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A Step by step guide for planning the perfect home bakery dessert menu

A Step by step guide for planning the perfect home bakery dessert menu

Planning the perfect menu for your home bakery is no easy task. Before you add your favorite dessert or pastry to your menu, you need to decide how your new bakeshop will profit, and stay organized as you design your menu. Let’s get started with…

The Secret to a Successful Home Bakery Business

The Secret to a Successful Home Bakery Business

The best way to grow your home bakery business is to fill your baking schedule with prepaid orders. If you’re ready to learn how to do this then keep reading because I’ll show you what successful home bakers are doing to have more profit and…

Do I Need an LLC to be a Legal Home-Bakery?

Do I Need an LLC to be a Legal Home-Bakery?

 If you are just getting started learning about how to have a legal home bakery, you’ve probably wondered if you need to form an LLC. In this post, I’ll answer some frequently asked questions and share my personal experience with forming an LLC for my baking business.

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. Keep in mind that I link these companies and their products because of their quality and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is entirely up to you

What kind of legal paperwork do you need for a home bakery?

Your state requirements are the first place to start when it comes to finding answers about your legal paperwork. You’ll need to know about :

  • Licenses
  • Permits
  • Taxes
  • Required courses
  • Business insurance

If you are looking for an all-in-one resource for learning about home bakery requirements, check out my Home Bakery Start-Up Bundle.

What is the difference between LLC and a sole proprietor?

Look, we didn't get into this because we want to be lawyers, right? Let's make this as simple and easy to understand as possible. There are several possibilities for how your business will be classified.

Is a Sole proprietorship right your home bakery?

This type of business formation is simple and inexpensive. It's easy to register, and easy to file your taxes by just including your business losses or gains on your personal taxes. Sounds good, right? Well, hold on. There are a few downsides to a sole proprietorship. What if you want to go into business with a partner? Of you have assets that you need to protect?

Does your home bakery need an LLC?

An LLC stands for a limited liability company, and it does just that. It limits your liability should something go wrong. An LLC separates your business assets from your personal assets. When it comes time to pay taxes, you will probably need help from an accountant or bookkeeper. The LLC actually does not pay taxes. You as the individual pays for the business income or loss.

Which business structure is right for your legal home bakery?

The best way to know which type of business structure is right for you is to consult a professional. When I first started out as a small bakery I was a sole proprietor. I did not have any employees and ran a fairly small operation. As the business grew, I needed more help running things. My accountant advised me when it was time to upgrade my business formation. I highly recommend using professionals like bookkeepers, accountants, and lawyers whenever needed. The DIY mindset can hold you back sometimes, and unless you have a background in legal matters it's best to leave that to the pros!

When should I switch from sole proprietor to LLC with my home bakery?

You may consider switching from your sole proprietorship to an LLC for a few reasons. If you started small and your business is growing you may have new needs.

  • Do you sell to a much bigger audience? That can increase your exposure and leave you feeling more vulnerable.
  • Are you selling to stores? Some states allow cottage bakers to sell to retail stores. You might want additional protection in this case.

Look at your situation and see if you are needing additional protection. You can also consider adding additional coverage to your insurance policy in these situations.

How do I file an LLC?

There are several steps involved that can get quite complicated including how you name your LLC, and written articles of organization and operating agreements. When I switched to an LLC in my baking business, I used a professional to do my filing for me.

Nowadays, you can complete the entire process online. Services like Zen Business offer fast and simple LLC formation as well as registering your sole proprietorship with the secretary of state for you. They deliver the completed documents to your Zen Business account dashboard and remind you when things need to be filed and renewed.

Summing it up

Starting up a legal home-based bakery takes some work, and it's important to protect yourself and do things the right way. Only you can say which type of business formation is right for your bakery business, but if you are like most home bakers, you want to protect yourself, your home, and your assets. You never know how big your business will grow, so if you start as a sole proprietor, you may eventually want to change your business structure to an LLC. Using online services to help file your papers quickly and accurately is the way to go!

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The Ultimate Guide to Writing a Bakery Business Plan

The Ultimate Guide to Writing a Bakery Business Plan

Are you ready to get all those bakery ideas out of your head and onto paper but you don’t know where to start? You’re going to want to read this full post because I’m breaking down the process of writing a bakery business plan that…

Adorable and Trendy Home Bakery Treats

Adorable and Trendy Home Bakery Treats

Adorable and Trendy Home-Bakery Treats Looking for inspiration and new ideas for trendy bakery treats to sell? Today I am super excited to showcase the creations of two home-based bakers. They will be sharing all the details of how they make these super cute Cookie…

The Biggest Mistake You Can Make When Choosing a Bakery Name

The Biggest Mistake You Can Make When Choosing a Bakery Name

Are you stuck on choosing a bakery name and it feels like all the good names are taken already? 

I’m going to share a very big mistake I made when naming my bakery that almost cost me everything! Read this article to the end to make sure you don’t make the same mistake. 

Does your bakery name really matter?

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, then you might know that I used to own a chain of cake and cupcake stores. When I originally opened my first store in 2007 I called it Daddy Cakes. My 4 year old actually came up with the name. I had been practicing my cupcake baking with three different size pans. While she played in the kitchen, putting colorful papers in the pans, she declared the smallest size was the baby and the jumbo was the daddy. As soon as she said it, I knew it was my new name. Daddy Cakes! I loved it and it passed almost all of my criteria for a great bakery name. but keep reading to the end to see what went wrong.

Three tips for choosing the perfect home bakery name

Naming your bakery is a big undertaking and only you will know when you land on the perfect name. You can avoid costly mistakes by picking a name that is easy to spell, making sure your bakery name clearly conveys your message and at the same time, helps you to stand out from the crowd. 

Choose a bakery name that is easy to spell

The first and perhaps most important tip is to have a name that is easy to spell. People will be searching for you online and you want their search to be quick and simple.  Capture their attention span by having a name that they can easily search and find.  

Find a name for your bakery that conveys your message

My second bit of advice is to choose a name that says what you do, without locking you into a too specific niche. You may decide to expand or add other product lines later. Broad categories are okay but don’t be too specific. 

Stand out from the crowd with an unforgettable bakery name

My third tip is to make yourself unforgettable! If you choose generic words like so and so’s sweet treats or confections your name will be hard to remember when the time comes to make a recommendation or get a call for repeat business. Find a way to stand out from the crowd and be memorable!

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What to do when you find a good bakery name

Now that you have found a good business name you’ll need to take a few steps to protect yourself and follow the laws. Checking to see if anyone else is using that name and then protecting it from anyone else using it are critical steps that you don’t want to skip. 

Check if  the name is available

The easiest way to see if your bakery name is available is to do a google search. See if anyone else is using the name, or the social media handles that you want. 

Check to see if the bakery name you want belongs to anyone

Even if you search google and don’t see any other businesses using your name, someone could be planning to use that name. Check to see if there are any registered owners of the business name by doing the following:

  • Search fictitious name registry in your state. Just search fictitious name+ your state. 
  • Check with the US Patent and Trademark Office to see if anyone has a trademark registered for the name you like. 

Protect your home bakery name 

To make sure that someone else doesn’t start using your name, or worse: steal your name, you need to register it. The exact ways vary from state to state, but here are some of the ways you can protect your home bakery name: 

  • See if your state requires you to list it as a DBA
  • Buy the domain name for your business name
  • Search “register a business in + your state” to see if there is a state registry
  • You can register your business with the IRS. Click here to learn how. 

 

The biggest mistake I made as a bakery owner

I mentioned at the beginning of the article that I made a very big mistake when naming my bakery that almost cost me everything! here’s the rest of the story:

I chose the name Daddy Cakes for my cupcake shop. After doing internet research, and not finding anyone using the same name, I registered it with my state and the IRS. 

For the first year, I was in a small shop in a small town, then I was asked to appear on the Food Network on a show called Cupcake Wars. That show brought me national exposure. A pancake company in a different state saw that I was using the name and decided to send me a cease and desist letter!

By the time I received it, I had already expanded my original store into a much bigger location and had plans underway to open my second store. Changing names just wasn’t an option. I had custom signage, logos, company vehicles, and merchandise all branded with the Daddy Cakes name.

It turns out that we both began doing business with the name in the same week of the same year. It was really hard to prove who used the name first, but this company had filed for a trademark before us. To make a long story short, the entire process of protecting the name cost over $18,000, and I ended up changing my name in the end! 

 

What’s the bottom line when it comes to naming a home bakery?

I hope you have been able to find some useful information. Choose a name that is easy to spell, that conveys a message, and is unforgettable at the same time. Take the time to check for the availability of the name and then register it to protect yourself. Most importantly, learn from my mistake. If I had read an article like this I may have saved myself lots of time and money. 

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Print Your Own Home Bakery Labels

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Everything you need to know about home bakery labels Would you like to learn how you can follow your state rules for home bakery labels and print your own labels at home? Today I’m sharing a video tutorial for how you can use free online…

5 ideas for starting a bakery from home in 2021

5 ideas for starting a bakery from home in 2021

Are you considering starting a bakery from your home? Gathering ideas and information can be so overwhelming. That’s why you’re going to love this list of 5 ideas that actually work! These systems are tested and proven successful by home bakers who are making money…

Top Three Tips for Designing a Bakery Logo

Top Three Tips for Designing a Bakery Logo

Are you planning a bakery and ready to design your bakery logo? Maybe you‘re hesitant to choose a theme because of so many bakery logos looking the same, or you wonder what style of bakery logo will be best for your baking business?

Today  I’m going to share three things I’ve learned about bakery logos and my experience with the logos I’ve used.

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What not to do with your bakery logo

The biggest mistake people make with bakery logos is thinking small. Think about all the ways you will use your logo. It needs to be reproducible in a variety of situations. Even if you are starting small, you will grow into a bigger business so the logo you design now should reflect what your bakery will be in 2-5 years. 

Choose a style of bakery logo

The first decision you need to make is to choose a style for your logo. The style you choose can reflect your style or the baked goods that you create. 

The vintage logo

Vintage bakery logos incorporate a nostalgic graphic that matches your homemade baked goods and gives people a comforting feeling. Visuals like a rolling pin, whisk, or an oven are paired with a nostalgic design.

The modern logo

Modern bakery logos are all about minimalist design and a good font choice. There are more white spaces and strategic uses of color that make this a popular choice. 

Consider a slogan to go with your bakery logo

Your brand voice

Think of your brand voice as little promises your brand makes to its customers. What is unique and special about your baking business that sets you apart? 

What you sell

Do you specialize in a particular product or have a specific niche? You can use that to create a slogan for your business and become more memorable to your customers. 

 

bakery logo

What not to do with your bakery logo

The biggest mistake people make with bakery logos is thinking small. Think about all the ways you will use your logo. It needs to be reproducible in a variety of situations. Even if you are starting small, you will grow into a bigger business so the logo you design now should reflect what your bakery will be in 2-5 years. 

Don't use fine print or small graphics on your logo

Choose a design that does not have too many small details. I learned my lesson the hard way and paid for several logo revisions because  I had small dots on my cupcake bakery logo. Picture your logo in many different applications. You will use your logo:

  • Printed on a banner
  • On business cards
  • Vinyl stickers or your car or shop window
  • Screen printed on a shirt 
  • Embroidered on an apron

Don't use an image that may change on your bakery logo

My second baking business was a cupcake shop and it had a logo with the top swirl of a cupcake. I still love that logo, but the design was implied cake. expanding into coffee, lunches and other foods can be harder when your logo denotes something different. 

The wrong font choice for your bakery logo

In my baking businesses, my first logo was a vintage reproduction of an old family logo. It had a font that was available on most software programs and that made it easier to reproduce. This comes in handy when you need:

  • Company t-shirts
  • Printed brochures and business cards
  • Merchandise to sell

How to design your bakery logo

You don’t need to be a graphic designer to have a bakery logo. There are many options available for bakery logo creation. 

Have someone make it for you

One option for your bakery logo is to pay to have someone design it for you. There are several options with price ranges for any budget. Check out these graphic design sources:

Design it yourself

You can use free graphic design resources to begin designing your logo. There are several options available. 

 

Summing it up

A great logo stands out and makes people remember you. Think about what you want people to remember most about you and incorporate that into a logo that reflects your style. Think about all the ways you will be using your logo now and in the future and make sure the graphics and font look good when you reproduce them. 

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Baker Shares Her Farmer’s Market Experience: Here’s What She Didn’t Expect

Baker Shares Her Farmer’s Market Experience: Here’s What She Didn’t Expect

How did a family farm that relied on the weekly farmers’ market pivot its business to continue to sell baked goods during the pandemic? If you are a baker or a farmer’s market vendor, looking for ways to adapt your business to the “new normal”…

5 Things Every Cottage Baker Needs in Their Home Bakery Kitchen

5 Things Every Cottage Baker Needs in Their Home Bakery Kitchen

You’ve made the decision to start your own baking business, but how do you get your home bakery kitchen set up for success? I’m sharing my best tips and top pics for supplies to help get you the organization, storage, and efficiency you need to…

Should You Make an E-commerce Website for Your  Baking Business?

Should You Make an E-commerce Website for Your Baking Business?

Do you need a website for your baking business but don't have a big budget for a web designer?

Would you like to learn how to create a free and easy website that allows your customers to order online, and choose to pick up or have delivery options?

You're in the right place because  I'm going to show you how you can create a free website that has online ordering functions to help you adapt your business to your customer's needs.

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. Keep in mind that I link these companies and their products because of their quality and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is entirely up to you

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Create your online store and start selling. Try it today at Weebly.com!

How to build an e-commerce website for your baking business 7 easy steps

In this website tutorial, I will be using Weebly to create an e-commerce website for demonstration purposes. If you would like to see what my finished website looks like, you can check it out here. This is the type of website we will be building, so make sure you like it before you get started.

Get prepared before you begin building your website

Building your website will seem less hectic if you are organized before you start.  Here is what you will need to build your website:

  • A few hours time
  • Your business menu with prices and descriptions
  • Photos of your products and a few behind the scenes images
  • Logo- helpful, but not required
  • Bank account information for payment processing
Selling home baked goods online step one

The first step is to set Up Your Weebly Account

To get started, you will need to set up a Weebly account. You can click here to get started. If you already have an account, you can sign in from this link as well.

I chose to use Weebly because I think they are great for small businesses. The templates are very customizable, their drag-and-drop building tools are simple, they have an easy to use online store for beginners or small businesses on a budget.

After you create an account you will be prompted to choose an account for business or personal. Look carefully at the screen and you will see that the business option is a Square account that will require you to purchase a domain name. For this tutorial, choose a personal account with Weebly.  You will still have the option to create a website with online ordering functions.

Weebly website for food business

The next screen you will see is going to ask about the functions you need from your website. Select the option for creating a website with an online store.

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Step two is to secure a Domain

Pick a simple domain name that identifies your business. Keep it short, simple, and obvious. If you already have a business name, you can search here to see if it is available as a domain name.

If you want to have a dot com domain name you will need to be on one of the paid levels for Weebly. Otherwise, you will have a .weebly.com after your domain if you remain on the free level of service.

You will have the option to upgrade your domain name at any time.

Step three online ordering website

Step number three is to add products to your website

This is where you tell a story about each one of your products as well as provide descriptions, prices, and any other important information. You'll want to have high quality, clear photographs. For tips on taking good food photos with your smartphone camera,  check out this recent article I wrote.

Add all of your products before moving on to the next step.

 

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Step number four is to set up your store page

Your store page contains information about your business like name, address, email and phone number. THis is also where you will enter a physical location to program your sales tax rate. YOu can access your store page by going to

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Step number five in creating a website for your baking business is to add categories

Categories help your customers navigate around your site and easily find what they are looking for. You can create categories like Cakes and Cupcakes, Bread, Cookies, and Celebrations. Remember that you can also put products in multiple categories.

To create your categories go to Items>Categories and group your items together in categories that make sense to your customers.

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Step number six is to set up Pick Up and Delivery

Weebly recently introduced the curbside pick up feature on their platform to meet the demands and needs of businesses during the pandemic. If you are selling food online, you can now enable curbside pick-up as an option for your customers.

Be sure to fill in the customer instructions for what to do when they arrive. You can have them text upon arrival, as well as give them instructions on parking, and average wait time.

Click set up> Pick Up> and toggle to enable curbside.

 

Weebly website for food business

You can also set pick up hours here. It won't affect store hours. Just set the pick-up days and times that you will offer to pick up.

Next, you will need to select a prep time. You can select a time that covers all orders or set up prep times at the item level. To set up times at the item level, go to the settings for each item.

Another thing you can do is limit the amount of an item that can be ordered. You can select pick up order limiting.

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Step Number Seven is to customize your website

Up until now, you have been working in the dashboard or backend section of your website. Now it is time to customize the photos and settings on your actual website.

Weebly has a very user-friendly drag and drop feature for customizing your website.

For a more in-depth tutorial on customizing your site, be sure to watch the accompanying video.

I will link it here asap.

 

Now you have a simple e-commerce website for your baking business

Now you've learned how to get started with your Weebly e-commerce account. As you have seen, it is easy to make changes, updates, and customizations to your site. With the help of online ordering, you can now meet the needs of your customers who want the option to have curbside pick up and even delivery.

Let me know in the comments how your website turned out and feel free to leave a link if you would like to show it off!

 

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The Complete Guide to Selling Baked Goods at the Farmers Market

The Complete Guide to Selling Baked Goods at the Farmers Market

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Complete List of Instagram Captions for Your Bakery

Complete List of Instagram Captions for Your Bakery

Are you a baker, blogger, or foodie who struggles to come up with interesting Instagram captions for your bakery posts? Are you looking for more engagement when you share the pictures of your baked goods? You’ll want to keep reading because I am sharing my…

Wedding Cake Business Made Easy

Wedding Cake Business Made Easy

Are you looking to grow your wedding cake business? Do you wish there was an easier way to keep track of deposits and payments made on your cake orders?

I’m going to share with you how the features of Square Payment Processing have dramatically helped me with invoicing, appointments, and payments.

Affiliate DisclosureIf you click on a link in this post and activate an account or buy hardware from Square, then I get paid. This is called an affiliate commission. It doesn’t cost you anything and you do not pay more for the product. This is how I make money from my blog and am able to continue to provide valuable content for my readers.

Create and send invoices for your wedding cake business

When I was first getting started in the wedding cake business, I used to hand write all my special orders and staple receipts to the contracts. I had a hard time keeping track of payments made and balances due. My customers would come in to make payments on their cakes and I wasn’t keeping all their information up to date .  It definitely did not give them confidence in me as their baker.

With Square I can create and send invoices right from my phone in a professional looking format.

Square keeps track of down payments and partial payments. I can also send a balance due with their final due date. This made my life so much easier and my customers appreciate it too.

Want to read more about taking special orders in your baking business? Click here.

Program automatic discounts

Part of my success at bridal fairs is offering a promotion to people who book with me on location. Some of the ways I like to use discounts are:

  • program a bridal fair discount and encourage them to book onsite. 
  • Offer incentives to book at cake consultations.

Square’s discount features are easy to set up and they are customizable too!

Growing your wedding cake business with a customer directory

Customers can go paperless by simply opting for a digital receipt and entering their email address at the time of check out.  Now every time I make a transaction, I’m building my email list! I can even add notes about my customer’s preferences in the customer directory.

  • Bride will be dropping off color swatches in March.
  • Best friend is picking up cake. 
  • Customer loves strawberry shortcake. Call her when we make it again.

This feature helps me to take great care of each customer and give them outstanding service.

Schedule tastings and consultations appointments

I have a little seating area in my bake shop for consultations. Although it is a small space, it’s where I do all of my consultations and do most of my bookings.  

I meet with my customers and they taste cake, look at photos and I give them quotes for their order. Although its a simple process, keeping my tastings booked helps me better fill my availability calendar.

Schedule tasting times online

No more lengthy phone calls and carrying around a calendar to book tastings. Now my customers can go online and choose the appointment that fits their schedule best. 

Send out an automated reminders

Reminders help me cut down on no-show appointments. The client gets a text message reminder several times before their appointment with me. 

Take a payment

I charge a fee for my wedding cake tastings  and with Square appointments, I can set it to require a payment at the time of scheduling. When I require a payment on a consultation it cuts down on my no-show clients. 

Customize consultation times

This is where I set the times that I am available for consultations. It varies throughout the year, so I update it as needed. During wedding booking season I try to do tastings more frequently. Square appointments lets me make seasonal changes to my appointment calendar.

Let’s wrap this up…..

Square Point of Sale, I’m a fan!

I’ve been able to see a big improvement in my custom cake business since using Square Point of Sale. It helps me book my custom cake calendar for the year.

I now sell more cakes and give better service to my clients. Now I have an easy way to take payments in full before pick up and delivery.

Click here to view all of the features Square has to offer

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Click here to get a Square Point of Sale for your baking

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How to Grow Your Local Following on Social Media

How to Grow Your Local Following on Social Media

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Photographing Baked Goods With Your Smartphone

Photographing Baked Goods With Your Smartphone

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Caramel Chocolate Mousse Pie

Caramel Chocolate Mousse Pie

I’m so excited to share this Caramel Chocolate Mousse pie recipe today! It has a no-bake filling that is completely homemade. You will not believe the amazing flavors in this pie thanks to real, high-quality ingredients like semisweet chocolate, real cream, and homemade dulce de leche caramel.

Homemade does not have to mean hard. If you are ready to learn the simple steps to making your own caramel at home, and a baker’s shortcut for a no-fail three ingredient chocolate mousse, then read to the end for all the tips and shortcuts so that you can make this chocolate lovers dream pie.

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If you are ready to master the art and science of pie baking, check out my ebook. Bake Better Pies: My Secrets to Baking Pie Likes Pro.

Caramel chocolate mousse pie recipe

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So many things to love about this caramel chocolate mousse pie

Caramel chocolate mousse pie recipe

Bittersweet chocolate mousse

I am going to admit something that always shocks people . . .

I don’t actually like chocolate. ( insert gasping emoji here..)

Trust me when I say that this chocolate mousse is really, REALLY good! It isn’t overly sweet so the quality of the chocolate you use really shines through.

Because its got only three ingredients: lots of melted chocolate, powdered sugar and whipped cream, it is thick and velvety and just dissolves on your tongue.

The texture of this mousse is what makes it for me. Seriously, it may turn me in to a chocolate lover afterall!

Hidden caramel layer

I’m going to show you a caramel recipe that you literally CAN NOT MESS UP. Im my bakery days, I had so many bakers scortching the caramel that I needed an easier method. ( in their defense, true caramel can be tricky) We arrived at this cook in the can method and I have used it ever sense.

I love this caramel because it is thick enough to spread on the bottom of the baked pie shell. Its hidden under the chocolate mousse and when you take a bite of the flaky crust, the caramel sauce and the chocolate mousse, you get a flavor combination that tastes like a Twix Candy!.

Homemade flaky crust

When it comes to pie crust, homemade really does taste better. I’ve got a full tutorial on how to blind bake a pie crust for use with a no bake filling. Click here to read that post.

Prep in advance

Although this recipe is simple, there are a few things that you can do to make it easier. Preparing the caramel and pie crust in advance will help your pie come together flawlessly.

Caramel that cooks itself in a crock pot

This caramel sauce is made by cooking sweetened condensed milk right in the can! Don’t worry, it will not burst open or explode. I find that the easiest way to do this is in a crock pot.

Here are the steps to make Caramel Dulce De Leche:

  1. Remove the label from the can.
  2. Place the can in a crock pot (or in a sauce pot on low) and completely cover in water.
  3. Cook for 3-5 hours on low, adding more water as needed to keep the can completely covered.
  4. Allow the can to cool before opening.
  5. You do not need to refrigerate this until you open the can. Once opened refrigerate for up to 6 days.

Pre-make your pie dough the day before

In my ebook Bake Better Pies: My Secrets to Baking Pie Likes Pro. I discuss all the steps to making an award winning flaky pie crust. One of those steps is to mix the dough and let it rest. When you do that, it will bake up flakier and not shrink back when it’s baked. That’s important when you want to blind bake a pie shell, like in this recipe.

Here are the steps for pre-making your pie shell:

  1. Mix your pie dough using my flaky pie crust recipe.
  2. Form the dough into a ball, flatten into a disc and wrap in plastic.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  4. Roll out the dough and shape it in the pie plate.
  5. Put the crust back in the fridge for 15-30 minutes to cool.
  6. Blind bake the crust by lining it with foil, filling with pie weights (I use dry beans) and baking for 20 minutes at 350°
  7. Remove the foil and beans and bake for another 5-8 minutes or until the bottom of the crust is no longer doughy.
  8. Allow to cool before filling.

Making the caramel chocolate mousse pie

My three-ingredient chocolate mousse

While this isn’t a “true” chocolate mousse, you’re taste buds are not going to care! It has only three ingredients: a high quality chocolate ( look for for anything over 50%), powdered sugar, and heavy whipping cream.

The steps for making this chocolate mousse are:

  1. Chop the chocolate into small pieces and place in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Heat 1 cup of the cream until it begins to simmer, remove from heat and pour over the chocolate pieces.
  3. Whisk until all the chocolate is melted. ( reserve 2 tbsp of this chocolate ganache for garnish later)
  4. Allow to cool while you whip the remaining cream and powdered sugar together to form soft peaks. (it helps if you keep the cream cold until you are ready to whip it) Soft peaks means that if you pull the whip away from the cream, the tip of the foamy cream will hold its shape and droop over slightly.
  5. Making sure that the chocolate is not hot, and the cream is soft peaks gently fold half of chocolate mixture into the cream. When it is fully combined, fold in the remaining half.
  6. Reserve 1 cup of chocolate mousse for garnish later)

Assemble the caramel chocolate mousse pie

Now it is time to assemble this delicious pie!

Into the blind baked pastry shell, spread the caramel.

Caramel chocolate mousse pie recipe
Brown Butter Blondies step two

Top the caramel with the chocolate mousse filling. Begin by mounding it all in the center of the pie, and gently smooth it out to the edges, without touching the fluted crust.

Brown Butter Blondie three

Decorate the top of the pie using the reserved 2 Tbsp ganache, and the 1 cup chocolate mousse.

First drizzle the ganache over the smoothed top of the pie. (If your ganache has thickened, warm in in the microwave for about 10-20 seconds)

Next, using a star shaped pastry tip, pipe 8 rosettes symetrically around the top of the pie.

Caramel chocolate mousse pie recipe
Caramel Chocolate Mousse Pie

Caramel Chocolate Mousse Pie

Delicious chocolate mousse and dulce de leche caramel in a homemade no bake pie.
Prep Time 3 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Equipment

  • Crock pot or sauce pan, pie plate, rolling pin, electric mixer with whip attachment

Ingredients
  

Caramel Dulce De Leche

  • 1 can Sweetened condensed milk

Chocolate Mousse

  • 4 cups Heavy whipping cream split into 1 cup, and 3 cup measurements
  • 2 cups Semi-sweet chocolate pieces chopped
  • 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar

Instructions
 

To Make the Caramel Dulce de Leche

  • Remove the label from the can. Place the can in a crock pot (or in a sauce pot on low) and completely cover in water.
  • Cook for 3-5 hours on low, adding more water is needed to keep the can completely covered.
  • Allow the can to cool before opening.

To Make the Chocolate Mousse

  • Chop the chocolate into small pieces and place in a medium sized bowl.
  • Heat 1 cup of the cream until it begins to simmer, remove from heat and pour over the chocolate pieces.
  • Whisk until all the chocolate is melted. (reserve 2 tbsp of this chocolate ganache for garnish later)
  • Allow to cool while you whip the remaining 3 cups of cream and powdered sugar together to form soft peaks.
  • Making sure that the chocolate is not hot, and the cream is soft peaks gently fold half of chocolate mixture into the cream. When it is fully combined, fold in the remaining half. Reserve 1 cup of chocolate mousse for garnish later)

Assemble the Pie

  • Spread the caramel on the bottom of the blind baked pie shell.
  • Mound the chocolate mousse in the middle of the caramel and gently level it and spread out to the sides of the pie, trying not to touch the fluted edges.
  • Drizzle the extra chocolate over the top of the pie, and symetrically pipe the extra mousse in 8 rosettes around the pie.
Keyword Caramel, chocolate, No Bake, Pie

Caramel Chocolate Mousse Pie

Now you know the no fail Caramel Dulce de Leche technique and my shortcut thre ingredient chocolate mousse recipe. Give this Caramel Chocolate Mousse Pie a try the next time you want to satisfy that chocolate craving! Let me know in the comments what kind of chocolate you will be using!

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If you enjoyed this recipe, check out some of my other pie recipes like my Easy Dutch Apple Pie or my First Place Strawberry Shortcake Pie

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