How to sell cakes online

Written by s. herlihy
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A cake is a confection traditionally served at the end of a meal. Cakes can be simple items that are designed to be eaten immediately. A cake can also be a more elaborate structure designed to commemorate a special celebration such as a wedding or an anniversary party. One way to sell cakes is online. If you are a professional baker or just an amateur who loves to cook and wants to make a little money, consider selling your creations via a website or another online purchasing mechanism.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Digital camera
  • Bakery boxes

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Instructions

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    First make sure that you have the capacity to meet any and all orders. Check with local municipal authorities. In many areas, once you start cooking a certain number of items each week, you may need to meet certain more rigorous safety standards. You may need to purchase industrial ovens and have your kitchen inspected several times during a specific period to indicate that you are meeting all required health and safety codes.

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    Decide what types of cakes you want to sell. There are many different kinds of cakes including simple loaf cakes, sheet cakes, and multi-tiered cakes with intricate details. If you have very little background or training, it may be best to start off selling uncomplicated cakes that you know you can produce easily. If you have more experience, consider offering more complicated cakes for sale.

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    Set up a site to sell the cakes. You can set up your own website or use specialised sites designed to bring buyers and sellers together directly such as eBay. Setting up your own site has several advantages including the ability to control exactly how the site looks as well as the ability to interact directly with customers and forego a third party. Using a site such as eBay also has advantages. If you do not have a great deal of computer experience, for example, sites such as eBay can be a great compromise.

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    Purchase a digital camera and learn how to operate it. Digital cameras allow you to see how the picture looks before you snap it. A digital camera also allows you to manipulate the finished image. Take advantage of this feature and find the right background to show off your bakery skills. In order to sell your cakes you should have good, detailed pictures of them to show the public. Show potential buyers what the cake looks like from the back as well as the sides. Post samples of your finished work for buyers to view.

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    Find the right packing supplies. In order to send cakes to customers you will have to ship them from your kitchen. Proper packing is essential. Look for boxes that preserve the cake's details. Work with companies that can guarantee you the finished cake will be delivered as promised in the pictures you show buyers.

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