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Baking Myths

You need lots of money to start up!

You need lots of money to start up!

BAKING MYTHS | SMALL BUSINESS ADVISE This is such a myth.. It really doesn’t need to cost a lot at all.  I invested a lot at the beginning because I went completely overboard.. My husband thought I had a bit of a cellophane obsession. I must of had 15 rolls of...

Mine don’t look like yours!

Mine don’t look like yours!

BAKING MYTHS | SMALL BUSINESS ADVISE This sentence will be on my headstone on the day I die hahahaha One of my lovely followers Marianne made such a perfect analogy of this statement.   "We are all taught how to write, but everyones handwriting is completely...

Healthy Competition

Healthy Competition

BAKING MYTHS | BUSINESS ADVISE I think this is probably the most common question I’m asked!!! There is a baker who’s just started up down the road from me? And….. Eventually you will see over time that competition is good.  As long as they are not completely...

Baking Myths

Baking Myths

BAKING MYTHS | RUNNING A SMALL BUSINESS | CONFIDENCE There are so many common misconceptions about starting a cake business.. After receiving so many messages from bakers and students panicking about starting a business and not feeling like they know enough? Take you...

Blogs by Jane Taylor

10 things I wish I’d known before I started my cake business!

10 things I wish I’d known before I started my cake business!

BUSINESS ADVISE | TIPS & TRICKS TOP TIPS Batch cook your cupcakes.  This is a game changer and saves so much time and stress.  I triple my cupcake recipe which yields 48-50 cupcakes.  Wait until they are stone cold and then put them in large freezer...

Putting Out the Right Energy

Putting Out the Right Energy

BLOGS BY JANE TAYLOR | BUSINESS ADVICE | There’s a lot to be said for positive mental attitude. You’ve probably already experienced this in your lifetime, where you feel negative and then in turn negative things start happening to you.  This is actually down to...

Why on earth?

Why on earth?

ABOUT JANE TAYLOR | TEACHING | BUTTERCREAM FLOWER COURSES When I discussed with family and friends that I was going to start teaching my cupcake bouquets they were outraged!!!! Why on earth would you teach someone your trade secrets? You will end up giving them all...

Understanding My Bundles

Understanding My Bundles

Beginners Bundle  I can only liken this to learning to drive a car.  When you first start driving, your driving instructor teaches you the mechanics of the car how it works, changing gears, learning different manouveres, how to park, how to drive on a bypass...

WHIRLWIND

WHIRLWIND

NEW COURSES | ABOUT JANE TAYLOR Never in my wildest dreams did I expect the response I had for showing my face on Instagram stories!!! It literally has taken my business to the next level, if that is even possible!  I was already flat out with social media DM’s...

Pros and cons of Social Media

Pros and cons of Social Media

It’s hard to remember a time where there was no social media!  We all used to communicate via the telephone or actually meeting up with people to have a chat, I miss those days…. I was 24 when I got my first mobile phone and that was only because I needed a phone...

Keep Calm it’s Mother’s Day

Keep Calm it’s Mother’s Day

You will find out of all of the big calendar events of the year Mother’s Day is by far the busiest! Well it most certainly has been for me over the past 6 years. A bouquet of beautiful blooms that you can eat has always been that unique and bespoke gift.  So...

Pricing Your Cupcake Bouquets

Pricing Your Cupcake Bouquets

BUSINESS ADVISE | PRICING | HOW TO RUN YOUR SMALL BUSINESS It’s so important that you get your pricing right when you first start selling your beautiful cupcake bouquets. At the beginning it will take you some time to pipe and get into system.  This is...

The Spring Bundle

The Spring Bundle

If you’re anything like me the past year has been really hard! Obviously! Blooming COVID putting all of our lives on hold. Fran from Rockpool Creative and I have been besties for the past 13 years.  There wasn’t a day went by when we didn’t see each other. ...

Why I love my job!

Why I love my job!

ABOUT JANE TAYLOR | ABOUT TAYOR MADE CAKE COURSES How could I not love my job!  Seeing my students flourishing and starting their own businesses is the biggest reward for me. When I first started my business, it was purely to make a bit of extra cash.  My...

No Sales

No Sales

ABOUT JANE TAYLOR | ABOUT TAYLOR MADE CAKE COURSES I’m often asked why I don’t offer sales or discounts? There are quite a few reasons for this! First and foremost its because I value my product and my business. I have worked so hard over the past 6 years getting it...

Work/life balance

Work/life balance

ABOUT JANE TAYLOR | BUSINESS BLOG When I first started my business it wasn’t a problem dealing with both work and children….. but then I got busy! Certainly when I started the bouquets it just rocketed which is wonderful but also meant my time was taken up more! The...

Time is Precious

Time is Precious

BUSINESS ADVISE | TAYLOR MADE LIFE Time’s precious! Isn’t it? I’ve been wanting to write this for the past 2 years but my ‘just don’t say anything’ brain hasn’t allowed me too! When you go to the hairdressers and make an appointment to get your hair done or the...

What’s with the face

What’s with the face

To say I’m overwhelmed is the biggest understatement of the century.. Fran and Emily from Rockpool creative have been saying to me for years they want to see you face? No… After much bullying, and yes I am using the word bullying because they were very aggressive, I...

Streamlining your cake business

Streamlining your cake business

ADVICE | BAKING BLOG | BUSINESS If you have purchased one of my wrapping videos or one of my 3 bundle packages, you will be eligible to join my Facebook community page. You will know that I spend a lot my time giving tips and tuition on streamlining your cake...

Facebook community page

Facebook community page

ADVICE | BAKING BLOG | FACEBOOK COMMUNITY I wish I had a friendly Facebook page like my Taylor Made students have when I first started my cake business. I was part of a group which at the beginning was brilliant but ended up being traumatic with me getting upset by...

Bye bye 2020

Bye bye 2020

NEWS FROM TMCC | BAKING BLOG Well to say it’s been a strange year is an understatement of the century! Although it’s been trying for everyone and testing our mental health, it’s been a year of reassessing for me!   Obviously it was terrible for all families who...

GUEST BLOG – Mental health and baking

GUEST BLOG – Mental health and baking

GUEST BLOG | MENTAL HEALTH | BAKING I have always spoken openly about my mental health issues. I feel we need to continue the conversation and the more we do, the more others will understand. It also helps those of us who suffer to talk about how we feel. Sometimes...

Online is the way to go

Online is the way to go

NEWS | UPDATE | ONLINE TUTORIALS Covid-19 is a living nightmare for most small businesses 🙈 myself included.  But what is has meant for me is time to reassess my business.  It’s given me time to properly assess my students and how they learn, what is the...

Preparing for Christmas 🎄

Preparing for Christmas 🎄

ADVICE | ORDERS | BUSINESS SUGGESTIONS Christmas is a busy time of year as it is let alone preparing your orders to get out before Christmas Eve 😱 I’m hoping to make this a bit easier for you by giving you a breakdown of how to prepare for big events. I made so many...

My students rock 👌🏼

My students rock 👌🏼

STUDENT WORK | ACHIEVEMENT | GALLERY “I’d never be able to pipe that” The most common comment on my adverts and pictures! Well I’m writing this blog today because after seeing this comment for the umpteenth time I felt it only fitting to show you, you can! Anyone can,...

Busy Busy Busy

Busy Busy Busy

News | Cake International | New Videos Busy busy busy Hi everyone I hope you’re all well and if you live in England, enjoying this gorgeous weather 🌞 It’s been all go here at my Taylor Made HQ filming lots and lots of new videos for you all, to keep you on your toes...

Delays, delays, delays!

Delays, delays, delays!

Hi everyone, I hope you’re all well and still enjoying this lovely weather!  Won’t be long until the dark evenings set in 👍🏻 that’s a wahooo from me.   I love autumn/winter, mainly because I prefer the season’s clothes but also because it makes piping so...

Upcoming News July/August 2020

Upcoming News July/August 2020

Upcoming news | Tutorials | Taylor Made Cakes of Tenterden Well it’s been all go behind the scenes... I will be filming again over the next few weeks with many more new flowers to add to the collection 🙌🏻 If you haven’t seen it already I was lucky enough to be...

Sharing the love 💓

Sharing the love 💓

Cake International | #CIOnScreen | Free Tutorials YouTube is a fantastic free platform to showcase your business internationally..    I always knew there would people who couldn’t necessarily afford my tutorials, so it was only fair to add free buttercream...

You can’t please everyone 🤷🏻‍♀️

You can’t please everyone 🤷🏻‍♀️

Customers | Orders | Business Suggestions Having received a message from one of my lovely students very upset it prompted me to write this blog... My student had piped a beautiful bouquet for a customer but the customer wasn’t happy with the colour?  Queue that...

🎼 R E S P E C T 🎼

🎼 R E S P E C T 🎼

Online Courses | Tech Support This is something we were all taught as children and I’m sure still strive to instil in our own children.  Respect and manners cost nothing.... #beKind This isn’t the nicest of blogs I’ve had to write, but out of respect to my...

Inspiration right outside your door 💐

Inspiration right outside your door 💐

Customers | Design Suggestions | Business Suggestions With us entering Summer it’s the perfect time to get your own inspiration for piping buttercream flowers 🌷 When I first started piping flowers I used to watch a lot of YouTube videos but they were all the same...

🍃 Krispie marshmallow cakes 🍃

🍃 Krispie marshmallow cakes 🍃

Recipe This has been my family favourite since my babies were born 🥳 Easy no bake recipe: Large box of Rice Krispies6 oz Stork200g pack of toffees200g pack marshmallows Melt the stork and toffees in a saucepan. Take off the heat and add the marshmallows, stir until...

“Oh Mum seriously!”

“Oh Mum seriously!”

The Taylors | Cupcake |Free Videos Well isn’t this all a bit strange! When ever in our lives have we had to do this? Errr never…. For me and my family it’s actually been lovely, having all of my children except one who’s moved out, in one place at the same time. But.....

Mind officially blown 🤯

Mind officially blown 🤯

Viral Post | Well, my mind is officially blown 🤯 The day I went viral. So this is how last Friday went: Filmed 5 new videos for my online students. Filmed 2 for my YouTube channel🙌🏻 Fran said to me “right Cakey Janet 🤣 (this is not my actual name but it seems to be...

One to One 🙌🏻

One to One 🙌🏻

Courses | One to Ones I actually always get a little bit nervous of my One to One classes ☺ I don’t know why because 99% of the time they are just brilliant and I always go home buzzing. I suppose it’s because it’s one person you are spending 4 hours with and making 4...

✨ Rising stars ✨

✨ Rising stars ✨

Courses | Training As you are all aware I now have a training school and this training school is not just for me! Eeeeeek Having taught over 1000 students now there are a few that stood out and caught my eye right from the off.  It’s not just about the work they...

Me, myself and I? Not anymore?! 💪🏻

Me, myself and I? Not anymore?! 💪🏻

The Taylor Family | Location Having just got back from a much needed family holiday of a lifetime it’s full steam ahead with my business again. It’s the first holiday we’ve had abroad for 15 years, and the first holiday I have ever been on where I didn’t want to come...

DON’T GO MAD

DON’T GO MAD

Supplies | Orders | Business Suggestions When I look back at when I first set up my business I cannot believe the amount of products I bought. You can get easily sucked into compulsive spending.  I have 20 rolls of cellophane, all different brands of colouring,...

Designing & Organisation

Designing & Organisation

Customers | Orders | Business Suggestions I’m often asked how I come up with my designs! The answer is go into supermarkets and look at bunch of real flowers 💐 Instagram is also amazing for following florists who have just as much passion for real flowers as I do for...

Bakers Social Media Etiquette

Bakers Social Media Etiquette

Posting | Tagging | Business Suggestions I posted a question on Instagram a few weeks back, asking what other bakers thoughts were on business etiquette? ie. what were their feelings on tagging another business if they were inspired by them? The post said "Hello you...

You get more with sugar than with spice

You get more with sugar than with spice

Courses | Orders | Business Suggestions As you can imagine, on a daily basis I am asked 50 million questions via all of my social media platforms.. I love this because clearly people are loving my cupcake flowers and I get to interact with my wonderful followers.....

Know your worth

Know your worth

Customers | Orders | Business Suggestions | Pricing This is a topic of conversation for many small businesses, I am very lucky in the sense that this has only happened to me three times in three years so that's not bad going really, however, when it does happen it...

What’s new for 2019

What’s new for 2019

Courses | Orders After a well earned and very much needed break over the Christmas period it’s now full throttle with Taylor Made Cake Courses 🌟 Why have I redesigned my course structures? I have listened to feedback, and decided to improve and move on from last year,...

Last Class of 2018

Last Class of 2018

Never when I started teaching in February did I think I would love it as much as I do! Even though I obviously have to be professional and teach everything I possibly can in the 4 hours! There is and always will be so much laughter. My older girls sometimes have to be...

To shoot or not to shoot? The importance of a good photograph…

To shoot or not to shoot? The importance of a good photograph…

Customers | Advice | Business Suggestions | Photography To shoot or not to shoot ? The importance of a good photograph!!! Since I have started my business and running the piping courses, I’ve been made very aware of the importance of good photographs! I have taught...

Choosing your colours…

Choosing your colours…

Customers | Design | Orders | Business Suggestions I’m often asked how I achieve my colours in my cupcake bouquets? 99% of the time I use Rainbow Dust Progel colours they are fantastic for achieving all shades! For a very pale, subtle shade you use the tiniest amount...

Running a Small Business From Home

Running a Small Business From Home

Customers | Orders | Business Suggestions | Advice I’d love to say it’s all 'rosey' (pardon the pun) running a small business by yourself but sometimes it just isn’t 🤣 I absolutely love creating new bespoke cupcake bouquets for each and every customer, working out...

Why choose to learn with me rather than somewhere else?

Why choose to learn with me rather than somewhere else?

Courses | Orders | Business Suggestions When I started my cake business I never expected to be in the position I’m in now! Once I had perfected the bouquets, by this I mean lots of tears, frustration and slog the orders were rolling in and before I knew it I was...

Christmas

Preparing for Christmas 🎄

Preparing for Christmas 🎄

ADVICE | ORDERS | BUSINESS SUGGESTIONS Christmas is a busy time of year as it is let alone preparing your orders to get out before Christmas Eve 😱 I’m hoping to make this a bit easier for you by giving you a breakdown of how to prepare for big events. I made so many...

Guest Blog- Taylor Made Trained

Guest Blog – The beginning of something beautiful…!

TMT Guest Blog | Taylor Made Trained | Student Blog I feel so lucky to have come across Taylor Made cake courses! I’m in my early twenties and since I was sixteen, I’ve have been stuck in a dead-end job earning minimum wage and have been massively undecided about...

Guest Blog- How to make self-raising flour out of all-purpose flour

Guest Blog- How to make self-raising flour out of all-purpose flour

GUEST BLOG | STUDENT BLOG | RECIPES If you live in the states like me and want to get your hands on self-raising flour, forget it — it’s not sold in grocery stores. No, it’s not self-rising flour, I’m talking about self-raising flour but did you know that you can...

Guest Blog – Never to late to learn!

Guest Blog – Never to late to learn!

GUEST BLOG | Emma Salisbury founder of Elegant Cupcakes by Emma A year to remember ….. So my background is beauty I’m a makeup artist based in Essex who has always loved to bake ... when covid hit in 2020 the effect on my business was huge and was efficiently shut for...

Follow Your Dream

Follow Your Dream

TAYLOR MADE TRAINED | GUEST BLOG | JANE TUCKER | BLOOMING MARVELLOUS CAKES How many times have we heard Jane say, ‘Go for it’, ‘You can do this’, well during lockdown I did! After being a stay at home Mum and trailing spouse for over 20 years, when we returned to the...

Guest Blog – My Inspiration

Guest Blog – My Inspiration

Guest Blog by The Posh Cupcake Company | Taylor Made Trained | The Posh Cupcake Company Baking is a love, a passion that I think about throughout the day and even dream about! I find myself looking into my garden and at nature and find inspiration from all of these...

How to link all of your Social Media Accounts

How to link all of your Social Media Accounts

Social Media | Advice | Business Suggestions PLEASE DON'T! Hi there, We are Frances & Emily from FES Enterprises and we are Jane's marketing team. Jane has asked us to do a little blog on the "Do's & Don'ts" of Social Media... So often we get asked how you can...

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