Cant Stop Laughing Please Help!

Decorating By psurrette Updated 30 Oct 2007 , 10:42pm by jen2184

psurrette Posted 27 Oct 2007 , 10:20pm
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I got a call from a customer this morning. She saw my castle cake and wants one for her daughters birthday but she says " I dont want it to be all that fancy" Maybe just a square cake with a round one on top with only 2 colums and turetts. OK so I look for some pictures of cakes that will suit her needs better than the cake I have. She sends me an email saying she found one she fell in love with and wants this cake......


Is this not a fancy cake? And how do I go about cutting the stairs into the cake?

Thanks Paula
LL

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Chef_Stef Posted 27 Oct 2007 , 10:30pm
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Not "all that fancy"????!! Um. What would she consider "fancy" then??? An ACTUAL CASTLE with working interior plumbing?!

ROFL!!

I'd say no, just to be contrary...

cupcakers Posted 27 Oct 2007 , 10:35pm
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Paula
I think you should make the princess and prince charming walking down the stairs to fancy it up a bit!!WHAT is she thinking NOT fancy.Good luck these are the kind of clients that are nightmares.Let us know how it goes.

dragonflydreams Posted 27 Oct 2007 , 10:36pm
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. . . where's the moat . . . sorry, it's not fancy unless there's a moat . . .

dragonflydreams Posted 27 Oct 2007 , 10:39pm
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Originally Posted by dragonflydreams

. . . where's the moat . . . sorry, it's not fancy unless there's a moat . . .





JUST KIDDING . . .

Charmaine49 Posted 27 Oct 2007 , 10:42pm
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I dont want it to be all that fancy" Maybe just a square cake with a round one on top with only 2 colums and turrets.


What does this woman not understand about "just a square with a round"
She sends a photo with a four if not five tier cake???
Seeing everybody is adding their "sixpence worth here" let me add mine too,
don't forget to put the carriage and horses in as well, seeing she doesn't want anything fancy!!

I wish you luck with this one!!

lionladydi Posted 27 Oct 2007 , 10:47pm
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Don't want to sound totally off base but did this woman, by any chance, have an idea about what a cake like this would cost? I'm thinking that if she said she didn't want it this "fancy" she was saying "I don't want to spend as much money as this cake would cost."

Don't forget to put the alligators in the moat when you add the carriage and horses. Oh yeah..........don't forget Cinderella and her glass slippers also.

Diane

Chef_Stef Posted 27 Oct 2007 , 10:51pm
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And the magic wand should actually shoot stars somehow, if you could, too, pretty please...

JanH Posted 27 Oct 2007 , 10:53pm
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RI or fondant covered stryofoam stairs (with flat/closed back to sit inside a column cut from the cake).

(JMHO.)

Agree that the only thing the customer doesn't want fancy is the "price tag". icon_mad.gifthumbsdown.gif

Would love to know how she responds when you price out this extravaganza. tapedshut.gif

Jocmom Posted 27 Oct 2007 , 11:03pm
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Perhaps a fire-breathing dragon would "fancy" it up a bit?

I say quote her a price for that cake and see how fast she decides what she wants vs. what she can afford.

Good luck . . . keep us posted.

~ JanO icon_biggrin.gif

amberhoney Posted 27 Oct 2007 , 11:28pm
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Originally Posted by Jocmom

I say quote her a price for that cake and see how fast she decides what she wants vs. what she can afford.




I'm with this one, quote her a realistic price and we will see how 'in love' with this cake she really is! Maybe she now has her heart set on it and you could end up with a fantastic order! Looks like it would be a lot of fun to make this one...I actually saved the photo myself!

mom2spunkynbug Posted 27 Oct 2007 , 11:48pm
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I totally agree with everyone who said she doesn't want a "fancy" price tag! Did you go over pricing with her?

If you're going to do it and want tips on the stairs, let me know...I have a Debbie Brown book that has a cake kind of like this (with stairs and all).

Good luck!

Bijoudelanuit Posted 27 Oct 2007 , 11:50pm
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Did she by any chance mention being on a budget?

I'd consider that fancy!

mamacc Posted 28 Oct 2007 , 12:46am
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LOL! That's pretty funny!!! Yeah, you can whip that thing out in about and hour, right??

That would be cool if she does want to pay for it though....it's a really cute cake!

Courtney

step0nmi Posted 28 Oct 2007 , 12:51am
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I can't stop laughing at all the responses!! icon_lol.gif

Sometimes we need to ask these people what they REALLY mean! Tell her what you think is NOT fancy...

Granpam Posted 28 Oct 2007 , 1:03am
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Still chuckling over the answers some of you have suggested. I agree price it out and see if she stays with this one. Reminds me of a friend of a friend who said she saw my grandsons cake on our family website and would like the exact cake for her son. I chuckled and said Well I can do it but you may not like the price. When i told her the price she agreed she didn't like the price. I just sent her a sketch with pricing for a lot fewer servings.

iramirez94 Posted 28 Oct 2007 , 1:16am
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oh my,, I can't wait to find out what happens with your customer..

Win Posted 28 Oct 2007 , 1:20am
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned diamonds to fancy it up...
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cinjam Posted 28 Oct 2007 , 1:23am
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You all are a very funny group of people (that's why I can't seem to stay away).

That cake is fancy even to my six year old standing beside me whose opinion I just asked for. But he also added, "will she spray it with that shiny dust (luster dust) you love so much? That would make it REALLY fancy."

psurrette Posted 28 Oct 2007 , 1:53am
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Well, I am beside myself in laughter with this one. When we spoke about the first cake only 2 toer a dn3 turrets I told her only because she needed an idea on the cost somewhere around 100.00 but for the cake she fell in love with WOW 100 wont cover the flowers it requires!
I will keep you posted!

THanks

psurrette Posted 28 Oct 2007 , 1:53am
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Well, I am beside myself in laughter with this one. When we spoke about the first cake only 2 toer a dn3 turrets I told her only because she needed an idea on the cost somewhere around 100.00 but for the cake she fell in love with WOW 100 wont cover the flowers it requires!
I will keep you posted!

THanks

dragonflydreams Posted 28 Oct 2007 , 2:50am
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don't forget the drawbridge . . . every moat needs a drawbridge . . . (good luck!!)

psurrette Posted 29 Oct 2007 , 7:41pm
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Well,

Heres the ending to this story,

After all the emails and questions quoteing a price for diamnonds on the cake. The customer has decided to use a differnt person for her cake.
I guess you win some you loose some! Now on another note.... someone else called me about wanting a boy castle cake for Dec and someone quoted her a price to feed 50 people for 50 bucks! HA HA NOT ME

lionladydi Posted 29 Oct 2007 , 8:33pm
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Unbelieveable...........50 people--50 bucks. Not from this kitchen, for sure!

Alls well that ends well, they say. I'm sure you will have orders to take this one's place in no time.

Diane

tonedna Posted 29 Oct 2007 , 8:44pm
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OMG...well next thing is a real castle!

di60 Posted 30 Oct 2007 , 1:45am
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Don't fret over not getting to do the Castle Cake, which by the way was extremely fancy if you ask me.....like you said, some you win and some you loose. I got the feeling she wouldn't have wanted to pay you what it would be worth to do it.

psurrette Posted 30 Oct 2007 , 8:41pm
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Well the next customer called again and I quoted her a price of 150.00 for a 2 tier castle cake made with the wilton kit. She didnt bark at the cost at all. Whats with the castle cakes all of a sudden is there a full moon?

meancat Posted 30 Oct 2007 , 9:17pm
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Thats funny - we are doing that exact castle cake for a couple in Dec... I'm excited to do it, so hopefully it will come out looking that cute!

psurrette Posted 30 Oct 2007 , 9:36pm
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Word of advice on using the wilton kit. I drilled wholes in the bottom of the colums so i could put dowels thru them. trasporting it finished is a nightmare!

jen2184 Posted 30 Oct 2007 , 10:42pm
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this lady is difinately out of her mind if she thinks this isent fancy..its true by her saying fancy she meant something cheap but then she should get what she pays for, for the stairs why dont you try cutting the actual cake into steps and covering it with fondant

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