We have grown and changed our business as time has gone by the past few years. When we started Magnolia Bakery and their cupcakes were all the rage. Then a bunch of cupcake stores opened in the area and my once popular cupcake business slowed way down. I was fine with that because it gave me more time to focus on learning my craft. Now, 90% of those shops are closed but I’m still here and I don’t make cupcakes anymore!
I just realized it’s been six years since I started my little blog! Time sure does fly when you’re having fun, right? It’s a time I like to look back and see what’s happened over the past year and what the next year might bring.
While I’ve consistently blogged over the past year, I will admit that I have read less blogs over the past year. And I have seen decent stats as far as readers are concerned,
Graphic via KeepCalm-o-matic
I joined a few Facebook “yard sale” groups in my area. It seems like every other day someone asks for recommendations for a cake person. One lady just said she “didn’t want to pay as much as her wedding dress costs”. All of these people start stepping up and throwing names out there. Maybe my hormones are crazy today, but I just had to say something.
Photo borrowed from Yelp, because I forgot to take one!
Buying supplies for a small business is a part time job in itself, especially if you are watching your pennies. I have spent hours comparing prices, shipping charges and finding new vendors. For today’s blog post I’m going to tell you where I have found the best deals for me. Keep in mind that I live in Georgia so my shipping charges my vary widely from yours.
Cup a Dee Cakes Making a gold dot & line cake #flipagram made with @flipagram
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We make cakes for a living, but our part time job is social media. It really does take up a lot of time for a small business owner and we certainly are not making the most of all the internet has to offer. We have a very visual business, so we just joined Instagram!
I have had many public and private requests from a lot of you asking for a video tour of my baking kitchen. Well, it’s been a long time coming, but I finally had a slow week in the bakery where Chad and I could finish the video. I hope the extra information I have provided afterward will be worth the delay.
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To follow up on our mini kitchen tour video,
Do you buy any of your gumpaste flowers? Let me guess! If you are a cake hobbyist, you make your flowers. It’s fun and challenging and your time does not equal money. If you sell cakes professionally, I will guess that you buy at least some of your flowers. Why would you not? Are you some sort of flower purist? Do you think it’s cheating? I made some beautiful ranunculus for a magazine shoot and they took me eight hours per flower!
Full Disclosure Time: This post includes a giveaway sponsored by Calculated Cakes. They are providing the prizes, but the opinions are mine alone. I will not receive any compensation for this post.
I love my gadgets – I’m usually not very far way from my iPad or iPhone; I just like the way programs seem to work! There’s always some little something going on with my desktop computer, but my tablet is rock-solid!
Congratulations Chris & Nancy!
For many years Chad and I have had a very special friend. We treasure the time we get to hang out and chat because he’s a fancy lawyer and works a million hours a week. Luckily he found love in his own office and married his paralegal of fourteen years! Some say that it was a long time coming! We really didn’t know his bride, Nancy, and had only met her briefly a couple of times.
I’m tired and maybe a little grumpy, so you get a grumpy blogger. 🙂 Too many weddings, graduations and parties happening at the same time! We are in the height of the event season. We have made a version of this cake so often that I don’t think I can say another thing about it! I’m getting bored with this design. I’ve made it in every combination, color and shape! But brides keeping asking for it as a whole or in parts!