9 Ways to Use Trash Bags in Your Cake Business! Now there’s a something I never would’ve dreamed I’d be writing about. But I’m loving the new Hefty commercials and the topic I chose is fun and practical and unique… so of course I wanted to do it!
Okay, so let’s talk about it. First up – we use Hefty Ultra Strong Kitchen Trash Bags. They’re strong, they smell good, and my kids can stuff them to the brim and they just keep stretching!
Speaking of… do you know how much trash a cake business produces? Sure you do. Oh and 6 kids? Who knew kids could produce so much garbage!? We seriously fill up two or three trash bags every.single.day and more on days when I’m doing cake.
My oldest son (who often gets tasked with carrying the trash out to the bin by the road) is convinced we have gremlins living in the house secretly piling up the trash when nobody is looking 😉
So let’s get down to it… here are 9 Ways to Use Trash Bags in Your Cake Business! These are fun and unique and practical and maybe even a little crazy! Here goes…
9 Ways to Use Trash Bags in Your Cake Business!
1 . For trash! Obviously… for all the trash! Some days I swear it’s multiplying when I’m not looking. I use Hefty bags because of their exceptional performance (Hefty’s best kitchen bag ever)! We can fill them to the max and not worry about them tearing or the drawstring breaking because the bags are so strong!
2. Drop cloth! If you’re decorating a cake and you need to spray on some color, use disco dust or you’re carving a cake and the crumbs are multiplying, just spread out a trash bag before you start! You can catch all the crumbs and over-spray – then toss it when you’re done. Easy clean-up!
3. Cake box cover. Don’t get your cakes WET! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to load a cake in the rain! To prevent damage, after I box it up, I cut a trash bag open, lay it over the top and then tape it on all sides to seal the box! It keeps the rain off of the box and the cake and takes so much stress out of the delivery!
4. Photo backdrop. If you get in a pinch and don’t have a great backdrop to photograph your cake, hang up a white trash bag with a couple of tacks and you’re good to go!
5. Light filter. Speaking of photography, if you’re trying to get that perfect shot and you have a harsh bright light coming through the window, hang up a trash bag and it works as a perfect diffuser for the light. You can also stretch one over your Ego lights to soften the light just a little more.
6. A protective poncho. Okay – this one might sound a little silly, but if you have to do emergency cake repairs and you’re all dressed up in pretty clothes, cut a hole for your head and arms, slip that baby over your head and voila… you’re protected from getting food coloring or greasy butter stains on your favorite shirt!
7. Makeshift cooler. A couple of years ago I was delivering cupcakes and it was a million degrees outside (as it often is in Mississippi). My cupcake boxes wouldn’t fit in my ice chest, so I poured 10 pounds of ice in a trash bag, tied it up tight, spread it out flat in a huge cardboard box and set my cupcakes on top. I closed the top of the box and it kept them cool while we traveled and set up without a big mess or having to buy a huge cooler!
8. Cake board cover. I’m gonna admit that I’ve never done this, but I have used those cheapy plastic tableclothes to cover cake rounds and a white trash bag would work just as well. Cut it to size, tape it over the edges and you have a perfectly pretty white cake board.
9. Packing material. When I do large orders of candy apples, I always fear that they’ll bang against each other in the box during delivery… because hard candy will crack and not be pretty anymore! Solution? I roll up a trash bag into a long “rope” and snake it in and out between all the apples – creating a barrier so they won’t crack against each other! This would also work for cookies or cake pops! And this “packing material” is really frugal… Hefty bags are now at a new low price (cheaper than Glad!)