Heavenly Yet Beautiful Cupcakes

Starting my own cupcake company was a thrill and I learn so much. But I yearned for the calm of taking my time to create perfect little decorations and unique flavor combinations. After selling my business, I decided to focus on teaching my craft. I hope this site will inspire you to create and indulge in one of the best and most satisfying desserts...the cupcake.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Blisters



I guess business is cyclical. I was slammed making cupcakes for both my coffee shops and clients. Then, all of a sudden, I got slammed with online orders for my cupcake wrappers and cupcakes got a bit slow. It's weird and a bit scary. That's the one thing I cannot get use. I worry that all of a sudden people will stop ordering my cupcakes and that will be that. With a corporate job I never had to worry.  I had a task to do and I did it, every day with no interruptions. I never thought for a second that I would run out of things to do. But with my own business, I'm at the mercy of others. I don't particularly like that. The good news? I have several weddings booked this year. 
And I am making my first wedding cake...gulp. Far cry from a cupcake, but I know I can do it. I've been taking classes at Fran's Cake and Candy Supplies on how to make gumpaste flowers and my instructor has been sharing tricks of the trade on wedding cake making. Doesn't seem that difficult. So when a bride called asking if I could make a wedding cake using the same recipe I use for my cupcakes, I said suuuuuuuuurrrrre. When I hung up the phone I paused and thought, what on earth have I gotten myself into? So I need to practice. And what do I decide to do? Enter a cake decorating contest. I swear, I just keep getting myself into things I pray I can do. My instructor convinced me to do it. There's a huge cake decoration show/contest on march 21st and I am officially entering a cake/cupcake creation. I figure, if I do well then my client's wedding cake will be a cake walk...so to speak. And, hundreds of cakes will be there so I will have examples all around me. And according to Keith (my instructor), they have classes one can take during the day. I plan on attending as many as possible. 
Anyway, other than that, business has been a bit slow these last few weeks. I'm a bit nervous about the whole thing. So I took my extra time and started to expand my cupcake wrapper line. So much so that I got blisters from using the scissors for hours. But the wrappers look great. I've scattered some images of them but all of them are on the E-Shop portion my site. I made A LOT of them. 

2 comments:

veggievixen said...

i think the same is with most business, especially the food business...i work at a catering company and it's completely unpredictable.

best of luck with the wedding cake! you can do it!

louisj80 said...

OH my I do the exact same thing. I agree to something and then i stop for a second after i say yes and then I am like, WHAT DID YOU JUST DO, DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT YOU ARE GETTING YOURSELF INTO!! It always turns out alright, I thin it is just fear.