Selling Cakes at My First Market
If you follow on social media you will know that a couple of weeks ago I did my very first market stall. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while but I finally plucked up the courage to face the public armed with a selection of yummy treats.
I took me a couple of days to bake everything. I dedicated a day to making vegan flapjacks because I only have one tin for them so I knew it would take a long time with all the waiting for them to bake and cool before being able to get another batch in the oven. On that note, I use a tin I got from Aldi that is about 12inches square and has dividers in so you can adjust the size – if anyone knows where I can get one like that from (and not super expensive) then let me know! It would definitely cut down my baking time. On that first day I also made most of my buttercream because I know it freezes really well. The only buttercream I don’t tend to freeze is my vegan ones because I don’t think they freeze as well as actual butter cream.
The next day I started work at 9am and a few hours in I really regretted not preparing a bit more in advance. I knew I not only had to bake, decorate, slice and box 6 cakes but I also had to gather everything I needed and pack it up before the morning.
I baked my vegan cakes first so I could get them in my separate fridge and out of the way to avoid them coming into contact with non vegan ingredients. After I’d baked all of the cakes I had a quick lunch and got back to work stacking and decorating them. I did struggle to chill them all after crumb coating them because I didn’t quite have enough room between the two fridges for all 6 of the cakes so I kept having to rotate them.
Once decorated and chilled I sliced one of each cake (I made two of each), wrapped each slice in greaseproof paper to help keep them moist and boxed them up. Luckily I am quite the expert at making up cake boxes from my day job in a bakers shop so this didn’t take too long!
After a day of baking all that was left to do was to get all my paperwork together and box up all my supplies.
The morning of my first market arrived and I couldn’t actually believe I was doing this! I also couldn’t believe that it was SNOWING IN MARCH!! We packed up the car and drove the couple of minutes to the town square to set up. We met the organiser who told us the weather was so bad that we could leave any time but with so much fresh produce I had to get selling.
We managed to stick it out for about 6 hours until almost 2pm. I’m proud to say that I was the last one standing although I was wearing tights, leggings, a top, dress, cardigan, jumper, coat AND two pairs of socks. I learnt so much and now I’m really excited for my next one (April 21st, Nantwich town square if you were wondering).
I baked way too much and probably could have halved my baking time and ingredient costs but I know that for next time. I put the three uncut cakes out for display and I had a lot of people asking if they could just buy a slice because they didn’t notice the ready boxed slices. Next time I’ll just face the pressure of having to slice the cakes there in front of people so that they can see that you can buy them by the slice. It will save me time the day before because I won’t have to spend time slicing and boxing them and it will also keep the slices fresher.
Don’t worry, all that left over cake didn’t go to waste. I did a Facebook giveaway and a random lucky person won a whole heap of tasty treats!
I really enjoyed my day despite the freezing cold and snow. I can’t explain what it feels like for people to pay you for something you have created. I’m looking forward to the next one armed with all this knowledge and more tasty baked goods!