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Thursday, 23 May 2013

Cooling and Packing Equipment - Baking Equipment in Kenya Explained

For our last post in our Baking Equipment in Kenya series. We will share information on our cooling and packing equipment used. If you haven't already read them, check out our other posts on: Ovens, Pans, Measuring Tools, Mixing Tools and Cake decorating equipment.


After baking, you should remove the pan from the oven and let it cool for at least 15 minutes. You should then use a spatula to remove the cake, bread, etc; from the pan and set it on a cooling rack to cool completely before serving, frosting or packing it.
Cooling Rack

Cooling racks are usually made of stainless steel and are available in any kitchen-ware or bake-ware shop in Nairobi. You can also try out major supermarkets such as Nakumatt or Tuskys. They should range from Kshs. 200 and above.


You can also use trays to cool your cupcakes, cookies or breads. They are very economical and easily available in shops or supermarkets. They are made from plastic or stainless steel in small to large sizes.
They range from Kshs. 150 and above depending on size, material and quality. Find them in kitchen ware, bake-ware shops or major supermarkets.

Steel Tray (Courtesy: mpbs.com)
Tongs are a necessary tool when picking up any cooling or cooled products to pack or for serving. They are also easily available in kitchen-ware or bake-ware shops as well as most major supermarkets. They are available in plastic or stainless steel material.
Plastic Tongs (courtesy: caterfor.co.uk)

They range from kshs. 150 to 1,000 depending on size, material and quality.
Stainless Steel Tongs (Courtesy: apartment37.blogspot.com)


If you would like to pack your baked goods you will need packing papers. They are available in plastic and brown paper bags.
Brown paper bags (Courtesy: gretchenmiller.wordpress.com)
They are used for un-frosted cakes, breads, cookies and cake loaves. They are available at shops that sell packaging materials such as Kachra Jivraj and Asami Ltd located in Nairobi off Moi Avenue opposite The Bazaar Building.
Shiny packing paper we use on our breads
They are sold in packages of 50 or 100 pieces, ranging from Kshs. 125 to Kshs. 2,000 depending on size and material.

For cakes and pizzas, you can use boxes to pack and transport them. They are made of light card board material.
Small Cake boxes
They are available in small to large sizes, varying from 4 1/2" to 16" boxes for cakes. They cost from Kshs. 10 to Kshs. 80.
Pizza boxes are mainly available in 8" to 14" sizes; ranging from Kshs. 45 to Kshs. 95.
Pizza boxes (Courtesy: newmethodpacking.com)

For cakes, they need to be placed on a cake board for better carriage and frosting. Just like the boxes, they range from 4 1/2" to 16" sizes and cost from Kshs.10 to Kshs. 100 only.
Cake Boards (courtesy: pastrychef.com)

They are available at shops that sell packaging materials such as Kachra Jivraj and Asami Ltd as well in Nairobi. Topserve Ltd also offer cake boards and boxes as well.

Hopefully this will be helpful to you in  your baking endeavors and to help in packing and  transporting cakes.
This post is the last one in the Baking Equipment in Kenya Series, it has been fun sharing with you all. If you have any suggestions or any requests on any equipment we may have missed out, let us know. Thanks.

If you would love to join our baking classes and learn how to bake with a charcoal oven, please visit our Baking Classes webpage.
To read more on starting a baking business, get our book: "How to startup a small baking business successfully". Click here to find out where it is stocked and the price.

You can also email us: amaribreads@gmail.com or Call/Text:0701796688

Sunday, 19 May 2013

7 Tips on how to start a Home-Baking business in Kenya

We've noticed a lot of comments and feedback from all our wonderful blog readers, mostly on those who want to start baking at home or in a small scale.

Since we are also a home-based bakery workshop and we love to help our fans, we want to give a few tips on how to get started. We hope this helps out any entrepreneurs who are bakers out there.

 Tip No. 1: - Do a lot of Market Research:

If you decide that you will sell baked products, select a target market of the types of customers you would like to sell your products. It is also important to select a location you would like to concentrate and sell your products in and of course; the products you would specifically like to have in your menu. We explain more on this in our Bakery Business Startup Book.


 Tip No. 2: - Get the required equipment:

Make a list of the basic equipment you will need to get started. You can read all our posts on  Baking Equipment in Kenya to get an idea of the required: Pans, Ovens, Mixing equipment, Measuring equipment and Cake decorating equipment.
Muffin pan

Tip No. 3: - Buy in Bulk:

For all your required raw materials such as flour, sugar, eggs etc. Make sure you buy in wholesale shops; they are sold at a cheaper price than in retail stores. Make sure you get price quotations from wholesale shops nearby to get the best bargain for all your purchases.
For more information on ingredients used in commercial baking, visit our Baking For Business Page.
Buy flour in bales

Tip No.4: - Have Consistent Recipes:

When you decide what kind of products you will sell in your menu, try out all your recipes and taste test them. When you have the desired results, record all your recipes and keep them standard for consistency throughout the menu.

Amari line of Coconut products

Tip No.5: - Get Business Permits and Licenses:

When you are fully prepared and want to start your business; get the required licenses and permits.
You should make sure your business has a name and it's registered. There are two ways of doing it: you can simply start by registering your business name, it's a simpler more economical procedure. Just go to the Huduma centre in your area and first do a name search for at least 3 names; it costs Kshs.100 for each name. Then about five days later it should be ready, you then pay to register the name that passed, it should cost around Kshs. 850. You wait about one week and your registered business name certificate will be ready for collection.
The second option is to register as a company, for that you will  require the services of a lawyer. It costs from Kshs. 25,000 to 50,000; depending on the lawyer or advocates firm you use. They do all the required activities to ensure registration of your company and you get a certificate of incorporation after completion of the process.
You will need an annual business license to run a bakery which starts at around Kshs. 8,000 per year for a bakery from the City Council (Depends on size of your bakery). You also require Food Handlers' Certificates for yourself (If you're baking) and any other employees, they are Kshs. 1,000 for every six months. You will also require a Food & Health Certificate for your kitchen; your kitchen gets inspected by a city council officer and approved, about Kshs. 7,000. You will also need a Fire Certificate for your premise, find out from your area city council officer how much it will cost per year.
For any more information you should visit your area City council office and find an officer to explain all the necessary licenses and permits required for your business.

 Tip No.6: - Marketing is Important:

Make sure you have a great marketing plan in place.
Get a website for your bakery to put all your products, prices and any other information on any services you offer. It is also advisable to get a blog and post frequently.
You should also create at least two social media pages in order to connect with your customers and potential customers and keep in touch with them, keep them updated on any new products or sale as well as for customer service purposes.
Get a FB page
Get a Twitter account

Make sure you are constantly marketing your business to keep customers coming.

Tip No.7: - Have a passion for Baking and for Business:

If you would like to start your own business, make sure you have a passion for baking and for business. Passion is necessary because it will keep you going and no matter how bad things are, you will never give up. It keeps you courageous when things are very tough and don't seem to be going your way. Make sure to be open-minded and always willing to learn.

If you would love to learn how to bake, especially with a charcoal oven, sign-up for any of our Baking classes or even to refresh yourself on baking. Visit our Baking Classes Page for more information on currently scheduled classes. Click here for a list of all our available Baking short Courses.

If you would like to book for our next bakery business training workshop, go to our Workshops page and find out the date, cost and topics being covered to get the business training you require to start your bakery business.
We also have a book: "How to startup a small baking business successfully" - Click here to find out where it is stocked and pricing details. This will help you on your journey to starting a baking business.
You can also e-mail us at: amaribreads@gmail.com
Call/text/whatsapp - Maureen at: 0701796688

If you still want to start your home-baking business in Kenya, make sure you are fully prepared. Good luck with your baking business and all the best ^_^