Starting a Cake Shop

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: October 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Independent cake shops supply a range of baked produce including cupcakes, muffins and celebration cakes such as wedding and birthday cakes. Some also supply bakeware, decorating equipment and ingredients. Cake shops usually trade from traditional high-street premises, but many also accept orders online.

Cakes are often baked and decorated on the premises, although some cake-shop proprietors and staff decorate and sell cakes sourced from other cake makers and wholesalers. Cake shops often take orders for personalised cakes for weddings, corporate events and birthday parties, and many supply trade customers such as contract caterers, hotels, restaurants and tea shops.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a cake shop. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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