Things Not To Ask/say To A Baker!

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jason_kraft Posted 3 Apr 2013 , 5:50pm
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Original message sent by indranieves36

HEY I NEED A CAKE FOR 30 PEOPLE.. WHEN I CAN COME OVER FOR A TASTE TEST?? REALLY?? SWEETHEART I DON'T OWN A BAKERY IT WILL BE A LOST FOR ME BAKE CAKES FOR U TO TASTE..

It won't be a loss if you charge for the tasting. ;)

mariets Posted 3 Apr 2013 , 6:13pm
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My daughter had a Forever Friends teddy cake for her 18th and refused to cut it."I can't cut his head off" she wailed, so the cake sat there for weeks and then went in the bin. Cost me a blooming fortune too!

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 3 Apr 2013 , 11:04pm
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My daughter had a Forever Friends teddy cake for her 18th and refused to cut it."I can't cut his head off" she wailed, so the cake sat there for weeks and then went in the bin. Cost me a blooming fortune too!


Hmm. Reminds me of my relationship with the iconic "solid chocolate Easter bunny" (I don't eat chocolate). Even once they started making solid (or hollow) Easter bunnies out of candy mixtures containing nothing that had ever been anywhere near a cacao bean, I found that I was strongly disinclined to eat them, or "Peeps," or any other kind of "cute candy" that resembled small animals. (Then, later on, I found much more meaningful things about Easter, that had nothing to do with bunnies or eggs. Like "Hail Thee, Festival Day" as a processional hymn. Or getting up at 0-dark-thirty to attend a 2-hour Easter Vigil service.)

 

Probably just as well that I've only used edible printing technology for depictions of inanimate objects.

cazza1 Posted 4 Apr 2013 , 1:59am
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Years ago my son and daughter (both little at the time) bought big fancy looking Easter eggs after Easter when they were cheap.  Daughter ate hers very quickly, Son refused to and kept his, teasing his little sister for weeks about how much he was going to enjoy his and how hers was all gone.  When he finally went to taste it there was nothing there but the foil, carefully pushed to sit in the perfect position.  Little sister had eaten the whole thing without anyone knowing.

Annabakescakes Posted 4 Apr 2013 , 3:15am
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Hmm. Reminds me of my relationship with the iconic "solid chocolate Easter bunny" (I don't eat chocolate). Even once they started making solid (or hollow) Easter bunnies out of candy mixtures containing nothing that had ever been anywhere near a cacao bean, I found that I was strongly disinclined to eat them, or "Peeps," or any other kind of "cute candy" that resembled small animals. (Then, later on, I found much more meaningful things about Easter, that had nothing to do with bunnies or eggs. Like "Hail Thee, Festival Day" as a processional hymn. Or getting up at 0-dark-thirty to attend a 2-hour Easter Vigil service.)

Probably just as well that I've only used edible printing technology for depictions of inanimate objects.

I did an edible image of the graduate on a cake for her graduation, and she refused to eat it, or let anyone cut it. The cake was 35 servings, for 40 people, and she alowed less than half of it to be cut. Then her younger teenage sister cut a huge chunk out of the image and served it, 2 days later. The graduate wailed like a banshee. How mature!

indranieves36 Posted 4 Apr 2013 , 7:24am
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DO THEY WILL BE WILLING TO PAY FOR IT.. SHE JUST WANT A CAKE FOR 30 PEOPLE AND SHE SAYS SHE WAS GETTING ESTIMATES SO I DON'T THINK SHE WOULD PAID FOR THAT LOL.. BUT THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE TIP!!
 

missamylynn06 Posted 4 Apr 2013 , 8:51am
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I have been laughing reading every ones posts they are hilarious!! My top two annoying sayings are,"We don't have a lot of money, but we want a fondant covered, carved 3D cake...will that be a lot?" icon_confused.gif or the ," I love pretty cakes but the taste is very important to me, since you don't offer samples for birthday cakes Im not going to order from you." 

FromScratchSF Posted 4 Apr 2013 , 4:09pm
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I'm finding it harder and harder to smile thru my consultations when every bride pulls out the Maggie Austin Ruffle Cakes from Pinterest with stars in their eyes.  I hate those stupid ruffles that 1. NOBODY WANTS TO PAY FOR, 2, THAT EVERYONE IS CALLING "CLEAN AND MODERN" or "SIMPLE", and 3. DOESN'T WANT IN FONDANT.  

 

I feel my creative steam withering and dying trying to come up with my own take and designs with them but there is only so much one can do.  Stupid ruffles.  Arrrrggggghhhhhh.  Have I complained about this before?  Probably.  Do I still smile and make ruffle cakes?  Just wait till the year is out - my portfolio is going to FILLED with stupid ruffle cakes.  Joy.

AZCouture Posted 4 Apr 2013 , 4:38pm
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I'm finding it harder and harder to smile thru my consultations when every bride pulls out the Maggie Austin Ruffle Cakes from Pinterest with stars in their eyes.  I hate those stupid ruffles that 1. NOBODY WANTS TO PAY FOR, 2, THAT EVERYONE IS CALLING "CLEAN AND MODERN" or "SIMPLE", and 3. DOESN'T WANT IN FONDANT.  

 

I feel my creative steam withering and dying trying to come up with my own take and designs with them but there is only so much one can do.  Stupid ruffles.  Arrrrggggghhhhhh.  Have I complained about this before?  Probably.  Do I still smile and make ruffle cakes?  Just wait till the year is out - my portfolio is going to FILLED with stupid ruffle cakes.  Joy.

Uh huh. Here's some good stuff. :D  http://www.today.com/style/have-websites-made-all-weddings-look-same-1C9184098

 

http://www.thefrisky.com/2012-06-27/girl-talk-pinterest-ruined-my-wedding-planning/

 

http://www.hlntv.com/article/2012/04/25/pinterest-wedding-planning  And of course, mason jars. They need to be melted down and turned into something useful. :D

Annabakescakes Posted 4 Apr 2013 , 4:51pm
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The comment that has always stuck in my mind was from a workmate who exclaimed, "Oh my God, how can you cut it.  It must be like sticking a knife in the baby".  My youngest was 1 year old at the time.

That is twisted! I would rather drop a cake off a bridge than even scratch one of my babies... Cutting the cake is no biggie....that's how you get to the yummy insides!

costumeczar Posted 4 Apr 2013 , 5:20pm
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Originally Posted by FromScratchSF 

I'm finding it harder and harder to smile thru my consultations when every bride pulls out the Maggie Austin Ruffle Cakes from Pinterest with stars in their eyes.  I hate those stupid ruffles that 1. NOBODY WANTS TO PAY FOR, 2, THAT EVERYONE IS CALLING "CLEAN AND MODERN" or "SIMPLE", and 3. DOESN'T WANT IN FONDANT.  

 

I feel my creative steam withering and dying trying to come up with my own take and designs with them but there is only so much one can do.  Stupid ruffles.  Arrrrggggghhhhhh.  Have I complained about this before?  Probably.  Do I still smile and make ruffle cakes?  Just wait till the year is out - my portfolio is going to FILLED with stupid ruffle cakes.  Joy.

Hahaha! I have a ruffle cake this weekend and I don't care.

 

I don't think Pinterest is so bad, it just accelerates the trends that come and go. It's no worse than it used to be when wedding magazines set a trend, it just happens faster so we're all getting inundated with the same requests in a shorter time period. Look at it this way...If the ruffle cake had been promoted by Brides magazine ten years ago, it would have taken longer to catch on and it would have lingered much longer. Now we'll have it in a short burst then something else will come along.

 

What drives me crazy more than pinterest is wedding blogs in general and photo shoots, which I guess would be the evil parents of Pinterest. I've complained about looking at too many blogs that have a plain white background, overexposed photos of brides and grooms' torsos but their heads cropped out (what's with all the decapitation?) and the pictures of the bridal party all jumping in the air at the same time (why?) for years. There's a mind-numbing sameness throughout the wedding industry in general...Blah.

xperiensardinia Posted 4 Apr 2013 , 6:33pm
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AOne thing that really gets my goat is when the customers ask

"are they fresh?"

the number of times I wanted to answer

"no they have been sat there for three months"

but I always politely gritting my teeth of

"course my dear"

xperiensardinia Posted 4 Apr 2013 , 6:33pm
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AOne thing that really gets my goat is when the customers ask

"are they fresh?"

the number of times I wanted to answer

"no they have been sat there for three months"

but I always politely gritting my teeth of

"course my dear"

twisted sister Posted 4 Apr 2013 , 8:29pm
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AI love it when someone MENTIONS they may need a cake a month before the event, but NEVER emails a confirmation and then the week of the event I get a "reminder" email about the cake which normally starts out- " hey girl, you still able to do that cake for me ???". DANGIT !!!!!!!

DeliciousDesserts Posted 4 Apr 2013 , 8:33pm
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ATo piggy back Twisted Sister:

When I only get an invite because they think ill make the cake.

JWinslow Posted 4 Apr 2013 , 8:36pm
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Originally Posted by AZCouture 

Uh huh. Here's some good stuff. :D  http://www.today.com/style/have-websites-made-all-weddings-look-same-1C9184098

 

http://www.thefrisky.com/2012-06-27/girl-talk-pinterest-ruined-my-wedding-planning/

 

http://www.hlntv.com/article/2012/04/25/pinterest-wedding-planning  And of course, mason jars. They need to be melted down and turned into something useful. :D

 

Nice read!

twisted sister Posted 4 Apr 2013 , 8:36pm
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AOh those REALLY get me......I gladly reply "yes" and then the cost of the cake right afterwards ;).

ellavanilla Posted 4 Apr 2013 , 11:20pm
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I just read this one one postsecret and I had to laugh and share with all of you!

 

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_e-MyMkDhWY/UVdJKDf1x3I/AAAAAAAAYDY/Dg_Ti4EwY4Q/s1600/hydrox.jpg

 

 

jen

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 5 Apr 2013 , 12:12am
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Interesting: the filename is "hydrox.jpg," and yet the picture is anything but Sunshine's predecessor to Nabisco's more famous Oreo.

(And speaking of boxed cookies, are Girl Scout cookies, as Wednesday Addams famously asked, "made with real Girl Scouts"?)

nutcase68 Posted 5 Apr 2013 , 12:24am
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Of course Girl scout cookies are made out of real girl scouts.  Ever notice they don't offer brownies??icon_wink.gif

morninglorie Posted 5 Apr 2013 , 4:26am
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Wow...just wanted to thank y'all for this thread.  I'm new to cake decorating and mostly do it for fun/hobby, but I'd like to expand a bit someday in the future.  This thread is full of things I'll have to beware of/keep in mind!  icon_eek.gif

cazza1 Posted 5 Apr 2013 , 6:19am
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I'm a hobby baker but I get quite a few requests for cakes that I always turn down.  This weeks was "Well have a think about how much the ingredients would cost".  Ahh hello, that's the cheap part.  What about my time.

EdibleArtbyKate Posted 5 Apr 2013 , 7:54am
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To piggy back Twisted Sister:

When I only get an invite because they think ill make the cake.

That is so true! For me its more so being invited to weddings when I haven't even seen or heard from the person for almost 10 years. Pretty ridiculous

costumeczar Posted 5 Apr 2013 , 11:18am
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I'm a hobby baker but I get quite a few requests for cakes that I always turn down.  This weeks was "Well have a think about how much the ingredients would cost".  Ahh hello, that's the cheap part.  What about my time.

If people say that send them the picture that goes with this article and tell them that just paying you the cost of the ingredients will get them this. http://acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/2009/12/diy-not-so-fastpart-2.html

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 5 Apr 2013 , 3:22pm
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Regarding the picture: baking a cake, especially a wedding cake with all-purpose flour? Wouldn't it end up a little heavy?

costumeczar Posted 5 Apr 2013 , 3:58pm
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Regarding the picture: baking a cake, especially a wedding cake with all-purpose flour? Wouldn't it end up a little heavy?

Not if the recipe calls for it!

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 5 Apr 2013 , 5:58pm
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There's that. And it's certainly not inconceivable that there's a cake recipe that calls for bread flour, or perhaps even a stronger flour than ordinary bread flour.

 

I was, however, under the impression that most cake recipes called for something weaker than A.P. Like cake flour.

 

Of course, the closest I've ever come to baking a scratch cake, so far, was one time when I baked one from Bisquick (based on a recipe that, at least at the time, was on the box). So don't mind me; I'm just a ham-handed beginner.

-K8memphis Posted 5 Apr 2013 , 6:10pm
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There's that. And it's certainly not inconceivable that there's a cake recipe that calls for bread flour, or perhaps even a stronger flour than ordinary bread flour.

 

I was, however, under the impression that most cake recipes called for something weaker than A.P. Like cake flour.

 

Of course, the closest I've ever come to baking a scratch cake, so far, was one time when I baked one from Bisquick (based on a recipe that, at least at the time, was on the box). So don't mind me; I'm just a ham-handed beginner.

 

 

lots of cakes are made with all purpose or self-rising or self-raising depending on which side of the pond --

 

factor in the whole international date line thing and some of them might be called

already-been-raised...tomorrow  icon_biggrin.gif

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