Cake Order Fail

Cake Business Order Fail

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBuffer Video: Cake Order FailIn the bakery business, we get all kinds of weird phone calls. Every once in awhile, we get one from the type of customer who just doesn’t understand the laws of physics or the limitations of cake. Here’s an example … Continue reading

Valentine’s Inspiration 2 – Bakery Tricks

Valentine's Heart Cakes

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBuffer VIDEO: Valentine’s Heart Cakes – Bakery Recipes & How-To Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day! Here is an example of how I made three different kinds of cakes using one kind of heart mold at a commercial bakery. LINK: Freezing Cakes Video NOTE: … Continue reading

Cloth vs. Disposable Pastry Bags

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FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBuffer You can usually tell how clean a pastry kitchen is by how well the piping equipment is maintained. In well-managed kitchens, the pastry bags get emptied and cleaned at the end of every shift. There are places for the bags … Continue reading

Culinary Bench Test

Culinary Bench Test

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBuffer The logistics of bench test hiring and interviewing in the food industry. Definition of a culinary bench test: A hands-on interview in which the applicant performs a set of cooking or baking skills in order to demonstrate their level of competency … Continue reading

Real Chefs vs. Phony Chefs

Real Chefs versus Phony Chefs

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBufferIn an effort to clarify the widening gap between the word chef and it’s true definition, here is an explanation of the difference between a real professional chef, an independent cottage law chef, and a phony chef. click below to … Continue reading

Layer Cake Filling Recipes

Layer Cake Fillings Recipes

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBufferI have gotten so many questions about my cake filling recipes that I finally decided to share the formulas here on this website! This article presents a streamlined menu that includes 10 cake filling variations based on two buttercream frosting recipes. … Continue reading

2015 New Year’s Cookie Resolution

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FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBuffer In the bakery business, January is the slowest month of the year. While customers make New Year’s resolutions to get back to the gym, forego desserts, and slough off the holiday pounds, bakers from all over the world spank … Continue reading

How to Price Wedding Cakes

Wedding Cake Pricing Guide

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBufferFor bakers who sell wedding and stacked cakes, here are my prices for different shaped cakes with explanations as to why certain cakes cost more money than others. Info on how to charge customers for add-on edible decorations is also included. Click below … Continue reading

Buttercream Cake Frosting Recipes

American Buttercream

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBufferWhen faced with the challenge of frosting a classic wedding or special occasion cake with buttercream, the goal is to make it look crisp and symmetrical. This is entirely possible with the right technique and some practice! 3 Keys to Smooth Cake Frosting #1 Start … Continue reading

Five Disclaimer Forms for Your Cake Bakery

Cake Bakery Business Forms

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBufferProtect your cake or bakery business from scam artists, customer disputes, and loss! These five disclaimer forms will help you manage large wedding and specialty cake orders that involve outdoor events, customer pickup, dark colors, allergens, and special recipe requests. Click below to access the … Continue reading

How to Write a Cake Contract

How to Write a Cake Contract

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBufferThe cake contract is a business tool that helps when working with customers on larger sized orders such as wedding cakes. The purpose of the contract is to clearly outline your policies and avoid loss due to customer fraud or order cancellations. Click here to … Continue reading

Cake Consultation Tip – The Color Deck

Wedding Cake Color Swatch Fan

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBufferThis tutorial demonstrates how to use a color deck during a cake design consultation or bakery client meeting. Follow this link to read the article >> Cake Consultation Color Deck << Follow this link to read the article >> Cake Consultation Color Deck << … Continue reading

Pink Cake Box DVD Set Giveaway

Pink Cake Box DVD Set

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBufferTHIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED Winner: Anna Petersen *This giveaway is open to all Wicked Goodies readers* Cake 101 & Cake 102 DVDs by Pink Cake Box Topics: The Fundamentals of Frosting and Fondanting Cakes This is a great starter … Continue reading

DIY Gingerbread House Paper Templates

Gingerbread House Paper Template

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBuffer Whenever I build a custom gingerbread house, the first thing I do is make a template of the intended design. Before even sketching it, I build the template because I prefer to work ideas out in 3D form. Tiny houses … Continue reading

10 Internet Marketing Strategies for Your Cake Business

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FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBuffer So you want to start a cake business or you already own a home-based or commercial bakery? Here are 10 internet marketing strategies for you. #1 Use Relevant Key Words. Make sure that you’re using correctly spelled key words on your … Continue reading

How to Fill Layer Cakes Video

How to Fill Layer Cakes by WIcked Goodies

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBuffer This is a video extension of my blog tutorial, How to Fill Layer Cakes, in which I demonstrate the professional bakery method of building layer cakes in pans. This technique yields solid puck and brick-shaped cakes that are super easy … Continue reading

How to Slice Cake Layers

How to Slice Cake Layers - Wicked Goodies

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBufferMany people slice cake layers by sawing with the knife. However that back-and-forth motion often leads to jagged, uneven layers. There are many awkward gadgets out there for sawing cake when the truth is, all that’s needed is a long serrated … Continue reading

Butter vs. Shortening

Butter Versus Shortening for Cake Frosting Recipes

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBuffer While working as a pastry chef here in the U.S., I’ve noticed that many Americans prefer shortening-based cake frosting over real buttercream. Probably because it’s what’s used in supermarket cakes, it’s in the center of so many cream-filled goodies, … Continue reading

What To Do with Leftover Cake

Adding Cake Sand to a Cake by Wicked Goodies

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBuffer Because most cakes rise in the middle, you often get a pesky dome that needs to be trimmed off, which creates cake scraps. Most people I’m assuming just eat that part but imagine working in a bakery that makes hundreds … Continue reading

Chocolate Cake Writing Tutorial

Chocolate Cake Writing Tutorial by Wicked Goodies

FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+StumbleUponLinkedinemailBuffer Using examples, both good and bad, from my portfolio. Link to the >> video version of this cake writing tutorial << Note: this cake writing tutorial involves piping with a parchment paper piping cone filled with melted chocolate. Follow this link … Continue reading