Things Not To Ask/say To A Baker!

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DeliciousDesserts Posted 16 Mar 2013 , 11:46pm
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**edited because it just isn't worth it.  Some people just aren't even worth my time or effort.**
manddi Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 12:12am
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Sorry, didn't mean to stick my nose in a discussion that does not involve me.

costumeczar Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 12:29am
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Sorry, didn't mean to stick my nose in a discussion that does not involve me.

I don't think that was directed at you!

 

Edited to add: or maybe I missed something. either way, this place is getting more schizophrenic than usual lately, and I'm referrring to a different thread.

 

Here's something not to say to a baker, which someone said to me today as I was setting up a cake with blown sugar on it and he had his pudgy mitt aimed right toward the bubbles: "what are these made of?"

manddi Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 12:31am
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AI realize that it wasn't(but thanks for making sure that I knew that:) ) but I also realize that it was pertaining to something else that didn't involve me. Check out the thread in the pits

costumeczar Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 12:32am
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I realize that it wasn't(but thanks for making sure that I knew that:) ) but I also realize that it was pertaining to something else that didn't involve me. Check out the thread in the pits

Yeah, I can't even keep track of that one. Hyperactive fingers that hit the post button too much on that one.

manddi Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 12:38am
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ALol! I got a good giggle out of "hyperactive fingers"!

IAmPamCakes Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 12:42am
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AYeah, I don't know what happened over there (in 'the pits') I hate it when a family member asks for a cake, then when you give them the price - with a family discount - they say "oh, maybe I'll just make the cake myself."

costumeczar Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 12:47am
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Yeah, I don't know what happened over there (in 'the pits')
I hate it when a family member asks for a cake, then when you give them the price - with a family discount - they say "oh, maybe I'll just make the cake myself."

Then they call you while they're making it and tell you that they need you to come over and "help them" i.e. do it for them because they're screwing it up.

DeliciousDesserts Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 12:48am
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Sorry, didn't mean to stick my nose in a discussion that does not involve me.

I'm so confused, but honestly this was not directed at you. It was Directed at people who like to stir the pot just for the sake o stirring.

costumeczar Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 12:49am
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Hey, check out the "recent images in this thread" thing on the right. It has my little dancing trollface on it, haha! He's cutting a rug!

manddi Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 1:14am
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I'm so confused, but honestly this was not directed at you. It was Directed at people who like to stir the pot just for the sake o stirring.

I know it wasn't directed at me. Most of my nosey comments happened over at "in the pits." I think I accidently intermingled two threads and made it all confusing and what not. Just ignore my previous posts! :)

DeliciousDesserts Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 1:17am
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AHa ha ha as long as I'm not unwittingly offending anyone, I'm good

crustdust Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 1:20am
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A"Do I really have to pay you for it? It's just a cake..."

I am so over people who want everything for free.

cazza1 Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 1:30am
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Or the back handed compliment from my sister who can pay for anything she wants,

     "Who did the cake?"  (Mum's 80th cake that I had mailed across Australia so was fairly plain)

     "Carol, who else would do it"  (Other sister)

     "Oh, I didn't know she could make cakes that good"

 

And they all reckon they don't like fruit cake but Mum said when she went to take it home there was virtually none left.

shanter Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 2:09am
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Hey, check out the "recent images in this thread" thing on the right. It has my little dancing trollface on it, haha! He's cutting a rug!


Yeah. I remember those days when we were all having FUN.

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Shona-Kay Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 2:37am
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poeple always say i have a fabulous cake for you to do for me. its always some fondant covered cake with gumpaste or some other time consuming detail work. id say the cheapest custom cake starts at JMD$5000 which is about US$53. the'd be like "so much money for cake!" and im thinking to myself that maybe they want it made from mud

me_me1 Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 2:51am
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Am I just a big meanie?!?  I have a tendency to be overly nice to people and go out of my way a bit too much and it is a tendency I'm trying to overcome a little as it sometimes means getting taken for a ride...   but sometimes I just can't figure out if I'm ending up being mean because I'm trying to curb myself from being too nice!!

 

I've been decorating cakes for a couple of years, purely self taught, and have made several cakes for people in the office where I work full-time.  I'm hoping to transition to more time caking, less time in the office at some point in the next year.  One of the younger women at work has just started making cakes too and is always stopping me in the kitchen and asking for tips and hints and I have no problem telling her how I would do a certain thing or whatever.  Recently she's asked where I buy my boxes and cakeboards, if she can buy cake boards and boxes off me as she doesn't want to buy them in bulk as she's just doing a cake every now and then, and what the best places are for buying products. 

 

 

For some reason this rankles....  I've spent a lot of time researching the best places to buy from in our city (in Aus) and I have ended up buying online from the other side of the country as I can't find what I want in WA.  So I get myself organised, buy what I need for various orders from interstate and have the stuff delivered.  I suppose I could just charge her a bit more than what the boxes and boards cost me but then I would have to lug it into work with me for her and then order more stuff for myself.  There's a bit of me that's thinking I'm just mean to not do it.  There's a more dominant bit of me thinking she should just get off her bum and order stuff herself and why should I be spending time sending her (a potential new competitor) websites and info and lugging boxes and boards into work for her when I've had to do all this research myself.  She has a very forceful personality, doesn't have a lot of work on at the moment so has plenty of time for research/online shopping and likes things to be easy.

 

What do you think?  Am I just being a bit mean??  Or am I just not being a doormat??

 

Signed Miss McMeanie

cazza1 Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 2:55am
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Mmmmmmm mud cake, one of my favorites!

manddi Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 3:01am
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ACake isn't made of mud. Y'all are thinking of pie! :)

denetteb Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 3:11am
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meme, it sounds like you aren't being mean since you give her everything she wants, based on your post.  If you are going so far out of your way for someone that you aren't that fond of, then you are being a doormat.  It is one thing to give a few ideas or suggestions, or even more if that is what you want to do.  It sounds like you have helped her out a lot already.  But it sounds like she has crossed the line and it is fine to cut her off.  You don't even have to have a good reason, it sounds like she is a pest and bothering you at work with all kinds of non-work questions.  You maybe can just start saying you don't have time to talk cake at work and leave it at that, after a few times hopefully she will get the message.  And it would be one thing if she asked to place an order with you and split the shipping cost, but you certainly don't have to sell the items you ordered for yourself and end up shorting yourself. 

kikiandkyle Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 3:17am
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Meme I don't think you're being mean, really you're doing her a favor because it sounds like she's used to doing things the lazy way, and has never had to lift a finger because others always do it for her. One day she'll be in for a shock when she has to actually use her own brain, might as well give her a head start! 

me_me1 Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 3:22am
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denetteb and kikiandkyle....  thanks for confirming what I already felt.  Much appreciated!!   icon_smile.gif

-K8memphis Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 4:19am
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raise your prices to her

me_me1 Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 4:32am
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In a separate incident at work, I was asked by someone else if I would bake some cupcakes for her to enter into a competition and we would then split the prize!!  Hmmm, don't think so!!  Flattered she thinks I would be good enough to win but if I'm doing the hard work and win then I'm keeping the loot!

 

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manddi Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 4:38am
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In a separate incident at work, I was asked by someone else if I would bake some cupcakes for her to enter into a competition and we would then split the prize!!  Hmmm, don't think so!!  Flattered she thinks I would be good enough to win but if I'm doing the hard work and win then I'm keeping the loot!

:D

Wow... really?

me_me1 Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 5:41am
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I know, was a bit flabbergasted when she asked.  I couldn't even imagine summoning the cheek to ask someone to do that for me!

cazza1 Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 6:35am
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I am speechless (apart from this sentence that is)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

meriem Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 9:23am
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ALo[quote name="me_me1" url="/t/751860/things-not-to-ask-say-to-a-baker/540#post_7371537"]In a separate incident at work, I was asked by someone else if I would bake some cupcakes for her to enter into a competition and we would then split the prize!!  Hmmm, don't think so!!  Flattered she thinks I would be good enough to win but if I'm doing the hard work and win then I'm keeping the loot!

:D Loooool some people are crazy! In what way has she contributed? speechless

meriem Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 9:25am
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ALol! Seriously??

costumeczar Posted 17 Mar 2013 , 12:38pm
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The cupcake thing is hilarious, that gave me a good laugh! 

 

What I'd do with the cake box moocher is tell her sure, she can buy boards from you, here's the price list. Then  double the price that you paid for the boards, since you're now acting as her wholesaler, and that's what wholesalers do. Make sure to take your shipping costs into account and add those in too! And if she wants you to lug the boxes in to work then that will be an extra delivery charge. Just hand her a price list and tell her that's what it will be,and if she'd like to place an order you'll need at least a couple of weeks advance notice ini case you have to order more from your supplier.

 

i've sold boards and boxes to people in my area, but they were polite about it so I didn't give them the wholesale treatment. Rude people get the special surcharge.

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