Story time! With the new series of The Great British Bake Off starting today, I thought I would share this story with you all! I’m hardly a #GirlBoss, but I did once upon a time have my own cake business. Technically, it was more of a side project/hobby which I did for friends and family. I had a full time job too so it did feel like having two main jobs most days and working at the weekends. I made A LOT OF CAKES and I had a cheeky logo to go with it!
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I started baking a few years a go to take my mine off the passing of my cousin. However, this strange way of mourning eventually developed into a nice little hobby for me. I started off with simple cakes for my family and then some of my friends were asking for them. Yes, it was nice having an endless stash of cake in the kitchen too. Not a bad hobby to start when you’re having a crisis. However, this did end up with me having to start going to the gym regularly too. Who knew you could put so much weight on with a Cake business? The Answer was everyone but myself. Here’s some of my bigger cakes I made:
So, how did I progress so quickly? Well, my Mum and Aunties have always made amazing cakes for me and my cousins birthdays. I guess that was some sort of family tradition I wanted to take on. I would love to make my future kids amazing cakes for their birthdays! I’m also a creative person so I like making and doing things all the time. I took recipes I found online like BBC Food. Good old Mary Berry’s recipes. Not all worked so I did a lot of trial and error but I didn’t mine that. More cake for me! Here’s some of my favourite cupcakes:
I learnt everything I know about decorating cakes from either YouTube, Pinterest and Cake Boss. Oh, Carlos Bakery! I love that show. When I was in New York after my TrekAmerica trip, I actually visited the original Carlos Bakery in Hoboken, NJ. I was so emotional because not only did this show teach me to cake decorate but it also helped me get to America! If you haven’t seen Cake Boss then you 100% need to watch it. It’s such an amazing show and the cakes they make are incredible!
What I learnt from my little venture is, I am NOT a business woman. I’m not great with costings, It took a lot of time for each cake which meant a lot of restless nights and I would have had to quit my job to do it full time. There’s not really a lot of money in it but I never did it for the money at all. Yes, it helped me to reach my target for my TrekAmerica spending fund but I was very generous with my mark-ups. I loved the creative side though and if it wasn’t for my Blog/YouTube channel I would certainly think about starting it up again. I think my colleagues and flatmates would love that! Maybe one day in the future but if not at least I know my future kids will get awesome birthday cakes!