Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Cakes and baking

Baking and decorating cakes and cookies for sale has become a popular home-based business for many women here in Malaysia of late. Specially decorated and personalised cakes of all shapes and sizes are in great demand these days for all occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and festivals. And during festive seasons like Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, Deepavali or Christmas, you can earn quite a bit by making the various festive cookies and delights for sale.

The cost of making a cake from scratch at home is way lower than from buying a ready-made one from the shop. So if you're good at baking, it's cheaper and healthier to make your own cakes. And if you turn around to sell the low-cost but delicious and beautiful cake to others, you can make quite some money. It is, however, a time-consuming activity, especially the decorating part.

And usually, if you want your cakes to look 'professional', you need to learn the finer points of decorating from the experts and enrol for some classes, and practise, practise, practise.

If you are interested in food, cooking and baking, taking up baking and cake decorating classes could be a fun and rewarding hobby. It gets bored housewives out of the house and gives them some 'me' time to be away from the daily routine of household chores and demanding toddlers and kids.

But in order to do so, some planning is required. You need to have the means to pay for such classes and manage your time well to squeeze it into your busy schedule. You'll need support from your spouse or family members to 'hold the fort' and keep an eye on those active kids while you are away for those few hours.

Once you're comfortable and confident with your ability to churn out your creations for an audience outside of your family, it's time to consider marketing your skills and products. Many do it by word-of-mouth and set up websites with photos of their cakes and even provide online order service.

Kudos to those mothers who have managed to do so!

Cakes that my sis-in-law made for her daughter's birthdays.

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