Things Not To Ask/say To A Baker!

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KarmaTheCreole Posted 21 Jan 2013 , 11:29am
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AI make alcohol infused cakes and one i hate is "what if i supply my own liquor? Can i get the virgin price?"

KarmaTheCreole Posted 21 Jan 2013 , 11:31am
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AWow! Some people...

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Last week I got a voicemail that said she was calling to price cakes, but she'd probable just make something herself anyway, but figured she'd get some ideas from me on what to do. I thought about calling back and telling her there was no effing way I was going to waste my time with her, but figured that would waste my time too, and deleted her voicemail.

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 21 Jan 2013 , 5:22pm
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Hmm. And if instead of frosting, you were piping, say, Hydrocal onto the display dummy (so that it would basically last forever) it would require even more skill than a real cake, since Hydrocal, like any other gypsum plaster, will "go off" after a certain amount of time after it's mixed, whether it's on the cake, or still in the piping bag, and whatever's left will quickly set up hard as a rockicon_biggrin.gif.

DeniseNH Posted 21 Jan 2013 , 9:10pm
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Love the bride at yesterdays show:  She wants a Country Birch Bark Cake with a KISS twist - yes, KISS with the long tongue.  I looked stunned and didn't know what to say then she yells "COME ON - YOU CAN DO IT".  ....................well honey if I do it won't be featured on my web site.

cakeyouverymuch Posted 21 Jan 2013 , 10:08pm
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Originally Posted by DeniseNH 

Love the bride at yesterdays show:  She wants a Country Birch Bark Cake with a KISS twist - yes, KISS with the long tongue.  I looked stunned and didn't know what to say then she yells "COME ON - YOU CAN DO IT".  ....................well honey if I do it won't be featured on my web site.

 

That image may give me bad dreams for a night or two.

Godot Posted 22 Jan 2013 , 6:02am
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Ugh - people are tacky that it makes my head hurt!

Amanda M Posted 22 Jan 2013 , 7:22am
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I haven't been doing this for long, and I don't have a business like a lot of you. But I couldn't pass up sharing this.

 

one of my family members was having a birthday party for a co worker, I was going to charge her $20 for a cake whatever she wanted/needed. she said "Well its just for a co worker, so could you make a box cake and then just decorate it to save on costs"? 
I couldn't even believe she asked me this!

LKing12 Posted 22 Jan 2013 , 8:34am
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I had a lady call me for a "fancy" baby shower cake and raved about my website.  We had a consultation and she asked for several of my business cards.  There were some fondant accents that I had never attempted and I knew this would be interesting and good for my portfolio.  I gave her a price and she agreed.  Next day she added- "a few little changes"  no problem, I adjusted the price. 

 

I received several emails about how glad she was that I was now her "BAKER" and was handing out my cards and telling all her friends!

So, I send an email thanking her for her support but I confirmed the extra value of the cake and this time she got it.  She did indeed order and pay for the cake but the full price.

 

Yep, you guessed it!  I haven't heard from her or her tribe-and it has been six months.  But she paid for her cake and that is all that I was concerned about.

JPepper Posted 22 Jan 2013 , 6:43pm
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LOL!  Some of these are so funny!  People never cease to amaze me!  I've got a couple of new ones to share:

 

I don't do this as a business like most here...just as a hobby to keep myself out of trouble!  LOL! and I also work full time.

 

My new neighbour bumps into my hubby in the front yard Saturday and asks about my cakes. My hubby gives her a business card for my other business and tells her to email me. On Wednesday afternoon I get an email from her asking me if I can make her a wrestling championship belt cake and have it ready for Friday!  Really?!  I work during the day so when should I get this done?!  A whole day and a half notice?....geez thanks!  LOL!  I told her no, I couldnt do a cake that fast, not to mention that I don't work with fondant. I swear some people must think we have magic wands or something.

 

Here's another one!  A few weeks ago I get an email from a Facebook friend inquiring about two cakes but she's 'on a tight budget'. Okay, I dont mind working on a tight budget! So, she says she's having a Hula party for her daughter and then needs something hunting related for her husband's party. For the Hula party, I suggest a princess/barbie type cake (using the wonder mold pan) but decorated like a Hula dancer. The cost will be $40.00. She's super happy with that one. I make some suggestions for a simple 8 inch round cake iced in green buttercream and decorated with trees, a hunter, a river etc. Cost is only $30.00!  Cause I know she's on a budget!

 

I guess after getting my suggestions she decides to search on Google for some ideas, which is fine but we has exchanged like 15 emails by this point. So anyway, she sends me a picture of a hunter themed cake decorated in fondant. I told her I dont work with fondant. She emails back and says that she really likes the cake. I told her that I dont work with fondant and also that if she is in a 'budget' that the cake in the picture was going to cost her more than double of what she wanted to spend. She responds saying that she really likes the cake.  Okay, I get that you like the cake but I DON'T WORK WITH FONDANT! 

 

Then she emails me back and says that she's going to have to think about things and that for now she doesnt want to order the cake. THANKS FOR WASTING MY TIME!  She doesnt need the cake until April so I hope she emails me back asking if I can make the cakes for her just so I can say NO!  LOL!

Crazy-Gray Posted 23 Jan 2013 , 9:18am
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Lol I have a new one for you all from today;

 

"...I have spoken to my hubby and we are going to try and get someone else to do a cake for us its just a pity you are fully booked that week as I would of loved you to make us one but understand you are busy."

 

Passive aggressive?? Guilt trip?? lol

costumeczar Posted 23 Jan 2013 , 11:24am
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AThe comment about rice krispies costing more because they're annoying sounded like somehting I would say...

I was tlking to a florist the other day and he said that someone had asked him the question that I'd told him someone asked me a couple of years ago. I had totally forgotten about it,but he said that he had an answer because I'd told him what I had said. The bride asked him "what happens if you die and you can't do my flowers?" He said he told her "well, my family would be really sad."

Because yes, if we die, we all feel so bad for ruining your big special day that we will want to rise from the grave and make your wedding perfect by making cakes and flowers from beyond.

cazza1 Posted 23 Jan 2013 , 1:37pm
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I had a lady ring me a few weeks ago on a Monday night to ask me if I could decorate 500 cookies for her for a wedding on the Saturday.  She ONLY wanted them flooded and monogrammed with the couples initials.  She had made all the cookies and the icing so I didn't need to worry about that.  I'm thinking "Does that mean she doesn't want to pay much and who's to say that she has made the icing correctly".  She had seen similar cookies somewhere and thought she could do it herself but found out that it wasn't that easy after all.  Being a hobby baker I took the easy way out and told her that I didn't think mine would be professional looking enough.  Don't know if the cookies made it to the wedding cos everyone I talked to said they had turned her down, including the lady who did the wedding cake.
 

Apti Posted 23 Jan 2013 , 6:09pm
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Originally Posted by costumeczar 
 The bride asked him "what happens if you die and you can't do my flowers?" He said he told her "well, my family would be really sad."

Because yes, if we die, we all feel so bad for ruining your big special day that we will want to rise from the grave and make your wedding perfect by making cakes and flowers from beyond.

I really, really, REALLY wish I could have seen the bride's face when he said that.  That is priceless.

 

 

cazza1~~500 cookies and "she's already made the icing".    

On the upside, she now has an appreciation of what it takes to do "500 simple cookies".

CBattonCakes Posted 24 Jan 2013 , 7:23am
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AI hate when people call and ask how much are your cakes? Before we even discuss the type of cake. Its like walking into a clothing store and asking how much are your clothes.. ..

cakesbycathy Posted 24 Jan 2013 , 4:15pm
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Originally Posted by CBattonCakes 

I hate when people call and ask how much are your cakes? Before we even discuss the type of cake. Its like walking into a clothing store and asking how much are your clothes.. ..


I don't understand why this comment bothers people.

When I go to a clothing store I look at the price tag.  Tells me exactly how much that dress is going to cost.

 

Wouldn't you rather people ask how much you charge per serving than spend hours going back and forth about design only to discover they can't afford you in the first place?  icon_confused.gif

cakeyouverymuch Posted 24 Jan 2013 , 4:17pm
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I don't understand why this comment bothers people.

When I go to a clothing store I look at the price tag.  Tells me exactly how much that dress is going to cost.

 

Wouldn't you rather people ask how much you charge per serving than spend hours going back and forth about design only to discover they can't afford you in the first place?  icon_confused.gif

 

 

This.

ibeeflower Posted 24 Jan 2013 , 11:21pm
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Originally Posted by LKing12 

I had a lady call me for a "fancy" baby shower cake and raved about my website.  We had a consultation and she asked for several of my business cards.  There were some fondant accents that I had never attempted and I knew this would be interesting and good for my portfolio.  I gave her a price and she agreed.  Next day she added- "a few little changes"  no problem, I adjusted the price. 

 

I received several emails about how glad she was that I was now her "BAKER" and was handing out my cards and telling all her friends!

So, I send an email thanking her for her support but I confirmed the extra value of the cake and this time she got it.  She did indeed order and pay for the cake but the full price.

 

Yep, you guessed it!  I haven't heard from her or her tribe-and it has been six months.  But she paid for her cake and that is all that I was concerned about.

She was probably hoping that you would give her a discount simply just because she was claiming to have told all her friends about you. 

Mahima Posted 25 Jan 2013 , 12:00am
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AI have recently started to take orders for cakes ... When some one who does things professionally ... And u ask then " can u teach me or can u give me the recipe plzzzz " Come on guys ..

ShelbyLyn Posted 25 Jan 2013 , 12:13am
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My favorite is when someone asks me to do a cake and I say,

"oh sorry I can't I'm totally swamped that week."

"So........."

"So I just can't add another cake on top of everything else I have"

"why?"

 

 

Really?

 

because i said so. 

sfandm Posted 25 Jan 2013 , 12:26am
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Not a customer related story, but similar-

 

My local grocery store had Hershey's Milk Chocolate morsels on clearance for .99 per 12 oz.bag, I got all 67 bags (huge baking ingredients sale that week, I lucked out)

so anyway,

 

I get up to the checkout and this ditzy blonde teeny-bopper girl starts ringing me up; at about bag 11 I tell her, I have 67 if you just want to ring up the quantity key.

 

She says 'that works' then proceeds to ask me 'are you gonna do some baking with all of these chocolate chips?' to which I smart-assily reply-

 

"No, I was just gonna take them all home and open the bags up on my newly finished front porch and watch to see how long they would take to melt".

 

Yes, I said that and I don't regret it either. She just kinda looked at me, but the much older gentleman bagging the chips gave me a horrid look.

 

Oh, well! 

yortma Posted 25 Jan 2013 , 1:43am
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Awww, She was probably just trying to be friendly, and grabbed at the obvious thing to say. Maybe you were going to make a ton of trail mix icon_smile.gif

Crazy-Gray Posted 25 Jan 2013 , 9:34am
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...or maybe you were off for a walk in the woods and were fresh outta breadcrumbs....

mcaulir Posted 25 Jan 2013 , 12:11pm
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Originally Posted by cakesbycathy 


I don't understand why this comment bothers people.

When I go to a clothing store I look at the price tag.  Tells me exactly how much that dress is going to cost.

 

Wouldn't you rather people ask how much you charge per serving than spend hours going back and forth about design only to discover they can't afford you in the first place?  icon_confused.gif

I'm guessing the problem wasn't that the customer asked about pricing, but that they were after the total prices of all the cakes. The poster may not price by the serving.

SpeciallyYours Posted 25 Jan 2013 , 5:35pm
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Original message sent by sfandm

Not a customer related story, but similar-

My local grocery store had Hershey's Milk Chocolate morsels on clearance for .99 per 12 oz.bag, I got all 67 bags (huge baking ingredients sale that week, I lucked out) so anyway,

I get up to the checkout and this ditzy blonde teeny-bopper girl starts ringing me up; at about bag 11 I tell her, I have 67 if you just want to ring up the quantity key.

She says 'that works' then proceeds to ask me 'are you gonna do some baking with all of these chocolate chips?' to which I smart-assily reply-

"No, I was just gonna take them all home and open the bags up on my newly finished front porch and watch to see how long they would take to melt".

Yes, I said that and I don't regret it either. She just kinda looked at me, but the much older gentleman bagging the chips gave me a horrid look.

Oh, well! 

ROFLMO Priceless!!

DebbyJG Posted 4 Feb 2013 , 11:23pm
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Just came across this thread. I've seen and heard many of the ones already posted, and laughed, so I wanted to add my own contribution:

 

A couple weeks ago I got a girl who is planning her sister's baby shower. She sent a photo, three tiered cake, very cute. I gave her the price and my usual info. She wrote back that her budget was $50 less than I had quoted, and then asked, "If we change the colors from brown, pink, and green, to yellow, pink, and green, will the cake be less?"

 

Because...yellow food coloring  costs $50 less than brown?

costumeczar Posted 5 Feb 2013 , 12:03am
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Originally Posted by DebbyJG 

Just came across this thread. I've seen and heard many of the ones already posted, and laughed, so I wanted to add my own contribution:

 

A couple weeks ago I got a girl who is planning her sister's baby shower. She sent a photo, three tiered cake, very cute. I gave her the price and my usual info. She wrote back that her budget was $50 less than I had quoted, and then asked, "If we change the colors from brown, pink, and green, to yellow, pink, and green, will the cake be less?"

 

Because...yellow food coloring  costs $50 less than brown?

I would LOVE to ask her what her thought process was on that...

chollyhale Posted 5 Feb 2013 , 2:19am
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Wow this was the best thread EVER for this newbie to the community (and cake business 1 1/2 years) to stumble upon. I can't decide which of you I like most, but I absolutely adore most all of you! SO FREAKIN FUNNY! I have one to add... Same girl, I went to school with for years, years ago, EVERY SINGLE CELEBRATION IN HER LIFE-- Her: Hey it's Nate's birthday again and we're wanting to do something REALLY BIG! It needs to feed at least 50, we're thinking a 3 foot tall Jake and the Neverland Pirate Ship with edible characters...and magical unicorns flying around the masts... Me: Whoa! Well yeah, I'm sure we can draw something up but a 3D cake of that size is definitely going to cost AT LEAST ....but here are some other budget friendly options.. *Now this is the part that really gets me every single time!!!* Her (5-7 days later): Nevermind girl, I just found out my sister/lady from church/friend/Mom really wanted to make the cake for them...I'll get you to do the next one!! PLEASE SPARE ME!!! I too have had the invite one too...Them:"Hey, can I get a 2 tier Spongebob cake for Bev's birthday?" Me "Yeah that'll be..." Them:"Cool, you should totally come too, and bring your kids, Bev would love that!" Me: "Thanks for the invite, we might stop by." Them: "Ok, you should just bring the cake then. Do I still have to pay ... for it?" Me: HECK NO! Your conditional invitation totally warrants a custom cake, but what should I bring for a gift!?!

Ingerd76 Posted 13 Feb 2013 , 12:34pm
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Hahaha I get that one ALL the time!!! And then you're trying to think of something to respond with without sounding like a dink. I can never think of anything, of course, so I start telling them about how I'd like to but my schedule is full right now.. UGH!!!!

JimmyBoombats Posted 13 Feb 2013 , 6:58pm
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What a great thread, thank you all for hours of laughs!!!! icon_lol.gif

Ali3971 Posted 13 Feb 2013 , 8:16pm
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Customer: I see you have a ten portion minimum on all your cakes.

Me: Yes, that's right.

Customer: Well, there are only 4 of us.

Me: You could just cut it into 4 pieces. Or have some the next day, everyone loves leftover cake!

Customer: So if there are only 4 of us, will the price be the same?

Me: *shaking head and wondering whether to just hang up* Yes, the price would be the same, no matter how many pieces you cut it into.

Customer: And does it all have to be the same flavour cake and filling?

Me: Yeah, how about I make 4 different flavoured 6" cakes, torte them, and give you one half layer of each flavour, and I then sandwich them together with 3 flavours of buttercream, and ganache in white AND dark chocolate, just to keep ALL 4 of you REALLY happy.

This literally made me laugh out loud. I have had people ask some of the dumbest questions!

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