California AB 1616

Many people ask me how much I charge for my cakes, and to date, I have been answering, "I don't charge because it is illegal in the state of California."  It is true. Many people do make food from home and sell it (particularly cakes), but to do so is currently illegal and I for one am not interested in the fines if you get caught (something like $5000+).  Beyond that, I do not charge because I am a Christian and I believe that everything I do (good and bad), reveals how I feel about God, and how others view Him. However, that is not what this post is about.

This is my one and only political post, I promise! Just last week a bill was introduced that, if passed, would allow people in California to sell certain foods made at home. I have been following the growing Cottage Food movement that has literally been sweeping across our nation over the last few years. Currently 31 states (and counting) have passed a cottage food law and many others, like California, are considering adding a cottage food law.

Cottage food laws have many advantages, not just for people like me who would like to legally sell their creations, but also for the consumer who would in turn have access to a greater variety of homemade, artisan, and unique foods. There is also an obvious economic advantage, creating low cost businesses and allowing people options for supporting themselves and their families in these challenging times.

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I am happy to report that AB 1616 passed and was signed into law earlier this year!  The law officially goes into effect Jan 1, 2013, but in order to be legal, you must apply for the proper business licenses and permits. Amber's Cake Creations hopes to be up and running by the end of January, depending on when my local county has all the paperwork available. Thanks for all your support!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Cowboy Cake, Yee Haw!

It took me awhile to get into it, but this was such a fun cake to make!  So many kids cakes are centered around a character or a game, it was lots of fun to make a cake that was just inspired by a theme.

The first thing I made for this cake was the hat since it needed the most time to dry.  I wanted to make it bigger, but my rice treats weren't working like I wanted, so I ended up making it entirely out of fondant and gum paste. 

Because the has was smaller than I intended, I needed something extra on top to balance the space, and what could be more western than a bandana?  I was searching for bandana designs when I decided that was the perfect place to put the "Happy Birthday" greeting.  The tricky part about the bandana was piping on it after I shaped it.

The belt buckle was actually one of the last things I made for this cake.  It took me awhile to come up with a design I was happy with, but in the end, this is actually my favorite part of the cake!  The bull in the middle is all fondant, and the designs around the outside are all piped royal icing. When it was all dry I painted on an edible gold color and the whole thing came together.

 Happy Birthday Kaden! I hope you love your cake.

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