things NOT to ask/say to a baker!

Decorating By step0nmi Updated 11 Jan 2016 , 1:15am by Apti

kikiandkyle Posted 26 Oct 2013 , 7:31pm
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Original message sent by cak3m0m

The weirdest ones I have ever gotten: Can you make a sugar free buttercreme? I also got asked this by a client: I was contacted to make a pirate birthday themed cake. (keep in mind I don't know this person) She wanted to know what ingredients to buy so she could come over and watch me make the cake. Then she asked me if I would make it for free since she was going to buy the ingredients... really?!

Wow now that's rude. At least when it's a friend or relative you think they're pushing it when they ask that, but a stranger?!

hanoons Posted 27 Oct 2013 , 12:51am
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milkmaid42 Posted 27 Oct 2013 , 2:20am
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Sometimes I think if people could just hear themselves.... But then I realize it probably wouldn't change anything.



Godot Posted 27 Oct 2013 , 2:20am
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Original message sent by BatterUpCake

How do people get that stupid?


BatterUpCake Posted 27 Oct 2013 , 2:21am
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milkmaid42 Posted 27 Oct 2013 , 2:36am
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*Snort* guffaw! LOL!



hbquikcomjamesl Posted 27 Oct 2013 , 4:50am
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AHmm. A more tactful way for the passerby to react to the sticker-shock would have been for her to have said something like, "maybe someday I might be able to afford you."

Honestly, I think it was the sticker-shock talking. Unless you've actually done it, on at least the level I've been able to do it (as opposed to, say, sticking soak-off-the-card decorations onto a cake, which was the usual drill when my mom used to do it), there's no reason to have the slightest clue what's involved in even one of my typical single-layer-served-in-pan sheet cakes.

cak3m0m Posted 27 Oct 2013 , 12:08pm
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I swear people are just so rude. If they had any idea of how long it takes and the artistry involved, people would realize that the price is cheap compared to the hours we sometimes put into a cake lol

MimiFix Posted 27 Oct 2013 , 1:35pm
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Quote from many:
People are just so rude. If they had any idea... 


But they don't have any idea. So we can educate people, or accept that not everyone will be our customer, or just keep bashing to have a good time at their expense. 

Godot Posted 27 Oct 2013 , 1:46pm
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AI, for one, love having a good time at their expense.:-D

sarahgale314 Posted 27 Oct 2013 , 2:03pm
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ASo, I sold cupcakes at a fair yesterday, and one lady came up and said, "Have you heard of (name of a popular cupcake shop in our state)?" I say, "yes." She asked if I was with them. I say, "no" and think, does she not see my large sign stating the name of my own bakery, which is much different than the famous one. Then she asks, "do you know the location of (the famous bakery)?" Me: "They have several locations throughout the state. It's a franchise." Then she told me I should put out advertising and coupons in all the newspapers and mailers like they do. Gee, thanks for the advice, lady. She left without buying a cupcake.

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 27 Oct 2013 , 2:27pm
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Original message sent by MimiFix

[QUOTE] People are just so rude. If they had any idea... [/QUOTE]

But they don't have any idea. So we can educate people, or accept that not everyone will be our customer, or just keep bashing to have a good time at their expense. 


Paperfishies Posted 27 Oct 2013 , 3:21pm
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Original message sent by Godot

I, for one, love having a good time at their expense.:-D


hrrb1977 Posted 29 Oct 2013 , 12:05am
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Believe me. That did happen to me too................


People think that we just charge for ingredients when we make a cake.............People do not think about our time, art effort, plus all the bills we have to include when working..............electric power, water, cleaning supplies,..........and so on!


Up here in Mexico I do have a lot of that stupid clients asking for free work...........................

jgifford Posted 29 Oct 2013 , 2:16am
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Sometimes you just want to pour a big dose of Clorox in the gene pool. :-P

milkmaid42 Posted 29 Oct 2013 , 3:35pm
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^ Love that line. Gotta remember it for future use. (Unfortunately there will be a lot of opportunities!)



ellavanilla Posted 1 Nov 2013 , 5:04am
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message received today:


" i know it's late notice, but I only need a small cake. The first tier is.... "


oh lady, i'm too sick to make your "small cake" with or without tears.

dinobakes Posted 4 Nov 2013 , 5:32am
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This thread is amazing and hilarious...


I'm a baker and i'm located in Malaysia.


I get many funny questions, sometimes almost to the point where I just wanna give up and tell them to look for someone else.


The most recent one was a mother who want a cake for her 1 year old son. She wants it to be winnie the pooh theme.

Discussing cake woth someone who has no idea about cake can be very frustrating.


Client: I want this ( buttercream cake)

Me: Okay, so now you want to change is to buttercream?

Client: No. I want fondant?

Me: I showed her a picture of a fondant cake. Slowly explaining the layout and degisn of the cake.

Client: (Shows me another picture of the buttercream design cake.)


At this point i felt like i was talking to myself. So I decide to sketch a layout of the cake with colour according to the theme she wanted. She just wanted winnie the pooh on the cake.


Client: The pooh bear is so small...

Me: This is just a sketch for you to get an idea of the cake layout.

Client: Can you draw a bigger picture? (like the actual size)


Finally after many days of discussion thru mobile,

She asked me...


Client: just wanted to check with the candle 3D or 2D?


I was so stunned not knowing to laugh or to cry.

dinobakes Posted 4 Nov 2013 , 5:39am
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Someone enquired for my french macarons as wedding favors.

Below are the questions from the bride to be.


Is french macarons sweet?


Can you make it not so sweet?


How come you cant make it less sweet? Why cant you just put less sugar?


Why so expensive? Will it be cheaper if I come pack it myself?




I wanted to just tell her to go make it on her own. 


People can be so frustrating.

Godot Posted 4 Nov 2013 , 9:55am
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hrrb1977 Posted 4 Nov 2013 , 9:27pm
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Mimi744 Posted 4 Nov 2013 , 10:47pm
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AI always hear people saying fondont isn't good. I personally love it. I mostly get people trying to lower prices. My prices aren't even that bad considering 1.50 a slice. I don't think people understand that everything we do is out of our pockets and we don't have a big company behind us funding everything for us. I live in a small town so I get that all the time.

howsweet Posted 4 Nov 2013 , 11:20pm
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howsweet Posted 4 Nov 2013 , 11:26pm
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Just got this --copying and pasting. I already replied, but curious what others would say.


Hello, I would like a cake serving about 20-24 kids, 2 smash cakes and 24 small cookies individually wrapped for each kid. My budget is $200. Please let me know if you can do this and what your price is per item and as a package deal.


She sent a picture of the cake she wanted... the whole thing would have been about $350-370, but what got me was the package deal comment.And the way she said itas if it were a foregone conclusion.  She clearly mistook me for someone who wanted her business at all.

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