Things Not To Ask/say To A Baker!

Decorating By step0nmi Updated 30 Jul 2016 , 8:35pm by costumeczar

kaylawaylalayla Posted 1 Jul 2013 , 4:44am
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ALol. I've never used an airbrush, or have ever doen chevron, but maybe its possible?

costumeczar Posted 1 Jul 2013 , 10:35am
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AWays to do Charlie Brown's shirt, uh, I mean Chevron, on buttercream:

Stencil it on with buttercream Airbrush it on using a stencil Paint it on with a paintbrush and a stencil Apply it to the cake after cutting it out of fondant or chocolate clay Frozen buttercream transfer Combination of FBT and chocolate clay Wait until the trend passes and you don't have to deal with it anymore

Sweet_Cakes Posted 1 Jul 2013 , 11:01am
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Originally Posted by costumeczar 

Ways to do Charlie Brown's shirt, uh, I mean Chevron, on buttercream:

Stencil it on with buttercream
Airbrush it on using a stencil
Paint it on with a paintbrush and a stencil
Apply it to the cake after cutting it out of fondant or chocolate clay
Frozen buttercream transfer
Combination of FBT and chocolate clay
Wait until the trend passes and you don't have to deal with it anymore

I love the last idea! icon_wink.gif

cinnamonamon Posted 1 Jul 2013 , 4:39pm
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Thank you thank you thank you for 100 pages of laughter (though I was supposed to be researching, not entertaining myself! lol)!

Cakery2012 Posted 1 Jul 2013 , 9:55pm
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Originally Posted by MissMona 

AllaMarie, I love that you did that.  I think if, when these people throw the Diva fit, complaining over nothing, if someone stood up to them and simply said NO, you aren't going to do that to me, they might think twice in the future about lying.  Good job!


I so agree and I commend AllaMarie for having the guts to do it ! :) The client sounds like a real Biotch. I bet you got her good .

Sweet_Cakes Posted 2 Jul 2013 , 10:28am
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Originally Posted by cinnamonamon 

Thank you thank you thank you for 100 pages of laughter (though I was supposed to be researching, not entertaining myself! lol)!

I could get lost in this thread! I actually have a couple times...LOL

KAPPIEKAKES Posted 5 Jul 2013 , 9:27pm
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AThe nerve of some people

KAPPIEKAKES Posted 5 Jul 2013 , 9:33pm
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A"Oh I can do what you do. I can't bake but that doesn't matter. People buy cakes for the look not the taste" Blank stare and I walk away before I say something.

owatto Posted 6 Jul 2013 , 6:32am
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I had a friend who I'm doing a wedding cake for her in September... we had a very nice simple three tier white cake with coloured ribbon and flowers on top.. my kind of stress free cake! That was decided when we decided the engagement cake. Then she decides that she wants a mad hatter shaped cake... which I have never done... I try to steer her into a different direction and she finally chooses a more simple cake with the tiers being tapered instead of completely wonky... then she says she wants flowers on top... Usually I steer customers towards getting their florist to do a topper in the same flowers as the bouquets etc. However, her groom wants edible flowers... then she says to me: 
"how r u going with flower making? i have another friend who can help out with them if u need?"
to which I explained that I was ok, if she wanted roses, thats great, if she want's anything else she needs to let me know what she wants anything else she needs to let me know so I can practice them. Then she said:
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yeah, thats what i though but she has just finished some course making them & offered to do it at cost price to get her name out there for more customers..i told her u r already making my cake but will see how u feel about it..."
I told her I'm sorry but I'm not comfortable putting someone elses on top of one of my cakes. I thought I don't know who this person is, what class she did or what her flowers are like. 

costumeczar Posted 6 Jul 2013 , 12:46pm
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A

Original message sent by owatto

" yeah, thats what i though but she has just finished some course making them & offered to do it at cost price to get her name out there for more customers..i told her u r already making my cake but will see how u feel about it..." I told her I'm sorry but I'm not comfortable putting someone elses on top of one of my cakes. I thought I don't know who this person is, what class she did or what her flowers are like. 

Was she planning on handing out her business card at the reception or something? Some people...

KatididKatidid Posted 6 Jul 2013 , 3:58pm
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It's just a CAKE! How can it cost so much!!... argh 

as you wish Posted 6 Jul 2013 , 4:42pm
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AThis thread is awesome! It will take me forever to read all of it, but it will be entertaining! So here are my " things not to ask": -Oh, my 7-year-old would love to be able to decorate cakes like that! Would you teach her? -How long did that take? (I have learned from my mom whose artistry is with paint and brush that the answer to this is "All my life!".)

kaylawaylalayla Posted 6 Jul 2013 , 4:46pm
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AI love that answer

ZoeAnn Posted 6 Jul 2013 , 5:07pm
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Yes, had that happen several times. " We found it cheaper."
 

ZoeAnn Posted 6 Jul 2013 , 5:11pm
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I had one catch my husband it a store and ask for my recipe, after I told her I didn't give out my recipes.  The nerve!!
 

onceuponacake Posted 6 Jul 2013 , 5:34pm
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AI had someone call wanting a wedding cake for 100 servings but she wanted a 7 tiered cake and said her budget was 1000.00. Gave her a price of 1100.00 fora simple design. She says oh well I have someone who can do it for 200.00!!!!! The. Why did you call me? Just wanted to see if you can come u see. I told her that is really cheap. I hope it turns out well.

Had one of my daughter's acquaintances wanting a cake to seve 250 her budget was 150. I saw the cake she ended it up. Disaster!! Fondant drooping. Ribbon crooked and the person out it on aluminum foil!

LoveMeSomeCake615 Posted 6 Jul 2013 , 6:12pm
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Originally Posted by onceuponacake 

I had someone call wanting a wedding cake for 100 servings but she wanted a 7 tiered cake and said her budget was 1000.00. Gave her a price of 1100.00 fora simple design. She says oh well I have someone who can do it for 200.00!!!!! The. Why did you call me? Just wanted to see if you can come u see. I told her that is really cheap. I hope it turns out well.

A SEVEN tier cake for $200??? That kind of stuff just burns my biscuits. icon_mad.gif

liz at sugar Posted 6 Jul 2013 , 6:30pm
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The person who paid $150 for enough cake to feed 250 people deserved a cake wreck.  If you can't afford to feed cake to that many people, why are you hosting a party??  People just need to get real.

 

Liz
 

onceuponacake Posted 6 Jul 2013 , 8:57pm
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AExactly. I tell th Walmart can probably do it cheaper. ALS grinds my gears when someone wants a cake for the same day and says I know u keep cakes frozen . Uh no we don't. That's why it says CUSTOM cake shop on the window.

SpeciallyYours Posted 6 Jul 2013 , 11:28pm
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A

Original message sent by as you wish

This thread is awesome! It will take me forever to read all of it, but it will be entertaining! So here are my " things not to ask": -Oh, my 7-year-old would love to be able to decorate cakes like that! Would you teach her? -How long did that take? (I have learned from my mom whose artistry is with paint and brush that the answer to this is "All my life!".)

GREAT response!! Love it!

owatto Posted 7 Jul 2013 , 3:18am
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Originally Posted by costumeczar 


Was she planning on handing out her business card at the reception or something? Some people...

Yeah, I'm not sure what she was planning to do.. im doing the cake because she asked me too not because its going to get my name out there. 

 

Annabakescakes Posted 7 Jul 2013 , 6:20am
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AI was setting up a cupcake wedding today, and it was very simple, just with flavored buttercreams on top, no filling. It was pretty, but nothing special, and I get all these people coming up saying I should be on cupcake wars, lmao! I just told them that there was no way I could make a cupcake from dill pickle and salami or whatever else crazy ingredients they pull out of their hats, taste good. And there is no fricken way I want to work that hard for no pay.

IAmPamCakes Posted 7 Jul 2013 , 6:40am
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AI always hated hearing that from customers at the lame 'bakery' I worked at a couple years ago. We'd have like 10 cupcakes in the case that was too cold so the cupcakes were hard, the 'buttercream' was straight shortening with no flavor whatsoever (except when I would be granted permission to make something that tasted good), and customers would ask us when we were going to be on cupcake wars! I live in a smaller town (15,000 within city limits), and there isn't a lot of culture here. The only bakery is in one of our two grocery stores. I guess any cupcake not white or chocolate is pretty exciting.

Cakery2012 Posted 7 Jul 2013 , 2:34pm
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Originally Posted by LoveMeSomeCake615 

A SEVEN tier cake for $200??? That kind of stuff just burns my biscuits. icon_mad.gif

yea but it was on aluminum foil and a mess you get what you pay for icon_wink.gif

BatterUpCake Posted 7 Jul 2013 , 2:54pm
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Originally Posted by MissMona 

I agree completely with each of you. I just have to figure out which way to deal with it. Costumeczar, the
Really odd thing about this was that I never had any contact with the bride at all.
I've never worked like this before. The owner (wife) sent a photo and a list of details (flavors, colors, flowers etc)
It's very strange to me but I assume any future weddings there will be handled the same way,
Through the owner. I don't think I want to do business there in the future. It doesn't seem
Worth it to me at all.

They probably set it up as a package deal and marked up the price of the cake...or even let the bride assume they make the cakes themselves....I agree with earlier poster. A-holes

Shalan Posted 8 Jul 2013 , 2:45am
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AI love this thread! Totally made my night!

costumeczar Posted 8 Jul 2013 , 2:49am
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Here's mine for today. A wedding cake request for next month, 40 guests, and they want to schedule a tasting and bring 4 people to it to taste cake. No.

as you wish Posted 8 Jul 2013 , 11:49am
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AThis one happened years ago, but it still rankles me every time I think of it. My brother and his wife-to-be asked me to do their wedding cake. "Nothing complicated," (Warning bells!) "Just eight dozen cupcakes with a buttercream rose on each one and an eight inch cake to match for us to cut." Okay, I can do that. It was my intention to make this my wedding gift for the happy couple, but before I could tell them this my future SIL hands me a twenty dollar bill and says "This is to cover your costs."

Godot Posted 8 Jul 2013 , 11:50am
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AWell, did you do it, or tell them to go to Walmart?

owatto Posted 8 Jul 2013 , 12:48pm
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AIn Australia that would buy a tub of satin ice (1.8kg or 4lbs), with maybe some change to get some sprinkes to make it fancy! Lol

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