Things Not To Ask/say To A Baker!

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peilinl Posted 11 Apr 2013 , 11:29pm
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Did they not know anything about your cakes? So rude. If they wanted a $20 Walmart beauty they should have gone there.

I was very tempted to take the cake home and get them one from the nearby stores!

me_me1 Posted 11 Apr 2013 , 11:30pm
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I think it's adorable and I love the mushrooms too.  And what little kid isn't going to love the fact that he/she can pop a dirty looking mushroom in his/her mouth and get a delicious sweet surprise! 

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 12 Apr 2013 , 12:34am
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Well, I'm a little puzzled myself at the mushrooms on a kid's cake, but then again, I've never found fungal fruit particularly appetizing. Even when I'm chowing down on a plate of beef Stroganoff (a dish that I've been known to order in restaurants using an off-color pun), I generally eat around the recognizable chunks of mushroom.

patacakesnl Posted 12 Apr 2013 , 1:00am
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AHow about "can you do it any cheaper?, because I had someone who could do it for a certain price and she is unable to do it!" I was like, excuse me but the fact that someone else was doing it first does not work in your favor and the fact that you want it for cheaper is even worse! Lol!

kikiandkyle Posted 12 Apr 2013 , 1:06am
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AThe other baker is 'unavailable' because they realized they didn't want to pay you for the privilege of making you a cake and made up a story, you cheapskate customers!

peilinl Posted 12 Apr 2013 , 1:47am
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Originally Posted by hbquikcomjamesl 

Well, I'm a little puzzled myself at the mushrooms on a kid's cake, but then again, I've never found fungal fruit particularly appetizing. Even when I'm chowing down on a plate of beef Stroganoff (a dish that I've been known to order in restaurants using an off-color pun), I generally eat around the recognizable chunks of mushroom.


James, it is meant to be a tree house and mushrooms grow in the forest icon_lol.gif

peilinl Posted 12 Apr 2013 , 1:48am
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Originally Posted by me_me1 

I think it's adorable and I love the mushrooms too.  And what little kid isn't going to love the fact that he/she can pop a dirty looking mushroom in his/her mouth and get a delicious sweet surprise! 


Thank you! I'm going to put this upsetting episode behind me and move on while popping meringue mushrooms into my mouth!

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 12 Apr 2013 , 3:34am
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Yes, I guess they do grow in the forest, including on the trees.


BTW, mushrooms aren't individual organisms; they're the visible fruit of what is basically a big mold that grows underground or in the bark of a tree.


(And at times, I feel like I'm living the life of a mushroom: kept in the dark, and fed a lot of . . .)

JWinslow Posted 12 Apr 2013 , 3:38am
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I've been lurking on this thread for a while now and have been amazed at all the outrageous crap people do but learning at the same time.  I figured this stuff is gunna come in handy someday.  Well, I guess it's about to be my turn.

 

I am starting to be set up by a family member now for a wedding in June.  I haven't seen this person in over 10 years.  She is my sister-in-law from my X of 20 years ago.   First, for the first time ever this sister-in-law starts posting some of my work on FB with all these over the top comments.  Then I start receiving all these compliments from her friends that I don't know.  Now,  all of a sudden she wants to start chatting with me.  I send my Congratulations and said too bad we don't live closer (NOT).  Then the requests start. I use the 8-9 hour car ride to explain that I cannot transport safely, thinking this is not unreasonable and an easy way to back away from this.  Her answer to me:  I am sure you can figure something out and you know these kids won't have much money, bla, bla, bla. 

 

I haven't replied at all at this point.

Annabakescakes Posted 12 Apr 2013 , 6:33am
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Originally Posted by JWinslow 

I've been lurking on this thread for a while now and have been amazed at all the outrageous crap people do but learning at the same time.  I figured this stuff is gunna come in handy someday.  Well, I guess it's about to be my turn.

 

I am starting to be set up by a family member now for a wedding in June.  I haven't seen this person in over 10 years.  She is my sister-in-law from my X of 20 years ago.   First, for the first time ever this sister-in-law starts posting some of my work on FB with all these over the top comments.  Then I start receiving all these compliments from her friends that I don't know.  Now,  all of a sudden she wants to start chatting with me.  I send my Congratulations and said too bad we don't live closer (NOT).  Then the requests start. I use the 8-9 hour car ride to explain that I cannot transport safely, thinking this is not unreasonable and an easy way to back away from this.  Her answer to me:  I am sure you can figure something out and you know these kids won't have much money, bla, bla, bla. 

 

I haven't replied at all at this point.

The freaking nerve of some people! Tell her that delivery is $2 a mile, round trip, plus hotel, and meals, plus gas. And the actual(inflated) cost of the cake. Then make a big show of knocking 10% off ;-) Or, just tell you're booked by a paying customer already.

Annabakescakes Posted 12 Apr 2013 , 6:35am
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Originally Posted by hbquikcomjamesl 

Well, I'm a little puzzled myself at the mushrooms on a kid's cake, but then again, I've never found fungal fruit particularly appetizing. Even when I'm chowing down on a plate of beef Stroganoff (a dish that I've been known to order in restaurants using an off-color pun), I generally eat around the recognizable chunks of mushroom.

I use that same pun when I cook it ;-)

kazita Posted 12 Apr 2013 , 7:26am
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I've been lurking on this thread for a while now and have been amazed at all the outrageous crap people do but learning at the same time.  I figured this stuff is gunna come in handy someday.  Well, I guess it's about to be my turn.

I am starting to be set up by a family member now for a wedding in June.  I haven't seen this person in over 10 years.  She is my sister-in-law from my X of 20 years ago.   First, for the first time ever this sister-in-law starts posting some of my work on FB with all these over the top comments.  Then I start receiving all these compliments from her friends that I don't know.  [B][I]Now, [/I][/B] all of a sudden she wants to start chatting with me.  I send my Congratulations and said too bad we don't live closer [I](NOT[/I]).  Then the requests start. I use the 8-9 hour car ride to explain that I cannot transport safely, thinking this is not unreasonable and an easy way to back away from this.  Her answer to me:  I am sure you can figure something out and you know these kids won't have much money, bla, bla, bla. 

I haven't replied at all at this point.

Wow wonderful family!! Yep I for sure would be booked for that day.

Emmerdoo Posted 12 Apr 2013 , 8:31am
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I had a customer one time that told me she wanted me to deliver her her son's 1st birthday cake, the smash cake, AND the cake pops to the venue on Friday afternoon around 3:00 PM.  His birthday wasn't until Saturday afternoon at 4:00 PM. 

 

Her reasons: "I don't want you to be late like you were with XXXX's cakes." (granted I delivered the cakes 1 hour before the party started - but I guess that's late in her world) and "We can put them in the freezer and that way they don't have to be out in the shop; you know, so bugs don't get on them."  (Oh, I didn't realize that me putting them in my HUGE, industrial, temperature controlled - for fondant none-the-less - refrigerator that all my cakes go in, would result in bugs just engulfing the cake and having a bug family reunion. 

 

After I explained all this to her and told her that a cake with fondant could not go in the freezer plus the gumpaste decorations had to be done the day of so they didn't get ruined, her final response was - now this is a good one - "Well I just knew you were going to f*** the cake and the birthday party up. You know what, I don't give a d*** if the cake even gets here.  It will probably look like s*** anyway." 

 

Yeah...moral of the story, don't tell your baker that she is going to f*** up a birthday party/cake, that the cake can be stored in a way that will ruin the integrity, and that delivering the cake 1 hour before a party is "being late."  Oh, and please don't use curse words on the phone loud enough for other customers or employees to hear.

meriem Posted 12 Apr 2013 , 10:14am
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I had a customer one time that told me she wanted me to deliver her her son's 1st birthday cake, the smash cake, AND the cake pops to the venue on Friday afternoon around 3:00 PM.  His birthday wasn't until Saturday afternoon at 4:00 PM. 

Her reasons: "I don't want you to be late like you were with XXXX's cakes." (granted I delivered the cakes 1 hour before the party started - but I guess that's late in her world) and "We can put them in the freezer and that way they don't have to be out in the shop; you know, so bugs don't get on them."  (Oh, I didn't realize that me putting them in my HUGE, industrial, temperature controlled - for fondant none-the-less - refrigerator that all my cakes go in, would result in bugs just engulfing the cake and having a bug family reunion. 

After I explained all this to her and told her that a cake with fondant could not go in the freezer plus the gumpaste decorations had to be done the day of so they didn't get ruined, her final response was - now this is a good one - "Well I just knew you were going to f*** the cake and the birthday party up. You know what, I don't give a d*** if the cake even gets here.  It will probably look like s*** anyway." 

Yeah...moral of the story, don't tell your baker that she is going to f*** up a birthday party/cake, that the cake can be stored in a way that will ruin the integrity, and that delivering the cake 1 hour before a party is "being late."  Oh, and please don't use curse words on the phone loud enough for other customers or employees to hear.

:O I think this gets the medal! How rude! Why order from you if she thinks that. I would of cancelled the order at that point and gave her the money back. Absolutely no cake for you!!

JWinslow Posted 12 Apr 2013 , 1:11pm
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Originally Posted by Annabakescakes 

The freaking nerve of some people! Tell her that delivery is $2 a mile, round trip, plus hotel, and meals, plus gas. And the actual(inflated) cost of the cake. Then make a big show of knocking 10% off ;-) Or, just tell you're booked by a paying customer already.


LOL.  I'm liking this!  I'm definitely not doing it.  I will not drive 8-9 hours to a place I don't want to be anyway.  It was amusing that after reading all the experiences here how my radar got a little sharper and my blarney alarm went off.

JWinslow Posted 12 Apr 2013 , 1:20pm
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Originally Posted by Emmerdoo 

I had a customer one time that told me she wanted me to deliver her her son's 1st birthday cake, the smash cake, AND the cake pops to the venue on Friday afternoon around 3:00 PM.  His birthday wasn't until Saturday afternoon at 4:00 PM. 

 

Her reasons: "I don't want you to be late like you were with XXXX's cakes." (granted I delivered the cakes 1 hour before the party started - but I guess that's late in her world) and "We can put them in the freezer and that way they don't have to be out in the shop; you know, so bugs don't get on them."  (Oh, I didn't realize that me putting them in my HUGE, industrial, temperature controlled - for fondant none-the-less - refrigerator that all my cakes go in, would result in bugs just engulfing the cake and having a bug family reunion. 

 

After I explained all this to her and told her that a cake with fondant could not go in the freezer plus the gumpaste decorations had to be done the day of so they didn't get ruined, her final response was - now this is a good one - "Well I just knew you were going to f*** the cake and the birthday party up. You know what, I don't give a d*** if the cake even gets here.  It will probably look like s*** anyway." 

 

Yeah...moral of the story, don't tell your baker that she is going to f*** up a birthday party/cake, that the cake can be stored in a way that will ruin the integrity, and that delivering the cake 1 hour before a party is "being late."  Oh, and please don't use curse words on the phone loud enough for other customers or employees to hear.


What control freak!  Did you mention she always had the option of going to Walmart? Oh yeah, they don't deliver....

Sparklekat6 Posted 12 Apr 2013 , 4:43pm
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Okay fellow cakes, since i couldn't get you to respond to my xtranormal post here:

 

 

http://cakecentral.com/t/756686/xtranormal-video

 

I'll post my dialogue here.  Read the explanation for the dialogue on the other post.  Let me know what you think I should add/take out.  I'm trying to keep it funny but polite.

 

 

 

Baker: Hello, and welcome to California Cakes, how may I help you?

Customer:  Hi, your cakes are so lovely. 

Baker:  Oh thank you.

Customer:  Have you ever seen Ace of Cakes?

Baker: A few times.

Customer:  I am thinking about ordering my wedding cake here.  Can I ask a few questions?

Baker:  Sure.

Customer: Do you bake from scratch?

Baker: Yes.

Customer:  Is it moist?

Baker:  Of course!

Customer:  Is your icing sweet?

Baker: The primary ingredient is sugar.

Customer:  What does the cake taste like?

Baker:  Well I’d be happy to schedule a tasting if you want to set a date and pay a deposit?

Customer:  You don’t have any samples on hand at the moment?

Baker:  No we only do cake tastings for clients that we have booked.

Customer: Oh okay.  Well I am having a wedding with 250 people.  I think I want this cake I saw in Weddings.  It was 5 or 6 tiers.  It was covered in fondue.  Then it had this lace work done on the bottoms tiers and it had flowers in the middle and little people on tope that looked like the bride and groom.

Baker: I’m sorry I thought you said fondue, did you mean fondant.

Customer:  Oh yes.  I don’t like that.

Baker:  Well we can certainly make something like what you described.  Do you want 5 or 6 tiers?

Customer:  Hmmmmmm, 6.

Baker:  Can you tell me what your Bride and Groom color theme is?

Customer:  The Groom is Black and the Bride is white.

Baker:  No I’m sorry I mean what are your wedding colors?

Customer:  We don’t have them picked yet.

Baker:  That’s okay we can discuss it closer to the date.

Customer: I also want fruit filling.

Baker:  That’s not a problem, we can do any berry filing and we also have mango and banana.

Customer:  Great.  How much will it be?

Baker:  With a 6 tier buttercream cake with lace work and gumpaste flowers and people you are looking at 6 dollars a serving.

Customer:  Oh my gosh, how much is that?  That’s too much.  It’s just sugar and flour

Baker:  Well we can cut some costs if you want to buy your own topper and have your florist make the flower centerpiece of the cake?

Customer:  Okay, how much is it then?

Baker:  I think I can keep it to 5.25 a serving.

Customer:  Can you cut me a discount since I am ordering so much cake?

Baker:  I’m sorry but that’s a low as I can go.

Customer: But there will be lots of people at my wedding who are getting married soon so this will be a good marketing opportunity.

Baker:  I just can’t do it for any less it will take a lot of time to do that lace work.

Customer:  But it only takes an hour on TV.

Baker: Yes but they don’t show you all the behind-the-scenes work they do.

Customer:  And I have seen cakes at Wal-mart for $150.

Baker:  Have you seen the cake you want at Wal-mart?

Customer:  Well no, can’t you do price match guarantee?

Baker:  I’m sorry but that’s my final price and it’s really competitive for other specialty cake shops.  Perhaps Wal-mart can make you something more simple?

Customer:  But Wal-mart said they couldn’t do it as quickly as I need it.

Baker: When and where is your wedding?

Customer: In 5 days, at the Tucson Ranch Resort.

Baker: Tucson, Arizona?

Customer:  Yes?

Baker:  Get out.

Customer: But-

Baker: Just go.

Customer:  Fine, I’ll just have my cousin make it.  She just finished the Wilton Course One at Michaels. 

costumeczar Posted 12 Apr 2013 , 6:37pm
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ASparklekat, don't take a thing out, it's perfect! The best part is the "get out." Don't we all have someone we've wanted to say that to?

kikiandkyle Posted 12 Apr 2013 , 6:41pm
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ANo cake for you.

ellavanilla Posted 13 Apr 2013 , 4:42am
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AWow. I have had many unbelievably rude cake moments with my infamous sister, but I just can't believe how little grace with which some people comport themselves. Wow. @Pellini, not only was your cake adorable, it actually looked delicious. That choc frosting was so glossy and beautiful. Wish I could have shared it with you.

DeliciousDesserts Posted 13 Apr 2013 , 11:11am
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The best part is the "get out." Don't we all have someone we've wanted to say that to?

AmyKY Posted 13 Apr 2013 , 11:55am
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AI have gotten the can you not make the icing as sweet line from none other than my dad lol had to laugh!

cazza1 Posted 13 Apr 2013 , 12:13pm
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JWinslow the nerve of some people.  They are not even family.  Nor are they friends.  Hells Bells that's like me picking any baker out of the phone book and saying "Well I used to date you second cousins brother in law 20 years ago so I really think you owe it to me to make this cake and then drive across Australia to deliver it to me."  Well that might be a tiny bit further but you get the drift.

scrumdiddlycakes Posted 13 Apr 2013 , 11:33pm
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Sparklekat, don't take a thing out, it's perfect! The best part is the "get out." Don't we all have someone we've wanted to say that to?

That was my favourite bit too, lol.

Annabakescakes Posted 14 Apr 2013 , 3:00am
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I did a bridal shower cake last year,  buttercream rosette bottom tier, with a smooth top tier with a ribbon, and a rose around it. The friend of the lady who ordered it (for her daughter) contacted me about a cake for her daughter's bridal shower. She needed a few more servings, and wanted a fondant Tiffany box cake, with a bow in the front. I give her the price, and oh, why is it so much more than the cake I did for x? Really? lol! I explain why, due to all the extra work that this cake will need, so she says, "Just give me the same cake x had."icon_confused.gif So I ask about flavors and fillings, and she says, "Just whatever x had at her daughter's shower. That was really good." icon_eek.gif So I am doing identical shower cakes for two best friend' daughters. How original! I can't help but think the first people (who will be there) might be a bit put-out by the second lady copying the design, and flavors lol. I would love to be a fly on the wall.

 

And BTW, there was about a $100 difference in the Tiffany box cake, and the swirl cake, and these people live in homes that cost over $700,000. I know, because I used to deliver pizzas out there, and watched them being built. There was a sign that said "Welcome to Whatever Estates Homes starting in the 700's" In this area, most homes top out at $300, with even more coming in at the $180's, and you can still get a decent house for $135. So, this is very well off for this area.

cazza1 Posted 14 Apr 2013 , 3:24am
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If there is one thing I have learned in life, Anna, it is impossible to tell if a person is well off by their assets.  Yes, they might have the expensive home, but the bank might own most of it and financially they might be barely keeping their heads above water.  The global melt down showed that people like to spend way more than they can afford on these type of items.

kikiandkyle Posted 14 Apr 2013 , 3:41am
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AI live in a town filled with million dollar homes, I'm in one of the $100k ones though! They are some of the cheapest people you've ever met, but as my husband says they didn't get rich spending all their money.

carmijok Posted 14 Apr 2013 , 5:43pm
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After I explained all this to her and told her that a cake with fondant could not go in the freezer plus the gumpaste decorations had to be done the day of so they didn't get ruined, her final response was - now this is a good one - "Well I just knew you were going to f*** the cake and the birthday party up. You know what, I don't give a d*** if the cake even gets here.  It will probably look like s*** anyway." 

 

 

 

Wow...this is is so harsh!   I'd have been tempted to respond.."Well, lucky for you that won't be a problem since I make it a point never to do business with rude, crazy b*****es! " 

 

How did you respond to this?  Surely you didn't do the order!

 

Oh...and just a side note, why do you think you have to do gum paste decor the day of?   That stuff lasts forever when stored properly.  I always make my gum paste items way ahead of time if possible. 

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 14 Apr 2013 , 7:17pm
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Someone wiser than I once said that a miser is a person who becomes rich by seeming poor, while an extravagant person is one who becomes poor by seeming rich.
(I just finished the Inferno section of Dante's Divine Comedy, and found it rather amusing that misers and spendthrifts both end up in the same section of Dante's Hell, eternally rolling huge boulders at each other.)

Annabakescakes Posted 14 Apr 2013 , 9:13pm
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Originally Posted by carmijok 

 

Wow...this is is so harsh!   I'd have been tempted to respond.."Well, lucky for you that won't be a problem since I make it a point never to do business with rude, crazy b*****es! " 

 

How did you respond to this?  Surely you didn't do the order!

 

Oh...and just a side note, why do you think you have to do gum paste decor the day of?   That stuff lasts forever when stored properly.  I always make my gum paste items way ahead of time if possible. 

Oh, yeah, I don't know how I would've responded, but I am pretty sure it would be pretty close to what you said, once I pulled my jaw off the floor!

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