Anyone uncomfortable with an at home bakery"

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

If you don’t personally know them, I’d just make sure they’re licensed.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Cake honestly isn’t a huge deal for me.. as long as it tastes good and looks pretty, I don’t care!

We are getting ours from a grocery store.

I’m not sure I would be okay with an at-home bakery… I’d be pretty paranoid I wouldn’t get my cake, or it would be super messed up… and most of the time people like that won’t refund your money if you dont get your cake, or it’s really messed up.

At least with a grocery store cake, you would probably get a refund.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

@beetobee255:  If I have had a personal reccomendation or personally know the person then I have no problem. If neither of those have occured then I would be wary.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Both of the best local cake makers where I live are at home bakeries.  I like them both better than the store bakeries that I know.  They live and die by their cakes, while larger bakeries have meow going on.  Larger bakeries also don’t replace their cake pans often which often leaves them warped, which they correct by piling on the icing.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

If they’re licensed, I wouldn’t worry. If they weren’t licensed, I wouldn’t order a cake from them unless I knew them personally.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - FMILs back yard

In general, I try to support local business, including “cottage” licensed businesses… BUT my sister (whom I am not close to) opened an at home bakery, was licensed and everything and was selling all kinds of baked goods that she made out of her apartment with her business partner. Good right? Well she asked me to come help her bake one night because she was overloaded on orders… her kitchen was DISGUSTING. There was goopy black reminents of jelly on the floor, nasty moldy pots and pans all over the counters and sink, flour and powdered sugar everywhere, and just SCUM everywhere! It was horrendous. I asked her “Doesn’t the health inspector ever come?” and she was like “Well yeah, but we clean when she’s gonna come.”

Ever since then I’ve had trouble trusting food operations that are out of home. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@beetobee255:  My cake was made by a woman with a licensed home bakery, and it was phenomenal.  Best cake I’ve ever had, and the guests loved it too.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - FMILs back yard

@beetobee255:  She was a licensed to run a Cottage Food Operation, which is a new public health license in CA as of 2013. She was licensed to sell pies, cakes, jam, pickled veggies, candy, and cookies. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’d be terrified by the sanitary conditions of their home. Definitely visit first at the very least.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@beetobee255:  my AH-mazing cake was from a home bakery. Honestly at one point i was like eek, she’s making it at home…  but I visited the “bakery” and I know her so it was fine. Also that cake was delish and rocked my socks 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@missjayb:  This. I’ve worked in an actual commercial kitchen/food prep place more than once and even that was a “we’ll clean when he gets here” operation. It wasn’t that bad on a daily basis but I know what commercial kitchens can be like, with all the proper equipment and rituals in place and employees to watch each other’s work and everything… I just don’t think I could trust an in-home bakery. 

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

In my area most of the cake bakers are at home bakers. We live in a resort area, with no demand for an acutal bakery. Since most of these people strictly do wedding cakes, they couldn’t afford the overhead of a retail location in which they are just baking out of. My wedding cake was an at home baker, who is licneses, etc. It was amazing. I regularly eat cake from at home bakers (I’m a wedding photographer) and it’s never been an issue.

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