Urgh, So Annoying....i'm Sure You Can Relate

Decorating By Crissy_Cakes Updated 7 Apr 2009 , 12:21pm by Deb_

Crissy_Cakes Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 5:32pm
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I'm sorry, I have to vent.
This is the coversation I just had with a co-worker....

Coworker: So I'd like to get a cake from you for next Friday. It's for my 51st husbands birthday. Can you get back to me with how much you're going to charge?

Me: That's great, do you have any ideas on what you're looking for? How many people does it need to feed and what's flavor (filling/cake) do you want?

Coworker: I was thinking a cake shaped like the *college name* Logo. Do you think it will be under $40?

Me: Cost all depends on the size and ingredients. Flavors/Fills can be found on the left side of my blog. *i give her the link to my site.

Coworker: I don't know, can I get back to you on the 13th? He's out of town and I don't know how many people he's invited.


ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME is all I wanted to scream back at her. For one the under $40 statement really got me. icon_confused.gif
Secondly, waiting until the week the cake is due to tell me the flavors is completely rude; I typically buy my supplies the weekend before the cake is due.
Third, how in the world do people think I can just blab out a price if I don't know how many people it needs to feed! icon_mad.gif

Urgh, I feel better now.....sort of.
Blood pressure is still through the roof. icon_cry.gif

17 replies
RandomCakes Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 5:40pm
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I don't sell cakes, I just make them for fun, but you can always send her here:
http://www.charmcitycakes.com/noflash/index.cfm?rd=faq

They are booked thru May 3rd, plus many other weeks, and the MIN amount they charge is $1000!!

I bet you would look like a dream after that icon_biggrin.gif

tx_cupcake Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 5:42pm
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Originally Posted by Crissy_Cakes

So I'd like to get a cake from you for next Friday. It's for my 51st husbands birthday.




Man, she really gets around! icon_lol.gif

In my experience my co-workers are the worst! I am constantly getting the "Can you do X for $X?", and most of the time my answer is "NO!". Sadly, everyone got used to me leaving my (free) experimental cakes in the break room. If you think this cake is going to be huge pain in your a$$, just tell her that she waited too long and now you're booked for that date. Seems like if she wants to wait until the last minute, she shouldn't mind getting a last minute cake (i.e. Hello Wal-Mart!).

Or that could just be my co-worker bitterness getting the best of me! tapedshut.gif

tripleD Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 5:42pm
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Tell her your booked and don't worry about it. Why these people think cake is cheap is beyond me. They feel that just because they work with you they get it cheaper. Don't they know how valuable your time is.

I know what you mean so vent away...

pipe-dreams Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 5:44pm
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So she wants to tell you on MONDAY what to make for that FRIDAY?? Omg, that's ridiculous. You obviously have another job besides cakes...what is she thinking? I am SO sorry for you. Just try to calm down and think about something else.
I know how you feel. I had a lady call me on Wednesday and wanted a 3D cake for Friday. I'm a SAHM, so I divide my cakes up so I don't have to work all day.

pattycakesnj Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 5:46pm
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some people just don't have a clue. I would tell her sorry, you just remembered that you have too many cakes for the weekend and possibly couldn't squeeze her in

all4cake Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 5:48pm
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Just a thought..."sure, I can make one for under $40...if it's basic cake, no filling to serve 12(or whatever your rate is). premium cake no filling, same design, to serve 8. premium cake, premium filling, same design to serve 4...4 is basically 4 cupcakes just so ya know. Get back to me before Friday with the number of servings and flavor options you'd like...maybe you could call him?"

luvsfreebies72 Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 5:53pm
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Originally Posted by all4cake

Just a thought..."sure, I can make one for under $40...if it's basic cake, no filling to serve 12(or whatever your rate is). premium cake no filling, same design, to serve 8. premium cake, premium filling, same design to serve 4...4 is basically 4 cupcakes just so ya know. Get back to me before Friday with the number of servings and flavor options you'd like...maybe you could call him?"


I would totally do this response. It's fabulous!

pipe-dreams Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 5:57pm
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Crissy_Cakes wrote:
So I'd like to get a cake from you for next Friday. It's for my 51st husbands birthday.


Man, she really gets around!

Txcupcake...That's freakin hilarious!!

Crissy_Cakes Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 5:59pm
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Allforcake I love your suggestion!

I guess the more and more I get into cakes, the more I'm taken back by peoples complete ignorance on how much time we spend on them. For the Coach cake I did last week, I spent 22 hours on it in 5 days just in the evenings after my regular 8-5 job.

Though it's not only time, I mean most people really don't understand how expensive the ingredients can be. Honest to god, I think I'm going to put together a spreadsheet showing just how much basic ingredients cost (down to the ounces of flavoring used) for a 8x8x4 square cake so they can have a D'OH moment.

Sure would make me fill better.

Deb_ Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 7:58pm
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Originally Posted by txcupcake

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Originally Posted by Crissy_Cakes

So I'd like to get a cake from you for next Friday. It's for my 51st husbands birthday.



Man, she really gets around! icon_lol.gif





LOL.......I was thinking "With 50 other husbands no wonder her cake budget is only $40, it must get expensive buying cakes for all of them!" icon_lol.gif

Sorry, it's been one of those rainy Mondays.

I'd go up to her right now and say, "If you're still interested in the cake, I need to know by this Friday the 10th so I can plan my week."

yh9080 Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 8:15pm
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I too work full time and my response to last minute (and this qualifies) is: I'm sorry but since I work full-time and have family obligations (parents in my case), [i]I will need at least two weeks notice. Thank you for thinking of me though.

BCo Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 8:25pm
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Ahhh- we must work with the same people!!!! I had a lady today come to me and let me know that's she's probably going to have her son's bday party either THIS Friday or Saturday and she's not sure how many people will be there and not sure what's she's looking for!!! Then she was thinking about having something with a stand up Fondant plaque!! HELLO - these things need TIME to dry and it is MONDAY and if you want it for FRIDAY that gives me what, 3 whole days to design, bake, decorate! And yes, I have an 8-5 full time job on top of it all too. She's realy wishy washy about it and that drives me nuts. Make a decision already!! Plus this is Easter weekend so extra busy week. It's tough when you can't just be done with them b/c you have to see them everyday at work too!! LOL Cake civilians do not have a clue what goes into decorating cakes. But luckily she isn't one that bulks at prices, she just says ok and hands over the $$$ with no complaints! That makes dealing with last minute stuff a little more bearable! Not much, but a little!

Tee-Y Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 9:37pm
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I sure can relate icon_mad.gif Had this customer who walks into my shop and asks for a cake for the next day. My sales girl accepts,calls me and I tell her it is not feasible but I can have it ready on the third day. We agree on 9am and I set to work all day and all night only to get a call at 6.30am third day from the customer. I'm putting finishing touches ready for 9am delivery and they ask if they can come get it at 6.30am.I'm tired, sleepy, cranky, you name it but I just tell them to come at 8.30am only to hear a very loud angry voice in the background saying how incompetent I am not to have finished a cake that was ordered a WHOLE icon_eek.gif three days ago icon_eek.gif .Boy was I MAD icon_mad.gif !I just cut off the connection, went ahead and finished up the cake and told myself some people are just not worth the sacrifice it takes to put a good cake together!! Anyone that is not ready to pay right or order early --NO SHOW!!!!!!!!

funcakes Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 1:26am
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LOL.. sorry I'm also laughing at the 51st husband line. I worked for a principal that always referred to a group of staff members as "the mentally retarded teachers" and they always reminded him he should state "teachers of the mentally retarded" Oh, and he never learned.

Please don't flame me for the "r" word. The English language changes rapidly over time. New words are added every year. words that are not offensive in the 60s and 70s raise a few hackles in 2009. At that time in education it was the proper title for that classification, now it is "developmentally delayed." In ten years it will be something else I'm sure.

Deb_ Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 1:41am
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LOL.. sorry I'm also laughing at the 51st husband line. I worked for a principal that always referred to a group of staff members as "the mentally retarded teachers" and they always reminded him he should state "teachers of the mentally retarded" Oh, and he never learned.

Please don't flame me for the "r" word. The English language changes rapidly over time. New words are added every year. words that are not offensive in the 60s and 70s raise a few hackles in 2009. At that time in education it was the proper title for that classification, now it is "developmentally delayed." In ten years it will be something else I'm sure.




Boy, you're not kidding........ever watch reruns of All In The Family? Most of the words that came out of Archie's mouth would never cut it in prime time today.

tx_cupcake Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 12:15pm
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Originally Posted by funcakes

LOL.. sorry I'm also laughing at the 51st husband line. I worked for a principal that always referred to a group of staff members as "the mentally retarded teachers" and they always reminded him he should state "teachers of the mentally retarded" Oh, and he never learned.

Please don't flame me for the "r" word. The English language changes rapidly over time. New words are added every year. words that are not offensive in the 60s and 70s raise a few hackles in 2009. At that time in education it was the proper title for that classification, now it is "developmentally delayed." In ten years it will be something else I'm sure.



Boy, you're not kidding........ever watch reruns of All In The Family? Most of the words that came out of Archie's mouth would never cut it in prime time today.




And that's probably the reason that I still watch "All In The Family" reruns! icon_lol.gif

Deb_ Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 12:21pm
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And that's probably the reason that I still watch "All In The Family" reruns! icon_lol.gif


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Me too..........well at least I did when they showed them, I can't find it on anymore. What channel do you get it on?

One time I was sick on a Saturday and they ran All In The Family for 24 hrs straight.............I think I watched about 20 hrs of it. icon_biggrin.gif

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