Conversation Heard At Local Baking Supply Store

Decorating By JohnnyCakes1966 Updated 15 Sep 2010 , 12:38am by afterdinnerthoughts

JohnnyCakes1966 Posted 13 Sep 2010 , 6:30pm
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I was at my local baking supply store and overheard the following conversation between a customer and an employee:

C: I'm going to open a cake and cupcake shop and need some supplies.
ME: (Moves in closer to hear the details.)
E: Great! When do you plan to open?
C: By January 1st.
E: So...What can I help you with?
C: Well, I need everything necessary to bake and decorate.
E: You don't have any supplies at all?
C: No. I don't really even know what I need.
ME: icon_surprised.gif
E: icon_confused.gif Have you ever worked in a bakery?
C: No. I've done food service, but have no experience with pastries or baking at all.
E: icon_confused.gif And you're opening when? (My thought exactly!)
C: By January 1st.
E: OK...Well....Let's start with tips and piping bags.
C: What are tips?
ME: icon_eek.gif
E: (Explains what tips are)
C: OHHHH.... So THAT'S how they get the frosting to look like that! Well, how hard is it to make a flower?
ME: icon_cry.gif
E: You know, you might want to start by taking the Wilton decorating classes.
C: I'll think about it, but I can probably just do it on my own. Do you have any books with instructions?
E: (Hands customer a book)
C: (Thumbs through book.) Oh good, it has recipes, too. I'll need those.
E: You don't have any recipes?
C: No.
ME: tapedshut.gif
E: Um...Well, this book has recipes for cakes and the different types of buttercream.
C: What's buttercream?
ME: icon_surprised.gificon_eek.gificon_confused.gificon_cry.gif

I had to make my purchase and leave at that point, as I was having a nervous breakdown. My prediction is, that customer will be having one too, come January 1st!

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Maria_Campos Posted 13 Sep 2010 , 6:42pm
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ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!! icon_surprised.gificon_eek.gificon_lol.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gificon_lol.gificon_cry.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_biggrin.gif
I needed that! Thanks for the laugh!

mayo2222 Posted 13 Sep 2010 , 6:44pm
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Wow.....

KSMill Posted 13 Sep 2010 , 6:49pm
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I agree Mayo.....WOW!

nana_marta Posted 13 Sep 2010 , 6:53pm
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How could you just leave and not hear the end of the conversation?? How could you not eavesdrop for the rest of us and leave us in suspense!!!!!! How could you not run up and strangle this woman while laughing demonically?? How could you not get the address of the proposed bakery so we could alll show up on Jan 2 and taste the cuppies???? wheeww-- okay I'm better now.

cakeythings1961 Posted 13 Sep 2010 , 6:54pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JohnnyCakes1966


E: Um...Well, this book has recipes for cakes and the different types of buttercream.
C: What's buttercream?




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I think I just wet my pants!!!!
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lyndim Posted 13 Sep 2010 , 6:54pm
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Oh my! She probably has been watching too many cake shows, man, is she in for a surprise!

Kitagrl Posted 13 Sep 2010 , 7:00pm
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Too funny!!!! Love the way you wrote it too! Some people....

leily Posted 13 Sep 2010 , 7:04pm
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Originally Posted by lyndim

Oh my! She probably has been watching too many cake shows, man, is she in for a surprise!




well come on now... on cupcake wars they can bake 1000 in like 90 minutes (or is it longer than that... i don't remember) so it must not be that hard.

Thank you for the laugh.... I did love the buttercream part.

fairmaiden0101 Posted 13 Sep 2010 , 7:04pm
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Umm, you were listening in on my conversation? icon_confused.gif hahaha

JohnnyCakes1966 Posted 13 Sep 2010 , 7:10pm
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I was in shock! And I could tell the employee was, too.....like....Do I slap some sense into this person (it was a guy) or make a big sale?? And I SO wanted to step in and say something, but.....I also didn't want to jeopardize the sale. Just didn't feel like it was my place to do that.

Nana - I wanted to stay to hear how it ended, but didn't have time. But I did hear where the shop is supposed to open: a town about 25 minutes south of St. Louis. Wanna plan a field trip for January 2? icon_lol.gif

In all seriousness, I wish him well. But.......he doesn't know how to bake, doesn't even have recipes, and doesn't know how to decorate....and he's gonna learn it all, PLUS go through the process of becoming a licensed business, finding a storefront, etc...in just over 3 months. Yeah....I really should have said something. icon_sad.gif

infinitsky Posted 13 Sep 2010 , 7:11pm
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the incident and your writing, both are funny....

JohnnyCakes1966 Posted 13 Sep 2010 , 7:14pm
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Originally Posted by fairmaiden0101

Umm, you were listening in on my conversation? icon_confused.gif hahaha




icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif ....I am hoping the guy doesn't come on here and happen upon this thread! But my thought was, surely he isn't a member here or he'd know what buttercream is at the very least! And...if he DOES read this, maybe he'll consider moving his opening date back a little bit.

luddroth Posted 13 Sep 2010 , 7:21pm
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You know, I think I'll start doing brain surgery in a couple months. Does anybody have a book and some instruments to get me started? And, um, what's a scalpel?

mbasic Posted 13 Sep 2010 , 7:24pm
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ROFL -- I needed the laugh also! Thanks for sharing!

Amylou Posted 13 Sep 2010 , 7:24pm
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Well, ya know...all it is, is some flour and sugar really...

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O
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Geeee!!

sweetcakes Posted 13 Sep 2010 , 7:30pm
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by golly!!!, well you know the next place they'll come is here to get all their questions answered. Unfortunately i have alot of wilton students that think exactly the same thing on the first night of Decorating Basics. They're out there in la la land.

momma28 Posted 13 Sep 2010 , 7:31pm
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OMGoodness that made my day!!! What a hoot!!

Price Posted 13 Sep 2010 , 7:34pm
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LOL! This thread just made my day! I needed a good laugh. I wonder what IndyDebi would have to say about this one? icon_eek.gif

cupcakeqt72 Posted 13 Sep 2010 , 7:37pm
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I am in Fenton, Mo. Will have to be on the lookout for a new bakery in a few months!

mjandros Posted 13 Sep 2010 , 7:42pm
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Seriously????? icon_surprised.gif You can't make this stuff up......... icon_eek.gif

linstead Posted 13 Sep 2010 , 7:46pm
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Oh come on everyone - she'll probalby have her own show on TLC by the end of the year!!! icon_rolleyes.gif

tlreetz Posted 13 Sep 2010 , 7:48pm
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That is SO hilarious!!! How hard can it be, right??!!! HA, HA, HA!! I LOVED your faces, totally made the whole post!! My jaw hit the keyboard while reading that.......wouldn't you just love to crawl in her head and find out what is really in there....what is she thinking???!!!!!! icon_eek.gif

Spuddysmom Posted 13 Sep 2010 , 8:05pm
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icon_eek.gif is right! but what if this is really how life works and the rest of us have it all wrong??? Hmmm, I will be running my first marathon on Jan. 1st, of course I haven't actually trained, don't have good shoes, and should work on eating healthier, but hey, I've seen other people run... how hard can it be?
Oh, and I'll also be dancing on stage, .... tap I think.... better pick up some shoes for that, too.
Anyone else?

Rosie2 Posted 13 Sep 2010 , 8:13pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Spuddysmom

I will be running my first marathon on Jan. 1st, of course I haven't actually trained, don't have good shoes, and should work on eating healthier, but hey, I've seen other people run... how hard can it be?


icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif ---just get some good running shoes and you're good to go...some people are naturals thumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif

JohnnyCakes1966 Posted 13 Sep 2010 , 8:13pm
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Glad this has given a few laughs....I thought it might. thumbs_up.gif Some people really are just clueless.

I'm all for jumping in with both feet, but dang! Bake a cake or 2 and give decorating a try before deciding you're going to make a career of it! I seriously don't expect to see this shop open in 3 months, but I DO expect to pick up a few barely used decorating supplies on Ebay around that time! thumbs_up.gificon_lol.gif

kathys90 Posted 13 Sep 2010 , 8:22pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by luddroth

You know, I think I'll start doing brain surgery in a couple months. Does anybody have a book and some instruments to get me started? And, um, what's a scalpel?




Okay, now THAT'S funny!!!

Franluvsfrosting Posted 13 Sep 2010 , 8:32pm
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Wow! Just Wow!!

Msjckson Posted 13 Sep 2010 , 8:37pm
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Oh wow! She didn't even know what buttercream was.. most people know that just from purchasing cakes..

all4cake Posted 13 Sep 2010 , 9:03pm
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I think any guy who is willing to ask questions regardless of how simple sounding they are, will have the oomph to open and be successful by his goal date.thumbs_up.gif ( so many prefer to drive in circles eternally before asking directions icon_cool.gif )

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