Monday, November 3, 2014

HOLIDAY SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR HOMEBAKERS


So you really enjoy baking and have mastered several recipes. Friends and family members who have sampled your goods keep bugging you to start accepting orders. Why not? You bake a mean pie and everyone loves it. Unsure of how to begin? Below are some tips that might help things along.

1. HAVE A SIGNATURE DESSERT

Source: http://www.oprah.com/food/Create-Your-Signature-Dessert-Style/2

When you’re a homebaker, without a real store or a marketing budget, you rely on one thing to get the orders coming in – word of mouth. It’s a friend telling a friend what a fantastic baker you are and passes your number along. So here’s how it will typically go, “Hey, guess what, my friend, who makes the best _____________ ever, is accepting orders for Christmas.” What is that one thing you make that everyone can’t stop gushing about? Focus on that as your signature dessert, or in simpler terms, your specialty. 

For more about how to create your 'Signature Dessert' click here.

2. DEVELOP YOUR HOLIDAY MENU

Sample Holiday Menu

You NEED to have a menu. Christmas rush for homebakers tend to be concentrated on the second and third week of December. When you are operating in a home kitchen, with just another person or two to help you, you cannot make cakes, cupcakes, cookies, cheesecake, ensaymada, polvoron, and macarons all for delivery on the same bloody day. You need to be organized and systematic, to maximize your space and your manpower on these critical days. If you’re new in this game, I suggest having a short list, no more than 5 items.

The first item should be your signature dessert, your specialty. Also include in your menu a ‘WOW’ item – an item that will be an impressive gift to Ninongs & Ninangs, or a fantastic contribution to a Christmas dinner among friends or family. Examples of ‘WOW’ items – Food for the Gods, a multi-layered sinful chocolate cake, a salted caramel ______, anything with real chocolate, walnuts, or cream cheese. Since this is 2014, target price point for ‘WOW’ item is P 500.00 or more. If your 'WOW' item is also your signature dessert, bonus points for you.

Next should be a more modest gift suggestion, maybe for neighbors or old friends. It can be a smaller version of the ‘WOW’ item, priced at around P300.00. Or it can be a dozen cupcakes, a loaf, a yema cake, or half a tray of brownies.

Also include an item which would be good ‘TOKEN GIFTS’ to be given to teachers, classmates, co-workers. No more than P100.00, this can be decorated sugar cookies, cake pops, a cupcake or two, a 3-inch cake, a giant cookie, or a small box of mini cookies.



3. GET BOOKINGS EARLY

Make a sample of each of your items and package it AS YOU WOULD SELL IT in Christmas. Take photos, do your costing, and start advertising as early as possible. Post it in FB, IG, or email your friends. If you decide to join bazaars, make sure you have flyers or business cards for your potential customers.

Try to get confirmed bookings as early as possible. To this end, maybe you can offer early bird discounts to those who will order by a certain cut-off. This will enable you to plan your days ahead and get as much work done as early as possible. Some work that you can do ahead of time: making sugar decors, pre-folding boxes, preparing your ribbons.

Wrapping a Christmas belt around a plain box in lieu of ribbons saves time.
This also makes it easier to stack and deliver multiple boxes at a time.

Some bakers have a “no downpayment, no baking” policy and this makes a lot of business sense. Your rules maybe more relaxed if your clients are mostly friends and relatives.

4. STOCK UP ON NON-PERISHABLES



Once you have confirmed orders, go shopping! If you anticipate more orders, buy extra. Nuts can be stored in the freezer and packaging materials can be kept for later use. This saves you from making unnecessary multiple trips back to the baking supply store IN THE MIDDLE OF DECEMBER when traffic is horrible and you’d rather be at home baking.



5. KEEP IT FRESH

Do you know why everyone in your household SWEARS that yours is the best _____ they’ve had EVER? Because chances are, you and your spouse or children ate them FRESH OUT OF THE OVEN. There’s no going around it. Freshly baked goods LOOK AND TASTE better. Baked goods that have been left uneaten too long just make you fat. Frankly, it’s just a waste of your time and ingredients because NOBODY WANTS TO EAT THEM. Do yourself some justice and BAKE IT JUST IN TIME. 

Source: http://www.liveluvcreate.com/image/life_is_better_with_fresh_baked_cookies-233881.html

6. PUT YOUR NAME ON IT

Once you have created a line-up that you’re proud to call your own, put your name on it. Have stickers printed or make your own. If you’re not ready to give your enterprise a name, just say, “From the Kitchen of _________________ “ or “Freshly Baked by________________” and put your contact info.


7. KNOW WHEN TO SAY NO

Remember, your capacity is limited. The same is true for every bakery in the planet. They just have more (capacity) than you. Determine how many trays of brownies can go in and out of your oven on a given day and work from there. If you’ve committed to an overwhelming amount of orders on a given day, STOP ACCEPTING ORDERS FOR THAT DAY. Politely state your predicament and offer to bake it on another day. This is BETTER than failing to deliver, getting sick or giving your customer OLD baked goods. Your customer will respect your dedication to maintaining freshness and quality and hopefully, tell their friends about it.


HAPPY BAKING!

RM Boxes
3132 First Street
Sta. Mesa, Manila
sales@rmboxes.com
www.rmboxes.com

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Novel Christmas Box Shapes for 2013


For this year's holiday collection, we've added some nice multi-dimensional Christmas boxes to hold your delectable treats. While regular boxes are functional, elegant and serve their own purpose, multi-dimensional boxes are eye-catching, dynamic, memorable and fun. They literally stand out and are easily noticeable in any store, bazaar table, or noche buena spread, and need little additional trimming except a gift card.

We have our 3D Treat Boxes which are cone shaped boxes with a hexagon base. It comes in 3 varieties - Santa Claus, Merry Christmas, and Christmas Balls.


 It is ideal for small candies, chocolates, yema, polvoron, pastillas and other yummy treats. Perfect for token gifts for classmates, officemates, etc.

Our Poinsettia Box gets a modern update with our new "Merry Christmas" design.

Perfect for cookies, individually-wrapped bars, polvoron, or even a mug with some gourmet coffee or tablea.


The new 3D Gift Box is a gorgeous 2-piece ensemble with a sleek inner box, and a decorative outer box designed to look like a ribbon with a poinsettia top. This box is a complete package in itself and needs little more than a card attached with a gold cord through a hole provided on top. Made using the best Foldcote material and printed in luxurious gold and red, this box is designed to impress. Put your best goodies - Belgian Chocolate Truffles, Food for the Gods, gourmet cookies, etc.

Christmas will not be complete without a beautiful tree. We reprise one of our bestsellers from previous years - the Christmas Tree box.


Merry Christmas!

Christmas boxes designed and manufactured by RM BOX CENTER.
Proudly Philippine made.

RM Boxes
3132 First Street
Sta. Mesa, Manila
sales@rmboxes.com
www.rmboxes.com

Friday, August 2, 2013

Fun Party Cupcake Stands


Add a pop of color to your themed dessert buffets with our new 3-Tier Party Cupcake Stand.

Our 3-Tier Party Cupcake Stand comes in three varieties:


Katie Pink 
Perfect for ultra-girly parties such as bridal showers, baby girl showers, little girl's birthday parties.


Katie Blue
Ideal for little boy parties, baby boy showers. Also great for under-the-sea inspired parties such as the one featured here.


Katie Green
Great for parties with outdoorsy themes such as Safari, Farm, Camping, Hiking, Soccer, Baseball, etc.

Three possible combinations in one set
Each Party Cupcake Stand comes with beautifully coordinated double-sided reversible tiers. One side is a beautiful solid color, and the other a dainty cloisonne print in a lighter shade. You may opt to use the solid color or the lighter printed side or mix them up for a more casual look.

Creating a themed dessert buffet has never been more fun and exciting. At just Php 198.00 per set, it has also never been more affordable.

The 3-Tier Party Cupcake Stand is another quality product brought to you by RM Boxes under the RM Party Essentials Line. Proudly Philippine made.

RM Boxes
3132 First Street
Sta. Mesa, Manila
sales@rmboxes.com
www.rmboxes.com

Saturday, May 18, 2013

RM Boxes 2013 Sale



 Good day! RM Box Center will be having a SALE on May 20-25, 2013. Up to 50% discount on selected items. Visit us at 3132 First St., Sta. Mesa, Manila. Hurry! Limited stocks only! See you! 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Cake Pops for You!




This Valentine’s day, in lieu of traditional flowers, how about making a Cake Pop Bouquet?



Our new Cake Pop Pot is the perfect packaging for your beautifully crafted Cake Pop Bouquet.


The Pot is made of elegantly printed cardboard with a solid color on one side and a dainty design on the other.  5 fun combinations to choose from: Red and Gold, Pomelo and Blush Pink, Aqua and Light Aqua, Hunter Green and Pistachio Green, Gold and Silver. Each Pot can fit up to 9 Cake Pops and comes with a pre-cut liner to help guide the Cake Pops in.


Secure the base of the pot with a Styrofoam block, covered chocolates, pebbles or any suitable material. A clear OPP plastic bag tied with colorful ribbons completes the package. (Styrofoam block, plastic bag, ribbons, other accessories sold separately).



A Cake Pop Bouquet will also brighten up a children’s party and make a great party favor.

Another original packaging concept brought to you by RM Box Center. Proudly Philippine made.


RM Boxes
3132 First Street
Sta. Mesa, Manila
sales@rmboxes.com
www.rmboxes.com