As with all businesses especially food ones, there are certain regulations and guidelines that you have to abide to.
A lot is purely common sense and general cleanliness however you must have the documentation to prove that you understand what is required for the type of business that you’re running.
If this is your first venture outside of a full time job or maybe straight out of college the initial training costs are very minimal compared to other qualifications.
Food Hygiene Certificate
As with most tests / exams it isn’t free but isn’t too expensive either.
At www.virtual-college.co.uk they offer the basic Level 1 & 2 courses for £15 + VAT each and are City & Guilds accredited.
For your new venture you will need to have completed the Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene for Catering course.
First the website will first run you through all of the different sections of the important aspects that you need to know about food hygiene, then at the end you will be tested on it. Once you’ve passed you will be able to print out your certificate at home.
For £25 + VAT, once you’ve passed you’ll be sent out a lovely certificate in the post for you to frame and show off how well you’ve done!
The test isn’t very long or difficult and as long as you take in everything that you’re being taught you should pass it in no time.
Pets in the Kitchen
Most people have pets at home. if you are one of them you should be very aware or keeping everything clean once you’re running your business.
It’s no problem to run a cupcake business from home if you have pets, but you must make sure that they aren’t in the kitchen while you’re baking and decorating.
Make sure that the clothes you’re wearing while working are also extremely clean and free of pet hair.
If a customer finds something unexpected in their pretty little cupcake they are not going to be pleased!