Bakers You Can Trust
You wouldn’t pay to eat out at a restaurant, no matter how great it looked, if you knew it wasn’t being kept clean, the staff weren’t maintaining food hygiene standards, and there were no measures in place to protect you from allergens, and contaminates. So why should the cakes and bakes you buy be any different? We’re not talking about fairy cakes made by your Grandma for a charity bake sale, these celebration cakes are often the centrepiece of an event, so you want to make sure it’s been made by a high quality, fully registered and insured baker.
At On The Cake Stand, we want you to enjoy your bakes with confidence, so there are a number of requirements that all of our bakers have to meet to feature on our site. All of our bakers are registered with their local authority with a high hygiene rating, have completed Food Hygiene and Safety training and are fully insured. So, whether you’re sending some brownies to a friend, or ordering a 3 tiered cake for your wedding, you can relax knowing you are in great hands!
By law, all bakers are required to register their premises with the local authority’s environmental health service, at least 28 days before they start trading. However, this is very difficult to regulate and many bakers are trading unregistered. It costs nothing and the registration can’t be refused, so there’s no excuse! Someone will visit the baker’s home to check their food preparation area, although as the pandemic has created a large backlog and baker’s kitchens are considered low risk, many bakers are awaiting inspections, or have submitted hygiene safety plans instead.
Although a food hygiene certificate isn’t compulsory by law, it’s strongly recommended by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). All of our bakers have completed at least a Level 2 course in Food Hygiene and Safety, with a certificate to prove it. They will be keeping their premises clean and in good condition, and be up to date on the rules they need to follow including protection against contamination and pest control. If you’re selling food produce, food hygiene and safety is just as important in a home kitchen as it is in a Michelin star restaurant!
Again, insurance isn’t required by law, but it’s a great idea for bakers to have it. Public liability and product liability insurance cover bakers if someone becomes ill after eating their bakes or if they accidentally damage a customers property when delivering their bakes. It’s a very unlikely occurrence, but not only does it protect the baker, it protects you.
There’s a lot more that goes into running an independent baking business that meets the eye, but it’s a good idea to be clued up on what you’re buying. It’s not always easy to find out a baker’s credentials, but we manually check all of our baker’s documents so you don’t have to worry.
Make sure you enquire through On The Cake Stand to find a baker you can trust!