This has been a tough week for me.
I have been operating my at-home bakery business under an exemption from the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets as a “home processor” since April 2006.
After I attested that I was still operating the business this year, I received a call this week to cease operating Emoticakes as a home processor. In January 2013, they changed their policy, prohibiting a home processor from making specialty items such as birthday cakes, per order. Further, they disallow selling directly to consumers from my home. As of this writing, I could still sell at “wholesale marketing or retail agricultural venues, which includes farms, but excludes food stands that are not located on a farm or at an ag-related event.”
At this point, I’m weighing my options. Call it a cake-sabbatical.
If I’m to continue baking the custom cakes I’m known for, I’ll need to either create a wholly separate kitchen in my home (something we don’t have the space for), acquire my own commercial space and have it certified by the health department, or rent space from a certified commercial kitchen.
In the meantime, I hope you find inspiration on this site for your own creations. I hope to be back someday, making more delicious cakes!