No, I Can't Use A Freaking Shoebox!!!

Decorating By FairyPoppins Updated 20 Mar 2009 , 7:21pm by Liis

FairyPoppins Posted 19 Mar 2009 , 9:08pm
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Seriously, just started selling my cakes mostly to friends. I can't believe how totally clueless people are. These are just snippets of countless emails I have had about this freaking castle cake. The woman is in construction and builds houses for a living - how can she not understand proportion. I'm sick of it already and I haven't even cracked an egg yet!

Friend - I'd like a princess cake with 10 servings and none left over.
Me - No problem, that will be a 6 inch round cake.

Friend - I saw a great Disney castle cake in a supermarket for $50 can you make it?
Me- Sure, but it'll be 28 servings and more expensive than the supermarket as the plastic castle kit costs $27.

Friend - Can't you make it smaller? I don't want to pay for all that cake.
Me - no, the size of the pillars in the kit dictates how big the cake should be to look proportionate. However I could make it just one tier.

Friend - could you just use two towers from the kit instead of four?
Me - I could but that won't make any difference to the size of the cake.

Friend But I want it to look like the one in the supermarket.
Me - Well then, I have to make a half sheet cake and cut and stack it.
Friend - Could you fake the bottom tier?
Me - Yes, but a dummy cake would probably cost more than a cake tier.
Friend - Oh, I thought you could use a shoebox or something.
Me - (rolls eyes, shakes head and gives up)

18 replies
m1m Posted 19 Mar 2009 , 9:18pm
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Yes, they just truly don't understand how costly the materials are and how much labor is involved!

Deb_ Posted 19 Mar 2009 , 9:22pm
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me~ "If you like the one from the supermarket so much, then go buy that one and leave me the he_ _ alone!" icon_biggrin.gif

friend~ icon_eek.gif

Did I make you smile? icon_lol.gif

Get used to the PITA's out there.............there's a whole bunch of cake eating ones apparently! To make matters worse, they're all on a budget!

uabcjgrad2006 Posted 19 Mar 2009 , 9:26pm
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I second dkelly.

marisanovy Posted 19 Mar 2009 , 9:26pm
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Hey, a shoe box!

Why haven't I thought of that? LOL

Sounds like my son's school project.... ROFLOL

jennym0904 Posted 19 Mar 2009 , 9:33pm
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hilarious exchange! icon_smile.gif

Carson Posted 19 Mar 2009 , 9:39pm
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OHHH! Of course! Why didn't I ever think of passing a soggy box covered in icing off as cake?? icon_lol.gif

I have had requests somthing like that for my castle cake too...Can you make it like the first one you made and it only needs to serve 15...Nope, that exact cake served at least 50. "But I only need 15 servings so is $30 ok?" hahaha ((((click)))) icon_lol.gif

nursenlove Posted 19 Mar 2009 , 9:42pm
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I have people that ask me if I can do a cake for $20....and they want a full character cake. They dont realize that it takes hours to get the character to match their specifications. There was one woman that wanted me to do a 3 d version of her basset hound. Mind you she was aksing me over the phone and didn't meet me to give me a picture. I am sooo a beginner. So needless to say I did NOT do that cake! LOL!

__Jamie__ Posted 19 Mar 2009 , 9:47pm
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Wow...sending this woman a virtual smack upside the head! Dummy! icon_biggrin.gif

Sweet-Kakes Posted 19 Mar 2009 , 9:54pm
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Nursenlove, I am soooo with ya! I did a 1/2 sheet basketball cake for my 9 yr old's team, with an edible photo copy of the team on it. One mom says she needs one TWICE that size for her son's team. She asks me if I could do it, I say "sure", and she says, "it wouldn't cost more that $35 or $40, would it?" I say, try doubling that! She says, "I'll just pick one up at W-mart", and I say (or think) GOOD! People are JUST CLUELESS!!

LaBellaFlor Posted 19 Mar 2009 , 9:59pm
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AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! You know I applaud all of your guys' patience. I have beem doing cakes for about 25 years (started as a child believe it or not) and I have decided that baking has always been my niche, something I can do & enjoy, so I am in the process of getting my kitchen licensed. But God please grant me the patience of these wonderfull CCers on here or I may not be in business long! icon_smile.gif

indydebi Posted 19 Mar 2009 , 11:44pm
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Originally Posted by FairyPoppins

Friend - Oh, I thought you could use a shoebox or something.

Debi - I can use a shoebox for a cake, like you can use bamboo straws for building studs. (hangs up phone and says, "Ya big dumba$$!)

jammjenks Posted 20 Mar 2009 , 1:53am
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Friend - oh, I thought you could use a shoebox or something.
Me - To support the weight of the towers attaching to the shoebox, I'll have to leave the shoes inside. I'll have to add $155 extra for the pair of Air Jordan's that will be included.
Friend - WHAT??
Me - well, I can't put used shoes....they're not food safe....

Where do people come up with the silly stuff they allow to come out of their mouths?

cylstrial Posted 20 Mar 2009 , 6:32pm
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LOL JammJenks! Good answer. People really are nuts.

candynumber1 Posted 20 Mar 2009 , 6:47pm
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Originally Posted by __Jamie__

Wow...sending this woman a virtual smack upside the head! Dummy! icon_biggrin.gif

Two smacks!! Big Dummy!

beck30 Posted 20 Mar 2009 , 6:58pm
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People are very cluless about how much time we put into them and I blame the grocerystores. Ha Ha (not really) You can get them cheaper there but they arent as personal. The shoebox thing is funny! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

myslady Posted 20 Mar 2009 , 7:13pm
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This is just too funny.

After quoting what Carson said

Originally Posted by Carson

OHHH! Of course! Why didn't I ever think of passing a soggy box covered in icing off as cake?? icon_lol.gif

I would have asked her What happens after the box collapses, are you going to call and tell me it fell.

tripleD Posted 20 Mar 2009 , 7:16pm
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hahhahahahahha! Now that I picked myself off the floor laughing...

Thanks for the smile!

Liis Posted 20 Mar 2009 , 7:21pm
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long time to post anything but the shoe box is funny!

I had a bride in the shop last week. She looked at my "little" 4 tier fake cake and said , oh you know this is way too small for me. i want a big cake like 5-6 tiers. ok. ( wow i think, that must be the bride of my dreams... do whatever you want ) so she goes on and on and on... for 1h and i agree to draw up some samples and send her exact quotation of the price. Then she is ready to leave and drops the bomb. You remember i want the cake like i said but i am not willing to pay more than 350 euros. icon_confused.gificon_surprised.gificon_eek.gif

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