Who puts their FINGER into a wedding cake?!!!

Decorating By alicegop Updated 27 Jun 2008 , 5:33am by bwonderful

DebBTX Posted 30 May 2008 , 4:25pm
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I am amazed at the impulse of some people to touch things. When my kids were young, I would always remind them to "look with their eyes and not with their hands."

I came very close to that last night at a friend's 50th Birthday party. I had taken the cake as a gift. My husband and I were standing beside it when a 50+ year old woman walked up to the table. While she was complimenting the cake, her right hand and finger were slowly moving toward the cake. Just as I was going to say something, she slowly began to withdraw it. Then as soon as her hand returned to her, she slowly began to move it back toward the cake. I knew she wanted to stick her finger in the cake or touch one of the gold stars on the front. I started to say something a second time and she slowly moved her hand back. She had continued talking to us the entire time. If I had not been standing there, I have no doubt she would have damaged the cake.

After she walked off, I looked at my husband and commented on her odd behavior. He had to agree that it was a really strange moment to witness.

Melan Posted 30 May 2008 , 4:27pm
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I saw at a bakery they had a sign that said, Yes This is Real, didn't seem to matter, fingerprints all in it! The nerve of some people!

I say cakes need a warning card, stating there is an invisible laser beam that will sound an alarm in the even someone's fingers get too close, and your picture will be taken (kind of like the redlight cameras) and then that person will be charged the entire amount of the cake. Doubt it would work though!

I think having the bride pick out a trustworthy friend/relative who wants to help out, have them stand guard. I have been to weddings where the brides chose pre-teen girls, to take on that responsibility, to stand guard and that has seemed to work. Giving them flowers to wear(corsage or in hair) makes them feel that much more special and are happy to help out with such an important job.

indydebi Posted 30 May 2008 , 9:23pm
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Originally Posted by Muse

Some ignorant somebody didn't know to cut from the back the way you are supposed to and proceeded to take the cake layers apart, to really get at it.




"Uh......", she said shyly, raising her hand from the back of the room. "That's how *I* do it!"

Yes, I disassemble the entire cake to cut it. I don't use the dreaded circle method ... I do it the RIGHT way! icon_lol.gif
here's a pic: http://cateritsimple.com/_wsn/page19.html

thecakemaker Posted 2 Jun 2008 , 1:00pm
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I cut a wedding cake the same way indydebi does! icon_lol.gif
Debbie

butterflywings Posted 2 Jun 2008 , 3:20pm
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indydebi, i've started printing out your directions to give to people, even when they only order a small 8" round. i tell them this method will gurantee the # of servings and the equality of each piece. icon_biggrin.gif

terrylee Posted 2 Jun 2008 , 3:30pm
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indybedi.....I take the layers apart but I have always used the "dreaded circle" and it is messy......THANKS for the instructions on doing it the RIGHT way.... (that's what the cake cutting comb is for)......DAH....

love this site.....

butterflywings Posted 2 Jun 2008 , 3:36pm
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btw.. anyone know where i can get a cake comb??????

Muse Posted 2 Jun 2008 , 4:04pm
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To each his own I say. That's just the way I've always been shown and I like that it preserves the appearance of the cake. I just know that from a bride's and baker's POV, I couldn't bear to see an ornate cake dissected. But that's just me.

BTW, what is a cake comb?

Darci

DebBTX Posted 2 Jun 2008 , 4:15pm
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When I cut a cake, it reminds me a lot of Indydebi's, except I don't lay the cake on its side until I near the end of the row. I wear plastic decorator gloves and move down the row like I am slicing a loaf of bread. I use the knife in my right hand and let the sliced cake fall into my gloved left hand. I can move fairly quick this way. I like a 2nd person to be standing beside me with the next plate ready.

I too would take apart a cake that is separated to cut it.
If the cake is stacked, I remove the top tier for the Bride and set it to the side. Then I leave each stacked tier in place and cut it there.
I think a cake that is too tall to reach, or the table is too large to reach across would be better to take apart as you go.

alicegop Posted 2 Jun 2008 , 4:20pm
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Originally Posted by indydebi

Quote:
Originally Posted by Muse

Some ignorant somebody didn't know to cut from the back the way you are supposed to and proceeded to take the cake layers apart, to really get at it.



"Uh......", she said shyly, raising her hand from the back of the room. "That's how *I* do it!"

Yes, I disassemble the entire cake to cut it. I don't use the dreaded circle method ... I do it the RIGHT way! icon_lol.gif
here's a pic: http://cateritsimple.com/_wsn/page19.html




Can I please put a link on my website to your tutorial?

fondantgrl Posted 2 Jun 2008 , 4:33pm
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Your question:
Who puts their FINGER into a wedding cake?!!!


ANSWER: Stupid A$$holes !! no exception.. Old or young.. icon_razz.gif

robinscakes Posted 2 Jun 2008 , 4:46pm
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We humans are very sensory-driven people aren't we? We just have to touch! I find myself doing that in clothing stores--have to touch that silky nightgown! But, I wouldn't dream of touching something that would be ruined when I touched it!!!!! People just don't think! I'm sorry that happened to you. Makes you want to go out and get an invisible fence for your cakes doesn't it?

indydebi Posted 2 Jun 2008 , 6:52pm
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Originally Posted by alicegop

Can I please put a link on my website to your tutorial?



Absolutely and anytime!!

I must confess that when I catered CakeRN's daughter's wedding and saw CakeRN's beer bottle cake, my finger was halfway to the cake before I caught myself and pulled it back away from the cake! icon_redface.gif
Here's a thread with a great source on cake-cutting-combs. http://forum.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-399863.html

Muse, a pic of the cake cutting comb is on my link on how to cut a wedding cake.

KHalstead Posted 4 Jun 2008 , 2:42pm
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Can I please put a link on my website to your tutorial?[/quote]

ditto that for me........can I put a link to your site on my site too?????????

indydebi Posted 4 Jun 2008 , 3:22pm
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Can I please put a link on my website to your tutorial?[/quote]

ditto that for me........can I put a link to your site on my site too?????????[/quote]If you look on the page, there is already an ok for anyone to link to the page. I only ask that you drop me an email to let me know it's linked (and that's only to satisfy my curiousity as to how many folks are finding it useful!) thumbs_up.gif

cheeseball Posted 5 Jun 2008 , 3:27pm
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That does it - I'm gonna construct an acrylic "cake fort" that's been wired with enough voltage to give anyone who dares touch a nice little zap and rent it out icon_twisted.gif

DebBTX Posted 5 Jun 2008 , 3:34pm
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Originally Posted by cheeseball

That does it - I'm gonna construct an acrylic "cake fort" that's been wired with enough voltage to give anyone who dares touch a nice little zap and rent it out icon_twisted.gif




Would your electric fence have a warning sign, or would you prefer to just let them be surprised?

cheeseball Posted 5 Jun 2008 , 4:27pm
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DebBTX Posted 5 Jun 2008 , 8:25pm
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I was thinking you would want something a little more than static. People love to dare each other. "Here, you touch it first". It might become an attraction like those static balls in the science museums that don't shock, but make your hair stand on end. Or perhaps touching the grocery cart, then your husband.
Nope, it needs a little more juice to it. We want them to always remember this special day and the cake. icon_lol.gif
Well, for a less aggressive method, we could have a small talking sensor, so that when anything passes beyond a certain point it would clearly tell them to "step away from the cake".

DebBTX Posted 5 Jun 2008 , 9:14pm
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Cheeseball,
For your new cake protection invention, I would like to request that you add a force shield that bounces the DJ's sound back to him without the sound ever nearing the cake.
You could also add a little something special for the venue person who wickedly "helps" a cake fall over. Just to help them remember not to ever do that again.

You would be rich. icon_lol.gif

cheeseball Posted 5 Jun 2008 , 10:08pm
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hope_1 Posted 13 Jun 2008 , 11:28pm
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I had a very delicate and intricate lace piece that I kept on display for years. One customer came in with her 1 1/2" long nails and decided to tap on it to see it it was real. Needless to say it was destroyed. And all she had to say after her blunder was a giggling "Oooops!". I was not pleased but with great effeort managed to keep myself from throttling her. Yes THIS is the type of person that would poke a hole in the front of your fondant cake.

kelleyincolorado Posted 24 Jun 2008 , 7:50am
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I recently had a DJ do just that to me while I was setting up the cake! I was shocked! Turned out he was the owner of the company and thought nothing of tasting the icing because he said "it smelled good" . I didn't even know what to say, but I stood there fuming and repiping the design he had smeared. He said he thought I'd just stick some flowers there?!!

DebBTX Posted 24 Jun 2008 , 6:34pm
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Kelly,
I don't see how you were able to keep your composure. It would have been tempting to pop his hand. (He would probably be the kind to claim assault.) What a total lack of respect for you and your cake. It wasn't his cake to taste. If any marks show up in the photos, don't hesitate to tell the Bride who made them. I doubt the DJ would have appreciated you messing with all his equipment, or knocking a speaker over.

I have decided to look for someone I can trust to act as a cake guard for my daughter's upcoming wedding. Someone who doesn't have to attend the actual ceremony, and wouldn't be shy to tell people, "Don't even think about it." icon_lol.gif
Debbie B.

emrldsky Posted 24 Jun 2008 , 8:22pm
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Originally Posted by kelleyincolorado

I recently had a DJ do just that to me while I was setting up the cake! I was shocked! Turned out he was the owner of the company and thought nothing of tasting the icing because he said "it smelled good" . I didn't even know what to say, but I stood there fuming and repiping the design he had smeared. He said he thought I'd just stick some flowers there?!!




I think I would have just walked over to his equipment and pushed a button or two, because "I just thought it looked so purty." icon_wink.gif

Maria_Campos Posted 24 Jun 2008 , 8:37pm
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This is my pet peeve, I hate when people do that!!!!!!!!! icon_mad.gif

indydebi Posted 25 Jun 2008 , 1:35am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DebBTX

I have decided to look for someone I can trust to act as a cake guard for my daughter's upcoming wedding. Someone who doesn't have to attend the actual ceremony, and wouldn't be shy to tell people, "Don't even think about it." icon_lol.gif
Debbie B.




"oooooh! oooooooh! oooooooh! Pick me! Pick me!!" she said, as she jumped up and down, wildly waiving her arms!

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My line to the DJ would probably have been closer to ......

WHAT THE FREAKIN' HELL HAVE YOU DONE TO MY CAKE, YOU FREAKIN' DUMBA$$!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(And I probably wouldn't have said "freakin'" either!)

DebBTX Posted 25 Jun 2008 , 1:00pm
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"oooooh! oooooooh! oooooooh! Pick me! Pick me!!" she said, as she jumped up and down, wildly waiving her arms! -Indydebi.


Okay Indydebi, lets see. I know you would absolutely perfect for the job. According to the atlas, it would be x number of miles x $4.00 per gallon = icon_surprised.gif
It would be no vacation for you. Are you kidding, there is no way I would waste all your talents on just cake guard. I would have a list a mile long. How about keeping children under 6 out of the sanctuary and reception?
How do you handle difficult people? I know a few that will be coming that can try the patience of Job.

Is your stomach up to a lot of Mexican food?
Did I mention this would be at the end of July? It gets a tad hot and humid here, since we are near the Louisiana state line. I know... I could take you on a swamp tour to see the alligators after the wedding.
Hmm..., since out youngest daughter has moved out for grad school, I have a empty room... without a bed. How are you on a blow-up mattress?

Just a few things to think about. -Debbie B. icon_biggrin.gif

cvigil Posted 25 Jun 2008 , 4:50pm
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On my first stacked cake this past weekend someone jammed a finger in it. After that, my mom stood guard and practically tackled an 8 year old as her finger slowly moved toward it. All I heard was DON"T TOUCH THE CAKE!!!! and a loud boom. Even then we still had to chase people away.

mgdqueen Posted 25 Jun 2008 , 7:31pm
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You did a great job on the cake-sorry about some idiot's finger! The photographer was AMAZING-I looked through all of the pics and swore I was there. Thanks for sharing-he highlighted you cake very nicely and you wouldn't know there was a finger mark in that one! thumbs_up.gif

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