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Cake For Bookworms

We are a family of bookworms. Our deepest love for books extends through generations, it runs in the blood or so they say. Recently, a cousin of mine, who is also a librarian and a die-hard bibliophile, celebrated her birthday.

Book Cake

Her birthday cake was shaped as a purple book carefully adorned with little books that are perfectly placed around it and a little lady in a purple dress, who is absorbed in reading. What seemed to be more surprising was the inside of the cake! A melt-in-your-mouth chocolate cake covered in a thick chocolate frosting. It was by far one of the best cakes I have ever tasted! If given the chance, I would love to meet whoever made it and ask for the recipe; witnessing him in the dessert’s actual preparation would be much better. With the zoom audio recorder, I would love to record all the processes made in the making of such scrumptious desert and create my own version of it at home.

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How to Start your Own Frozen Custard Business

In your local area, opening a business that is unique to the community can be quite profitable. Self-serve frozen custard and frozen yogurt shops are popular. Children enjoy making their own desserts and adults enjoy tapping into their inner child for a cold treat. When you’re considering starting your own frozen custard business, these are a few items to pay close attention to.

Frozen Custard
Research and Development

It is important to research any potential competition in your local area. Some cities have ice cream shops or frozen yogurt shops, but few have frozen custard shops. Frozen custard is smoother and creamier than ice cream or frozen yogurt, so it offers something different in your local area.

Development includes creating recipes and combinations based upon surveys of the local area and which flavors/flavor combinations are the most popular there. Developing your menu based upon statistics will help you be more appealing to the residents and is likely to bring in business from neighboring communities. Take the time during the development phases to create an exclusive flavor or flavor combination to set your business apart from any competition.

Recipe Testing

Create recipes and test them. If your homemade base is not returning the results you’ve expected, begin testing products from frozen custard mix suppliers. These companies have perfected their recipes, which are easily customized in your shop, to create the desired consistency of frozen yogurt. It is important to test each and every recipe using a focus group comprised of local residents to determine which flavor ideas will be appealing.

Finding a Location and Obtaining Financing

It is important to find a location that has indoor and outdoor seating. You will need space for booths and a counter serving area is also ideal. Ample parking should be available and the location should be easily accessible.

In terms of financing, a small business loan or investment from an outside party can help you open the doors of the new frozen custard shop and maintain it for up to a year, sometimes longer. Securing financing before applying for any type of lease or operations permit should be done. You have to know if you’ll have the money to open your business or not first.

Closing Thoughts

Offering free taste samples is necessary. Customers want to know that they will enjoy a flavor before they purchase their dessert. It is ideal to keep tasting spoon availability upon request to ensure that customers are not eating more than they’re paying for. On launch day, offer a discount to attract more of the local community. Your toppings bar should include healthy and indulgent items, including fresh fruit.

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Didong’s 10th Birthday Cake — Pokemon Birthday Cake

I just didn’t notice how time flies so fast. It was like yesterday that I baked Didong’s 9th birthday cake and today, he’s celebrating his 10th birthday. But since I am here in the city and he’s in the province with his mom, I cannot prepare myself his birthday cake. His mom just decided to have him a customized fondant cake from where I ordered for my son’s 3rd birthday cake.

Pokemon Birthday CakePokemon Birthday Cake

Above is the design of choice of Didong for his 10th birthday. With two fondant pocket monsters, Pikachu and Mega Charizard as well as a pocket ball on top, which are all edible, this 8-inch width round cake is a red velvet with pecan nuts inside. Designs are superb! The taste is really great too!

Didong actually was confused at first on what his cake would look like. He has had a lot of designs and thoughts, which made him and his mom small argument. It was like they are talking about acoustic guitar parts that are of various kinds and brands. But good thing they ended up with the above design after almost a month of tweaking how the pocket monster would be in place.

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