Ever Make A Cake You Know Is Going To Be Ugly????

Decorating By robinscakes Updated 13 Nov 2008 , 1:43am by PinkZiab

robinscakes Posted 11 Nov 2008 , 2:22pm
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I made the ugliest cake I ever made yesterday! No, I don't have a photo, but imagine this: A customer ordered a carved sheet cake in the shape of Tweety Bird. She wanted Tweety to be light blue! Okay, whatever, the customer is always right. Well, I made it and it looked awful! I think the construction was fine, but the Tweety in light blue was horrendous! My boss's wife looked at it and said, "Oh my gosh, Tweety looks plucked and cold!!!" I had to laugh, he really did look like a frostbitten Tweety!

Anyone ever grant a customer's request, knowing all the while that the cake would look awful???

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mommicakes Posted 11 Nov 2008 , 2:25pm
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the only ones that really turn out like that for me are some that my kids draw up. hey, it's their artistic creations, i just have to build it. icon_redface.gif

chutzpah Posted 11 Nov 2008 , 6:25pm
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Yes. I had a wedding cake on saturday that was BUTT-UGLY. Their design, a 10-8-4 (yes, they were too CHEAP to pay for a 6" instead of a 4" to make it proportional.

Ugh

jammjenks Posted 11 Nov 2008 , 8:21pm
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Anything with faces will be ugly when I'm finished. I cannot seem to perfect the face on any Disney princess, Tinkerbell, pirates, etc.

UltimateCakes Posted 11 Nov 2008 , 8:34pm
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To make this short, I love to watch American Chopper (the OCC guys make custom built bikes) One episode they made an "My Name is Earl" bike according to the producers request to be auctioned off for a charity. Senior hated everything about it, design, color, gas tank shape etc. He wanted to change it so it would raise more money. Then he got word that no matter what - the producer himself was gonna bid the highest to win a bike that "he designed". Moral of the story: It's not what WE want, but rather what the customer wants. Sad, I know. Sometimes it pains me to something I know is ugly. Not short after all. LOL

imakecakes Posted 11 Nov 2008 , 8:39pm
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Oh my gosh, what's in the water this past week????! I had a person contact me who knows of this site. She said she looked through every single princess cake here (65+ pages!!) and LOVED the (IMO) ugliest castle cake I have ever seen!!!

Needless to say, I made the cake almost exactly as it was pictured and crossed my fingers when she came to pick it up. I thought for sure she would hate it as much as I did. Nope, she did, in fact LOVE it even more in person! She even called me today to say what a huge hit it was at the party and that other guests asked for my number. It's in the eye of the beholder, I guess, but that pic is NOT going in my portfolio!! LOL

imakecakes Posted 11 Nov 2008 , 8:43pm
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forgot to mention:

Jammjenks: I couldn't agree more! I will do anything to avoid making faces!

Kim040508 Posted 11 Nov 2008 , 9:15pm
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I made a wedding cake for a very young couple. She had bought silk flowers to scatter on each cake. It wasn't the silk flowers that made it ugly it was the color combo that she picked out. Hot pink, orange, pale yellow, baby blue and bright purple. Yuck! I guess, different people like different things. icon_lol.gif

cylstrial Posted 12 Nov 2008 , 11:35pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Kim040508

I made a wedding cake for a very young couple. She had bought silk flowers to scatter on each cake. It wasn't the silk flowers that made it ugly it was the color combo that she picked out. Hot pink, orange, pale yellow, baby blue and bright purple. Yuck! I guess, different people like different things. icon_lol.gif




Whoa! What was the mom thinking? Letting that girl pick out that color scheme! Insane!!!

PinkZiab Posted 13 Nov 2008 , 1:43am
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Nope... if a cake comes out ugly it's because I didn't do my job right. In the end my name is going out there and if a customer requests something that I just don't feel would wind up being attractive or downright ugly, then I pass on the job. Call it "artistic differences" lol I aim to make my customers happy, but never in such a way that will compromise my vision and reputation. I haven't had to do this often, thankfully, as my customers are usually willing to trust me or we are willing to work together to make their vision and mine meet in the middle, but I can think of two times in particular where I just had to say "No, I'm sorry, that's not something I'm willing to do."

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