Someone "decorated" My Cake!

Decorating By rachmakescakes Updated 12 Aug 2007 , 5:54pm by bafishr

spongemomsweatpants Posted 25 Jul 2007 , 6:09pm
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I am so sorry this happened to you. I too would have been outrageously annoyed at this woman. The good news is the "before psycho flower person" pics are just stunning and you should be really proud. I am sorry but I have to agree with everyone else the "after psycho flower person" pics are just bad. It's a shame the bride was never able to see how pretty her wedding cake once was.

weirkd Posted 25 Jul 2007 , 6:10pm
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I would of been pissed because if someone asked where she got the cake from she is going to say you and I wouldnt want people thinking I did such a crappy job with the flowers. If she left the monogram on and just did the flowers around the base or on the table its one thing but the "throwing the dart" effect as someone put it looks aweful.
Your cake was stunning and Im sure if the bride saw it beforehand, she would of agreed to leave it alone. Probably the mother in law putting her two cents in or something! We all know how that goes!

Mamas Posted 25 Jul 2007 , 6:14pm
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OMG I don't even know what to say. Whether or not the flowers are pretty is not the point (the flowers suck by the way). I think the real point is- how on earth did they have the nerve?

I know that no one would have touched my cake with me standing there without signing some sort of release. I think I would have picked up my cake ('cause its still mine at the point of delivery) and demanded to have the person who is paying sign a release even if I had to hand write something simple. When I deliver and set up I am trying to make sure the cake is going to be cut properly to serve the number of people it is supposed to, that it is stored/cut promptly depending on icings or fillings and from now on I will be insuring that nothing is added unless people are willing to take responsibility for it.

You have to be kidding me. This actually could happen?!!!!

maryjsgirl Posted 25 Jul 2007 , 6:22pm
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For such a beautiful, classy cake she could have at least hired a REAL florist! It deserved so much better! You can tell she doesn't know anything about the technical aspects of floral design. That topper is so big it's tacky. The roses just poking out just look silly too.

Well just be proud that YOU did a excellent job.

1gananny Posted 25 Jul 2007 , 6:26pm
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I agree with everyone else, the before looks alot better than the after. The flowers around the bottom would have been fine, but the rest was "over kill". I wouldn't have been so nice about it. I would have looked at that "old lady" and said "who are you, and who pulled your chain?" "You didn't order and contract me for this cake, and your claws don't go into this cake!" Find me the person who contracted with me for this cake and let them tell me for themselves!
Like someone else said Your Reputation goes with the cake the before & after, people coming into the reception may have no idea there was another person involved with the flowers. Most just look and see cake and ask who done the cake, period. flowers and all!

But your original cake is/was beautiful!

OhMyGoodies Posted 25 Jul 2007 , 6:27pm
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I agree with the one that said to send her a copy of your before photo just so she has it for her book icon_smile.gif Afterall it is what she ordered icon_wink.gif That way if she isn't aware that YOU didn't do this..... she needs to be made aware of it icon_smile.gif

rachmakescakes Posted 25 Jul 2007 , 6:29pm
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Originally Posted by sbcakes

Wow-you need to call that bride and clear this up. That is your name on that cake and you really should get to the bottom of it! Please don't take this the wrong way, but why has it been a month? Call her and clear it up...let us know how it works out. Your cake was beautiful. The flowers are just ugly. And furthermore, the way they treated you and singled you out that day was completly wrong and unprofessional!

Oh, the bride called me right when they got back from the honeymoon. She knew I didn't do the flowers and they said they loved the cakes.

I was just saying that it's been a month since it happened and I hadn't posted about it on CC haha!

SophieBelle Posted 25 Jul 2007 , 6:30pm
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What is classier, really, than a big old rose bud sticking out of the side of a cake at a 65 degree angle? Tres chic!

As everyone else said, your cake was lovely and I'm glad you took pictures before they threw the bouquet at it!

AuntieElle Posted 25 Jul 2007 , 6:31pm
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Your cake was beautiful! Simple and soooo elegant. the gerbera daisies weren't too bad but the rest was just bad! I am so sorry this happened to you! Just looking at the before and after pictures say so much and pi$$ed me off and I didn't spend the time making this beauty!


mysonshines Posted 25 Jul 2007 , 6:32pm
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icon_surprised.gif wow. Your cake was lovely and classy-looking before the flower plopping. I think the devil in me would send a photo-card thank you note, with a lovely photo of the cake I made & not a word about the giant flowers.

keonicakes Posted 25 Jul 2007 , 6:47pm
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Had that happen to me too. I just made sure that there were lots of people around the cake when I asked the florist about flowers being chemical/pesticide free. (my first wedding cake)
I LOVE your cake and I don't even think the flowers are 1/2 bad with the exception of the placement of a few of them.
However, the point is not who decorated a prettier cake. You should have been notified by the bride or whomever was responsable for payment of the cake that flowers were being put on by a florist upon delivery. This old bat had no right to be rude to you and what happened to your monogram? I bet that's what the bride ordered, isn't it?
The thing that's getting me is that this hateful woman probably took all the credit for decorating such a gorgeous cake. Let me at her, I'll smack her in the back of her head with a spatula. Not really, can you tell I'm having a bad day?
You did a beautiful job on this cake and be proud. I'm sure you will get lots of orders from it.

tiptop57 Posted 25 Jul 2007 , 6:52pm
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Your cake was stunning and the flowers didn't match your design. Who in the world hired her? (Oh, oh, oh I know, must have been the evil Step-Mother.)

Jenni2383 Posted 25 Jul 2007 , 6:58pm
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Ok, so I am a florist by trade, just starting cakes on the side. OMG, she couldn't have been a florist! I have only put flowers on one cake myself and won't again unless I make the cake too! I have provided the cake decorator with flowers on numerous occasions, which is what I prefer to do. I'm all about simplicity, and a stacked cake does not need any flowers that aren't edible! Maybe some simple arrangements in the flower containers made for cakes on a tiered cake!! I'm so sorry, until I joined CC I didn't give the florist/decorator relationship much thought. I would like to appoligize for the florist industry!

Jenni2383 Posted 25 Jul 2007 , 6:59pm
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Ok, so I am a florist by trade, just starting cakes on the side. OMG, she couldn't have been a florist! I have only put flowers on one cake myself and won't again unless I make the cake too! I have provided the cake decorator with flowers on numerous occasions, which is what I prefer to do. I'm all about simplicity, and a stacked cake does not need any flowers that aren't edible! Maybe some simple arrangements in the flower containers made for cakes on a tiered cake!! I'm so sorry, until I joined CC I didn't give the florist/decorator relationship much thought. I would like to appoligize for the florist industry!

valora387 Posted 25 Jul 2007 , 7:10pm
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Your cake was beautiful before the flowers were put on it. Absolutely stunning. You do lovely work!

bakenboi29 Posted 25 Jul 2007 , 7:13pm
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I would be mad too. icon_twisted.gif Your cake was perfect without those awful flowers. It makes the cake look gawdy and cheap. You had every right to be angry. That lady had no right to do that and she had a very nasty attitude from what you described. I wonder what the bride and groom thought of that fiasco.

gidgetsmom Posted 25 Jul 2007 , 7:22pm
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I'm with everyone else - the cake was absolutely beautiful before broomhilda got hold of it.

Boy, don't weddings (an funerals, for that matter) bring out all of the busybodies who think they are in charge of the universe - and they always mess up what was fine to begin with.

And I'm just thinking - if I ever take the step to go "legit" then I think this is another good thing to add to the contract.'s going to be a novel just to CMA!!!

ange14843 Posted 25 Jul 2007 , 7:32pm
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I agree with everyone else. Your cake was definitely much prettier. I didn't think it needed ANYTHING added to it. And if I were you, I wouldn't have let that crabby old lady touch my cake. I would have told her you knew nothing of it and this was your masterpiece, not hers. I also would have let the bride know you were a little upset about the situation and that it would have been nice to get a little notice of somebody adding something to your cake. I think that was quite rude on her part, not to mention how rude the "flower lady" was. Some people!!

Luxe42 Posted 25 Jul 2007 , 9:55pm
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Originally Posted by Elserj

Your cake was much, much better without the flowers. As soon as that woman said "did the bride ask you.." I would have said "well the bride didn't say anything to me about you so you can't touch the cake".

Amen to that! Luckily the bride knew about the flowers but man, what if some family member had that brilliant idea and sabotaged the cake?! GOOD GRIEF I would have been furious!

Glad to hear the bride called and apologized about psycho flower lady. Also glad to know she really liked your cake.

I guess we can all learn from this. Find out ahead of time from the bride (even if we have to specifically ask ourself) if she plans putting anything on the cake after you are done. This way you can refuse to take the job if you choose. I'm not sure I would want all the wedding guests thinking that was my work.

That cake looked like a circus of flowers exploded on it! To each their own I guess...

Shelle_75 Posted 25 Jul 2007 , 10:43pm
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Originally Posted by SophieBelle

What is classier, really, than a big old rose bud sticking out of the side of a cake at a 65 degree angle?



LisaMS Posted 25 Jul 2007 , 11:04pm
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Sounds to me like the bride wanted real flowers on her cake; but failed to let YOU know that. When I've had a bride that wanted real flowers; I made sure I had the florist's name/number so I could coordinate set up. Of course, if you had no clue you couldn't do this! Looks like the bride failed to communicate.

adven68 Posted 25 Jul 2007 , 11:05pm
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OMG....what in the world possessed them to add all those was simply beautiful the way you left it.

Thank goodness you took a photograph!

I didn't read through all the responses...but did you get any comments from the bride?

omaida Posted 25 Jul 2007 , 11:07pm
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I love the original cake, I don't care much about those flowers, they are too bright for the colors of the cake. Your original was the BEST!!! I had that hapened to me once and when the bride's mother saw my cake she told the florist to put the flowers around the table and not on the cake.

CShields Posted 25 Jul 2007 , 11:37pm
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This entire post has given me a greater insight into asking my cake customers, be the cake just be a special occasion cake or a wedding cake, what their plans are after I set up my cake . . . such as, will a florist or their friend be setting up the cake table with any additional decorations or equipment after I have completely finished setting up the cake. In the past, somehow I found out beforehand that the customer was going to have a friend/florist/caterer finish up the table after I left. In those cases, I was able to intercede by stating that I would be more than happy to finish off the cake table decoration if the customer would just get me what ever they wanted to be presented on that table so that my cake would meet their approval. In the future, after digesting this forum, I realize the situation should be posted more clearly in my written contract either by me or in the customer's handwriting, with their initials by it, what they expect for the of the completed "cake table" presentation. Then, no one is surprised at the outcome. I've been lucky that eventhough I've done many cakes to date, I have not had the misfortune that the original poster to this forum had. I know that I would not have been so accomodating or nice as the original poster. By the way, your cake was really beautiful just as you left it in the beginning. I totally understand how upsetting the whole incident was. In the future, we will all be more prepared now, by what we have learned from your experience, to NOT let an upsetting surprise occur after our long hours of planning, working and laboring over a cake creation. Thank you for your post.

Crissy_Cakes Posted 26 Jul 2007 , 1:13am
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OMFG!! That lady destroyed your cake! I swear, if I was in your position, that woman would have been praying that I didn't get a good look at her face - I would have decked her if I had seen her on the street after seeing the end result of her so called flower arrangement.

This post just gave me one more reason to put a "clause" in my contracts that I will be the last vendor to touch the cake - including flower arrangements.

I'm so sorry. It was a beautiful and elegant cake before those gawd-aweful flowers were arranged on there.

mkolmar Posted 26 Jul 2007 , 3:15am
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oh my goodness, she killed your cake! That poor bride had flower power instead of elegant.

shoup_family Posted 26 Jul 2007 , 4:52am
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I love your cake. It looks okay after she decorated it, I wouldn't call it ruined. But I think it would look better left just like you had it. The black looks lovely against the white, so elegant. You did a beautiful job. thumbs_up.gif

Gefion Posted 26 Jul 2007 , 11:22am
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I must be the only who actually likes it better with the flowers on. Except for the odd rosebud sticking out to the left.

I'm sorry you had to deal with such morons though. But I don't think it ruined the cake at all. I guess it's just a matter of taste.

tashaluna Posted 26 Jul 2007 , 11:50am
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I think your cake is beautifull before and it really dosn't look awful after. (I have seen much worse with flowers on cakes) some of the flowers were just tooo big for that cake. but it dosn't look destroyed..... but that doesn't take away from the fact I would have been PISSED if someone touched my cake. well I am just happy I can live and learn from you guys.

CelebrationCakery Posted 26 Jul 2007 , 12:12pm
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I had something similar happen to me with a wedding cake. I had a picture of what she wanted, I had never gotten a straight answer as to who was setting up the flowers, the guy that was running the reception or the florist. (I was in the wedding and nine months pregnant, I knew it was not going to be me but did want to oversee it)
I delivered it without anything on it only to hope that is looked the way it was suppose to when I got to the reception.

When I got into the room and checked it before the reception was OK...but nothing like what she had wanted. I did appologize to her and since it was her wedding gift she was very happy with it no matter what. But it will never happen again. icon_biggrin.gif

I just learn more and more as I goes on and pray that I am being watched over. As I write this I am thinking I need to place my own post...I have been doing cakes for 11 years now and have done all of my cakes as is time to get this Cake business on the road for me....

I attached my pictures for you all too......

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