3 Reasons why home-bakers struggle with increasing sales – Podcast Ep. 7

In this 7th Podcast episode, I share 3 main reasons why home bakers struggle with increasing sales and how they can deal with these struggles. Please do share if you know someone it will help and I hope this brings you value; if it does, do leave a comment below.

All the best to you home-based and small baking business owners. Happy caking!
Til next time ^_^

The Baking with Amari Podcast
Episode 7

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Blueberry Cupcakes recipe: How to make Blueberry cupcakes

Bakers and Bakerettes! You’ve gotta try this simple Blueberry cupcakes recipe. Quick and easy to make for a few cupcakes for two people – or even one ^_^

Ingredients: Yield = dozen (12 pcs)

  • All Purpose Flour – 1 1/2 cup
  • Baking Powder – 1 1/2 teaspoon
  • Sugar – 1/2 cup
  • Butter/Margarine – 1/2 cup (Use unsalted butter & add 1/8 tspn salt – if using margarine; don’t add salt)
  • Egg (beaten) – 2 pieces (medium)
  • Vanilla Essence – 1 teaspoon
  • Milk (appx.) – 1/4 to 1/2 cup
  • Blueberries – 1/3 cup

Click here to watch the recipe tutorial

Directions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 180 ºC or 350 °F. Line a regular sized muffin pan with cupcake liners and set aside.
  • Measure & sift your dry (flour & baking powder) ingredients into a medium bowl and set aside.
  • In the large bowl, measure the butter/margarine & sugar. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl, with the vanilla and set aside.
  • Cream the ingredients in a large bowl with a whisk, an electric mixer or a wooden spoon for about 3 – 5 minutes; or until creamy and white in color. Add the eggs  and vanilla, then mix for about 1 minute.
  • Fold in the dry ingredients; starting with half the dry ingredients, fold them into the creamed mixture, then add the remaining half and fold it until well incorporated. Add the milk gradually until the batter is of a preferred consistency, drop texture (drops within 2 – 3 seconds).
  • Pour in the blueberries and fold them in with a spatula briefly and gently to incorporate. Use a spoon or an ice-cream scoop to pour batter into the cupcake liners.
  • Put the cupcakes into your pre-heated oven in the middle rack.
  • Bake for about 30 – 35 minutes or until the cupcakes are golden brown on top. Insert a toothpick or metal skewer in the middle and make sure it comes out clean.
  • Remove the cupcakes and allow them to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, then turn them onto a cooling rack or a tray and cool them completely.
  • You can serve them plain; or you can frost (decorate) them and serve.

Click here for a Buttercream frosting recipe to use. Enjoy!

3 Lessons learned from failing in my own Baking Business – Podcast Ep. 6

As the founder of Amari Baking Center I’ve had my share of failures; both big and small.
Part of the reason why I share baking for business advice; is because of those failures and what I have learned from them.
I like to share my experiences so that someone can learn from them as well and not make the same mistakes I did.
I hope our 5th Podcast episode will be of help to you. Please do share if you know it will be of help to someone. All the best to all of you home bakery owners and small baking business shop owners.
Happy Caking ^_^
Til next time!

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Our Podcast is also available on other platforms; they are: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Pocket casts, PodBean, Radio Public, Stitcher and Anchor. You can listen in on your favorite podcast app and if you don’t have one and would like to try one out, you can check out “Anchor” or “Stitcher” on Google Play, download and the search for “The Baking with Amari Podcast”

Amari Baking & Decoration classes scheduled for the month of April 2019

Here’s an update on the classes we’ll be holding in the month of April 2019. If you would like to attend any of these classes; make sure to contact us and schedule a visit or if you would like to make an inquiry on any of the classes; you can call/text/Whatsapp on 0701796688 or email us on: amaribreads@gmail.com.

Remember you have to book your spot by placing a deposit for any class.

February 2019 attendees of our 1-Day Beginner Yeast pastries class

To get full details of topics covered in the class, just click on the class link and you’ll get the details:

1-Day Beginner Yeast Pastries Class – this course is for you if you’re looking to learn basic entry-level bread skills for a day. Date: April 6th. Cost = Kshs. 2,000. Book by placing deposit of Kshs. 1,000 and if possible; please visit the bakery workshop. Book by April 2nd.

Amari Basic Baking Course – this course is for you if you want to just learn how to bake at home for your family or your looking to get basic baking skills. Dates: April 8th to 12th. Cost = Kshs. 8,000. Book by placing deposit of Kshs. 5,000 and if possible; please visit the bakery workshop. Book by April 5th

1-Day Yeast Pastries class – this course is for you if you’re looking to improve your basic level bread & pastry skills for a day. Date: April 16th. Cost = Kshs. 2,500. Book by placing deposit of Kshs. 1,500 and if possible; please visit the bakery workshop. Book by Jan. 13th.

2-Day Allergy Baking Class – this course is for you if you would like to learn how to bake for individuals with food allergies or specific preferences/ingredient omissions. Date: April 17th & 18th. Cost = Kshs. 4,000. Book by placing deposit of Kshs. 3,000 and if possible; please visit the bakery workshop. Book by April 14th.

1-Day Local Pastries Class – this class is for you if you’re looking to learn how to make food snacks such as Samosas; for family or possibly to start selling. Date: April 20th (9 am to 2 pm) = Kshs. 2,000. Book by placing deposit of Kshs. 1,000 and if possible; please visit the bakery workshop. Book by April 17th

3-Day Wedding Cake Class – this class is for you if you’re looking to learn how to decorate and stack cakes for wedding orders. Dates: April 23rd to 25th. Cost = Kshs. 10,000. Book by placing deposit of Kshs. 7,000 and if possible; please visit the bakery workshop. Book by April 20th

Thanks and once again; feel free to inquire if you have any questions. If you know of anyone who would be interested in take some classes; feel free to share this post with them ^_^

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3 Tips to Help you Achieve your 2019 Goals

As the year goes along and March comes to an end; I find myself going back to my goals list to see if I’m on track according to the goals that I set in January.

If you didn’t set any goals; don’t worry – this is a good to sit down and still write your goals down. I’ve shared a link below for a goal-setting template you can sign up to get via e-mail if you would like help on how to write the goals down ^_^

We shared this post as a podcast in our 5th episode; you can listen in on sound cloud below. If you have Anchor (podcast app) you can click here. Click here to watch the video post.

Setting your goals will be the easy part; the challenge will be actually achieving them. Below, I will share with you 3 tips you can follow, if you would like to achieve your goals this year.

  1. K.I.S.S. (Keep It So Simple)

Keep it to a minimum of 9 or 10 goals. It helps if you have 3 categories for your goals e.g. Personal, Business and Personal Development. Then for each category; have only 3 goals you want to achieve for the year. If you really have to squeeze one more extra; you can add the one to make a total of 10 goals. If you sit down to write all your goals down and you find you have about 15 – 20; prioritize them and then pick the top 10. This will make achieving your goals, way more realistic.

2. Be Honest with yourself and Stay Committed

Based on whichever goals you want to achieve; you have to get very honest with yourself on the actions you need to take to achieve your goals. If you want to improve your skill; you have to make an effort to practice very often. If you want to lose weight; you have to make sure to eat right and exercise. Whatever it is you want to do; you have to be honest on what it will take to achieve the goal, then be committed in taking actions necessary to achieve the goal itself.

Make sure to write down your goals (Image: unsplash.com)

3. Write down your goals and be accountable

Make sure you don’t only ‘think’ about what goals you want to achieve; you need to sit down and write them on a paper, note-book, diary or if you would like a goal-setting template. Click here to get a blank template.

Writing down your goals makes them a reality; then you need to find someone or certain ways to make sure you are accountable in achieving your goals. Find that person who will hold you accountable often when it comes to achieving your goals. If you need to have ‘meetings’ with the person every month – please do. If you’re accountable to a person when it comes to your goals, or anything your doing, it helps you actually work harder in achieving your goals over time.

I hope you will follow these tips if you’re serious about setting and achieving your goals this year. All the best as you work towards being a successful Baker or Bakerette ^_^

Have you set your 2019 goals yet? If you have do comment below and share if you’re on track or you’re struggling with achieving or following up on your goals.

If you feel this post will be helpful to a friend or anyone you know in your network, please do share ^_^

The Reason why people think your cakes are expensive – Podcast Ep. 4

In our 4th episode; we shared the importance of knowing who your target market is.
A lot of home-bakers and small bakery business owners who are baking for business don’t know who they are selling to specifically.
They don’t have an idea of who their target market/audience is.
This is why they often get the feedback from potential clients – “You’re cake are too expensive”
The reason is because you’re not selling to the right people.
If you’re struggling with this complaint in your business; this episode is for you. Once you listen – please do take the next step to helping you sell and market the right way.
Happy Caking!

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Our Podcast is also available on other platforms; they are: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Pocket casts, PodBean, Radio Public, Stitcher and Anchor. You can listen in on your favorite podcast app and if you don’t have one and would like to try one out, you can check out “Anchor” or “Stitcher” on Google Play, download and the search for “The Baking with Amari Podcast”

5 Must-Have Mobile Apps for Home Bakers

As a Baker or Bakerette running a home-baking business; marketing your business on Social media is not an option; it’s a necessity. You need to build your Baking Business brand and grow your following in order to have a sustainable business that can eventually be successful enough for you to open a Bakery shop with time.

Below are the Social media apps or sites you need to have in order to level up and be consistent on your Social media marketing. You can visit their sites to use them; however, I would also suggest if you have a smart phone – to download their apps as well in order to maximize usage at all times.

1.Facebook

It’s a great opportunity for your small baking business to make online sales, get a following around your brand, create a platform where customers can discuss the products and share feedback. You can also use it for customer service on Messenger. Majority of your Target market is also found on Facebook. You can create a Business Page for your Baking Brand as well as a personal page. You also have the option of creating a group where you can nurture a community or following of brand “fans”. Click here to join our Amari Online Community group.

Instagram

Instagram is a very visual platform where skilled Bakers are able to shine when they share their cakes & baked products. A majority of your target market will be on the platform; therefore you can attract them to your brand by sharing your work and getting potential clients to engage with your brand. There are various tools to use on Instagram to share content and different sides of your baking business e.g. regular posts (images or videos up to 58 seconds long), IGTV (long-form video of up to 10 minutes if you have less than 10,000 followers), IG Stories (share pics or 15 second videos that last 24 hours) – you have various options of sharing ^_^

You can also get a lot of inspiration from other Bakers on Instagram from all over the world! ^_^ Click here to follow us (if you don’t already) and see the tips, recipes & tutorials we’re sharing on our Instagram page.

Canva

Canva is a free picture editing tool you can use to edit your photos and create various types of graphics such as Menus, price-lists, banners, infographs (like the one below on this post’s topic ^_^) and social media posters. You can also create pictorials and water-mark your photos. They also have a paid version for more sophisticated editing if you would like where you can create a Logo for your business if you would like to give it a try. You can go to the site: www.canva.com or download the Canva app on your phone. If you’re not sure how to use Canva; you can check out their many tutorials and then get started.

Feel free to download for reference & to share ^_^

Pinterest

Pinterest is an online platform for collecting and organizing images. It’s the perfect platform for Bakers looking for inspiration in baking and especially cake decoration. You can visit their site or download the app to start pinning. Create Boards for various cake decorations or recipes to try out later. You can also start pinning and collecting your own baked projects on pinterest as well. Click here to follow us on Pinterest and see what we’re pinning ^_^

Planoly

planoly.com

Planoly is an Instagram management platform that allows users to plan, manage & schedule Instagram posts. If you’re a busy Baker looking for a way to keep up with IG posting; this tool will help greatly. You can go to their site and/or download their app as well. If you’re not sure how to use the app or site, they have tutorials in their site that can be of help – click here to see their tutorials. Please note that you have to have a Business Instagram account to be able to use Planoly. If you’re not sure how to switch your personal account to a business account, please click here for a tutorial on that.

All the best as you build your small baking business brand; I hope you’re able to grow your home-baking business to a Bakery shop in the future ^_^

All the best; please do leave a comment below on what you think of this post. Do you use all these apps yourself to grow your brand? Let me know below. Make sure to share this post with a Baker or Bakerette you know that will benefit, sharing is caring.

Amari Baking & Decoration Scheduled classes for the month of January 2019

Happy New year Amari Fans ^_^ We’re real excited for this New year and we’ve made a few changes and we’ll be sharing more as we continue on.

Just wanted to update on our current class schedule for the month of January for anyone who would like to take a course with us.

We’ll be holding 4 Classes this month; if interested, feel free to comment below or contact us on: 0701796688 or email: amaribreads@gmail for inquiries.

To get full details of topics covered in the class, just click on the class link and you’ll get the details:

Amari Basic Baking Course – this course is for you if you want to just learn how to bake at home for your family or your looking to get basic baking skills. Dates: Jan. 7th to 11th Cost = Kshs. 8,000. Book by placing deposit of Kshs. 5,000 and if possible; please visit the bakery workshop. Book by Jan. 6th

Basic Cake and Decoration Course – this course is for you if you want to learn professional basic cake making and decoration skills that can get you started in the baking industry. Dates: Jan. 15th to 31st Cost (9 sessions: Monday to Wednesday) = Kshs. 16,000. Book by placing deposit of Kshs. 8,000 and if possible; please visit the bakery workshop. Book by Jan. 11th

1-Day Local Pastries Class – this class is for you if you’re looking to learn how to make food snacks such as Samosas; for family or possibly to start selling. Date: Jan. 25th (9 am to 2 pm) = Kshs. 2,000. Book by placing deposit of Kshs. 1,000 and if possible; please visit the bakery workshop. Book by Jan. 23rd

3-Day Beginner Fondant Decoration class – this course is for you if you already know how to bake but you want to learn how to start decorating with Fondant. Saturdays Dates: Jan. 19th, 26th & Feb. 2nd. Cost = Kshs. 7,000. Book by placing deposit of Kshs. 4,000 and if possible; please visit the bakery workshop. Book by Jan. 16th. Poster details below:

Thanks and once again; feel free to inquire if you have any questions. If you know of anyone who would be interested in take some classes; feel free to share this post with them ^_^

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The 4 Realities to Face when starting a Baking Business – Podcast Ep. 2

If you’re thinking of starting a small baking business; it’s important to get honest with yourself on what you’re really getting into.
In our 2nd Podcast episode, I cover some realities of starting a bakery business and what they mean to you.

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Our Podcast is also available on other platforms; they are: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Pocket casts, PodBean, Radio Public, Stitcher and Anchor. You can listen in on your favorite podcast app and if you don’t have one and would like to try one out, you can check out “Anchor” or “Stitcher” on Google Play, download and the search for “The Baking with Amari Podcast”

How to Startup a small baking business – Podcast Ep. 01

In our first episode; I share how to start a small baking business if it’s something you’re thinking of doing. These are a few tips on how to get started and what you need to consider.

To listen on Anchor (Podcast app), click here.

Our Podcast is also available on other platforms; they are: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Pocket casts, PodBean, Radio Public, Stitcher and Anchor. You can listen in on your favorite podcast app and if you don’t have one and would like to try one out, you can check out “Anchor” or “Stitcher” on Google Play, download and the search for “The Baking with Amari Podcast”