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At-home pastry shop ideas?

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Hi there! I'm new to this site and I've been turning over having a pastry shop in my head for a while. I've always done a good job on making baked goods, especially smaller things like cupcakes or small pies, and I'm a little artistic, but there's only so many things I can make in Cottage Food Law range (which means no authentic cream cheese frosting or cream puffs). Not to mention I have a moped currently and I'm trying to save up for a car so I can have more range.


My idea is that I can sell little things like cake pops, some baked donuts, 6" cakes and pies, cookies, etc. And I can deliver them on my moped. I also don't know how to price things according to flour, sugar, egg, etc. costs. Does anyone have a good "start-up" advice for me? I'm starting small so I can work up to being bigger. If you can help me, I'd really appreciate it. = ) Thank you!

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First welcome to ChefTalk.


There are many people who have asked your question already in the past.

Using the the search engine at the top of the page to look for threads on this very topic will help you.

The most important things you can do now is to do your homework.

You will find answers to many of your questions here.


If you are planning on making anything from your home, you'll need a license.


Please explain "Cottage Food Law"

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I have linked to the one Texas home bakers are supposed to adhere to.
Many other states have some form of law that allow home baking (some candies and dried herbs and seasonings) as long as the product has a low risk of causing illness.


edit after fact check
Edited by flipflopgirl - 4/29/15 at 6:34am
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I operate a home based baked goods business under my state's cottage food law also. The challenges are frustrating at times, but some things can be worked around. Starting this business has been the best decision I have made, I do what I love and get paid for it!

That being said, I have come across a program called Cake Boss Cloud. It has been a real help in pricing and being able to actually see where my money is going. It does cost $150 or so. Personally I try to price my items at about 3x my cost. A lot depends on your market area, who you may be competing with, and what you are selling. I would recommend to check out your competitors, see what they charge, and see what you can do to set yourself apart from them so you can market yourself better.

Good luck in your venture! smile.gif
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Ouch! if you ran a brick and mortar bakery with a 30% COG, it probably would be very short lived. 

I think a good % would be between 12-17%.

Then again, I'm not familiar with home baking.

I also was involved with a research gr4oup, and one of the products was Cake Boss Cloud. I won't slam someone Else's product, but

the general consensus was. It's just like most any other software. It is only as good as the info you put in. As far as numbers, it

mirrors the very basic Quicken type app. The jist was to keep current with pricing while buying only the ingredients you need.

That alone takes some hours. Plus bulk buying is a better way of reducing your COGS.

  The one universal evaluation of the group was that the publisher was making money off the app and not baking LOL. 




"Of course this is the one Texas home bakers adhere to."

You're a hoot!!!:lol: Do you really believe that?;)

post #6 of 7

Yes pan....

I still believe in the tooth fairy as well lol.




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The 3x markup is only a suggestion. It teally depends on what the local market will support. My local cupcake shop charges $3 for one cupcake, I charge 1.50. It costs me about .50 to make so thats my mark-up. If someone wants to get a cheap cake from the local Walmart, thats fine, but expect it to taste cheap. Thats where differentiating yourself comes into play. I use quality ingredients, make everything as fresh as possible, and try to be creative with my flavors. If I had a brick amd mortar bldg where i could store large quantities of supplies and order in bulk for muck cheaper, that would be a different story. The cheapest i can get my supplies is my local Sams or I can drive to Costco. Being a home based business is much trickier. The logistics can be tough, especially when trying to bake while hubby and son keep snooping looking for goodies. 😄
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