TRICK Your Guests with These 5 Spooky Halloween TREATS

When Halloween comes to mind there are two things we immediately think of, tricks or treats. Which makes this one of the busiest times of year for bakeries and chefs looking to make the most this haunted time of year with spooky treats of their own. After all generic, store bought candy may be the most common treat you see on Halloween, but that doesn’t make it the best and certainly not the tastiest. With that in mind here’s 5 spooky treats that will certainly make your bakery the place to go for Halloween treats or your party the highlight of your guests Halloween.

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1) Poison Candy Apples

This creepy twist on the traditional candy apple makes for an equally spooky and tasty Halloween treat. Enjoy the recipe.

Halloween 2015 Poison Candy Apples

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2) Chocolate Bat Cookies

These bat shaped chocolate cookies are so delicious they’ll be sure to make your guests frightened about how hungry they are. Enjoy the recipe.

Halloween 2015 Chocolate Bat Cookies

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3) Boo Berries

These strawberries dipped in almond bark to look like ghosts will certainly taste better than the cereal we all remember from when we were kids. Enjoy the recipe.

Halloween 2015 Boo Berries

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4) Chocolate Pumpkin With Cupcakes

Pumpkin flavored anything is all the rage these days so combining pumpkin and chocolate to make a cupcake in the shape of a witch is sure to make your monster mash the standout of the holiday. Enjoy the recipe.

Halloween 2015 Witch Cupcakes

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5) Graveyard Cake

This haunting cake will be the centerpiece of any Halloween celebration and it tastes so good that your guests will be sure to devour it despite it’s beauty. Enjoy the recipe.

Halloween 2015 Graveyard Cake

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Do you have any ideas for spooky, yet delicious treats to serve this Halloween? Leave a comment below!

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Get your Fixin’ at Doc D’s Southern Desserts

New York has a plethora of options for anyone looking to spice up their night with some delicious desserts, but there’s no better place to get your fixin’ for sweet southern desserts than Doc D’s Southern Desserts in Brooklyn. According to its Facebook page Doc D’s mission is a simple one, to make, “to make your taste buds smile,” and boy do they accomplish that goal in spades.

Doc D's Southern Desserts

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Serving everything from Red Velvet Cake, Carrot Cake, Pineapple Burst Cake, Coconut Cake, Pineapple Coconut Cake, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Chocolate Cake, Lemon Cake, Plain Vanilla Cake, 7up Pound Cake Strawberry Short Cake, Banana Pudding, Strawberry Banana Pudding, and even pies during the holiday season, plus custom birthday, baby shower, anniversary, holiday, or wedding cakes Doc D’s clearly has the market cornered on sweet southern desserts.

Doc D and his Desserts

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If you’re somehow still skeptical of how amazing these southern desserts really are Doc D’s 4.5 star rating on Yelp should certainly qualm any lingering doubts. “I could eat their strawberry banana pudding everyday if my jeans would let me,” said one reviewer and “If you have any ties to The Dirty South you will especially appreciate the delightful sweets served here…I suggest having your dessert with water as they can be VERY sweet, diabetics beware and ladies apologize to your hips later,” added another.

Doc D's Yelp Review

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Bakery and restaurant owners need to minimize the amount of time and effort they put into other areas of their business if they want to be successful and having an excellent and efficient point of sale system is a sure fire way to make that possible. Which is why when Doc D’s needed to upgrade their point of sale system they chose Café Cartel Systems.

CCS is an industry leader in point of sale solutions for bakeries. Providing options for software solutions, hardware solutions, and service packages all designed for quick installation and easy set-up.

By providing software and software solutions for over a decade and conducting thousands of bakery installations all over the nation CCS has the industry experience to help take any bakery to the next level. CCS has all the experience and knowledge of the baking industry necessary to help you, as an owner, understand the inventory, sales, and labor requirements of the business.

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Celebrating Shark Week in Your Cupcake Shop

On the first week of August every year the Discovery Channel rolls out their week long series of television programs and documentaries dedicated to sharks. This week long network event has become a cult phenomenon and is celebrated with shark week inspired viewing parties and events. Have your bakery or cupcake shop join in on the fun by offering some shark week inspired desserts in the case this week.

Decorating ideas:

*Like I said shark week is a cult phenomenon, just searching through the shark week tag on twitter any given night this week you’ll see viewing parties all around the country. Be the premiere bakery in your area offering shark week cupcakes to feed all of the carnivorous fans. Try adding a strawberry jelly center for a shark attack inspired surprise.

 

*Shark week cookies are the BEST after school surprise

 

*Shark cake pops are a fun way to act out the thrashing puppet style. Check out this blog post on why to incorporate cake pops into your bakery http://goo.gl/GJgdG0.

*A fun idea for a summer themed wedding that just so happens to fall on shark week:

*Here are some really amazing ideas to get the ideas flowing on your own shark week cake to add to the portfolio. Swedish Fish make great accents for this theme.

 

 

 

 

How to start a bakery

The 10 important steps to starting a bakery

Here are the First 5! Stay tuned to get the complete set of steps!

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1.  Every business needs a plan in order to have your goals and methods to reach those goals laid out. Your Business plan is also important in order to gain interest for potential lenders and investors. A business plan should include the following:

  • Expected Expenses
  • Potential Income
  • Marketing Plan
  • Products and Services
  • Long Term Goals

2. Financial Evaluation is an important as it influences where you get your funding from. For those who don’t have the start up capital already lined up you will need to have good credit. With good credit you can finance a business in a number of ways such as small business loan and credit card. You can also apply for grants including local and federal government grants. A large majority of small businesses are funded by networks that are already in place such as family and friends. Any way you can swing it you will need some start up capital for costs such as putting cash down for the store lease.

3. You want to go into your business venture well prepared, so be sure to research as much as possible. From your local community to competitors to case studies and market trends. You want to remain in the know at all time when running a business. so research is very important, not just in the beginning but throughout the life of your company, which if you research and do it right can be a very long time.

4. Deciding what type of bakery you want to open would be the next step. You may go in with one idea, but after doing all the research you original vision may change. You may want to specialize in a specific item such as cakes or the recently popularized cupcakes, or special breads. You could also offer a wide variety of baked goods depending on your size of operation. This decision also weighs on what you are good at, for example if you have a cake decorating niche then maybe your shop should open a high end cake shop.

5. Once you decide this you can focus on location. Location is important, if you can get a location with visibility and foot traffic, this can save a lot in marketing expenses. When it comes to leasing or purchasing you will want the service of a real estate lawyer and a commercial real estate broker. Have the local health department run a pre-inspection before remodeling or installing a kitchen. Be sure to find out what all the rules and regulation are in your city and state. Some may require permits, so again research is necessary so you can plan accordingly.