5 Ways to Make Your Bakery’s Cupcakes Rise Above the Rest

In the bakery industry there is no more popular an item than cupcakes. Cupcakes have been a bakery staple for generations, but with the market loaded with specialty cupcake shops bakers are struggling to make their cupcakes stand out from the rest. Here’s 5 ways to make your bakery’s cupcakes rise above the rest.

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  1. Never Over-bake

If you over-bake a cupcake, even slightly, there’s no way to save it and it definitely will not be moist on the inside. So bakers should always err towards under-baking cupcakes as a result. Ideally your cupcakes will look slightly sunken when they’re done rather than peaked.

 

  1. Experiment with flavors and colors

Once you have mastered a particular recipe you can begin experimenting with colors and flavors to add a personal signature to your cupcakes. Whether your favorite flavors are pineapple or cheery try incorporating them into both the cupcake and icing. You could also combine flavors to make something truly unique, a pina colada cupcake perhaps. You could even try filling your cupcakes with a unique flavor combination.

 

  1. Flavor Fillings

Fillings aren’t just for donuts anymore. In fact jams, custards, creams, or even an extra helping of icing can be exactly what your cupcake has been lacking. You can use a cupcake corer or a decorating bag and tip to inject even more of the scrumptious stuff into your cupcake.

 

  1. Top Them Off

After all it is not the decoration that makes the cupcake. In spite of looking prettier no one really wants to eat a cupcake that looks like an overdone gingerbread house. Keeping it simple with colorful sprinkles, flowers, bows, chocolate balls, or even a piece of fresh fruit like a strawberry, will fulfill all your cupcakes needs.

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  1. Display Matters

To ensure your cupcakes rise above the rest find creative and unique ways to arrange and display them in your bakery. You may want to stack your cupcakes on a tiered plate or fit them perfectly into a cupcake tree. Here decorations like bows, ribbon, and confetti can be exactly what you need to compliment your edible works of art.

 

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Spice Up Your Dessert Bar to Get Business Going

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Presenting your dessert bar to appeal to customers:

    Dessert bars are showing growing interest from customers.  The newer stores differentiate themselves from a standard bakery by offering a more up-scale and fancier setting.  That is why having a beautiful and designed display is a crucial aspect of all dessert bars.  Whether it is a contemporary and sleek feel or a  comfortable community setting, the store must be planned out and decorated accordingly.  The focus must be on the in-store decorations, dessert decorations, utensils, menu showing and more.  When it comes to appealing to the customers and sales, the display stands out the most so let’s see the ways to set it up nicely and thoughtfully.

Dessert Lounge Trends:

*  syrup  *  flowers  *leaf petals  *  sprinkles  *  small fruits  *  artistic shapes and forms  *  stands/figures  *  layeres

lastly, add beautiful labeling to match the style of your display

 

display appearance samples:

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Another great opportunity is to test new items by displaying them in the front, tempting consumers to pick them up. You can set a two week trial period and then check your pos to see how well they did.  Compare them to your other sales to see a cost benefit analysis to decide if you want to keep them or not. This is a great way to filter your products down to the most popular and liked items, so that you avoid products costs on ones you do not sell.

POS Features for Your Dessert Lounge

Sales and Inventory Tracking

    First off you must track all of your sales and include all of the ingredients and supplies used on your point of sale system. This way you know your inventory and what and when you need to reorder. Next focus on showing off your products in the most appealing way.

Dessert Bar Business Reporting

    If you run your POS system reports, you will be able to tell which cakes or desserts are sold the most and at what times. Focus on placing your most popular treats in the front with a creative, clean and beautiful display. You want to keep up with the modern and beautiful feel that customers expect from dessert venues.

Catering and Pre-Order Management

Offering catering and pre-ordering allows you to better serve your customers and give your bakery business great word of mouth. Adding a catering menu on your point of sale is an easy way to manage large orders, and track what items are being requested for large crowds. This pos feature makes it easy to manage and implement a catering program while giving you the valuable customer data to maximize profits.

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How to Turn Your Bakery Goods into Healthy Treats

Why should customers have to sacrifice dessert for healthy snacks? It’s up to you to provide them with both- healthier desserts!

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Gluten-free, vegan, and whole wheat are some adjectives that have been incorporated into more and more bakery offerings than before. In order to capture some of these customers, try out some of these revamping of some classics to cater to the health conscious marketplace or to let some of your customers with gluten or dairy intolerance get in on your sweet treats.

Guilt-Free Bakery Treats

Let’s take a few of the hottest bakery items and see how we can make them healthier

 

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1. Natural Low-Cal Peanut Butter Cookie

Cookies are token bakery offerings.  Good news, these cookies are only 36 calories a piece.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups peanut butter

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 2 tsp baking soda

  • 2 eggs

– Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and make sure the rack is in the middle of the oven.

– Mix the peanut butter and sugar.

– Add in the eggs and baking soda. Put it in spoonfuls on the cookie sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

 

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2.  Fudgy Pecan Brownies (GLUTEN-FREE)

Brownies are a classic that people of all ages enjoy. Here is a splurge item that has made to be healthier to attract the serious health conscious customers.

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for pan

  • 1/3 cup cornstarch (spooned and leveled)

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt

  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1 cup chopped toasted pecans

 

– Preheat oven to 350 degrees and use a lightly buttered 8-inch square baking pan.

– Whisk together cornstarch, cocoa, cinnamon, and salt. In a large microwave-safe bowl, microwave butter and chocolate in 30-second increments, stirring each time, until melted and smooth, about 2 minutes. Stir in sugar and vanilla. Stir in eggs, one at a time, until combined. Add cornstarch mixture and stir vigorously until mixture is smooth and begins to pull away from side of bowl, about 2 minutes. Stir in pecans.

– Pour batter into pan and smooth top. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, about 35 minutes, rotating pan halfway through. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Using paper overhang, lift cake out of pan and cut into 16 squares.

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Blueberry Flax Muffin (Gluten free)

Muffins are in the top for most purchased items in bakery shops. There are so many variations to flavors and sizes. Here is a recipe which includes flax, the superfood with Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Lastly this recipe is also gluten free!!

  • 1 cup almond flour or hazelnut flour

  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour or brown rice flour

  • 1/2 cup potato starch (not potato flour)

  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal

  • 1 cup light brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons double acting baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum

  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup organic expeller pressed canola oil

  • 3 free-range organic eggs, beaten

  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk

  • 1 tablespoon good vanilla extract

  • 2 cups organic frozen blueberries, patted dry, but still frozen

 

– Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a 12-muffin tin with paper liners

– Whisk together the almond flour, sorghum flour, potato starch, flaxseed meal, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, sea salt, and cinnamon.

– Add in the canola oil, eggs, non-dairy milk, and vanilla and beat to combine. Continue beating for 2 minutes until the batter is smooth, and moist, akin to thick cake batter.

– Stir in the blueberries by hand.

– Bake in the center of the oven for 25 minutes, until domed and golden brown.

– cool on rack and you are ready to go

 

Since these might be new items at your shop, be very aware of any comments or feedback from your customers to see how you are doing.

 

Healthy options to consider adapting: flax seeds, oatmeal mixes, vegan, gluten free and low calories, sugars and grain.

Healthy bakery goods can create a healthy business afterall!

 

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Holiday Cupcake Flavors

Jazz up your cupcake shop with these festive desserts this winter.

Chocolate Eggnog

Eggnog is a classic holiday drink that brings warmness to any cupcake case. Frost it with a nutmeg-infused vanilla cream cheese. This recipe does it with bourbon and coffee… YUM!

Cranberry Spice

Cranberries are a beautiful winter fruit and they contrast the sweetness, beautifully. Try it with a Chai cake!

Sticky Toffee Pudding

If you travel across the pond you’ll find Christmas cakes everywhere except they call them pudding. I’m on board if they taste like this!

Rudolph Red Velvet

You can’t beat the crowd appeal of a moist rich red velvet cupcake. Decorating it with Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer  is a great class holiday party platter waiting to happen. These from the brown-eyed baker are sure to please.

White Chocolate Peppermint

A candy cane cake with easy decoration. This easy holiday recipe is sure to make your spirits bright!

Christmas Cookie

If your bakery doesn’t specialize in cupcakes these pretty, white sugar cookie inspired cupcakes are simple enough and the perfect treat to leave out for Santa.

Butterbeer

As a Potterhead the holiday season also means Harry Potter marathons. This cupcake is essentially a brown sugar cupcake with cream soda and butter flavors filled with a butterscotch ganache. This is sure to satisfy any bookworm, witch or wizard.


Champagne (New Years)

These pretty little cupcakes are both delicious and toast worthy. Release them as your New Year’s 2014 signature flavor. Use a simple decoration atop the elegant italian buttercream.

Coconut Macaroon

My mom makes a version of these indulgent buttery cakes every Christmas morning. For my family it wouldn’t be Christmas without coconut.

Mini Pies

These little beauties are sure to brighten up any buffet table this holiday season. So pretty and a great opportunity to diversify your bakery.

How to Start a Bakery (Continued)

Here you go, the final 5 steps to opening your very own bakery!

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6. Remodeling and purchasing of equipment would be the following step once you have all your ducks in a row. You can either finance or purchase equipment outright depending on your budget. A good option is to look for auctions for restaurants or bakeries that are closing or getting rid of their equipment. Craigslist and eBay are good sources for used equipment as well. Once everything is installed and remodeled you can have your final inspection.

7. Be sure to have everything in order for your inspection by finding out what they will be looking for and at and doing a self inspection prior. Once you have passed you can apply for the proper permits, such as food handlers.

8. After jumping through all the hoops and over the hurdles you start to see the finish line and are ready to start thinking of your marketing strategy. Time to design your promotional material and launch your website for your business. This might be the more fun part where you get to pick out your name and design your logo. A logo is important to your brand and can be placed on all your business materials such as business cards, labels, order forms, brochures, and of course your website.

9. Before your Grand Opening it is a good idea to let your neighbors and local community know. You can send out different materials such as press releases, flyers, signs. These tactics can also be used as you offer different services and specials.

10. It’s a great idea to build relationships with neighboring and local businesses as well. You can do different things to be an active part of your community such as charity events and chamber of commerce meetings. What better way to promote your delicious product that getting people to try it first hand. Bring or donate some of your cakes and pastries to any event you attend or are a part of.