Oh, hey stranger! You might've noticed that it's been very quiet around here. I've missed you guys. I miss blogging and recipe development. I miss having 3 'failed' attempts of brownies in the name of 'recipe development' and hoping that my hands will miraculously develop the perfect recipe.
I've been pretty busy behind the scenes working on my raw vegan catering business. I only started my business 2 months ago and it's completely blossomed to something I never imagined. Last week was my busiest week so far. I made about 130 individual servings of cake and 3 large custom cakes over 2 days in my 3 square metre home kitchen. I then hand delivered all of these goodies across Canberra and Queanbeyan.
Choc, PB& J mini cheesecakes which were part of my first batch of snack boxes for people around Canberra:Mixed berry and lemon raw cheesecake which I made for a customer as a surprise birthday present for his partner.Raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake which I made for a former colleague's fifth wedding anniversary. The cake was a raw retake on his wedding cake:
I love meeting my customers in person. I love hearing their stories, how they had amazing pizza the other day, what they would love to see in my snack boxes etc. I also loved meeting everyone's pets - so much fluffiness! Over the last 2 months, I've received a lot of questions about my cake business/blog and their future. To be honest, I couldn't answer a lot of these questions on the spot as I haven't had the time to think about it. The business has expanded a lot quicker than I expected so I was just focusing on getting through each day. And also, planning things like that tend to scare the shit out of me. I'm weird like that ;).
However, after some mandatory rest, I've given things some thought, so here are some answers to frequently asked questions:
How did your cake business start?
I've been Instagramming and blogging about vegan food since the beginning of 2015. In February 2016, I offered my friend to make a cake for her mother's 60th birthday. My friend nor her mother were vegan but I said that I would only make a cake for them if it was vegan. She said 'ok' and I danced happily into the kitchen. After I made the cake, I posted it in social media groups and casually asked people whether I should start a cake business. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and I started receiving orders. Everything just snowballed from that point!
Are you vegan?
How are things going with the business?
Great! I'm just so ridiculously grateful for how many people actually want to order my cakes or are interested in them. It shocks me every day!
Ok, how are things reallllly going with the business?
Hahaha. I work ridiculously long hours at ridiculous times of the day. When I'm really into something, I'm a bit of a workaholic. Like anything, there are highs and lows. I love it when I've got a recipe right the first time. I hate it when my chocolate frosting falls all over my clothes and the floor. It's exhilarating and exhausting. I'm also learning how to do things more efficiently. I've got tiny hands so they can only handle so much!
Do you have plans for expanding your cake business? If so, what are your plans?
I'm hoping to start stocking my raw treats in cafes and shops around Canberra which share a similar philosophy to my cake business. I'm working on this and can't wait to see it happen!
Do you ship/deliver your raw treats interstate or internationally?
At the moment, unfortunately not! One day, I would love to spread more love and allow a wider range of people enjoy my raw treats. If you can arrange your own delivery of my treats from Canberra to your state, I'm happy to chat about this! My treats and cakes have survived the commute to Sydney a few times.
However, my boyfriend and I travel to Sydney and Melbourne now and then (I'm from Sydney, he's from Melbourne). I'm hoping to extend some of these trips so I can take cake orders! I'll post something on my social media accounts if/when this happens!
Can I get the recipe for your XXX?
At the moment, I don't give out my commercial recipes. However, since so many people have asked, I'm hoping to develop a recipe ebook with my favourite recipes! I'll include some of the recipes that I've used in my cake business and other surprises! The ebook will allow people outside Canberra to enjoy my raw treats, which I'm excited about. What would you like to see in my ebook?
Is this cake business something that you want to do for the rest of your life?
Well, who knows when I'll die, right?! The short answer is I love unbaking but it's not something that I want to do for 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, for the rest of my life.
My parents had catering businesses for their whole lives, so I know too well the toll it can have on your quality of life, relationships, body and sleeping hours. I'm already feeling the impact of many of these things. I'm hoping to create a better balance between catering and recipe development/blogging. On that note, expect to see a few recipes on my blog this week!