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 πŸ™‚

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 cardboard 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??

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

  1. 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!

  2. 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 :/

  3. I find it bizarre that people are so critical – you can’t please everyone! I think some people just want to be angry or sour and see only the negative. Don’t open yourself up to liability; I think what you’re doing it awesome. I wouldn’t donate to shelters either – when I worked for a grocery long ago, we had a lady really upset with us when she realized we didn’t donate all expired food (in particular, eggs; we did donate expired packaged products like cereal). She simply did not understand that one bad “egg” (pun intended!) will ruin it for everyone else by suing for damages and claiming that they fell ill from it. They’re likely hoping for a quick settlement. I think the police/fire department is perfect; but maybe I’m biased since I work for a PD now and always love it when the public/businesses bring us food πŸ˜‰

    1. haha you are too sweet πŸ™‚ I so appreciate your perspective, and support! It’s also nice to hear that I’m not the only one who has had to deal with this type of thing!

  4. Do you ever actually use normal sprinkles like the rainbow ones?
    (Just wondering if its like a professional sprinkle business for serious bakers.)

    1. Hi Amber! I do use regular sprinkles (like rainbow jimmies) for cakes sometimes! I use them to make my funfetti cakes, and I also cover my cakes with them on occasion! I order them in huge tubs on amazon, but they’re the same as the rainbow sprinkles you’d find at a grocery store <3

  5. Love your posts! I once volunteered as a receptionist at Bellevue public hospital in Manhattan, which was a super-stressful job. I bet the reception staff there would be more than delighted to receive some cake. Or indeed any indication that they are valued and that you want to bless them rather than to complain about something.

  6. I had wondered if the same police people got the cake every time, but then we went to NYC this Christmas and I had no clue how many policemen are constantly out! The numbers increased like crazy on Christmas too. Those men and women work incredibly hard and I think it’s really awesome that you give to them. ? I am sure whatever shift or precinct happens to get a cake that day is super thankful!

    1. Hi Caitlin,

      Exactly!! There’s always a different shift on, so I think my cakes get eaten by a ton of different people πŸ˜› And that’s exactly how I feel too, they definitely deserve something sweet for all they do πŸ™‚

  7. I had wondered if the same police people got the cake every time, but then we went to NYC this Christmas and I had no clue how many policemen are constantly out! The numbers increased like crazy on Christmas too. Those men and women work incredibly hard and I think it’s really awesome that you give to them. ? I am sure whatever shift or precinct happens to get a cake that day is super thankful!

Let me know what you think!