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.
Hence this blog post. I’m here to help clear up exactly what I do with all my cakes 🙂
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:
- If you cut your cakes, you must not be selling them.
- But you make so many cakes a week!
- These cakes are way too big for you and your husband to eat by yourself…
- Do you throw them away?
- What do you do with them?
- Who eats them?
- 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.
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.
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??