Finding out I was gluten intolerant five years ago I was devastated to give up cakes but the cost to my health of eating them just wasn't worth it.
I have two passions in life. Baking and working with special needs children.
Unfortunately my mum passed away from cancer last year and my life took a turn. After trying to make the life of being a mother, adjusting to Mum dying, relapsing with chronic fatigue sydnrome and being a special needs teacher I have decided to listen to friends and the life lessons from my mum and sell my cakes full time.
Having spent the last five years perfecting gluten free and dairy free cakes I am ready to sell to cafe's, as well as directly from m,e and help end others being naughty when they go to enjoy cakes with friends but shouldn't for health reasons.
I have sent friends samples as long as they were willing to share and get feedback from people I didn't know and the feedback was positive. The best they have tasted, they didn't realise it wasn't your regular 'naughty' cake. Flavours have included pistachio with honeyed caramel icing, chocolate with clementine icing, chocolate with coconut icing and coconut with lime icing. I have also made a gluten free carrot cake for a friend's wedding.
SO I have decided on packaging cakes to be sold at cafe's individually to avoid cross contamination by service staff that don't realise the dangers to some people when they eat gluten and dairy. It's not always a choice and they aren't choosing to be difficult but there is no option.
I have a friend of a friend who will give me space in her pub kitchen during weekdays when it is not being used. I can set up fridges and storage that is lockable to keep food safe. Now I just need money so I can buy commercial grade equipment, a second hand car to deliver cakes and i can begin trading.
Risks and challenges
Unique risks are keeping to the standards to keep products safe for individuals with diary and gluten allergies and intolerance.
I will have fridges specifically for my produce and similarly equipment and benches.
I have completed food hygiene certification and also training on handling gluten free food. All those that help me/ work with me will be required to take the same training before entering the kitchen and handling the food and associated equipment.
I will be taking out public liability insurance.
My long term goal would be to buy my own kitchen which can also cater for nut free cakes and have areas and equipment that have never come into contact with nuts.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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