What Do I Do With All My Cakes??

The age old question. What do I do with all my cakes?? I can’t begin to tell you how many emails, comments, DMs, and messages I get asking about this. It is by far the question I get asked the most.

image of chelsey white frankola with massive cobra cake

Hence this blog post. I’m here to help clear up exactly what I do with all my cakes ๐Ÿ™‚

In every video I share (whether it’s on Instagram, YouTube, or Facebook), I cut a massive slice from each cake I make. This leads most people through the following thought process:

  1. If you cut your cakes, you must not be selling them.
  2. But you make so many cakes a week!
  3. These cakes are way too big for you and your husband to eat by yourself…
  4. Do you throw them away?
  5. What do you do with them?
  6. Who eats them?
  7. Why don’t you sell the slices?

Each of these questions doesn’t have a short answer, and my response to each one can be found.

How Many Cakes Do You Make A Week?

A common misconception people have about me is that I bake everyday. As much as I’d love to do that, I simply can’t. It takes just as much time to bake a cake, as it does to to edit videos, photos, and blog the recipe.

I am still a one woman show, and I have to balance content creation with my time in the kitchen.

The only time I bake more than a few cakes a week is when I’m recipe testing. Sometimes I have to make a cake over and over again, until I get the texture and taste just right.

In these situations, I do bake quite a few cakes in a week. I experiment with new cake recipes about once a month, so this isn’t a normal week for me. On average, I make and decorate about 2 cakes a week.

Do You Throw Your Cakes Away??

Most people are polite enough to simply ask what happens to the cakes. Others get angry and tell me I’m wasting cake, and accuse me of literally throwing them away.

I was raised to never waste food. I’m pretty sure my Mom would disown me if I ever threw away a cake!! I do my very best to make sure that every cake I make is eaten and enjoyed. And I even repurpose leftover/unused frosting!

Frosting keeps for months in the fridge, and I have an entire drawer in my fridge dedicated to leftover buttercream.

Then Who Eats All Your Cakes?

This question used to be a lot easier to answer before I quit my day job to pursue Chelsweets full-time.

Back in the day, I would cut them up, and literally shove them in a massive Tupperware container.

sliced up tupperwear cake for my office image
What I affectionately love to call Tupperwear cake.

I’d schlep this “Tupperware cake” (as my office affectionately called it) to work, and my coworkers would enjoy it!

Coworkers Are The Best Taste Testers

I worked on a big floor, and the Tupperware cake always seemed to vanish in about 30 minutes. I loved walking by after setting it out, and seeing groups of people waiting to dive in and try the new cake flavor.

Sometimes the presentation was actually kind of pretty, with the slices neatly aligned. Other times (especially with curved or sculpted cakes), the slices would be totally mashed into the Tupperware.

image of chelsey white at edelman office giving away cake
Cutting up cake for my coworkers on my last day of work.

Either way, my coworkers never seemed to mind! The first question I’d get as soon as they saw the Tupperware was, “what flavor is it this time?!”

Nowadays, I don’t have any coworkers. One of the saddest parts about working from home and being self-employed is the isolation.

When I started working from home, I realized in a panic that I had no one to eat my cakes!!

It took me a bit of time to figure out what I should do. I have a couple friends that live close by, and sometimes I give my cakes to them.

But it’s hard to align our schedules to meet up, and my cakes are massive and heavy! Not everyone has a big office of coworkers to share with, or even the fridge space to store the cake overnight.

My Neighborhood Police And Fire Station

Eventually I realized that there was a much better place to drop off my cakes. I currently give most of my cakes to my neighborhood fire and police station. I love taking my cakes there for several reasons.

The first is that I respect and appreciate everything our firemen and policemen do. They deserve a little something sweet! Day in and day out they risk their lives to protect us.

I also love dropping off my cakes there, because the station is ALWAYS open. And someone is always at the front desk. Sometimes I’ll finish a cake at 10pm, and I can still walk the cake over to them.

After I cut into my cakes, I frost the cut section with leftover buttercream to keep the cake moist. I then bring the (mostly intact) cake to the station in a cardboard cake box.

This is also easier, because I don’t have to pick anything up after dropping off the cake. They can simple recycle the card board once the cake is done.

Giving My Cakes To Other Places

When I share that I give most of my cakes to my police and fire station, I usually get some criticism….which at first shocked me! How could people get mad about me giving cake to police and firemen?!

People think I should give my cakes to homeless shelters, nursing homes, or even hospitals.

I would love to share my cakes with a wider array of organizations, but they usually have strict rules around the types of outside donations they can accept.

My home kitchen isn’t certified (because I don’t sell my cakes), and I literally cut into every cake. A lot of places get weirded out at the thought of receiving 3/4 of a cake, rather than an uncut cake.

I’ve reached out to other organizations in my neighborhood (churches, schools, etc.) and haven’t really been able to establish a relationship with them. My job is pretty strange, and I don’t think many people really understand why I’m trying to give away cut cakes in the first place.

Why Don’t You Sell Your Leftover Cakes?

A lot of people also wonder why I don’t try to sell my leftover cakes, or slices of them. There are two main reasons.

The first is that my kitchen isn’t certified, like I mentioned above.

The second reason is that it’s a logistical nightmare. I used to sell cakes WAY back in the day, and organizing pick ups and deliveries takes a ton of time. It’s stressful too, and is more complicated than you’d think.

I wouldn’t feel comfortable having people show up to my apartment, and I don’t have the bandwidth (or desire, for that matter) to deliver them myself.

I’d rather put my energy into creating great cakes and content.

What Would You Do With Them??

With that in mind, I’d love to hear any additional ideas you may have! Or if you love to bake, who eats all of your cakes??

85 thoughts on “What Do I Do With All My Cakes??

      1. Hi! Have you considered selling slices of cakes at farmers markets? That is what I do but I am licensed and my kitchen is inspected. It is how I got my name out there. And I lo e meeting the people.

      2. Since my kitchen isn’t certified, sadly I can’t do that! That sounds like a ton of fun though, I love farmer’s markets ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. In bakeries, I sometimes see that they sell a slice of cake individually packed. What if you work with some local bakeries and cafes? Perhaps they can let you use their kitchen if it has to be baked in a certified kitchen.

  2. Iโ€™m not sure if you have this app where you live, but here in Vancouver,Canada we have an app called โ€˜Bunzโ€™. Itโ€™s a trading app where everything is free. If you have access to it, I see people giving away free food on there all the time! You could just meet them down the street from your place if youโ€™re uncomfortable having them come to your apartment.

    1. Hi April,

      That is such an incredible app! I’ve never heard of it before, but I am definitely going to look into it!! Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. You are awesome! I totally get the strict rules about donations, and theyโ€™re in place for good reason. Iโ€™m so happy you can find a happy home for your cakes! I would love to see some pictures of the people enjoying them if you ever have that chance.

  4. Hi Chelsweets!
    I love baking cakes and also eating them… But my husband doesn’t like cakes and my children don’t live with us anymore and I can’t eat them all (I could because I’m very gourmet but I don’t want to otherwise I’ll have to change all my uniforms size…) so I take my cakes to my colleagues (even when the cakes are not very presentable or if I try a new recipe) and they appreciate it a lot!!!
    Thanks for your videos, I love watching them!

    1. Hi Anne-Laure,

      Haha you have some lucky coworkers ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure they love that!!! And thank you, I’ve got lots more videos coming your way, stay tuned!! <3

  5. I have been in the same situation regarding what to do with the cakes I bake. Luckily, where I volunteer, they eagerly await and devour anything that I make. I give a lot to a neighbor who has kids, so that works. But yes, the options are slim. I probably need to widen my scope of people in my neighborhood to give to, but I can sell from my kitchen, do I also occasionally do that. I love seeing that massive slice you cut each time. I think I need to get that knife too!!!

  6. Another place you can donate is the 911 dispatch or call center. (In my community its not at the station and they love getting cake!)

    1. This may sound strange, but what about a local school? I am an educator, and i tend to stress bake, but I take all of my leftover baked goods to work so I don’t get stuck eating all of it at home. The educators at my school usually devour it up.

  7. Whenever I have leftover baked goods, I bring them to my kidsโ€™ daycare teachers. While I obviously have an established relationship that makes it easier for them to accept these, they do truly seem to love a little sweet treat/pick-me-up for their break room and I love handing my leftovers to such caring and deserving folks! Iโ€™d consider reaching out to schools/daycares with the teachers (vs. students, who may need more regulated ingredients/store-prepared products) in mind! I think what you currently do is AWESOME, though, and completely above and beyond what you need to do.

    Ps – baked your Funfetti with buttercream icing cake for my sonโ€™s 5th birthday and it was an incredible hit!

    1. Hi Christina,

      That is a good idea! I agree, there is nothing more satisfying than giving baked goods to such deserving people ๐Ÿ™‚

      So happy to hear the funfetti cake was a big hit!! Thanks for putting my recipes to good use. Happy baking!

  8. I know my husband would be happy to eat your cakes on shift! I think itโ€™s awesome the police and fire are close enough for you to drop them off. ???

  9. Go to churchofjesuschrist.org and see if there is a meeting house in your neighborhood. Call the bishop and find out what night is their youth night. The teenagers would be beyond happy to have cake and the leaders relieved to not have to plan refreshments!

  10. As A teacher, I think the teachers and staff at the school would love them! They would just be for the staff, no worries for the kids (Allergies and food issues are huge) Keep trying!!
    Keep doing what you are doing! I have learned so much from you!!

  11. Iโ€™m sure the fire and police enjoy your cakes. So nice that you do that!! Maybe you could even go to neighboring cities/stations if they are close by, so 1. More people can enjoy your treats, and 2. The fire and police officers donโ€™t gain so much weight from your yummy treats that they canโ€™t do their job! ?

    1. haha that is always another concern of mine! That’s why I like giving them to large offices or stations, so that different people are eating it everytime ๐Ÿ˜›

  12. fun read! this has me contemplating moving…TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD! haha! always a joy watching and following you and I’ve learned TONS! keep up the great work!

  13. Have you thought about donating to staff at local non profits? I worked for a local domestic violence center and it was always nice when some of our volunteers would bring us a little happy to thank us for our work in the community. That might be a nice surprise ?

  14. If you live in a big apartment building, perhaps your building management could put a notice out about what you do and you could give a wider net of neighbors your lovely cakes.

    Also, people will criticize anything and everything, ignore them. Itโ€™s no oneโ€™s concern what you actually do with you cake, even if you throw them out or feed it to the pigeons!

    1. I live in a small walk up building, and we don’t really know our neighbors :/ But I so agree! I always say to myself that people are entitled to their own thoughts ๐Ÿ˜›

  15. I would love to do just that what you do! But i would have the same dilema of what would i do with the left overs or the unused cake. Mad props to you for your work! It is beautiful! Continue what you do!

  16. I would (and have done) contests for local people to win my cakes or creations. I get very specific about the pick up or drop off. But just do a post about how you can win one of my cakes by commenting and sharing kind of thing.

  17. I am about a year deep into running my own bakery out of my house. I am certified and have all the licensing needed to do so. Deliveries/pick ups and payments are BEYOND stressful. It can, at times, take the joy out of my baking. I wish more clients would understand the one-woman operation and be less challenging.
    I understand completely!
    Iโ€™d love to move more towards your direction of tutorials, etc, but have yet to figure out how to start that journey. Thank you for paving the way for us non-traditional bakers!
    Erin Beake
    Beakeโ€™s Bakery
    Lake Villa, IL

    1. I feel you Erin!! The logistics of a home bakery are insanely time-consuming, especially when you’re running the entire show on your own!! People never seem to truly grasp how much work goes into a cake besides just making it.

      I’m actually working on a blog post right now about how I made the jump from home baker to content creator! Stay tuned ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. As a PTSA Mom, we can always use donations for the weekly bake sale at school. Not sure if an elementary school nearby would accept them near you, but it’s worth a try- especially getting in touch with the PTSA President. That’s just a suggestion so more people can have a taste of your delicious cakes!! I think taking them to the police and fire station is an awesome idea! I for one would have not thought of it!! You are awesome and me and my daughter always look forward to your videos!!

    1. Haha you are too sweet Emma! I live on the Upper East Side, and the schools around here are pretty intense! I think it would definitely be easier if I knew someone at a nearby school ๐Ÿ˜› Maybe once I have kids it’ll be easier!

  19. I wish people would truly just respect what you do and smile as they read (like I did) and enjoy your content and the information on cake decorating you put out. I baked a rainbow cake for my daughters 5th birthday and it was your content I had up all day! So thatโ€™s why you do it! And I love first responders too! I think what youโ€™re doing is AMAZING!

    1. Haha thanks Shera, I wish that too!!! ๐Ÿ˜›

      You are too sweet, I’m so happy to hear you’re putting my recipes to good use <3

  20. I’m like you , i love to bake … but never can eat it all myself. So most of my cakes go with me to my work , they love it! Some even fight over them ??
    It can be hard to off load cake to shelters etc , because every one these days thinks the food could be contaminated and so forth.
    Either way I’m sure your local police station and fire stations appreciate your cakes and I hope you can find better solutions eventually.

    PS I wish I worked at your local stations… those cakes though ??

    1. Hi Natascha,

      You are so right!! haha people get very concerned about where things are coming from, which I guess is fair enough ๐Ÿ˜› I’m very happy the police stations take my cakes with open arms! Haha I wish you could have some too <3

  21. Thank you Chelsea. You don’t owe anybody any explanations but I think this blog post might make life easier for you. Less questions.

    1. haha you’re too sweet Roslyn! You are totally right, this is just the easiest way to get the info out there / avoid more questions ๐Ÿ˜›

  22. I am a teacher and copy many of your recipes! My coworkers love the chocolate marble and the funfetti cookie dough! With that thought… you could contact your neighborhood school. An elementary or middle school may be easier than a high school as far as the way the teachers’ schedules work. But teachers are always in need of a sugar rush. I don’t know about schools in your area, but where I am, you can easily look up the school principal or secretary’s email address on the school website. Email may be easier than an in-person visit, as school schedules are often hectic, and on email, you can link your wonderful site and videos.

    1. Hi Jessica,

      I’m so happy to hear you’re putting my recipes to good use ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish I lived closer to my Mom, who is a teacher!! I’m sure her school would love some of my cakes, and then I wouldn’t have to explain why and how I make so many cakes!

      I haven’t tried looking up the principle or secretary of a nearby school though, I’ll have to look into that! Thank you for the tip!!

  23. As someone who worked in an elementary school for several years, Tupperware cake seems perfect for the teachers lounge! I’ve never seen a teacher be upset that a cake was already sliced and a little burst of sugar at 1:30 really helps push through dismissal ?

    1. Haha I love how much you’re embracing the concept of tupperware cake ๐Ÿ™‚ I really need to make a connection with a school in a my neighborhood!!

  24. love your content ! you canโ€™t please everyone , but you do make a lot of people happy by watching and creating your beautiful, creative and delicious cakes!

  25. Typically, I send my cakes to work with my daughter, her coworkers are so appreciative. I also, take some of them to our library. The workers there are great taste testers.

    1. That’s so fun Sandra! I’m sure her coworkers love that. I never thought about my neighborhood library, that is a great idea ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. I absolutely fell in love with you and your site a few months back. My husband is currently deployed to Afghanistan and I needed some way to fill my time..I mean, besides the mom thing and working on my grad degree lol. I ended up with this crazy cake decorating idea. Now my sister wants me to make her wedding cake. Eek (Thanks for that video btw). Anyway, I think you are doing exactly the right thing with your leftover cakes. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. You are too sweet Renae! haha It’s funny how no matter how busy life gets (sounds like you have a lot going on!!), somehow you can always find time to bake ๐Ÿ˜› I think it’s such a great way to unwind!

      Best of luck with your sister’s wedding cake, I’m sure you’ll do a wonderful job!!

  27. Donโ€™t be discouraged by the critics! I feel so sad that there are some who are so unhappy that they have to make others unhappy too! There must be something in their lives to make them this way. Or they are just simply mean! So … ignore them and just be confident that for all the โ€œhatersโ€ there are 100 who admire and enjoy your โ€œhobby/jobโ€ and can only dream to ever make something as nice. In the meantime we will enjoy watching the creations and your firey and police friends can enjoy eating them! A reward for the self sacrifice they all give every day! Hugs xxx

  28. The hospital staff at Emergency would love to have some of your amazing cut cakes I am sure!! My daughter is a great cook and works in ED! She is always cooking and also watches her weigh so she shares it with the staff!! They all devour her baking ? Sometimes, a little cake is just what the doctor ordered!! ??

  29. Most of test cakes get sent to the dealership where my husband works. I brought a sheet cake last time that was gone in 20 minutes because the employees now recognize my car. Lol! Otherwise they’re gifted to friends, eaten by us, or I post a flash sale if none of those options will work.

    As for donating to shelters and whatnot, you’re absolutely right. They want sealed packages and untouched product. Understandable given the hostility towards the homeless population. They can’t take any risks. And hand delivering is dangerous.

    First responders can be a bit of a grey area too for, unfortunately, the same reason. There are several stations here that won’t eat home baked goods due to previous poisoning incidents! I’m glad you have a great relationship with your local department. I guarantee they enjoy every bite!

    1. Hi Jessica,

      That is too funny! I bet your husband’s coworkers love that ๐Ÿ™‚

      And yes!! So many people don’t get that, but they’re super strict! It was so refreshing reading your comment <3

  30. I bake for fun eventhough I teach cooking classes. Everything you said is so true. I love to bake but not for the purpose of selling. My kitchen isn’t certified anyway. Also, when I bake anything I want to cut into for tasting. So anyone that accepts my cakes must take them in pieces! I hate waste and like to freeze buttercream, cake scraps and even whole slices of cake if I have to.

  31. We included our local library in our holiday treat deliveries a few years back (sadly, we didnโ€™t get very organized last year) and they were thrilled. I donโ€™t think folks think of the librarians much when it comes to sweets deliveries.

    1. Hi Zipporah,

      THat’s a great idea! I kind of forget about libraries because I read everything on my kindle now, but I bet they would love some sweets ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for sharing!!

    1. Thanks Marsha! I think that making a connection with an organization in your neighborhood is definitely the best way to share your baked goods ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Although you probably can’t give your cakes to patients at a hospital or nursing home, the staff would probably LOVE your donation to eat in the break room ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, I think it’s great that you sometimes drop your cakes off late at night. A lot of times night shift doesn’t get the same love from management, patients, families, etc. that day shift does. Or if a treat is provided during the day for “everyone” to enjoy, it is gone by the time night shift arrives.

    1. Hi Meredith,

      I never really thought about that, but I bet it is nice when I drop off cakes late at night! That’s a great point ๐Ÿ™‚ I really just need to become friends with more people / staff that work in my neighborhood!!

  33. When I was working, I would do the same and bring new recipes to work and get feedback. People always flocked to me when I would walk in the door with my huge trays of cupcakes ?. I miss that. A lot!

  34. What about nursing homes or residential care facilities? They may not be as restrictive as the hospitals are. 911 dispatch and even local ambulance houses if you have those separate from the fire station. You can donate to the nurses and doctors at the hospitals. They can’t give it to the patients, but, I as a nurse know we wouldn’t turn down cake given the proper explanation.

    1. Haha that’s a great point! The hard part is knowing where to go to even drop it off at a hospital! Would I be able to walk up to the front desk?? I do have a hospital near me, but I’ve always been scared to walk and try to explain my partially cut cake :/

Let me know what you think!