Things Not To Ask/say To A Baker!

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MimiFix Posted 28 Nov 2013 , 2:11pm
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Cake talk: Anyone having cake instead of pie on this very lovely Thanksgiving Day?

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 28 Nov 2013 , 2:20pm
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AWell, if I can't scrape together the ingredients for an 8x8 batch of my "Innsbruck Dream Bars," I've got 2/3 of a DH white cake mix in the cupboard. Never was big on pie.

-K8memphis Posted 28 Nov 2013 , 2:42pm
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Originally Posted by MimiFix 
 

Cake talk: Anyone having cake instead of pie on this very lovely Thanksgiving Day?

 

i make one apple pie a year and the time is now-- yes!

 

we never have cake for thanksgiving or christmas-- 

 

we only have cake for birthdays, graduations and weddings--and a birthday cake could be anything from a 'this is your life' topsy turvy rock your world cake to a 9x13 in the glass pan with a tapered candle hovered over while we sing -- ha!

 

Dayti Posted 28 Nov 2013 , 3:53pm
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Originally Posted by -K8memphis 
 9x13 in the glass pan with a tapered candle hovered over while we sing -- ha!

 

What? You mean you don't just shove it in the cake like Sandra Lee taught the world to do? 8O:D 

-K8memphis Posted 28 Nov 2013 , 3:58pm
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Originally Posted by Dayti 
 

What? You mean you don't just shove it in the cake like Sandra Lee taught the world to do? 8O:D

 

 

i'm not that classy--i was afraid it would drip and i was already in trouble for the 9x13  :lol:

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 28 Nov 2013 , 4:46pm
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Original message sent by -K8memphis

i was afraid it would drip and i was already in trouble for the 9x13  :lol:

Which is why I utterly cannot begin to understand why the once-common plastic "flower" birthday candle holders are now virtually impossible to find.

Pastrybaglady Posted 28 Nov 2013 , 6:27pm
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AI had an order for caramel cupcakes but then the customer contacted me to cancel because she talked to her in laws and they were not "into" cupcakes. They wanted a pumpkin pie from Costco. I told her I'd be upset too if there were no pie at Thanksgiving!

Elcee Posted 28 Nov 2013 , 11:39pm
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Originally Posted by MimiFix 
 

Cake talk: Anyone having cake instead of pie on this very lovely Thanksgiving Day?

I didn't make one and was SHOCKED at how disappointed my daughter was. Won't make that mistake again! :ouch:

MBalaska Posted 28 Nov 2013 , 11:44pm
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Originally Posted by hbquikcomjamesl 

Which is why I utterly cannot begin to understand why the once-common plastic "flower" birthday candle holders are now virtually impossible to find.

James:  that brings back memories, yes, where DID they go to and why are they hiding from us?

maybe a few too many tykes swallowed them & stuck them up their little runny noses.:?

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 29 Nov 2013 , 5:19am
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AActually, I've seen them online, too. They're just "damn near impossible to find" locally.

And "MBalaska," didn't Cheech & Chong have a bit about a kid shoving things up his nose? Never heard Cheech & Chong do it themselves (but I see there are several versions online), but I knew a kid in about 7th or 8th grade who did Cheech & Chong impressions (yes, BOTH of them at the same time).

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 29 Nov 2013 , 5:41am
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AToo late to edit: Based on the ones I've seen online (carded with a bunch of regular-size birthday candles, for a fraction of what's being asked at Etsy or eBay), either somebody's got a huge cache of NOS in a warehouse, or somebody bought the tooling to make them.

Coolcakeslondon Posted 30 Nov 2013 , 8:51pm
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Originally Posted by Apti 
 

Oh Crud!  I just saw the photo of the Eye of Sauron cake!  (Couldn't make the link work earlier.)    It's WAAAAAY funnier now that I've seen the cake! 

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2418022/lord-of-the-rings

 

That cake was so impressive I did some research online.  It was made by Jason Reaves of Market Salamander in Virginia.  Their wedding cakes start at $6 a serving, so how much do you think that huge, artistic & architecturally sound Eye of Sauron cake masterpiece cost? 

 

sbrehill~~I'm fascinated that you actually quoted a price for that cake.  I would've collapsed on the floor in fits of hysterical giggles.  Welcome to the forum!  [LOVED your alligator "bride" groom's cake!]

Bwa hahahaha - I agree!!! The cheek of it!!

810whitechoc Posted 1 Dec 2013 , 4:57am
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Saturday afternoon about 1pm.

Customer phones: I would like to order a cake for tomorrow

Staff: I'm sorry we are closed tomorrow but will be here until 4.30 this afternoon.

Customer: I want to buy a cake that is less than 3 hours old, I like my cakes fresh.

Staff: We do have a range of cakes available for you to buy today which will be fine for tomorrow as long as you keep them refrigerated.

Customer: We'll what can you do for me?

Staff: Would you like me to tell you what's available or would you like to come in and choose something from the cabinet?

Customer: I don't want one that's already there, what can you bake fresh for this afternoon?

Staff: I'm sorry our baking staff have gone home for the day and won't be back until Monday because we are closed tomorrow, I can tell you what we have available for this afternoon.

Customer: So you can't help me then. Customer hangs up.

Staff: If you want a cake that is so damn fresh and less than 3 hours old BAKE IT YOURSELF.

 

The customers responses are verbatim what she said.

Strubbette Posted 4 Dec 2013 , 10:14pm
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Todays PITA .....

 

I get a call about 2PM today from a customer that had called for a quote 3 weeks ago. She wants a fondant covered cake with zebra stripes and fondant baby booties plus 24 cupcakes. I tell her no problem and work up a new quote since I threw out the other one after not hearing from her after 2 weeks. As I am working up the order I ask her when is it needed? SATURDAY... This is Wednesday afternoon. Normally I would just grin and bear it except that 1. we are due to have a huge ice storm starting tomorrow and 2. I know I told her I needed at least a weeks notice for planning

LoveMeSomeCake615 Posted 5 Dec 2013 , 5:11am
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Originally Posted by 810whitechoc 
 

Saturday afternoon about 1pm.

Customer phones: I would like to order a cake for tomorrow

Staff: I'm sorry we are closed tomorrow but will be here until 4.30 this afternoon.

Customer: I want to buy a cake that is less than 3 hours old, I like my cakes fresh.

Staff: We do have a range of cakes available for you to buy today which will be fine for tomorrow as long as you keep them refrigerated.

Customer: We'll what can you do for me?

Staff: Would you like me to tell you what's available or would you like to come in and choose something from the cabinet?

Customer: I don't want one that's already there, what can you bake fresh for this afternoon?

Staff: I'm sorry our baking staff have gone home for the day and won't be back until Monday because we are closed tomorrow, I can tell you what we have available for this afternoon.

Customer: So you can't help me then. Customer hangs up.

Staff: If you want a cake that is so damn fresh and less than 3 hours old BAKE IT YOURSELF.

 

The customers responses are verbatim what she said.

:-?  Less than 3 hours old?! What an idiot. 

Declansmama Posted 5 Dec 2013 , 5:34am
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AMine is (from a family member who wants a free cake):

It's just a cake! It doesn't take that long to make one, right? What do you need a box of cake and a couple cans of frosting? I'll buy it for you! Uggggh Ugggg!!¡!!!!

Declansmama Posted 5 Dec 2013 , 5:55am
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AAlso, I love how customers want a large cake to feed just a few people. I had a lady who wanted a 4tired cake to feed 30-40 people. She said I could use cake dummies for the cake not needed to get the size. So, I quoted her rather cheaply for A 4 tier cake but still high enough to make some profit for the hours put into it. She emailed me back saying that price was too much, it would be $___ per person. Well, if I take the $3.00 a slice she would want and times it by 40 people it would only be $120 for a 4 tier wedding cake! I don't care if it is half fake cake...I still have to decorate the thing! That's just crazy!!!

Declansmama Posted 5 Dec 2013 , 5:56am
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ANo way I would be making that one ;-)

princess marie Posted 5 Dec 2013 , 6:38am
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APeople don'tunderstand that most bakeries bake the cakes two days in advance and decorate them the day of

Original message sent by 810whitechoc

Saturday afternoon about 1pm. Customer phones: I would like to order a cake for tomorrow Staff: I'm sorry we are closed tomorrow but will be here until 4.30 this afternoon. Customer: I want to buy a cake that is less than 3 hours old, I like my cakes fresh. Staff: We do have a range of cakes available for you to buy today which will be fine for tomorrow as long as you keep them refrigerated. Customer: We'll what can you do for me? Staff: Would you like me to tell you what's available or would you like to come in and choose something from the cabinet? Customer: I don't want one that's already there, what can you bake fresh for this afternoon? Staff: I'm sorry our baking staff have gone home for the day and won't be back until Monday because we are closed tomorrow, I can tell you what we have available for this afternoon. Customer: So you can't help me then. Customer hangs up. Staff: If you want a cake that is so damn fresh and less than 3 hours old BAKE IT YOURSELF.

The customers responses are verbatim what she said.

princess marie Posted 5 Dec 2013 , 6:38am
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AThat lady lost her mind

Original message sent by Declansmama

Also, I love how customers want a large cake to feed just a few people. I had a lady who wanted a 4tired cake to feed 30-40 people. She said I could use cake dummies for the cake not needed to get the size. So, I quoted her rather cheaply for A 4 tier cake but still high enough to make some profit for the hours put into it. She emailed me back saying that price was too much, it would be $___ per person. Well, if I take the $3.00 a slice she would want and times it by 40 people it would only be $120 for a 4 tier wedding cake! I don't care if it is half fake cake...I still have to decorate the thing! That's just crazy!!!

dukeswalker Posted 5 Dec 2013 , 1:26pm
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That lady lost her mind

Just had a request for a cake two days after christmas...  Originally, in an email, she had stated that she saw one of my other cakes (I pretty easy/non time consuming, single tier cake with a stencil & a single flower on it) and wanted one like that - just in a different color.  Then we played phone tag for about a week.  Finally, she reverts back to email and sends me this request for a cake:

 

that feeds 20, oh, and 10 servings need to be sugar free. I would like multiple tiers, at least 3 tiers.  Gold leaf on one of the tiers, rhinestones around the base of each tier, fondant swags from one tier to the next, a rhinestone monogram on the cake and a rhinestone 25 on another of the tiers, about 3-4 flowers with rhinestone centers at the stopping point of each swag and a mound of rhinestone centered flowers on the top.  

 

 

....All 2 days after Christmas....  8O

Dayti Posted 5 Dec 2013 , 1:52pm
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Originally Posted by dukeswalker 
 

Just had a request for a cake two days after christmas...  Originally, in an email, she had stated that she saw one of my other cakes (I pretty easy/non time consuming, single tier cake with a stencil & a single flower on it) and wanted one like that - just in a different color.  Then we played phone tag for about a week.  Finally, she reverts back to email and sends me this request for a cake:

 

that feeds 20, oh, and 10 servings need to be sugar free. I would like multiple tiers, at least 3 tiers.  Gold leaf on one of the tiers, rhinestones around the base of each tier, fondant swags from one tier to the next, a rhinestone monogram on the cake and a rhinestone 25 on another of the tiers, about 3-4 flowers with rhinestone centers at the stopping point of each swag and a mound of rhinestone centered flowers on the top.  

 

 

....All 2 days after Christmas....  8O

I guess she like rhinestones :D

Dayti Posted 5 Dec 2013 , 1:53pm
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Oh, and I would be charging mega bucks to do that cake for 2 days after Christmas. 

MMueller Posted 5 Dec 2013 , 7:05pm
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I make cakes for fun and I never charge. I'm making a three tier cake for a reception. My friend wanted a big fancy cake so its going to be larger than it needs to be, and she wanted vanilla cake with lemon filling and buttercream. Just yesterday a mutual friend asked about the flavor then turned his nose up and said "Oh, I don't really like lemon can't you do a berry filling instead and cover it with the fondant stuff you make"? and he was dead serious!   

 

Oh sure. It's my wedding gift to them, but  I'll switch it up to suit you and let the newlyweds know that I decided to make their cake to suit your preferences instead so you wouldn't skip dessert when the time came. :roll:

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 5 Dec 2013 , 8:39pm
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Well, I don't like lemon, either, but I wouldn't do anything that gauche. Maybe eat around the filling. Then again, the only wedding cake I've ever spec'd out is in a work of fiction, baked and decorated by the bride's family and friends in the church kitchen, and served for a reception in the church's parish hall, and has each tier a different flavor. And since she's an organist, and he's a trumpeter, the topper has the bride sitting at a positive organ, and the groom playing a trumpet (a valved "herald" trumpet), and the overall decorating theme is musical, with notes on staves, and little plaques with a trumpet and a rank of pipes.

ellavanilla Posted 5 Dec 2013 , 10:33pm
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Originally Posted by dukeswalker 
 

Just had a request for a cake two days after christmas...  Originally, in an email, she had stated that she saw one of my other cakes (I pretty easy/non time consuming, single tier cake with a stencil & a single flower on it) and wanted one like that - just in a different color.  Then we played phone tag for about a week.  Finally, she reverts back to email and sends me this request for a cake:

 

that feeds 20, oh, and 10 servings need to be sugar free. I would like multiple tiers, at least 3 tiers.  Gold leaf on one of the tiers, rhinestones around the base of each tier, fondant swags from one tier to the next, a rhinestone monogram on the cake and a rhinestone 25 on another of the tiers, about 3-4 flowers with rhinestone centers at the stopping point of each swag and a mound of rhinestone centered flowers on the top.  

 

 

....All 2 days after Christmas....  8O

 

 

10 sugar free servings...seriously, are you magic? don't forget to include the anti-sugar tablets when you drop off the cake. 

kikiandkyle Posted 6 Dec 2013 , 2:54pm
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Original message sent by dukeswalker

Just had a request for a cake two days after christmas...  Originally, in an email, she had stated that she saw one of my other cakes (I pretty easy/non time consuming, single tier cake with a stencil & a single flower on it) and wanted one like that - just in a different color.  Then we played phone tag for about a week.  Finally, she reverts back to email and sends me this request for a cake:

that feeds 20, oh, and 10 servings need to be sugar free. I would like multiple tiers, at least 3 tiers.  Gold leaf on one of the tiers, rhinestones around the base of each tier, fondant swags from one tier to the next, a rhinestone monogram on the cake and a rhinestone 25 on another of the tiers, about 3-4 flowers with rhinestone centers at the stopping point of each swag and a mound of rhinestone centered flowers on the top.  

....All 2 days after Christmas....  8O ​

I wouldn't even waste my time doing a quote for this because I could guarantee they won't want to pay what that is going to cost.

BatterUpCake Posted 6 Dec 2013 , 3:28pm
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