Help ! Can't Copy Cake Designs

Business By goodjill Updated 5 Oct 2011 , 1:43pm by leah_s

goodjill Posted 3 Oct 2011 , 3:09am
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Hi all,
i have been working in bakeries and designing cakes for years and years the last 14 in a casino bakery , This year i decided to open my own shop.
i am avery creative person and always get rave reviws on my decorating skills but lately something disturbing is happening to me . sometimes people come in with picture of other peoples cakes they printed from the internet and want me to copy. Every time this happens i totally cant do it it goes horribly wrong. maybe its stress of not being my style of decoratingor trying to hard to match something perfectly. but whatever it is im wasting lots of time and money by scraping off and redoing over and over.
what is a good way to discourage people from ordering cakes in that way anyone else with this problem

7 replies
KakeMistress Posted 3 Oct 2011 , 3:24am
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you could always offer to do your interpretation of the design as you love to do custom orders and match the cake to their special event and each one of your cake designs are unique and original, and if they dont like that then say im sorry but im not the baker for you. HTH

ameliasam Posted 3 Oct 2011 , 3:37am
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I always tell my friend or family when they bring me a picture of what cake they are wanting is that I will do them a cake like the picture BUT they have to change a lot on it. I tell them they will have to change the color, flowers or whatever else is on the cake to make it different but still a little like the picture I always tell them that I don't copy anyone else work that you need to make it your own. And I do tell them their are a lot of picture of people cake that is copyright and they can sue you for stealing their work. I have a website that I put my cakes on and I don't want to be sued cause they see their cake on it. Now I have had a friend that wanted a wedding cake she found online and she would not change anything on the cake I did finely got her to change one or two things on it. But I did email the lady that did you cake first and got permission to do the cake as is so that was helpful but are a lot of people that wouldn't do that. Sorry so long I hope that helps icon_lol.gif

mcaulir Posted 3 Oct 2011 , 4:38am
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Just tell them you'll do you best, but you can't guarantee that it will look exactly the same. You can copy other people's cake designs: they're not copyrighted.

If that's what they want, why should they be talked into something different?

olleharr Posted 3 Oct 2011 , 5:21am
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I love to use other cakes as inspiration but wouldn't want to try to copy one exactly either. Maybe if you talk it over with them and have them tell you what specifically they like about the cake you could offer to work off that and throw in a few of your own ideas to go with. I would think a bride especially would like to hear that her cake will be original and special to suit her.

diane Posted 3 Oct 2011 , 5:16pm
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Originally Posted by olleharr

I love to use other cakes as inspiration but wouldn't want to try to copy one exactly either. Maybe if you talk it over with them and have them tell you what specifically they like about the cake you could offer to work off that and throw in a few of your own ideas to go with. I would think a bride especially would like to hear that her cake will be original and special to suit her.




I agree. I don't think you should try and copy a cake...change it up a bit. Do what you have to to make it your own. thumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif

tracycakes Posted 3 Oct 2011 , 8:55pm
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Most people are visual and they want what they see. It's very difficult for them to think of a design from scratch. If the cake they are wanting is not my design, I have a line in my contract that we will make it as closely to the design as possible but each decorator is different and it may not be an exact replica.

leah_s Posted 5 Oct 2011 , 1:43pm
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I always say that it's sort of like "cake plagerism" and I will *interpret* a design or use it for inspiration, but i will NOT copy someone else's work.

As it I could copy anyway . . .

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