Things Not To Ask/say To A Baker!

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DeniseNH Posted 25 Apr 2013 , 4:46pm
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Sorry Hon but she had you Pegged from the start.  This was her plan from the beginning.......................to screw you and get something for nothing by complaining.  PLEASE people, listen to that little voice in your head that is jumping up and down yelling NO!!!!!!!  DON'T TAKE THIS ORDER.  You'll never regret taking that little voices advice.  

costumeczar Posted 25 Apr 2013 , 5:14pm
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Sorry Hon but she had you Pegged from the start.  This was her plan from the beginning.......................to screw you and get something for nothing by complaining.  PLEASE people, listen to that little voice in your head that is jumping up and down yelling NO!!!!!!!  DON'T TAKE THIS ORDER.  You'll never regret taking that little voices advice.  

Abso-freakin'-lutely!

cherrybaby Posted 25 Apr 2013 , 10:04pm
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Then she needs to make her own wedding cake! Then that would be much cheaper for her!!!!LOL

Cakemommy2012 Posted 26 Apr 2013 , 1:06am
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Just got this e-mail tonight:

 

Hi! My name is ______ My family and I were looking for someone who could do a specialty pirate cake for my stepson for his birthday in May. Actually we need it next weekend on May 4th. We would probably want a sheet cake to feed maybe 30- 35. Unfortunately, we have limited funds and a tight budget. My friend ________ highly recommended you. I was just wondering if you might have availability and if you could give me some info? Thank you very much for your time.

 

These kind of emails make me want to blast back ARE YOU SERIOUS! She wants a specialty Pirate ship AND a Sheet cake to feed 30-35 BUT has NO budget!  oh and needs it in a WEEK

 

AHHHH

BettyB723 Posted 26 Apr 2013 , 2:59am
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Just got this e-mail tonight:

 

Hi! My name is ______ My family and I were looking for someone who could do a specialty pirate cake for my stepson for his birthday in May. Actually we need it next weekend on May 4th. We would probably want a sheet cake to feed maybe 30- 35. Unfortunately, we have limited funds and a tight budget. My friend ________ highly recommended you. I was just wondering if you might have availability and if you could give me some info? Thank you very much for your time.

 

These kind of emails make me want to blast back ARE YOU SERIOUS! She wants a specialty Pirate ship AND a Sheet cake to feed 30-35 BUT has NO budget!  oh and needs it in a WEEK

 

AHHHH

I read this as them wanting a sheet cake with a pirate theme on it.  I don't see anything in the email about a ship.

costumeczar Posted 26 Apr 2013 , 3:07am
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I'd read that the same way...I'd tellhehr to go get a Costco sheet cake, buy some gold candy coins at CVS, a pirate chest from the pet store fish tank section, and decorate that sucker up.

MeghanKelly Posted 26 Apr 2013 , 4:05am
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I've certainly gained info from this to include in my contract, thanks all!

jason_kraft Posted 26 Apr 2013 , 5:49am
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I read this as them wanting a sheet cake with a pirate theme on it.  I don't see anything in the email about a ship.

Same here, they even specifically mentioned a sheet cake. A "tight budget" is subjective as well, there should be some workable options around the $100 price point.

vgcea Posted 26 Apr 2013 , 6:05am
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ASheet cake is fast becoming one of those things I don't want to hear.

costumeczar Posted 26 Apr 2013 , 10:10am
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Sheet cake is fast becoming one of those things I don't want to hear.

I don't do them. I Have a $100 minimum, so when people say they "just want a sheet cake" i tell them that and they don't want to talk to me anymore.

Cakemommy2012 Posted 26 Apr 2013 , 2:38pm
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ASo last night I email her asking if she wanted a "sheet" cake with a ship/pirate theme drawn on it or an actual sculpted pirate ship. And asked her budget. She replied "Oh yes! That's what I meant. A sculpted cake. He wants a big ship for his party. Our budget is only 50$. Will you be able to do that? Thanks!"

Sassyzan Posted 26 Apr 2013 , 3:03pm
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I'd read that the same way...I'd tellhehr to go get a Costco sheet cake, buy some gold candy coins at CVS, a pirate chest from the pet store fish tank section, and decorate that sucker up.

Call me a simpleton but this sounds cute.

SugaredSaffron Posted 26 Apr 2013 , 4:55pm
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So last night I email her asking if she wanted a "sheet" cake with a ship/pirate theme drawn on it or an actual sculpted pirate ship. And asked her budget. She replied "Oh yes! That's what I meant. A sculpted cake. He wants a big ship for his party. Our budget is only 50$. Will you be able to do that? Thanks!"

If I was drinking coffee, it would be all over my s3's screen right now.

costumeczar Posted 26 Apr 2013 , 5:14pm
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Call me a simpleton but this sounds cute.

I'd seriously tell someone to do that. If I couldn't do it for their budget and I knew that they couldn't spend much that would be the cheapest option. I have no problems telling someone cheaper options if they can't afford something super fancy.

 

but it sounds like the client in this case has an incorrect idea of what's reasonable, budget-wise!

indiansnapper Posted 26 Apr 2013 , 6:24pm
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This is my "favorite". My family does this to me all the time! I'm just a student but I am also trying to develop & establish myself. Ugh!

vgcea Posted 26 Apr 2013 , 6:48pm
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ALOL. I don't do them either, heck, I don't even have a sheet pan. I have it written on my website that I don't offer them yet people keep asking. Edit: I made the 1000th post in this thread. Woohoo!

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I don't do them. I Have a $100 minimum, so when people say they "just want a sheet cake" i tell them that and they don't want to talk to me anymore.

cakealicious7 Posted 26 Apr 2013 , 7:31pm
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ACongratulations vgcea!!!!

Cakemommy2012 Posted 27 Apr 2013 , 1:24am
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I'd read that the same way...I'd tellhehr to go get a Costco sheet cake, buy some gold candy coins at CVS, a pirate chest from the pet store fish tank section, and decorate that sucker up.

This is a great idea!!  LOL

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If I was drinking coffee, it would be all over my s3's screen right now.

Yea I about did that myself and I was prepared for the worse!  LOL

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I'd seriously tell someone to do that. If I couldn't do it for their budget and I knew that they couldn't spend much that would be the cheapest option. I have no problems telling someone cheaper options if they can't afford something super fancy.

 

but it sounds like the client in this case has an incorrect idea of what's reasonable, budget-wise!

Yea I have given customers ideas to buy plastic figurines for cakes if they didn't have the budget for gumpaste ones.-using their money for more cake rather than a figurine.  This lady was taken back when I told her how much an actual sculpted pirate ship was gonna cost! needless to say I will not be doing a Pirate ship cake anytime soon--

vgcea Posted 27 Apr 2013 , 2:12am
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Congratulations vgcea!!!!

icon_biggrin.gif Thank you, thank you very much. *Pulls out list* First I'd like to thank my....

SecretAgentCakeBaker Posted 27 Apr 2013 , 2:27am
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I just recently had someone tell me that the cupcakes I made were "awesome," but that she personally "adds jello so they stay moist."  Now I'm wondering if she actually meant pudding and not Jello-Jello...(In defense of my cupcakes, they had been sitting out for over 24 hours uncovered before this person broke down and ate one of the last ones left, and I had no previous complaints about dryness).

P.S. Sorry for the usage for the word "moist" ;)

Maybe she is making poke cake. My mom always used to make those in the 70s.

http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/raspberry-poke-cake/9edd24bc-1013-4244-b1b1-ad986ef40b4b

iridepala Posted 27 Apr 2013 , 3:11am
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AYou guys really made me laugh!

Here's a good one: a friend of mine who owns a kinder garden called me saying she was thinking on giving in the mothers say festival some nice cupcakes with flowers... So she was looking in the Internet (a website similar to eBay) and she found some cupcakes that costs 80 cents each... But then all of a sudden she reminded that I did backers as well and you know as a friend I want to buy your cupcakes... At the same price I found in the internet! My God I could not not laugh! My answer was: go ahead "friend" and buy those super cheap cupcakes for your Mother's Day festival! Just to remind you god knows what those cupcakes are made of...

step0nmi Posted 27 Apr 2013 , 5:38am
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LOL. I don't do them either, heck, I don't even have a sheet pan. I have it written on my website that I don't offer them yet people keep asking.
Edit: I made the 1000th post in this thread. Woohoo!

yaaaaya! wahoooa! i was wondering who it was going yo be  im so excited to have made a thread this largea!

Chellescakes Posted 27 Apr 2013 , 6:44am
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Today's unreasonable request , 

 

"Can you take photos all along the way of doing the cake and text them to me so I can see if I like the colours and I can change them if I want to ? " 

 

  I am sorry but I really don't have time to stop in the middle of working to take photos , once I have started work you cannot change the colours . I also have other cakes to complete at the same time as your kid's birthday cake , while I am sure it is the most important thing in your world , the wedding cakes I am doing for my other clients are also rather important to them , and none of them have asked me to text them blow by blow pictures of my progress. 

cazza1 Posted 27 Apr 2013 , 7:47am
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Chelle, what can I say.  I am truly amazed. Obviously you should be managing your time better.

810whitechoc Posted 27 Apr 2013 , 8:07am
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OMG That is hilarious, I love "just go, get out" hahaha

810whitechoc Posted 27 Apr 2013 , 8:08am
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Sorry, should have said I just watched the You Tube clip, that is what I meant was hilarious.

mcaulir Posted 27 Apr 2013 , 11:04am
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Today's unreasonable request , 

 

"Can you take photos all along the way of doing the cake and text them to me so I can see if I like the colours and I can change them if I want to ? " 

 

  I am sorry but I really don't have time to stop in the middle of working to take photos , once I have started work you cannot change the colours . I also have other cakes to complete at the same time as your kid's birthday cake , while I am sure it is the most important thing in your world , the wedding cakes I am doing for my other clients are also rather important to them , and none of them have asked me to text them blow by blow pictures of my progress. 

 

 

My MOB today asked earlier in the week when they could have a sneak peek at the cake.

 

Don't brides and their mothers have enough to do the day before the wedding than be checking up on the cake?

DeliciousDesserts Posted 27 Apr 2013 , 11:49am
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AA bride once asked for photos for her wedding album. I'm not willing to do that whole let me change the design photo thing, but I understood how passionate about her cake she was.

At the time, I was working for another bakery. I was worried how the heck I was going to convince the owners...but they too understood. This particular request fell under one of favorite sayings: " you are only limited by your imagination and budget!"

mcaulir Posted 27 Apr 2013 , 12:02pm
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See, I wouldn't mind taking photos for them to have later, but I don't want to be sending them during the process.

costumeczar Posted 27 Apr 2013 , 12:05pm
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Today's unreasonable request , 

"Can you take photos all along the way of doing the cake and text them to me so I can see if I like the colours and I can change them if I want to ? " 

  I am sorry but I really don't have time to stop in the middle of working to take photos , once I have started work you cannot change the colours . I also have other cakes to complete at the same time as your kid's birthday cake , while I am sure it is the most important thing in your world , the wedding cakes I am doing for my other clients are also rather important to them , and none of them have asked me to text them blow by blow pictures of my progress. 

I've had people ask me to do this too. I had the idiots from the Philadephia Philles tell me that for them to allow me to use the Phanatic on a cake (it was a 3-D cake of him) I had to make the cake, send them photos of the finished cake, then they'd approve it OR NOT. i told him that wasn't how it worked and eventually got the dolts to just give me permission to do it. They suck.

I also had a groom ask me if I made a full-size replica of their cake design ahead of time so that they could approve it. I looked at him for a mnute and said "no."

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