50 Clever Baking Business Ideas (2021)

50 Clever Baking Business Ideas (2021)

Interested to start a baking business but not quite sure what to start?

The good news is, there are so many opportunities to become an entrepreneur and build an innovative product/service in this line of work.

If you're looking to start your own baking business, there are several low-investment options you can choose from.

We put a list together below of the most profitable baking business ideas you can start today!

Here they are:

1. Start a gluten-free bakery business ($960K/year)

David Downing from Houston, TX, USA started ChipMonk Baking almost 3 years ago, a gluten-free bakery business.

  • Revenue: $80,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: Houston, TX, USA

Before starting ChipMonk in 2019 with my co-founder, Jose Hernández, I spent many years working in management consulting and the commercial aviation industry across various disciplines including audit, financial planning, project management, and competitive research. I guess you could say I’m a “numbers guy”. Over time, I became a bit disillusioned with working at large companies and started to migrate towards the world of startups. Most recently, I was working for a venture capital firm focused on investing in Houston-based startups with high potential.

While working there, I met Jose at one of the firm’s portfolio companies. He and I quickly bonded over our interest in health and exercise, and we ended up becoming roommates. Nearly every week, he and I would talk about wanting to do something on our own. It’s almost contagious when you work with startups and entrepreneurs daily. More often than not, the “great” ideas we had would quickly turn out to be duds after a few minutes of Google research.

Jose Hernandez (left) and David Downing (right), ChipMonk co-founders

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2. Start a subscription box business ($4.8K/year)

Lindsay Scholz from Saint Louis, Missouri, USA started Vowed Box Co. almost 4 years ago, a subscription box business.

  • Revenue: $400/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

I got married in 2016, and if we’re being honest, the entire process was overwhelming – the wedding industry is saturated with ideas and opinions on “how” you should celebrate your big day, but I quickly realized that getting married is not a one-size-fits-all process.

Honestly, my goal was to sell just one box the first week that the website went live, but I ended up selling five!

Leading up to my wedding, my friends had a difficult time finding bridal gifts that aligned with my interests and taste. I had never really dreamed of a big fancy wedding, and I definitely viewed myself as a non-traditional bride. On the flipside, I also had a hard time finding gifts and keepsakes for my bridesmaids – we were all a little bit quirky, and a lot of the overly feminine and girly gifts in the market just weren’t for us!

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3. ($64.8K/year)

Brett Lindenberg from California, USA started Food Truck Empire almost 8 years ago, a business.

  • Revenue: $5,400/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: California, USA

Back in 2014, I had an idea to start a food truck business. The business model seemed like a winner because I could operate part-time on weekends while maintaining my corporate online marketing job during the week.

I viewed this as a low-risk business opportunity since I wouldn’t need to rely on the food truck profits to pay bills. Any income generated would be “extra money” after the expenses of running a truck. Operating at a profit didn’t seem like a difficult task to assuming I would be willing to run the business myself and selected a high-margin menu for the truck.

Starting a business is time consuming and insanely difficult even if you’re doing it full time. Take the hours you have left after work and focus them toward one thing.

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4. Start a baking supplies business ($240K/year)

Linda Gonzalez from LOS ANGELES started Gloria's Cake & Candy Supplies over 5 years ago, a baking supplies business.

  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: LOS ANGELES

As I mentioned before, I worked at the highest levels of the corporate world, as well as on major world sporting events. My journey in the corporate world included working for many million-billionaires, some very high profile, some very discreet. In the capacity of personal/executive assistant, I coordinated and hosted several events, fundraising dinners, art exhibits, press conferences, political issues, etc. for very high profile guests, i.e. mayors, governors, senate & congress members, president, vice president, and celebrities.

I was also exposed to how to create entities and operate businesses successfully, i.e. restaurants, service industry, retail, property mgmt & development. I also worked the 1984 Olympics directly with Peter Ueberroth and the 1994 World Cup in Protocol seeing to participating country VIPs’ needs.

After 30+ years of running/managing other people’s businesses and companies, I was talking to my husband about retiring (haha) and just operating our own business. Then I went to Gloria’s to get some items to make Valentine chocolates and found out of their plans to close down. I was so distraught at the thought of it, and my husband said, “you were talking about running your own business. Gloria had talked to you about taking over someday...why don’t you buy it?!” And that’s how the decision was made.

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5. Start a food truck ($18M/year)

Jeffrey Mora from Los Angeles, California, USA started Food Fleet almost 10 years ago, a food truck.

  • Revenue: $1,500,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

We started the food truck business in 2012.

We kept finding it very difficult to find locations to operate. We had a booker that we used to find our locations but fell short and we let her go. I took over our booking and found that most people did not want to book just one truck, not only that they were upset that most of the time the trucks didn’t show up or were late.

We learned the real need was not only helping the trucks but providing a turnkey service for the corporations. This was a game-changer for us, we were really struggling financially.

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6. Start a catering business ($240K/year)

Nestor Nidome from Crestmore, California, USA started Elegante Catering ago, a catering business.

  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: Crestmore, California, USA

For as long as I can remember I have always been attracted to the idea of being a business owner. I’ve tried many businesses starting with my own DJ company. I got some business cards, printed them at Staples, passed them out, and waited for the calls.

It took a bit of time, but eventually, the calls started to come in and bookings started to happen. I did that for a couple of years until one of the DJ gigs some gangsters got into it and I was almost in the middle of a gang fight. Thank GOD things calmed down, but after that, I started looking for another business!

During this same time, the whole tech bubble was growing and I wanted a part of it. I took some coding classes in college and started using HTML to code my website from scratch. I kind of borrowed a lot of ideas from Yahoo but it was going to be mainly focused on my local city. I visited some businesses and got some of them to advertise. Things seemed to be going well when the bubble burst and I was once more left to venture out and look for something else.

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7. Start a dessert boxes business ($1.8M/year)

Samantha Khater from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia started Dessert Boxes almost 5 years ago, a dessert boxes business.

  • Revenue: $150,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 20
  • Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Dessert Boxes.com.au was born out of our frustration of having to send and receive boring gifts which would end up being thrown away, dying, never used, and at best, re-gifted.

So, a week before Valentine's Day last year, we launched a Nutella themed Dessert Box! We collaborated with the biggest dessert makers in the industry, and within five days, we sold over 400 boxes! We searched for the best products on Instagram and did Google searches to find Nutella themed products.

This was our first ever Dessert Box:

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8. Start a bakery

Examples of a successful bakery:

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9. Start a pastry chef service business

Examples of a successful pastry chef service business:

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10. Start a home bakery business

Examples of a successful home bakery business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a home bakery business:

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Examples of a successful cookie sales business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a cookie sales business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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12. Become a cake decorator

Examples of a successful cake decorator:

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13. Start a healthy bake shop business

Examples of a successful healthy bake shop business:

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14. Start a cupcakes shop business

Examples of a successful cupcakes shop business:

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15. Start an online treat sales

Examples of a successful online treat sales:

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16. Start a wedding cake creation business

Examples of a successful wedding cake creation business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a wedding cake creation business:

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17. Start a bread making business

Examples of a successful bread making business:

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18. Start an artisan donut shop business

Examples of a successful artisan donut shop business:

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19. Start a candy making business

Examples of a successful candy making business:

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20. Start a vegan bakery

Examples of a successful vegan bakery:

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21. Start a pie making business

Examples of a successful pie making business:

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22. Start a cake pops sales business

Examples of a successful cake pops sales business:

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23. Start an organic bakery business

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24. Start a coffee shop

Examples of a successful coffee shop:

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25. Start a gourmet bakery business

Examples of a successful gourmet bakery business:

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26. Start a fair or carnival vending buiness

Examples of a successful fair or carnival vending buiness:

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27. Start a holiday treat making business

Examples of a successful holiday treat making business:

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28. Start a breakfast shop business

Examples of a successful breakfast shop business:

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29. Start a gift baskets business ($24K/year)

Examples of a successful gift baskets business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a gift baskets business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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And for some real world inspiration, give Valentina's story on creating Really Luxe a read:

Hello! I’m Valentina, the founder, and CEO of Really Luxe. I love chocolates (especially Godiva) and anything gold and shiny!

We have been in business since September 2020, so we are still a new brand. Most of our customers reside in the province of Ontario, with 78% of our orders being local delivery orders. The remaining percentage is ordered that we ship throughout Canada.

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30. Start a baking teaching business

Examples of a successful baking teaching business:

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31. Start a pet bakery business

Examples of a successful pet bakery business:

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32. Become a youtube personality

Examples of a successful youtube personality:

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33. Start a cake delivery business

Examples of a successful cake delivery business:

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34. Start a cutter manufacturing business

Examples of a successful cutter manufacturing business:

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35. Start a specialty ingredients sales business

Examples of a successful specialty ingredients sales business:

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36. Start a baking video sales business

Examples of a successful baking video sales business:

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37. Start a freelance cafe baking business

Examples of a successful freelance cafe baking business:

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38. Start a baking subscription service business

Examples of a successful baking subscription service business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a baking subscription service business:

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39. Become a vegan cookbook author

Examples of a successful vegan cookbook author:

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40. Start a baking competition organizing business

Examples of a successful baking competition organizing business:

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41. Start an online course creation business

Examples of a successful online course creation business:

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42. Start an edibles business

Examples of a successful edibles business:

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43. Start a baking product reviews business

Examples of a successful baking product reviews business:

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44. Start a printable sales business

Examples of a successful printable sales business:

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45. Start a farmers market

Examples of a successful farmers market:

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46. Start an unique treat invention business

Examples of a successful unique treat invention business:

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47. Start a cake mold manufacturing business

Examples of a successful cake mold manufacturing business:

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48. Start a baking app business

Examples of a successful baking app business:

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49. Start a cake sales business

Examples of a successful cake sales business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a cake sales business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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50. Start a desert cart business

Examples of a successful desert cart business:

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Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story

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