Made a "pot leaf" cake for friend of my daughter ( http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2208326 ).
1) She told me they wanted "happy birthday pothead" written on it. I told daughter this design doesn't really do well with writing on it so do they HAVE to ruin it with writing? She said, "I know mom, I know. But they want it." (big sigh!) ok. fine.
2) I asked them for $20 to cover supplies. The mom thought "that seems a little high (but she DID pay it ok)." Told daughter to tell them the fondant alone cost me $12 and the next cake they want, I will give them a shopping list and THEY can buy all the stuff. That means a FULL bottle of vanilla, a FULL can of crisco, a FULL dozen eggs, blah blah blah. She said, "I know mom, I know."
3) I text'd daughter that night saying "You know me .... I gotta know.... how'd they like it?" She texted "Well, (the mom) jammed 32 candles in it before anyone could even see it or take a picture. When they lit the candles it looked like a big freakin' fireball!" I think I actually cried for my poor cake!
Big Sigh .... things i don't miss!
Poor cake was abused but it was cute pre-candle assault. I am amazed people think $20 in ingredients is high. Crazy!
well, i'm glad it's not bothering you that they made 32 holes in the cake that you made!
I feel your pain! I did a football Jersey for a friend at church and it showed up on Facebook with about 2 dozen star shaped candles in it, looked like crap!
That's like the Bat Mitzvah I did a month or two ago...its the pink and green one with cupcakes and a shoe topper. Suggested the cupcakes to the customer because its a great way to do the candlelighting ceremony without destroying the cake, and they thought it was great. They asked if I provide candles...I said no, they need to, or see if the venue provides them.
Got to the venue with my delivery, and the lady at the venue says "Did you bring candles?" I said...Nooo I wasn't supposed to. I wasn't contracted to provide candles. She said, "Oh well, okay, we have some we can use."
She brings out...
Dinner candles. How is a stinkin' dinner candle gonna stand up straight in a cupcake?! I dunno...and I didn't stick around to find out. Their problem. I can't imagine it was a fun thing to try....
Ugh! - candles...a caker's nightmare! Nothing ruins a perfect cake quicker than jamming a fistful of candles into it.
The only way I can tolerate candles on cakes is if they only go on JUST BEFORE they're lit - everyone sings happy birthday, they get blown out and I whip them off and cut the cake straight away.
You make a cake for a self-confessed pothead and are surprised when they do something wacky?