What Would You Do?

Decorating By spicynsweet Updated 24 Jun 2011 , 1:35am by spicynsweet

spicynsweet Posted 22 Jun 2011 , 4:05pm
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I was asked by a friend to do a wedding cake for her cousin's wedding. The cousin contacted me and stated that she wants to buy all the ingredients and everything needed to make the cake and she just wants me to bake and decorate it. I am doing this all for free, so my question is should I do it that way or should I ask her to allow me to buy everything and just give her receipts?

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KatieKraft Posted 22 Jun 2011 , 4:26pm
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I've done this before, and I just sent them to the store with an ingredient list and a brand specification for anything that I want specifically. It turned out a-ok for me.

If you're going to purchase the ingredients and just give her the receipts for reimbursement, I would be prepared to eat that expense if she chooses not to pay you back for one reason or another. Not to say she would do that at all, but that is a chance you take when putting out your own money up front.

You might get an estimate for ingredients before hand and ask for the money up front, giving her any change back, or go shopping with her.

sillywabbitz Posted 22 Jun 2011 , 4:26pm
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I think this depends on brand pickiness. If I gave her the list and she bought everything I needed including brands I specified then I wouldn't mind but you run the risk of them buying the wrong stuff.

I only use name brand powdered sugar for example and coffee mate creamers for my BC. Don't forget to still charge her for the supports, boards etc if she's supposed to cover your cost. Also make sure she gets you the stuff in advance. I make my BC the week before and freeze it.

sweettreat101 Posted 22 Jun 2011 , 4:27pm
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If she is willing I would let her buy everything this way she will see how much cost goes into making a cake and saves you gas in the long run. Give her a list of what you need. When I purchase supplies I always try to get the best deal a lot of people I know won't even bother taking the time so they end up spending more.

spicynsweet Posted 22 Jun 2011 , 4:44pm
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Thanks ladies for your input. I think I will have to sit down and make a full list of all my needed supplies, brand names and all and specify that I need exactly what is on my list. This was just a weird request and it kinda threw me for a loop.

LindaF144a Posted 22 Jun 2011 , 8:04pm
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Originally Posted by spicynsweet

I was asked by a friend to do a wedding cake for her cousin's wedding. The cousin contacted me and stated that she wants to buy all the ingredients and everything needed to make the cake and she just wants me to bake and decorate it. I am doing this all for free, so my question is should I do it that way or should I ask her to allow me to buy everything and just give her receipts?




You should buy and get the receipts. What if she buys a different brand, AKA, Sam's club butter (Others say on here it doesn't work well for frosting) and your recipes fail. You will then it is was something you did and it could be the ingredients. Same with flour. If you are used to one kind and she buys another you could have problems. Or cake mix too for that matter.

jenscreativity Posted 22 Jun 2011 , 8:22pm
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I would do it FOR her and get all of it yourself..You know your products well and there is no chancing wrong things are picked up in first place plus if she DOES get something wrong..you'll end up getting it yourself anyways because you will feel badly enough to make her correct it..plus, she is the bride..brides are busy and deserve a little spoilness..so knowing me, I would go get it myself and collect receipts.

tiggy2 Posted 22 Jun 2011 , 8:39pm
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I would go shopping with her and make sure you get what you want.

MamaDear Posted 22 Jun 2011 , 8:46pm
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I would send her a list with specifics and tell her that brand names have to be the ones selected or her cake may not be up to par BEFORE she goes out to purchase the items.

It's for a friend's cousin and you are doing it for free so get your stuff before hand and make sure you get enough that you wont have to kick in from your own private stash... she is getting a free wedding cake service after all. Sorry but I am a jaded, used-often hobby baker and have been told on several occasions "O yeah just get the stuff and I will pay you back and come help you bake/clean up" only to be left holding a receipt that was NEVER reimbursed for and doing it solo because they ran out of time (yeah >insert sarcasm< cause time is in endless supply at my house).

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audrey0522 Posted 22 Jun 2011 , 8:46pm
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As long as she understands NO substitutions are allowed it is less work for you to have her bring you the items. Esp. since it is free.

cs_confections Posted 22 Jun 2011 , 9:06pm
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Originally Posted by tiggy2

I would go shopping with her and make sure you get what you want.




I like this idea best. It will still really open her eyes to just how much is needed, but you ensure you get the right items. If you do the shopping, be prepared to not get reimbursed or have squabbles over it. She may be great and pay it without batting an eye, but I've read threads on CC where the baker was complaining about not being reimbursed after all, or dealing with a complaining/angry friend/family member.

LisaPeps Posted 23 Jun 2011 , 9:04am
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And make sure ahe gets you more than enough rather than less than enough. You don't want to be running out of something and then having to run to the store yourself. That defeats the object!

ChunkkeeMunkkee Posted 23 Jun 2011 , 11:56am
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Set up a day and go shopping WITH her. Let her flip the bill right then and there so you don't get stuck with the tab. She's a Bride to be and should JUMP on all things concerning her cake. Have fun!!

juleek Posted 23 Jun 2011 , 1:03pm
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I too have been stuck holding many a receipt, never to be paid! I now send a specific list and will send the person back to the store if something isn't correct! And I also don't ever count on anyone helping when they say they will. Sounds jaded, I know. But this is how I don't end up upset, in a messy kitchen, with my own supplies tapped into, and a receipt in hand!! After all.... You are donating your time and skills for FREE! Look at it as a marketing tool for your cakes. Good luck!

michel30014 Posted 23 Jun 2011 , 5:35pm
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Originally Posted by ChunkkeeMunkkee

Set up a day and go shopping WITH her. Let her flip the bill right then and there so you don't get stuck with the tab. She's a Bride to be and should JUMP on all things concerning her cake. Have fun!!






Definitely!! This is what I would do!!! icon_smile.gificon_razz.gificon_wink.gif

michel30014 Posted 23 Jun 2011 , 5:36pm
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Originally Posted by ChunkkeeMunkkee

Set up a day and go shopping WITH her. Let her flip the bill right then and there so you don't get stuck with the tab. She's a Bride to be and should JUMP on all things concerning her cake. Have fun!!






Definitely!! This is what I would do!!! icon_smile.gificon_razz.gificon_wink.gif

cookiemama2 Posted 23 Jun 2011 , 5:45pm
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Send her with a list!
How many of us have friends who forget their wallets...don't have enough money to cover whats on the list...argue with you in the store...think they know better...
I could go on!
Stay away on shopping day!

spicynsweet Posted 24 Jun 2011 , 1:35am
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I have not answered her yet becuz I was waiting to get some opinions on here. Great replies from everyone. She is now sending me pictures of grand and glorious cakes and it makes me want to tell her no. This is stressing me out already and the wedding is 9 months away.

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