Types of Bakeries in Smithfield, Virginia
If you’ve searched Google for a local Smithfield bakery, you might have found various listings of bakers with a physical commercial location and others that don’t list an address – these are likely your home bakers. Now, the local bakeries can also be differentiated by the method of baking used – large batch or small batch baking. If you want to know what difference that makes, check out this article here.
Know what type of baker or bakery you’re going to be ordering from will give you the right expectations, as they are not the same. We’re not just talking about the size of the kitchen here – we’re talking about the light and airy texture, the moistness, and buttercream vs. fondant.
Qualifications of a Home Baker vs. a Comercial Bakery
Quite frankly, anyone can open a bakery if they gather the right licenses and permits. We’re not knocking the home bakers, but from experience in running a storefront bakery in Smithfield, there are some downsides to going with a home baker for something as important as say . . . your wedding cake.
First of all, let’s talk about the kitchen space used to bake these cakes. There are many tools involved in baking; that means home bakers will need a lot of space for storage. Clean space. Did you know home kitchen inspections can be passed even if there are animals living there? Hello stray dog hair . . . yikes!
Second, often times home bakers don’t have all of the licenses and permits required. That means that if something goes wrong with your order (i.e. wedding cake missing on your wedding day), you don’t really have a leg to stand on to go after the “business” to recuperate your losses.
Of course, there are awesome home bakers who do it right. Unless you know them personally or have a solid referral, it may be a risk to order a wedding cake or other cake from a home baker.
Large Batch vs. Small Batch Local Bakery in Smithfield
Now, storefront local bakeries are also differentiated by the techniques they use to bake your cakes. Bakeries like those in grocery stores or chain bakeries either use large batch baking techniques or get their goodies from commissary kitchens. This technique helps them keep cakes, cupcakes, cookies, etc. stocked and ready to be purchased any time a customer walks through the door. This also means that preservatives are used to keep these goods “fresh”, in case customers don’t clear the shelves in a day or two. Imagine serving up a birthday cake to your guests, that you bought on the last day of “freshness”. No, thank you. Large batches equal faster baking by substituting for convenience – like using liquid eggs instead of real eggs.
Small batch bakeries, like The Cake House, bake in small batches. Obviously, as the method name suggests. You won’t find ready-made cakes in our bakeries, as every single cake is made to order. The flavors are thoroughly incorporated throughout so you’ll taste the delicious factor in every, moist, light & airy bite. Our ingredients are real; we never substitute for something “more convenient” and we take the time to bake each cake with heart.
The Cake House Bakery in Smithfield
Finding a local bakery in Smithfield isn’t difficult – there are many. But, we guarantee our cakes because we fully stand behind our creations. Take a look at our customer reviews, people often rave about the taste of our cakes from the cake itself to the flavorful buttercream frosting. Our designs are completely made in-house by our staff and baked fresh for your event. Our daily bakery display case will never have birthday cakes ready to go, that’s how you know your cake is definitely going to be fresh (not an old cake that sat in the case waiting for a customer to purchase it).
Check Out Out Galleries of Beautiful Cake Designs
If you’re sold on the small-batch baking method, we use at our local Smithfield bakery, let our past cake designs in our galleries speak to your creative imagination. For any occasion, from a July 4th BBQ to a farmhouse-style wedding, we can create any cake, cupcake, or cookie designs you can think of. Like something in our gallery? We can do that. Found something on Pinterest? We can do that. Thinking of something but can’t find an example? Talk to us. We can help draw out this idea and turn it into reality. At The Cake House, there really is no limitation to your ideas when paired with our highly skilled cake designers and bakers.