Its Free Cake - Just Eat It And Shut Up!

Decorating By Mrs-A Updated 24 Feb 2010 , 2:10am by sherry_lyn

Mrs-A Posted 15 Feb 2010 , 11:42pm
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my thing for this year is to make a different cake from scratch every week - and there is one guy in my office that had decided he is to critique every single freaking cake i bring in!

its free cake - just freaking eat it!

this weeks cake was too buttery - it was a yellow butter cake mind you. yes it had alot of butter but thats what the recipe asked for and other people were coming into my office to tell me they loved the butter flavour

last weeks cake balls - the sizes werent uniformed

the week before was a good old aussie sponge and he said there were too many fresh strawberries with the cream in the middle

the week before that was coconut cake and he didnt like the dark chocolate ganache

i admit that i do work with a bunch of ferals when it comes to cake but every single week the entire cake is eaten and im getting requests so it cant be that bad

im not decorating them yet just playing with the new KA I got and learning about scratch baking. i know not everyone shares the same tastes in flavour and yeah, feedback is good but for geez sake - this virgo is driving me nuts!

i feel like saying NO CAKE FOR YOU! icon_mad.gif

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Sagebrush Posted 15 Feb 2010 , 11:48pm
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Originally Posted by Mrs-A

i feel like saying NO CAKE FOR YOU! icon_mad.gif




So, say it! Cut the cake up, and take everyone else a slice, and when he acts all miffed, tell him that he never likes your cakes, so you figured he wouldn't want any more.

LOL... Don't know that I would do it either, but its nice to imagine! And if you're brave enough too, I'll be cheering you on.

_Jamie_ Posted 15 Feb 2010 , 11:49pm
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Anyone that ever says there is too much butter in their cake needs to be slapped, poked in the eye with a dowel, and had the entire contents of a Funfetti cake mix shoved down their throat. Dry.

CMTorie Posted 15 Feb 2010 , 11:51pm
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i feel like saying NO CAKE FOR YOU! icon_mad.gif



Haha, that makes me think of the soup nazi from Seinfeld icon_razz.gif

cownsj Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 12:01am
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No, tell him that since he seems to know alot about cake, and you are *uh hem* new to it, maybe you should have a cake off. He bakes his best recipe and you bake yours and you both bring in your cakes for the office to determine which is better.

Challenge him to "Put up or Shut up!"

foxymomma521 Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 12:09am
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Originally Posted by _Jamie_

Anyone that ever says there is too much butter in their cake needs to be slapped, poked in the eye with a dowel, and had the entire contents of a Funfetti cake mix shoved down their throat. Dry.



icon_lol.gif You're so funny

jammjenks Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 12:09am
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You didn't happen to tell them all that you were experimenting and looking for opinions, did you? Just wondering.

Some people hear what they WANT to hear, so maybe he thought that was what he heard?? icon_confused.gif

mommyle Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 12:10am
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Slap him hard. Some people just need it!

indydebi Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 12:11am
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PIck a great line and say it every single time to him. Just repeat it every time he makes a comment.

"No more cake for you, then!"

"No one else has complained."

"Thanks ... I was wondering where you were with your weekly negative comment about my free cake."

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Mrs-A Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 12:18am
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Originally Posted by jammjenks

You didn't happen to tell them all that you were experimenting and looking for opinions, did you? Just wondering.

Some people hear what they WANT to hear, so maybe he thought that was what he heard?? icon_confused.gif




nope didnt ask for comments..... they know im on this 52 cake odyssey this year (which secretly is my plan to make myself thinner by making them fat icon_evil.gif ) and I will be experimenting with a different cake every week but I didnt say/email anything, i just send out an email each monday saying this weeks cake is ??? and its in the kitchen, help yourself

im sure he thinks hes helping me but grrrr every week, its already wearing me down



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Originally Posted by indydebi

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"Thanks ... I was wondering where you were with your weekly negative comment about my free cake."

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heheheh, i like this one


thanks all - i just needed to have a whiney moment, this guy is SUCH a total perfectionist... i wonder why hes still single icon_twisted.gif

mommyle Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 12:18am
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Tell him he has a fat a$$ and should lay off the cake anyway.

djs328 Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 12:20am
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Originally Posted by _Jamie_

Anyone that ever says there is too much butter in their cake needs to be slapped, poked in the eye with a dowel, and had the entire contents of a Funfetti cake mix shoved down their throat. Dry.




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cownsj Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 12:23am
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Originally Posted by Mrs-A

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Originally Posted by jammjenks

You didn't happen to tell them all that you were experimenting and looking for opinions, did you? Just wondering.

Some people hear what they WANT to hear, so maybe he thought that was what he heard?? icon_confused.gif



nope didnt ask for comments..... they know im on this 52 cake odyssey this year (which secretly is my plan to make myself thinner by making them fat icon_evil.gif ) and I will be experimenting with a different cake every week but I didnt say/email anything, i just send out an email each monday saying this weeks cake is ??? and its in the kitchen, help yourself

im sure he thinks hes helping me but grrrr every week, its already wearing me down



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Originally Posted by indydebi

......
"Thanks ... I was wondering where you were with your weekly negative comment about my free cake."

icon_twisted.gif


heheheh, i like this one


thanks all - i just needed to have a whiney moment, this guy is SUCH a total perfectionist... i wonder why hes still single icon_twisted.gif




I'm a Virgo, and a perfectionist. this guy is just a jerk who is craving the attention you are getting and he isn't.

noahsmummy Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 12:47am
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(which secretly is my plan to make myself thinner by making them fat icon_evil.gif )

hahaah why didnt i think of this myself??? hahahaha

SpecialtyCakesbyKelli Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 12:48am
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just tell the jacka$$ that the friggin cake is free so eat up and shut up...no opinions needed! icon_biggrin.gif

Some people like the be the "Jack of all trades" ya know...the guy who knows how to do EVERYTHING.......but doesn't know Jack Sh*t? We have a one, I call him Jack!

indydebi Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 1:00am
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Originally Posted by mommyle

Tell him he has a fat a$$ and should lay off the cake anyway.


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CristyInMiami Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 1:01am
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I would individually give the cake to everyone but him. THen when he comes looking for his piece I would tell him "No, this cake is too buttery for your taste, you wont like it" and walk off. thumbs_up.gif

Rosie2 Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 1:05am
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Originally Posted by _Jamie_

slapped, poked in the eye with a dowel, and had the entire contents of a Funfetti cake mix shoved down their throat. Dry.


Yesssss, Jamie is right!!!! that is exactly what you need to do with him icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
It's free for Christ'-sake!!!
I'm a hobby baker and everything I do is free...so, one time this one lady ask me for a baby shower cake for her daughter in-law. She said she didn't care what kind since it was going to be free.
So, for a begginer I made a darn cute cake (is the baby in the barrel in my photos) I spend 3 evenings making the cake and everyone loved it except the woman that order it....she made comments such: it was too sweet...I thought it was going to be 3 leches (a traditional mexican cake) and, why is there a baby in a barrel? icon_mad.gificon_mad.gificon_mad.gificon_mad.gif she also forgot to say 'thank you'...aha and, that's not all...a month later she told my daughter----if your Mom is not too busy can she make another cake? but please tell her not to make it too sweet---okay, I wanna follow Jamie's advice here!!!!

BlakesCakes Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 1:09am
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Me, I'd let him have a piece of cake and when he walks up to me, just as he begins to open his mouth, I'd say:

"Wait, wait! I know, something is WRONG with the cake, right?
How'd I guess?
Because you've had something negative to say about every other cake I've made.
I've thought it over and I don't want your opinion, anymore.
You ruin the buzz I get out of making cakes that everyone else seems to appreciate.
Have a nice day Buh-bye." icon_razz.gif

Rae

denetteb Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 1:11am
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I'm going out on a limb here with my varying opinion. I can certainly understand that it is frustrating hearing his weekly comments. However if you can take a step back, his comments sound rather helpful since you are trying new recipes. Good observation about the different size in cake balls for example or that the butter cake had a strong butter flavor. When I try something new and have friends taste it I have to push them for critiques and comments so I know if it is something I want to make again or toss the recipe. Maybe you could try to hear them as comments or critiques rather than complaints. Since he keeps coming back, he certainly does like your cakes. Denette

Deb_ Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 1:12am
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last weeks cake balls - the sizes werent uniformed




I'd love to know what he was comparing them to icon_rolleyes.gificon_twisted.giftapedshut.gif

cownsj Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 1:17am
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Originally Posted by Deb_

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Originally Posted by Mrs-A

last weeks cake balls - the sizes werent uniformed



I'd love to know what he was comparing them to icon_rolleyes.gificon_twisted.giftapedshut.gif




ROFLMFAO icon_surprised.gif

indydebi Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 1:18am
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Originally Posted by denetteb

I'm going out on a limb here with my varying opinion. I can certainly understand that it is frustrating hearing his weekly comments. However if you can take a step back, his comments sound rather helpful since you are trying new recipes. Good observation about the different size in cake balls for example or that the butter cake had a strong butter flavor. When I try something new and have friends taste it I have to push them for critiques and comments so I know if it is something I want to make again or toss the recipe. Maybe you could try to hear them as comments or critiques rather than complaints. Since he keeps coming back, he certainly does like your cakes. Denette



That is very true and feedback on improvement suggestions is always a good thing to hear. But is there nothing he LIKES about the cakes? Can he not say SOMETHING positive, especially since he seems to be stuffing his face with FREE cake every single week? icon_confused.gif

Whether doing a performance review, grading a paper, critiquing a piece of art, reprimanding your child, or pointing out to your husband that he's really bad at buying gifts for you ("honey, it's a beautiful blue dress, but I don't wear a size 22 ... I wear a 12!"), it's a 101 Class to know you always start with the positive before making recommendations on what can be improved.

cownsj Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 1:19am
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Originally Posted by Rosie2

Quote:
Originally Posted by _Jamie_

slapped, poked in the eye with a dowel, and had the entire contents of a Funfetti cake mix shoved down their throat. Dry.

Yesssss, Jamie is right!!!! that is exactly what you need to do with him icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
It's free for Christ'-sake!!!
I'm a hobby baker and everything I do is free...so, one time this one lady ask me for a baby shower cake for her daughter in-law. She said she didn't care what kind since it was going to be free.
So, for a begginer I made a darn cute cake (is the baby in the barrel in my photos) I spend 3 evenings making the cake and everyone loved it except the woman that order it....she made comments such: it was too sweet...I thought it was going to be 3 leches (a traditional mexican cake) and, why is there a baby in a barrel? icon_mad.gificon_mad.gificon_mad.gificon_mad.gif she also forgot to say 'thank you'...aha and, that's not all...a month later she told my daughter----if your Mom is not too busy can she make another cake? but please tell her not to make it too sweet---okay, I wanna follow Jamie's advice here!!!!




That cake is ADORABLE! That lady is out of her mind, and just so rude. So, which is the other cake you made for her? HAHAHAHAHA

cakesbycathy Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 1:29am
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If it were me, I would skip a week making the cake. When everyone wants to know where this week's cake is I would say "Well, there's someone who never has anything nice to say about the free cake they get, and quite frankly this week I didn't feel like getting my feelings hurt."

It will take all of about 3 seconds for the other employees to jump all over him. Bet he shuts up after that.

AKS Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 1:34am
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See, maybe it's the New Yorker in me, but I would just put my waste paper pail on a nearby table with a sign that says, "Cake comments may be deposited here", and after a week or two, I think you should be comment-free. JMHO icon_twisted.gif

adonisthegreek1 Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 1:41am
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Originally Posted by Mrs-A

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i feel like saying NO CAKE FOR YOU! icon_mad.gif




Go ahead...be the Cake Nazi. icon_lol.gif
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svSGKJFSl-8&feature=related

Rosie2 Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 1:41am
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Originally Posted by cownsj

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Originally Posted by Rosie2

Quote:
Originally Posted by _Jamie_

slapped, poked in the eye with a dowel, and had the entire contents of a Funfetti cake mix shoved down their throat. Dry.

Yesssss, Jamie is right!!!! that is exactly what you need to do with him icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
It's free for Christ'-sake!!!
I'm a hobby baker and everything I do is free...so, one time this one lady ask me for a baby shower cake for her daughter in-law. She said she didn't care what kind since it was going to be free.
So, for a begginer I made a darn cute cake (is the baby in the barrel in my photos) I spend 3 evenings making the cake and everyone loved it except the woman that order it....she made comments such: it was too sweet...I thought it was going to be 3 leches (a traditional mexican cake) and, why is there a baby in a barrel? icon_mad.gificon_mad.gificon_mad.gificon_mad.gif she also forgot to say 'thank you'...aha and, that's not all...a month later she told my daughter----if your Mom is not too busy can she make another cake? but please tell her not to make it too sweet---okay, I wanna follow Jamie's advice here!!!!



That cake is ADORABLE! That lady is out of her mind, and just so rude. So, which is the other cake you made for her? HAHAHAHAHA


LOL, icon_biggrin.gif
Thank you cownsj!! nope, she didn't like it...I told my daughter to tell her that I'm busy for the rest of my life!! icon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gif

Evoir Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 1:48am
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Mrs-A - I think the dude lacks certain social skills. He probably thinks he is being helkpful with his criticism!

My husband works for a large corporation, and their tradition is that when someone has a birthday THAT person brings in a cake to share. So, they generally all get me to make a cake for them (ie they buy it off me). One time, someone ordered a white chocolate mud cake with white choc decorations etc, and so I went to town experimenting with my chocolate collars and curls etc - it looked sensational! I love being given free rein to try new ideas and get paid for them!

ANyhow, it was raved over, EXCEPT for this one guy who told me at a Xmas social bowls night - it was 'way too rich and sweet'. Helloooo?? Did I make it for YOU?

THEN, he totally blew me away by ordering a cake from me for HIS birthday! (I made him a plain banana cake with cream cheese frosting)...He loved it.

Because I also send in cakes I am experimenting with to hubby's work for feedback, I make sure my husband gives this bloke as much cake as he wants. So far I have made him gorge himself on too many profiteroles (couldn't stop eating them) and a cherry ripe mud cake.

My mission is to kill him with cake.

(Btw he is also a single man. Because he is an engineer though, it is clear why - he simply lacks those social skills!!)

Bluehue Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 2:03am
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Oh Mrs A - why set yourself up every week?

Just don't give him any and when he asks why - just say
My cakes don't like you.


Bluehue.

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