Things Not To Ask/say To A Baker!

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MBalaska Posted 18 Jan 2014 , 7:39pm
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You made me  wonder how often that a simple shrug of the shoulder and a 'noble silence' while you shake your head "NO" can solve the problem.  When  you want to scream at someone.

dilikestobake Posted 18 Jan 2014 , 8:22pm
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Whenever I make a fondant cake, I always get asked if the fondant is edible. It gets annoying.

MimiFix Posted 18 Jan 2014 , 8:45pm
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Originally Posted by dilikestobake 
 

Whenever I make a fondant cake, I always get asked if the fondant is edible. It gets annoying.

 

Well, don't keep us in suspense: Is it? 

 

          Note: Whoops, saw you're new. Just so you know, I'm teasing, not rude to new members... 

MBalaska Posted 18 Jan 2014 , 8:53pm
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It is in New York, but not in Alaska...........:lol:

me_me1 Posted 18 Jan 2014 , 11:00pm
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This isn't really a gripe, more just a cute question I was asked by a groom about his upcoming wedding cake.  He wondered if the cake were to have tiers with alternating flavours (chocolate, vanilla, chocolate, vanilla) if it would just look weird.  Bless his little cottons...   Reassured him that with the same colour fondant covering the whole cake he could have whatever flavours he wanted in there - so cute!   :)

jenmat Posted 19 Jan 2014 , 9:48pm
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Ooh, I have a new one I can share:
 
Hello I am having my 30th birthday party and I need a special cake.
It is a themed party and we are doing a mad hatter tea party from Alice in Wonderland. I would like a tiered cake with about 3 tiers.
I am a model and there will be a bunch of us taking pictures with the cake.
I have included some photos to get an idea of what I am looking for.
obviously we can discuss price and I would like to try to cut costs wherever possible. thank you for your time and look forward to doing business with you. 

 

She then proceeded to email THE most difficult Alice in Wonderland cakes imaginable. All gumpaste figures, teapot pouring tea.....really over the top. She needed it for Feb 1. Ha ha. 

 

I just giggled when I saw this one. And she must have an account with the email service because her picture was included. I'm thinking she models hand cream......

 

Sooo, because you will be taking pictures with the cake somehow there was a discount in order? That's the only reason I can think of that she would insert that part. 

Luckily I'm on maternity leave right now so it was VERY easy to turn this order down :)

Dayti Posted 19 Jan 2014 , 10:11pm
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Originally Posted by jenmat 

 
I am a model and there will be a bunch of us taking pictures with the cake.
 

Who doesn´t have their picture taken with their cake? Just because it ends up on their Facebook page and they might mention that the cake was made by jenmat, doesn´t entitle them to "cut costs", model or no model. Silly woman!!

vivalicious Posted 20 Jan 2014 , 12:44am
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Original message sent by Nixs247

lol.. this is what happened a few weeks ago.

Customer: I need a 2-3 Tier Wedding Cake Me: So will that be a 2 Tier or 3 Tier Cake? Customer: hmmm....3 Tier  Me: Ok, so can you advise me of the Bride & Grooms Colour Theme Customer: The Groom is Black and his Bride is White!!!

that is too funny

cak3m0m Posted 20 Jan 2014 , 1:14pm
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Here is another one I got over Christmas season.

 

Customer: "I want to order a cake for Christmas. How much is it going to be?"

Me: "What kind of cake are you looking for and what is your budget?"

Customer: "I don't have a budget, I just need a price. There will be 20 people eating."

Me: "Okay, our cakes start at such n such price."

Customer: "That's too much. I was thinking like $20.00. Can you throw in some free cupcakes too, I know bakers always have that stuff lying around."

Me: "No, here is the price. You can try a grocery store instead."

Customer: "Do they give away free cupcakes too? That would be cheaper."

Me: 'smacks forehead'

 

This was really a conversation from a customer..... sighs.

kdbasher Posted 20 Jan 2014 , 2:00pm
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Originally Posted by cak3m0m 
 

Here is another one I got over Christmas season.

 

Customer: "I want to order a cake for Christmas. How much is it going to be?"

Me: "What kind of cake are you looking for and what is your budget?"

Customer: "I don't have a budget, I just need a price. There will be 20 people eating."

Me: "Okay, our cakes start at such n such price."

Customer: "That's too much. I was thinking like $20.00. Can you throw in some free cupcakes too, I know bakers always have that stuff lying around."

Me: "No, here is the price. You can try a grocery store instead."

Customer: "Do they give away free cupcakes too? That would be cheaper."

Me: 'smacks forehead'

 

This was really a conversation from a customer..... sighs.

Ha, ha, ha, ha!!!!!!!!!!  Yes, we always have stuff lying around that we want to just get rid of for free!!!!  And I'm sure the grocery store will be happy to give away free cupcakes!  All you have to do is ask!

 

Thanks for the great laugh this morning!

Mybearsbaby Posted 20 Jan 2014 , 3:10pm
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AWe are having a Mother's Expo in our area in a month. Lots of vendors and shopping. I was asked if I wanted a booth and the cost is $30. I said I would get back to her. She pmed me on Facebook, and said that she had a proposition for me: trade the $30 booth fee for cake. Ok, sounds like something I may consider...I ask her what she had in mind, and she said 3 full sheet cakes or enough to feed 150 people!!! Ummmmm...no! For $30 I was thinking a very small cake and that is still cheap for me to do it. She would have to give me the space and pay me a significant amount on top of that for such a large amount of cake. I told her that it wasn't doable so she let me know she would find someone else. I told her that was fine with me. ;)

MimiFix Posted 20 Jan 2014 , 3:39pm
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Originally Posted by Mybearsbaby 

... trade the $30 booth fee for cake... 3 full sheet cakes or enough to feed 150 people!!!  

 

Clearly someone who has absolutely no idea about ingredient costs and labor. You can try educating her; or wait until a "cheap cake lady" agrees because it's such a great deal!

Mybearsbaby Posted 20 Jan 2014 , 3:50pm
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Original message sent by MimiFix

Clearly someone who has absolutely no idea about ingredient costs and labor. You can try educating her; or wait until a "cheap cake lady" agrees because it's such a great deal!

Lol that's what I was thinking. I just let her try to find someone else because I don't think she will get that cheap from anyone, even a supermarket, because that is a lot of cake for $30 ;) And if she were to get someone to agree to those terms, I feel sorry for that baker because he or she will definitely be getting the bad end of that deal.

MimiFix Posted 20 Jan 2014 , 4:13pm
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Originally Posted by Mybearsbaby 


... I feel sorry for that baker because he or she will definitely be getting the bad end of that deal.

 

I no longer feel sorry for that type of baker. I've been on CC for several years now and have seen posts by numerous "ignorant" members. I can guarantee that many folks (members and lurkers) truly believe it is a great deal. And they will fight anyone who tells them otherwise.

Mybearsbaby Posted 20 Jan 2014 , 4:28pm
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Original message sent by MimiFix

I no longer feel sorry for that type of baker. I've been on CC for several years now and have seen posts by numerous "ignorant" members. I can guarantee that many folks (members and lurkers) truly believe it is a great deal. And they will fight anyone who tells them otherwise.

Good point. :)

howsweet Posted 20 Jan 2014 , 8:54pm
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Originally Posted by cak3m0m 
 

Here is another one I got over Christmas season.

 

Customer: "I want to order a cake for Christmas. How much is it going to be?"

Me: "What kind of cake are you looking for and what is your budget?"

Customer: "I don't have a budget, I just need a price. There will be 20 people eating."

Me: "Okay, our cakes start at such n such price."

Customer: "That's too much. I was thinking like $20.00. Can you throw in some free cupcakes too, I know bakers always have that stuff lying around."

Me: "No, here is the price. You can try a grocery store instead."

Customer: "Do they give away free cupcakes too? That would be cheaper."

Me: 'smacks forehead'

 

This was really a conversation from a customer..... sighs.


Speechless. I think I would have been very tempted to say, "yes, yes they do give away free cupcakes".

Nadiaa Posted 20 Jan 2014 , 10:49pm
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Originally Posted by cak3m0m 
 

Here is another one I got over Christmas season.

 

Customer: "I want to order a cake for Christmas. How much is it going to be?"

Me: "What kind of cake are you looking for and what is your budget?"

Customer: "I don't have a budget, I just need a price. There will be 20 people eating."

Me: "Okay, our cakes start at such n such price."

Customer: "That's too much. I was thinking like $20.00. Can you throw in some free cupcakes too, I know bakers always have that stuff lying around."

Me: "No, here is the price. You can try a grocery store instead."

Customer: "Do they give away free cupcakes too? That would be cheaper."

Me: 'smacks forehead'

 

This was really a conversation from a customer..... sighs.

:-? Yeah…you could totally do a cake for 20 people for $20 with free cupcakes. WTF?? LOL!!!! 

anaelisabethlee Posted 21 Jan 2014 , 3:30pm
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AOk, I have only just started - got myself legal, registered etc and I already have one... Got an email from a girl who wants a cake for her granddad's birthday party - so I go back and ask the usual, portions flavour etc She would like A cake for 20 people, fruit cake for the oldies and something chocolate for the young people... Er.... Right...

ellavanilla Posted 21 Jan 2014 , 4:33pm
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From a thread by photographers talking about photogs who give away their product too cheaply...

 

" I once had a landlord who accepted "exposure" and "opportunity" instead of rent, but he lost the place to the bank because it was a terrible business decision."

 

 

LOL we aren't the only industry with this problem...

Mybearsbaby Posted 21 Jan 2014 , 4:42pm
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Original message sent by ellavanilla

From a thread by photographers talking about photogs who give away their product too cheaply...

[COLOR=FF0000][B]" I once had a landlord who accepted "exposure" and "opportunity" instead of rent, but he lost the place to the bank because it was a terrible business decision."[/B][/COLOR]

LOL we aren't the only industry with this problem...

Lol! Love it!

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 21 Jan 2014 , 5:37pm
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Originally Posted by anaelisabethlee 

She would like A cake for 20 people, fruit cake for the oldies and something chocolate for the young people...
Er.... Right...

Sounds like a perfect situation for "the world's smallest 2-tier cake.":P

me_me1 Posted 22 Jan 2014 , 4:46am
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Original message sent by anaelisabethlee

Ok, I have only just started - got myself legal, registered etc and I already have one... Got an email from a girl who wants a cake for her granddad's birthday party - so I go back and ask the usual, portions flavour etc She would like A cake for 20 people, fruit cake for the oldies and something chocolate for the young people... Er.... Right...

I've been asked for this sort of thing quite often. I usually just do a little 5" and 7" two tier cake for requests like this.

:)

dukeswalker Posted 22 Jan 2014 , 5:02am
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How about a 3 tier cake for 18 people with 10 servings being sugar free?  

 

 

HAHAHAHA!  

kidsnkakes86 Posted 22 Jan 2014 , 5:55pm
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ALmbo this is soo me. I hate eating icing but i think it so rude to scrape it off. Smh i guess i wont be saying that anymore. Lol

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 31 Jan 2014 , 5:38pm
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I'm not exactly partial to heavy coats of frosting, myself. And I do prefer a dense, hand-blended BC to any kind of whipped frosting.

JessicaHall1022 Posted 31 Jan 2014 , 7:13pm
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AI am currently on a committee for a large gala dinner. I usually bring in samples of cupcakes/etc if I have anything left from weekend orders, which everyone loves and also ensures my husband doesn't end up with diabetes from eating.

So at the end of the meeting,while I'm in conversation with other people,this girl next to me turns around and asks me point blank:

"So what do you charge?"

I was flabbergasted. Here's how this went:

Me: Well it depends, what are you looking for?

Her: Anything.

Me: It's hard to tell without knowing what you want. Cake, cupcakes, brownies...?

Her: Just anything,like a ballpark figure.

Me: Honestly, if I don't know what you want, I can't quote you a price. It's based on flavor,size, frosting.

(After a minute of silence)

Her: Do you do a lot of weddings?

Me: I don't really have the space for wedding cakes right now, mostly party cakes.

Her: You should really get into weddings. That's where the money is.

This happened like three weeks ago and I still can't get over it. Same committee asked if I would do the dessert (for approx 350 people) for FREE.

as you wish Posted 31 Jan 2014 , 7:30pm
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Original message sent by JessicaHall1022

I am currently on a committee for a large gala dinner. I usually bring in samples of cupcakes/etc if I have anything left from weekend orders, which everyone loves and also ensures my husband doesn't end up with diabetes from eating.

So at the end of the meeting,while I'm in conversation with other people,this girl next to me turns around and asks me point blank:

"So what do you charge?"

I was flabbergasted. Here's how this went:

Me: Well it depends, what are you looking for?

Her: Anything.

Me: It's hard to tell without knowing what you want. Cake, cupcakes, brownies...?

Her: Just anything,like a ballpark figure.

Me: Honestly, if I don't know what you want, I can't quote you a price. It's based on flavor,size, frosting.

(After a minute of silence)

Her: Do you do a lot of weddings?

Me: I don't really have the space for wedding cakes right now, mostly party cakes.

Her: You should really get into weddings. That's where the money is.

This happened like three weeks ago and I still can't get over it. Same committee asked if I would do the dessert (for approx 350 people) for FREE.

had something similar happen recently! It was so strange. I was at a gathering at a friends house and this woman I had never met before started asking all sorts of questions, like what kind of ingredients I use and whether I can accommodate certain allergies, what I charge, how busy I am, etc., etc. Finally I offered to give her my card so she could contact me with her questions. Her response? "Oh, I would never order a cake." What the...?

zmoin Posted 31 Jan 2014 , 11:17pm
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AIve been asked "can you make a cake for my birthday at cost price cuz im your cousins friend"

Really? At cost? Then why dont you make it yourself? Idiots

ria123 Posted 1 Feb 2014 , 2:51pm
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I am a new hobby baker, so I don't very often have cupboards full of ingredients, I tend to just buy them in as and when I need them.

Last Saturday at 22.30pm I got an email from a family member that just said, 'can you do a cake for my sons 21st? It's on Monday'!!

She ended up going to the supermarket and getting one of those you have the picture printed on....

MimiFix Posted 1 Feb 2014 , 3:55pm
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Originally Posted by ria123 

 

Last Saturday at 22.30pm I got an email from a family member that just said, 'can you do a cake for my sons 21st? It's on Monday'!!

Welcome to the world of bakers where all cakes for friends and family are of course "fast and free"! It's unfortunate, but they will continue to do this unless you firmly explain why it's not feasible. Key word is firmly!

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