Things Not To Ask/say To A Baker!

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lunawhisper0013 Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 2:54pm
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AAh...that's fantastic. Thanks!

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 3:26pm
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"kaylawaylalayla," I believe what you're circumlocuting around would be "Equus asinius."

Sparklekat6 Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 3:39pm
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I just had my first Bridezilla! She was an old work colleague/kind of friend. She had changed her mind on the design three times, then changed her mind on whether she wanted sugar flowers, fresh flowers or fake flowers. 
She messaged me on Saturday to check what the size of the top tier was so she could get the fake flowers made up in the right size and I had mentioned that I hadnt recieved my invite yet, but she said she had sent it, so she gave me the details in a text message.
Last night I emailed her the order form/agreement to fill out, sign and send back to me. It is required of all my brides to fill it out, so I have all the contact details of the venue, and the earliest set up time etc.
This is how the conversation went afterwards (She is red):
 

Hi,
Could you please fill in the details regarding the venue details, and read and sign the other parts.
Thanks,
Liv
 

ummm... i gave u the details on the weekend yeah?
Its not working for me sorry.
If its all to much just say so dude, i can look into something else if its easier?

 

 

 

I don't think something is up because I have a friend like this.  She just can't do administration.  It's amazing too because she's doing her PhD at a reputable University so it's not like she can't follow instructions.  She just won't.  And she's like that about her own life.  I emailed her the other day to ask her about how a job interview went and she was like "I didn't get it.  Also, I totaled my car and I quit my job."  And this from a person who has a mortgage.  Yeah uh huh, "oh I just quit my job".... some people just don't get it.  

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 5:03pm
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I quit a full-time job once, with no immediate prospects for another full-time job, only a couple of part-time jobs I'd held the entire time I'd held the full-time job.

 

But I had a very good reason: the stress of that job was ruining my ability to do that job, and was also doing a number on both my sanity and my physical health, to the point where it was costing me more than it was paying me. The part-time jobs, on the other hand, were jobs where I seemingly could do no wrong.

 

Four years, two and a half months later, I was offered my present full-time job. That was a tad over 19 years ago. The four years, two and a half months with only my part-time jobs bringing in revenue were far less stressful than the year that had driven me to quit.

ellavanilla Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 5:40pm
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My niece's 7th birthday is coming up. Apparently she wants a brownie cake, and with her baby girl voice it probably sounds like "bwownee cake," which tickles me to pieces. 

 

Anyway, when questioned about what a brownie cake was, my niece replied, "Don't worry, me and Aunt Jenny will handle it." I love her confidence. I hope I can! LOL

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 6:14pm
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Hmm. "Brownie" as in intentionally-fallen chocolate cake? "Brownie" as in pre-Instamatic Kodak roll film camera? "Brownie" as in Girl Scouting? "Brownie" as in a type of fairy?

shanter Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 6:59pm
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Originally Posted by hbquikcomjamesl 

I quit a full-time job once, with no immediate prospects for another full-time job, only a couple of part-time jobs I'd held the entire time I'd held the full-time job.

 

But I had a very good reason: the stress of that job was ruining my ability to do that job, and was also doing a number on both my sanity and my physical health, to the point where it was costing me more than it was paying me. The part-time jobs, on the other hand, were jobs where I seemingly could do no wrong.

 

Four years, two and a half months later, I was offered my present full-time job. That was a tad over 19 years ago. The four years, two and a half months with only my part-time jobs bringing in revenue were far less stressful than the year that had driven me to quit.


I hear you. Been there, done that. Thumbs up for sanity!

kaylawaylalayla Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 7:05pm
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Original message sent by hbquikcomjamesl

"kaylawaylalayla," I believe what you're circumlocuting around would be "[URL=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asinus][I]Equus asinius.[/I][/URL]"

give me a moment while I look up mostof the words you just said lol.

Sassyzan Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 7:47pm
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I hear you. Been there, done that. Thumbs up for sanity!

Me too. Walked off the job before noon. No prospects whatsoever. Literally cleaned toilets for cash under the table for about 6 weeks until I found a job for less pay than the one I'd quit. Met my husband, mad some lifelong friends, met my future boss who started his own lab and hired me on as his first employee for $$$$$. It worked out quite nicely for me. Money, mortgages, jobs, wedding cakes, these things come and go. As Tracy chapman said, "all that you have is your soul."

Sassyzan Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 7:48pm
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AOr perhaps Johnny paycheck said it better. "Take this job and shove it." :)

BatterUpCake Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 8:45pm
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Originally Posted by hbquikcomjamesl 

But I had a very good reason: the stress of that job was ruining my ability to do that job, and was also doing a number on both my sanity and my physical health, to the point where it was costing me more than it was paying me. Were you in the Navy? That sounds like my job! lol^ more weeks until I am unemployed.....
hbquikcomjamesl Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 8:57pm
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No, I was working for a small software publisher in Long Beach, specializing in the Commodore Amiga. The owner of which had bought, outright, a small-business accounting program, written in C, by an accountant who had never written a non-trivial program in any language other than BASIC, and who had absolutely no understanding of the "fail-safe" concept. It had an unfortunate tendency to crash. Turning the user's financial data into irrecoverable gibberish. Then, when the author of it refused to fix its hidden flaws, it got dumped in my lap. And I was constantly blamed for its hidden flaws, and accused of dragging it out (when in fact, it was becoming increasingly unbearable to work on the thing, knowing that it was a disaster waiting to happen).

 

Not long after I walked out, the next programmer to get stuck with that albatross finally convinced the owner to abandon it.

 

Can we maybe talk about something more pleasant, like maybe CAKES?

BatterUpCake Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 9:27pm
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I like cake...better? lol

daryll Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 9:29pm
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I like cake...better? lol

 

I like cake...dude :)

BatterUpCake Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 9:42pm
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LOL..good one!

passion4baking Posted 12 Aug 2013 , 11:40pm
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I had a customer contact me through facebook a couple of months ago requesting a qoute for a 2 tier zebra fondant cake with a hot pink bow for 20 people. I went through all the back and forth messages and finally qouted her a price of $126 and she wrote me back "that's great I'm so excited!!!! By the way you do accept food stamps right.

 

I was in public when I read it and had everyone looking at me like I was crazy I just could not stop laughing. Once I settled down I was a little outraged that someone would try to use money that was probably provided to feed their kids to throw a fancy birthday party for themselves.

lmao I know this is late but I cant stop laughing! Could it had been my neighbor?

BatterUpCake Posted 13 Aug 2013 , 12:03am
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That's a shame. They probable had lobster and fillet at the party too.

kaylawaylalayla Posted 13 Aug 2013 , 12:09am
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Original message sent by BatterUpCake

That's a shame. They probable had lobster and fillet at the party too.

now now. Lets not generalize.

BatterUpCake Posted 13 Aug 2013 , 12:19am
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I'm not generalizing. I am saying this person abuses the system.

kaylawaylalayla Posted 13 Aug 2013 , 1:31am
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AUmm... I like cake! Lol

shanter Posted 13 Aug 2013 , 1:56am
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Every now and then I arrive at my current job, working with very sweet people, with a cake. They love to test my cakes.

I never took a cake to my previous (horrid) place of employ.

 

Next weekend I think I will make an orange cake with whipped orange and chocolate cream filling and frosting. Chocolate + orange = YUMMMMMMMM.

costumeczar Posted 13 Aug 2013 , 2:20am
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Originally Posted by shanter 

Every now and then I arrive at my current job, working with very sweet people, with a cake. They love to test my cakes.

I never took a cake to my previous (horrid) place of employ.

 

Next weekend I think I will make an orange cake with whipped orange and chocolate cream filling and frosting. Chocolate + orange = YUMMMMMMMM.

Where did you say you work? I'll be there next weekend.

j92383 Posted 13 Aug 2013 , 3:03am
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Originally Posted by passion4baking 

lmao I know this is late but I cant stop laughing! Could it had been my neighbor?

I wish I would've saved the actual messages that would've really given you a good laugh.  The grammar was so horrible I had to enlist other people to help me decipher what the hell she was asking for. And no English was not her second language.   

shanter Posted 13 Aug 2013 , 3:47am
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Originally Posted by shanter 

 

Next weekend I think I will make an orange cake with whipped orange and chocolate cream filling and frosting. Chocolate + orange = YUMMMMMMMM.

Where did you say you work? I'll be there next weekend.

Since you're in Virginia and I'm in Washington State, there might be a logistics problem. icon_biggrin.gif

JWinslow Posted 13 Aug 2013 , 3:54am
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Originally Posted by shanter 

Every now and then I arrive at my current job, working with very sweet people, with a cake. They love to test my cakes.

I never took a cake to my previous (horrid) place of employ.

 

Next weekend I think I will make an orange cake with whipped orange and chocolate cream filling and frosting. Chocolate + orange = YUMMMMMMMM.


 I would sooooooooo love that cake.  My favorite sweet - Candied orange slices dipped in dark chocolate.  BTW, I'm closer - in PA :)

milkmaid42 Posted 13 Aug 2013 , 4:20am
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I've been enjoying this thread from its inception. Up to now I haven't had anything much to post...except now that I think of it-- I was making a cake for my sister's grand daughter's 6th birthday. We've always had a very good relationship, cake-wise and all other wise. I make our family cakes and she buys me new cake toys I cannot afford which I can use for other cakes. Win win, right? Well, her grand daughter asked for a very special cake and I agreed to make it to her specifications. We decided to make a cake like one of her paintings which always have a signature rainbow, with the usual children's sun in the corner,etc. I eagerly e-mailed my sister pictures of the cake in progress, the flowers that I replicated exactly as her grand daughter had drawn. I was floored by her response, "Aren't you going to put more flowers on it?" (Read that as, "aren't you going to put your realistic gumpaste flowers on it")  I told her no, I was doing what I was requested to do by a 6 year old little girl who loves to paint. The real kicker came when she told me that she was going to go out and buy some fake flowers and add to my cake ! I told her that that would be the last cake she ever got if she dared to mess around with my design.

Well, all turned out well and she said that it was the favorite cake I ever made for her. We simply hadn't been on the same page and she didn't see my vision. She thought she'd be getting a veritable flower garden, knowing how I love to make gumpaste flowers. The birthday girl was delighted to see her painting come to life in a cake.

This is a long story since I can't seem to edit myself, but I'll post a picture so you can see what I was talking (at length) about:

 

 

For her 6th birthday, Madeleine wanted a rabbit with a carrot in a flower garden. I asked her to paint me a picture of what she had in mind so I could replicate it in cake. Every picture she draws  contains a rainbow, so using flowed sugar for the figures, and pastillage for the rainbow & sun, here is what I came up with. It took more effort to make the wobbly rainbow and crossed lines pencil effect in the rabbit than I thought it would. The cake is strawberry with dark chocolate ganache filling, covered with white chocolate cheesecake MFF.

 

I hope this sweet little girl is always able to find the rainbow after every storm.

 

Actually, it's somewhat difficult to make a non-perfect rainbow. But you can see why she was disappointed when she first saw a pic of the flowers...

 

Moral of the story: Do Not Tell A Cake Artist That You Are Going To Modify/Change A Design Yourself!

 

Jan

scrumdiddlycakes Posted 13 Aug 2013 , 4:40am
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Since you're in Virginia and I'm in Washington State, there might be a logistics problem. icon_biggrin.gif

I'm in WA, and as it so happens I like cake, chocolate, and oranges.... just sayin.

MissMona Posted 13 Aug 2013 , 4:49am
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 We decided to make a cake like one of her paintings which always have a signature rainbow, with the usual children's sun in the corner,etc.

 

For her 6th birthday, Madeleine wanted a rabbit with a carrot in a flower garden. I asked her to paint me a picture of what she had in mind so I could replicate it in cake. Every picture she draws  contains a rainbow, so using flowed sugar for the figures, and pastillage for the rainbow & sun, here is what I came up with. It took more effort to make the wobbly rainbow and crossed lines pencil effect in the rabbit than I thought it would. The cake is strawberry with dark chocolate ganache filling, covered with white chocolate cheesecake MFF.

 

 

Jan

 

This is so precious!!!!  I adore what you did here!  VERY  nice work!  :)

milkmaid42 Posted 13 Aug 2013 , 4:59am
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Since you're in Virginia and I'm in Washington State, there might be a logistics problem. icon_biggrin.gif

Well, I'm in Missouri. Whaddya know, midway 'tween you two. OK, let's meet in the middle. I adore chocolate and orange!

 

Jan

milkmaid42 Posted 13 Aug 2013 , 5:03am
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Thanks, Mona. I'm glad that my sister could see what I was trying to accomplish. I know  communication can be a problem sometimes. I didn't do my usual sketch for her as she gives me free rein once a theme is decided upon. Her grand daughter was absolutely thrilled and flattered.

 

Jan

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