The mixer paddle, of course!
I’ve been so deeply engrossed in the business side of Dancing Bee (licenses, food permit, food safety, labeling requirements, ingredient tracking and more) that it came as somewhat of a surprise when I got an actual order! Talk about so busy planning to do something that I forgot about actually doing it!
In this case, when I talk about the sugar hitting the paddle, I mean a lot of sugar. Enough for 2 half sheet cakes and all their frostings and decorations. That was a lot of sugar for certain. And of course, there’s all the sugar that hit the floor along the way. And the chocolate bits that dropped, and the flour that dusted down.
Most of all what I noticed is that I feel more in control when I’m sitting (or standing as is my habit) at the computer designing a label or logging ingredients than I by any means did when I was working on the cakes.
For instance, the computer cooperates fairly well with me, I’m lucky that way. But this week the powdered (confectioner’s) sugar didn’t get along with me at all! It insisted it was so dry it needed to suck up all the moisture out of the mixture, leaving me with this really stiff frosting. I added more water to my American Buttercream this week than I have ever added in my life, just to get some pipe-able or spreadable frosting. I kept adding a drop (not really) at a time, afraid I’d go too far and have watered down frosting, and the frosting kept being stiff and dry. More water, more fear I’d gone too far, until it was finally right.
All that on top of tracking ingredient lot numbers, measuring twice so I can bake once (so to speak), and trying to do a really good job because this customer was special. So very special: My first (yes FIRST) legitimate, legal customer for my newly licensed business! Wow, kabam, boom, buzz and whoopee!
So now you know: Dancing Bee is off the ground with it’s first order delivered. By the way, the second order is on the books.
Keep this up and we might break even in 10 years or so. Oops, better get onto some marketing! Darn, my business cards haven’t even arrived yet. Shoot. Gotta get this show on the road, talk to you later,
By the way, we’re ready to make the best cookies ever for you, if you’re in the Washoe Valley, Reno area. Reach us through the contact form on the right, or call 849-1917!