Probably the only good thing that Gov. Perry has signed since I moved to Texas, Senate Bill 81, the Cottage Food Law. Until I stumbled upon the Texas Baker’s Bill page recently, I had no idea it was illegal to bake a cake and sell it from your own kitchen, even to family or friends. I had just such a home baker bake and decorate my wedding cake. It was just what I envisioned and was delicious. Had no clue it was illegal though.
I’ve been reading several articles that portray the passing of this bill into law in two different lights.
The first camp is highlighting the necessity of the law, interview home bakers who would otherwise be subject to penalty prior to September 1st (though I’ve never heard of anyone being arrested for baking a freaking cake for someone!). Now these people, not just stay-at-home moms, can freely whip up a sweet dessert in their own ovens for you to buy. There are restrictions under this new law, but it’s a great place to start.
The second camp of articles are rather negative. At least one was written by a bakery owner, we’re not picking on her by celebrating the law but she certainly made it sound like home bakers were teasing her, like children on the playground at recess. This is the end of the road for established bakeries, they (the home bakers) will cut away our business… um no. There is still plenty of opportunity for commercial bakeries to maintain and grow their businesses. This law is meant for the small, local, friend-of-friend bakers who love to make cakes and other goodies on a small scale.
With the baking frenzy of the bake sale behind me and the holidays approaching, I’m thinking of opening up shop in my kitchen. Why not? It’s legal now. People always tell me how much they like my baked goods. So, I think I’m in.
If you could buy something from me that you’ve seen here on my blog, what would it be?