I Get Annoyed When....

Business By jenmat Updated 26 Mar 2010 , 12:36pm by CakeEvolution

jenmat Posted 20 Mar 2010 , 2:59am
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People want fondant looking creations without the fondant and then get mad when I say no.
Recently I have had a lot of customers around here asking for crazy 3D cakes and designs, but they don't want fondant. "I don't want to chew my icing." ok, so you want to suck it through a straw???
So, you want a 3D rocket ship standing up, smooth and highly detailed made of whipped icing?? Um, no thanks.
I use Jen Dontz's recipe for fondant, so I know its heavenly, but people are just so picky. And yet they want Duff designs.
annoying.

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alene Posted 20 Mar 2010 , 3:10am
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I know what you're talking about jentreu. I have an order for a 3D fire truck cake with ladder but they want all butter cream and they want it to look awesome. icon_sad.gif

Odyssey Posted 20 Mar 2010 , 4:45am
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Most people have had bad experience with fondant. It took a bridal show a year ago for me to figure out that there were actually different flavors. One booth was actually handing out little fondant cut out flowers to prove it tasted good. If you ever have extra fondant lying around it may be a consideration to give a small taste if they have already proven they are willing to pay for the cake. That's what sold me anyway.

Mrs-A Posted 20 Mar 2010 , 5:25am
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Originally Posted by Odyssey

Most people have had bad experience with fondant.......




i was saying to my cake teacher last monday that since highschool (ummm, 25yrs ago) i thought i hated fondant because my year 9 food science class made us use a horrible almond fondant (can still buy it at woolies) on a cake and i hated it but the fondant we use in class is yummy so im prepared to try a fondant cake now

cakesbycathy Posted 20 Mar 2010 , 7:31pm
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Originally Posted by Odyssey

Most people have had bad experience with fondant. It took a bridal show a year ago for me to figure out that there were actually different flavors. One booth was actually handing out little fondant cut out flowers to prove it tasted good. If you ever have extra fondant lying around it may be a consideration to give a small taste if they have already proven they are willing to pay for the cake. That's what sold me anyway.




That's a really good idea thumbs_up.gif

sweetcakes Posted 20 Mar 2010 , 9:38pm
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we gave out little squares of fondant on a toothpick at a recent bridal show we did, and everyone loved it although most had a preconceived opinion already.

TexasSugar Posted 22 Mar 2010 , 3:27pm
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Originally Posted by jentreu

"I don't want to chew my icing."...... I use Jen Dontz's recipe for fondant, so I know its heavenly, but people are just so picky.




You pointed out two totally different things. Texture and taste. While the taste my be heavenly, some poeple just do not care for the texture of fondant.

My family would be in the texture group. We just don't like the chewiness of fondant. I have tried home made recipes before, and while the taste is good, it is still chewy.

To each their own. Both tastes and textures very from person to person. What is good to one person may not be good to another

You are the cake decorating so you should tell them that I'm sorry but that icing will not hold up for what you want. I can do a different design using the icing you want or I can do this cake, using fondant.

But I don't think they are being picky by asking for an icing that they prefer.

paulstonia Posted 22 Mar 2010 , 3:49pm
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Ok, my family doesn't care for the chewieness (is that a word?) of fondant. In fact I don't. I use mmf, and all the little kids just love it, I mean it's just a marshmallow icon_biggrin.gif But come on, there is a layer of buttercream under there! I just leave the fondant on my plate.

ccr03 Posted 22 Mar 2010 , 4:11pm
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Yeah, I always tell my customers it's always a personal preference. I explain that my brother loves the stuff while my sister can't stand it. It's really just a matter of educating the cake muggles.

akgirl10 Posted 23 Mar 2010 , 12:32am
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They can always peel it off. I don't really care for it either, but it certainly doesn't offend me. It's not like the entire cake is made of fondant.

tarheelgirl Posted 23 Mar 2010 , 12:55am
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I always take samples of fondant covered squares to my bridal tastings. Last weekend I met with a couple and the groom would not touch it! I said.. try it.. its not the nasty stuff you have had before. I make mine fresh (MMF). He said no several times! haha I finally let it go! I think its a texture thing. My kids LOVE the stuff and my hubby hates it. Several of my customers have ordered fondant after they have given it a try. Lets face it.. most sculpted cakes would not be awesome if it were not make with fondant. Or at least mine aren't! icon_biggrin.gif

daltonam Posted 23 Mar 2010 , 1:13am
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Originally Posted by akgirl10

They can always peel it off. I don't really care for it either, but it certainly doesn't offend me. It's not like the entire cake is made of fondant.




I agree.....Sometimes it has NOTHING to do with the taste & EVERYTHING to do with the texture. That said, I'd tell them no also. If it needs to be cover in fondant for that "LOOK" ... well they need to get over it & PEEL IT OFF......HAHA

oh & is that recipe you use public knowledge? I'd love to have it if it is...Thanks icon_smile.gif

4brod Posted 23 Mar 2010 , 4:08am
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I have the same issues. People wants what they see on TV but without the fondant icon_confused.gif
I sometimes wonder if these shows really helps fellows cake decorators or are they harming our business.

Jenn2179 Posted 25 Mar 2010 , 1:28am
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Even if they aren't interested I usually have all my brides try fondant just so they can see it tastes good. Most are impressed with the taste. I too get frustrated with those who want the look but not fondant.

jenmat Posted 25 Mar 2010 , 2:24am
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oh, I always recommend giving the brides a sample of fondant, and most of them love it. Wedding couples never give me grief about it.
Usually its just the celebration cakes that are the pain. People want the cool look without the chewy icing or the fondant price. Smaller the price tag, the more they want for less.

Daltonam- the fondant recipe belongs to Jennifer Dontz, who is a member here and has a video for sale that has the recipe. So, in respect to her, I'll have to point you to her videos.

CakeEvolution Posted 26 Mar 2010 , 12:36pm
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Can you replace the fondnat with molded chocolate????? This is something I am going to be trying out in a few weeks on a test cake.... I know the chocolate is much heavier, but it's worth trying

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