Kentucky law makes selling homemade cakes illegal in most cases

Published: Aug. 25, 2017 at 7:23 AM CDT
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Did you know that selling a cake in Kentucky could land you in jail?

As long as you're not a farmer that happens to grow one of the main ingredients, The State Health Department says that a home baking business must have a permit, a separate kitchen, multiple sinks, and other physical requirements.

Jennifer Lopez is a single mom who recently moved to Kentucky from Missouri. She says she made her livelihood by doing what she loved - baking beautiful cakes, but now her business is considered illegal and she wants to do something about that.

"Farmers are allowed to bake from their home kitchens and we just want to broaden that so your average home baker can also sell and bake from their house," says Lopez.

Jennifer Luckey, who owns "Luckey's House of Cakes," has already conformed to all the Health Department's requirements.

An entire spare bedroom in her house is completely transformed into a second kitchen, but she says she's willing to fight the restrictive legislation to make things easier for other home-bakers.

"I understand the Health Department's view on it," says Luckey, "They want to make sure that what people are selling to the public is safe, and it's not going to make them sick. But if there was a way to make it a little bit easier for the public or for a home baker to get permitted, then yeah I'm all for it."

The Health Department suggests that home-bakers turn their basement or garage into a kitchen if you don't have a spare bedroom available.

As for changing the legislation a state representative says a committee will be meeting next Tuesday to discuss a possible change.