things NOT to ask/say to a baker!

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viannescakes Posted 6 Dec 2013 , 7:59pm
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Had this lady, whose sons go to the same school with my daughter, asking me about the birthday cake for her son's party. Here is how she started her email:

 

"I would like to know how much you sould charge for a 9x13 sheet cake? The venue charges $40 if they provide it. But I'm not sure about the flavour..."

 

Seriously, no discussion about cake flavour, filling, design or decoration yet, she's talking about another potential vendor's pricing already. I guess she's expecting me to automatically do a price war to undercut the venue...

 

 

I think most average people have completely zero idea about cakes. To them, a cake is really just a box of cake mix, plus a can of frosting; perhaps the fanciest cakes they could ever think of are the ones from grocery market's bakery section.

dukeswalker Posted 6 Dec 2013 , 11:08pm
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The request came from a long term client's best friend. I really, really like this client - she is fun, loves great designs in cake and allows me creative license with the designs. I felt bad but I let her know that I just could. not. do it.  That the most I could do, would be a small, rustic buttercream cake. 

 

So then the request turned in to - "can you do the cake I want using fake cakes and have one small cake for serving?" - Which I gladly agreed to.  THEN I get the email that says, basically, "Great!  Sounds perfect.  So a 4 tier fake cake like my design and then a sugar free cake, a regular cake and some sugar free "fancy sugar cookies", some fancy regular sugar cookies and some other sugar free treats for the guests."  

 

8O

MBalaska Posted 8 Dec 2013 , 10:55am
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"How much can I charge"  and

"Is this a reasonable price"

BatterUpCake Posted 8 Dec 2013 , 2:08pm
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That looks easy! Wonder why more people don't just do their own cakes????

Claire138 Posted 8 Dec 2013 , 2:23pm
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I have a client who calls last week  and orders her cake ending with "Because I come to you every year (I've only been doing this 2 years - this is her second order), I would like a better price as I am a regular".

BatterUpCake Posted 8 Dec 2013 , 3:26pm
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tell her if she wants a better price go to WalMart. Or that you don't give discounts until she has been ordering from you for 5 consecutive years.

LTerry Posted 8 Dec 2013 , 6:30pm
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I have also had people ask me for recipes, one customer sent me an email saying how much she loved my cake and she wanted to make one at home, so could she get the recipe from me.  I of course kindly said, "I'm sorry I don't give my recipes out, but would be happy to make one for you anytime."

onceuponacake Posted 8 Dec 2013 , 6:32pm
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AHad a customer call day before thanksgiving. If like to order a cake.

Okay. What date?

Today in a couple hours.

Sorry no can do. (It was allready 3pm)

But I really want one of your cakes. Can't you cancel someone's order and give me their cake.

Lol. No ma'am

LTerry Posted 8 Dec 2013 , 6:33pm
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This is what I find all the time, people don't understand how much time and cost goes into making the decorative cakes!

Godot Posted 8 Dec 2013 , 6:34pm
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AI had a lady come in once and order a very elaborate cake. When I gave her the price she about croaked.

The she said - My son ordered a cheesecake from you four years ago, and since that makes us regulars I really did expect a better price than this.

I just looked at her and you could hear a pin drop.

onceuponacake Posted 8 Dec 2013 , 9:28pm
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AThat was four years ago. Prices have gone up.

One customer came in and said "I ordered a couple years ago from you. An 8" cake with playing cards. How much was that again?"

Gave her the price.

"I think you're mistaken. I rembrr it being 20.00 less"

"No ma'am. Our prices have not changed. "

"I think you're wrong"

No ma'am. I'm the owner. That size has always been that price.

jenmat Posted 9 Dec 2013 , 1:46pm
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I had one a while back 

Customer (email): HELP! I need a cake for tomorrow (saturday) and so-and-so said to contact you but I forgot! I saw your website and I LOVE your cakes!!!! I will literally take ANYTHING you have- do you maybe have something sitting around or a cake that someone didn't want that I could just buy off of you?

Me: Well, thanks for the compliment. Actually, I do have a freshly baked 1/2 sheet cookies and cream cake that I did not end up needing. I almost never have extra cake, but you're in luck. I would just need a set of colors I can use and whether you'd like polka dots or roses. 

Customer: OH THANK YOU!!!! This is for my daughter, she is turning 16 and we are having a big party. She LOVES cake boss so I need something really over the top with lots of bling.

Me: I'm sorry, it's 5pm on a Friday, you need the cake for tomorrow. I can give you roses or polka dots in your choice of colors. 

Customer: Oh, well that just won't work. I need something really special. I guess I'll have to go somewhere else, but I'll think of you next time....

 

Facepalm. You do that, be sure to think of me, tell me you will take ANYTHING I have, then proceed to try and weasel a Cake Boss cake out of me with 12 hours notice on a Friday when I'm doing 3 weddings. Yep. Go right ahead. 

mcaulir Posted 12 Dec 2013 , 11:41am
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I'm making a cake for my church's 40th anniversary service on Sunday morning. This morning (Thursday) at about 9am, the church sercretary calls and asks if I can send her a photo of the cake so she can put it on the slideshow for the service.

 

Sure - when do you want the photo?

 

Oh, today before I leave at 1 o'clock.

 

Sorry, no can do.

 

How long in advance do people think we have their cakes made? And sitting where? Do they want to eat cake that's been sitting on my kitchen bench for goodness knows how long?

patticake1951 Posted 12 Dec 2013 , 2:14pm
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I was showing someone my pictures the other day, and she saw a picture of my spa cake with the dolls sitting in it. She asked me how did I keep the dolls from melting when I baked it!!!

kikiandkyle Posted 12 Dec 2013 , 2:43pm
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AOmg what is wrong with people!

BatterUpCake Posted 13 Dec 2013 , 1:08am
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