decorating
is the right business for you, here are some more benefits of this career
according to Jennifer:
If you want to work with your hands
and experience with all five senses, this is the career for you, from smelling
the yummy baking, to tasting new flavors of icing or filling, to piping
delicate beads or roses on your cakes. No wonder many cake decorators call
themselves sugar artists!
"I was involved in early childhood
education, but I wanted to switch careers to something that would challenge
my creative outlets. I learned that I had this talent and discovered a
passion for the art of designing cakes. Creative talent and passion are
so important," says acclaimed cake decorator Yvonne Zensner.
Be Your Own Boss
No more taking orders from anyone else
- other than your many customers, of course! When you run your own business,
you make the decisions. You can choose to specialize in anything from wedding
cakes, to children's birthday cakes, to cupcakes, to cakes shaped like
fantasy castles. whatever you most enjoy. As your own boss, you decide
your policies, your prices, and when you're going to take those well-deserved
Let Them Eat Cake
By "them" we mean you, your friends,
and your family. You'll be able to practice your new ideas by making cakes
for your own family celebrations, or liven up a mid-week meal with some
cake "leftovers" you cut off while shaping and creating. You can even save
some cash when you give your cakes for wedding and birthday presents. It's
great practice, and you'll land additional clients whenever your cakes
are seen and admired.
You Can Start Right Now
A cake business can be started simply
or part-time if you wish, in many cases right from your own home. If you
already bake as a hobby, you may very well have much of the equipment on
hand that you will need to get started. You don't need a certificate to
call yourself a professional cake decorator, either - you're in business
as soon as you are paid for your very first cake.
If you're ready to tap into this lucrative
and burgeoning market, don't wait any longer. It's time to turn your pipe
dreams into piping bags, trade in your overtime for oven mitts, and create
your own sweet success story when you become a cake decorator and start
a cake decorating business.
For more information about how
to become a cake decorator and start
a cake decorating business (also known as a cake design business,
cupcake business, or cake business), download the FabJob
Guide to Become a Cake Decorator at http://www.FabJob.com/cakedecorator.asp.
by Tag and Catherine
Sisters Tag and
Catherine Goulet are co-founders of FabJob.com, a publisher of guides on
how to break into a dream career. Visit www.FabJob.com
to discover how to break into your dream career.
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