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Baking Wedding Cakes

by H. Staples
CulinaryEd Columnist
May 19, 2011

Attend just about any wedding, and you'll be offered a piece of wedding cake. Brides and grooms pay between $90 and $1,300 for these prized sculptures of the baking world. And no wonder--the people baking these cakes have learned to shape flour and water into wedding dreams come true. How can you learn the art of baking wedding cakes?

The Fine Art of Baking

If you want to create a signature style for the cakes you're baking, and therefore gain a reputation, you'll want to master the fine art of baking. And, since cakes get more expensive as clients order more intricately designed baking masterpieces, you'll make more money with your baking. You might consider attending baking school. At baking school, you can learn to create the most elaborate cakes by performing several difficult techniques, such as:

  • Rolling out fondant frosting.
  • Applying icing.
  • Curling chocolate.
  • Sculpting sugar-gum flowers by hand.

Master the Finer Points of the Baking Business

Many people baking wedding cakes for a living go into business for themselves. Whether you launch your own company specializing in baking wedding cakes, or offer your baking expertise to an already established business, you'll need to know a bit about the baking business. The experienced bakers at baking school teach the many essentials of running a business baking wedding cakes. They will teach you to:

  • Get licensed for commercial baking.
  • Find a wholesaler for your baking supplies.
  • Market your baking online.

Do you want to make a living baking wedding cakes? If you answered, "I do," be sure to learn the delicate arts of both baking and banking.

Sources
BYU News Net "Wedding Cakes: A Big Expense"
ivillage--"How Do I Start a Home-based Baking Business?"



About the Author

H.L. Staples teaches at Syracuse University. Her articles have appeared in The Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, The Georgia Review, and elsewhere.
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