Things Not To Ask/say To A Baker!

Decorating By step0nmi Updated 30 Jul 2016 , 8:35pm by costumeczar

josweetbaker Posted 26 Feb 2014 , 6:52am
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your customer appreciated your work in the past ?? and wants elaborate decorations,  made of "what"...and what did they appreciate

in the past....use the same product

josweetbaker Posted 26 Feb 2014 , 7:13am
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No. It's a complete sentence.

josweetbaker Posted 26 Feb 2014 , 7:28am
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Originally Posted by scrumdiddlycakes 
 

I just had an interesting e-mail this morning, it made me think of this thread, lol.

(I just copied and pasted part of it here)

 

"We were so suprised at how good your cupcakes were! We weren't expecting that!

Do you think I could have your recipe for the vanilla cake? I sell cup cakes on the side and would love to be able to make my own as delicious."

 

 

So, you set up a tasting with a baker that you didn't expect good tasting cupcakes from, then you tell her that you are a competitor and you want to use her recipe... doh.

LMAO

Crazysher Posted 26 Feb 2014 , 5:48pm
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Here are some from my friends/acquaintances.

 

 

 

- "Can you help me bake a cake for my 21st? Two tiers, -inserts fussy details about the cake-, then I'll cover the ingredient costs ok?"

 

YEAH SURE, BECAUSE 18 HOURS OF MY LABOUR IS FREE, YOU DIPSHYT.

 

- Wow this looks easy. Must've taken you less than 2 hours. What did you use, cake premix and canned frosting?

 

THEN YOU DO IT. And accusing me of using premix/premade frosting is so hurtful.

 

- Is there a way to make the icing not so sweet? Your icings are always so sweet.

 

facepalm

 

My friend's girlfriend whom I barely know... just my luck to run into her at the train station.

 

Sunday noon:

Hey S, you're invited to C's 21st birthday! Also, can you help me bake him a cake as well?

 

When do you need it?

 

Tomorrow morning.

 

TOMORROW MORNING.

 

 

...

 

Some friends expect me not to charge them because of our "friendship". Sigh. Come on, FRIENDSHIP doesn't pay for ingredients and electricity usage.

I don't make super spectacular cakes like most people here. I'm still learning and experimenting with stuff, but most of the time it works out and looks decent.

Every time someone approach me to bake a cake for them, I always warn them that Im not a pro baker, and that it is all new to me. It may turn out to be different from what they had in mind. Once they are willing to take that risk, I'll do it.

 

And then AFTER i do it, there are little harmless flaws sometimes, they (some of them are even my friends) demand a half/full refund.

By harmless flaws, i mean a slightly chipped gum paste flower because they were careless in the transport of the cake... or the rilakkuma slippers fondant are of different size by a few millimeters.

 

Sigh, sometimes their demands make me want to stop baking for them. Id rather bake on my own pace, try out various recipes and experiment with all sorts of flavours than to please these unsatisfiable, condescending arses.

CONFECTIONERIE Posted 26 Feb 2014 , 6:02pm
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Originally Posted by Crazysher 
 

Here are some from my friends/acquaintances.

 

 

 

- "Can you help me bake a cake for my 21st? Two tiers, -inserts fussy details about the cake-, then I'll cover the ingredient costs ok?"

 

YEAH SURE, BECAUSE 18 HOURS OF MY LABOUR IS FREE, YOU DIPSHYT.

 

- Wow this looks easy. Must've taken you less than 2 hours. What did you use, cake premix and canned frosting?

 

THEN YOU DO IT. And accusing me of using premix/premade frosting is so hurtful.

 

- Is there a way to make the icing not so sweet? Your icings are always so sweet.

 

facepalm

 

My friend's girlfriend whom I barely know... just my luck to run into her at the train station.

 

Sunday noon:

Hey S, you're invited to C's 21st birthday! Also, can you help me bake him a cake as well?

 

When do you need it?

 

Tomorrow morning.

 

TOMORROW MORNING.

 

 

...

 

Some friends expect me not to charge them because of our "friendship". Sigh. Come on, FRIENDSHIP doesn't pay for ingredients and electricity usage.

I don't make super spectacular cakes like most people here. I'm still learning and experimenting with stuff, but most of the time it works out and looks decent.

Every time someone approach me to bake a cake for them, I always warn them that Im not a pro baker, and that it is all new to me. It may turn out to be different from what they had in mind. Once they are willing to take that risk, I'll do it.

 

And then AFTER i do it, there are little harmless flaws sometimes, they (some of them are even my friends) demand a half/full refund.

By harmless flaws, i mean a slightly chipped gum paste flower because they were careless in the transport of the cake... or the rilakkuma slippers fondant are of different size by a few millimeters.

 

Sigh, sometimes their demands make me want to stop baking for them. Id rather bake on my own pace, try out various recipes and experiment with all sorts of flavours than to please these unsatisfiable, condescending arses.

 

I feel your pain on this one!  Sometimes friends can be the worst!  My friend just asked me to make her son's 2nd birthday cake with 45 servings and only for $30.00.  I agreed just cause I need the practice but I was super annoyed. 

Shona-Kay Posted 27 Feb 2014 , 12:29am
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ANo sah! Dwl! Then why the hell she wants a cake from you then. Too funny. I'd say something like the deposit is used to reserve a date. I unfortunately do not accept specialized orders without a deposit. At the time the date that you has expressed your interest in no no longer available and will not be able to make that cake for you. I wish you all the best on your endeavours. Have a good day

jgifford Posted 27 Feb 2014 , 3:09am
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A very close friend who has been ordering a half-sheet every other week told me to expect a call from a lady he works with.  She's finalizing her wedding plans for a couple of months from now and will probably want a 4-tier cake for 150 people.  Seriously?  Just out of curiosity I asked him if she had any idea of the cost of that type of cake.  Oh, yes - she understands it will probably be around $200 - $300.

 

So this lady wants a practically last-minute wedding cake - - 4 tiers - - for about $2 per serving.

 

You would all be so proud.  I didn't snort or laugh one little bit!

DeniseNH Posted 27 Feb 2014 , 3:35am
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I would have thrown my head back and laughed out loud.................wouldn't have been able to control myself.  Even Wal-Mart is more.

Mybearsbaby Posted 27 Feb 2014 , 3:59am
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Original message sent by Shona-Kay

No sah! Dwl! Then why the hell she wants a cake from you then. Too funny. I'd say something like the deposit is used to reserve a date. I unfortunately do not accept specialized orders without a deposit. At the time the date that you has expressed your interest in no no longer available and will not be able to make that cake for you. I wish you all the best on your endeavours. Have a good day

That is a very good way to say it! :) Thank you!

Mybearsbaby Posted 27 Feb 2014 , 4:02am
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Original message sent by mcaulir

Shut the thread down, we have a winner!

Original message sent by mcaulir

Shut the thread down, we have a winner!

:grin::grin:

josweetbaker Posted 5 Mar 2014 , 10:13am
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Some friends expect me not to charge them because of our "friendship". Sigh. Come on, FRIENDSHIP doesn't pay for ingredients and electricity usage.

I don't make super spectacular cakes like most people here. I'm still learning and experimenting with stuff, but most of the time it works out and looks decent.

Every time someone approach me to bake a cake for them, I always warn them that Im not a pro baker, and that it is all new to me. It may turn out to be different from what they had in mind. Once they are willing to take that risk, I'll do it.

 

And then AFTER i do it, there are little harmless flaws sometimes, they (some of them are even my friends) demand a half/full refund.

By harmless flaws, i mean a slightly chipped gum paste flower because they were careless in the transport of the cake... or the rilakkuma slippers fondant are of different size by a few millimeters.

 

Sigh, sometimes their demands make me want to stop baking for them. Id rather bake on my own pace, try out various recipes and experiment with all sorts of flavours than to please these unsatisfiable, condescending arses.

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by LeslieBruckman 
 

"I'm having a wedding on XXX and I'm having 200 guests at my wedding and only have a $200 budget for cake... I was hoping we could work something out"

My thoughts: Hahahaha... yeah, that you'll be making your own wedding cake from box mixes? ... that or having a large sheet cake...

What I actually say: Sorry, I'm not available that day.

:D

In my early years as a decorator/caker I did occasionally 'help out' a friend by not charging for a cake & maybe even charged for ingredients only-I always felt good about what I delivered no matter a complaint (and there were few complaints) bc its difficult to complain about free.  gifting was easy, it was experience, & my name went out into the world as a baker.  my "business" grew, & it was a win-win.  As per her thought to "work something out", just give her the idea that she should go online to learn how to do her own wedding cake.  There are some sites & even a recent magazine article that told how a 'simple chic' cake can be done, maybe with a few grocery store flowers, or so...you get the idea.  Smile at her. and go on your way.  be a lady, (or gentleman) I'm sure your life is too busy to let your time be wasted.  good luck

josweetbaker Posted 5 Mar 2014 , 10:20am
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Originally Posted by DisneyDreamer 

this made me laugh i had a guy call me thursday for a quote for 3/4 sheet cake first off what the hell is a 3/4 sheet cake? code for im to cheap to pay for a full sheet. i quote the guy $140 for what he wants. then he asked what the base price on a full sheet was i told him $120. he wants his cake for $90 i said NO he tells me he will let me know by 5pm seeing as he wants this cake for sunday. no word from him until 11am friday wanting to place the order and wants a 1/2 & 1/4 sheet and for $90. i flat out to him go to costco thats my new answer. he demanded i tell him why i wouldn't make his cake  

huuummmm.... didn't waste your time with a reply, did you?

josweetbaker Posted 5 Mar 2014 , 10:26am
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Originally Posted by step0nmi 
 

so my other contribution led me to take some time off from caking. :(

 

through email someone wanted a pretty extensive cake for a baby shower, provided a expert picture and all. I quoted my price and of course she went down to simpler. After getting down to simpler I gave her my price and she replies with "Well, I would really like to stick between $80-$90". when I wrote her back I said "this pricing is based on servings no matter what the design and it will be $100"...she response with "If we could stick between $80-90 dollars that would be great!" I wasn't budging and she wrote me the next day that she had found someone else! GOOD RIDDANCE!

 

 

maybe you should have told what you could provide in the stated budget. you didn't have to budge, but they sounded like they wouldn't be happy regardless. good riddance may be right.

LeslieBruckman Posted 5 Mar 2014 , 8:32pm
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That was not a friend's request. That was a customer!

KARichards46 Posted 11 Mar 2014 , 7:41pm
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Wow, some of these posts I have actually had to stand back and go "Really?"  I can relate though, several of my friends have told me that I should open a bakery so I got the necessary permits and started slowly out of my home (Brick and Mortar is out of the question at this point) so the other day a one of the friends who suggested I do so actually became applauded that I was going to charge her for a cake...wow, really???  Not just a hobby anymore folks!

mollineau Posted 11 Mar 2014 , 7:58pm
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I know that once am ready to charge people they will react the same way but that's ok.I understand what you are saying and am ready once I start charging I will have the same issue :lol:

ellavanilla Posted 13 Mar 2014 , 8:23pm
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I received at text at 12:15 AM inquiring about wedding cake pricing...doh!

 

and an email asking about a cake tasting for a 35 serving shower cake...double doh!

howboutbake Posted 13 Mar 2014 , 9:55pm
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Original message sent by Crazysher

And then AFTER i do it, there are little harmless flaws sometimes, they (some of them are even my friends) demand a half/full refund. By harmless flaws, i mean a slightly chipped gum paste flower because they were careless in the transport of the cake... or the rilakkuma slippers fondant are of different size by a few millimeters.

Sigh, sometimes their demands make me want to stop baking for them. Id rather bake on my own pace, try out various recipes and experiment with all sorts of flavours than to please these unsatisfiable, condescending arses.

I would make them sign something like...

"By agreeing to have me make your cake, you recognize that I am non-professional/hobby baker who is learning the craft. As such, there may be discrepancies between the expected outcome and actual outcome of the cake. No refunds will be given for less-than-professional results. I will also not be held responsible for the transport of any cake and any damages that may occur therein. "

People tend to get the picture more if you make them sign a document :grin:

Shona-Kay Posted 23 Mar 2014 , 8:56pm
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ADon't know if anyone remembers the large cupcake meadow with gumpaste flowers on each plus the large three tier wedding cake that my "friend" wanted. We haven't spoken much since then she calls out of the blue to talk about everything which wiggles it way back to the cake.....said her aunt that will bake it doesn't want to bake it for the finances aunt to decorate it And the finances aunt doesn't want to decorate any cake that the other aunt bakes AND she doesn't know who she can get to decorate it with fondant because the finances aunt only work with buttercream. So, I told her I still have those three sheets of butterflies for her and will call her back as I was about to eat. I never called back. So proud of myself.......forgot to add. She wants me to deposit $20 in her account all because she wants me to help pay for her honeymoon..... (I never even had one btw. Still can't afford it) and she wants that in addition to providing her with edible print which locally would cost her $30

Declansmama Posted 23 Mar 2014 , 10:41pm
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AI am tired of this young girl who asks for a price on a cake then has someone else make it! I think she is giving someone else my price and they are beating it..although the cakes she is posting on FB are sloppy... you get what you pay for! So, she just asked for a price again . This time I asked when she needs it for. When she responds I will be booked that week ;-)

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 24 Mar 2014 , 12:06am
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AHmm. I have been known to do the precise opposite with my travel agent, on trips in which she was doing part of the booking, and I was doing part of it: I'd get the best online prices I could, report them to her, and then offer her "first refusal" if she could come anywhere close.

After about the first few trips involving rail in which she was unable to keep my Amtrak Guest Rewards attached to my reservation (so I wouldn't have to send in ticket stubs to get my points), I did all my own rail booking; she understood my reasons, and had no objections (after all, I'd been the one who taught her how to read a rail timetable). Now, unfortunately, she's retired. I stuck with her, even through office changes that put her 20 miles away from me, because she knew what makes me tick, and I knew I could trust her to help me get my vacation, rather than somebody else's idea of what my vacation should be.

But the more I say here, the further off topic I get, so I should shut my yap.

Claire138 Posted 24 Mar 2014 , 9:08am
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I had a funny one. A woman calls and tells me she wants a 3 tier cake so I say "sure, how many people do you need it for" her answer "8"!

Crazy-Gray Posted 24 Mar 2014 , 9:19am
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Originally Posted by Claire138 

I had a funny one. A woman calls and tells me she wants a 3 tier cake so I say "sure, how many people do you need it for" her answer "8"!

 

My brother cut his 8" round into 7 pieces that would each hold a door open... you could suggest she do the same lol

Claire138 Posted 24 Mar 2014 , 9:50am
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Good one:D

ugcjill Posted 24 Mar 2014 , 5:43pm
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I want to play too... :)

 

For years, people sheepishly say to me, "Well, this cake is from the grocery store, so you probably won't like it."

 

This does get on my nerves. I am not, nor have ever been, a cake snob. And I've never acted like one, either, so I don't know where it comes from.

 

I will never go to your casual birthday party and turn my nose up at what you are generously offering me. I will never mock a cake, and in fact I want a big 'ol piece of that, thank you very much. And the leftovers, too if you're giving it out. I'll eat it right out of the tupperware with a fork. In my pajamas. That night.

 

Yes, I make fancy cakes. But me and regular sweets - we're best buds.

LoveMeSomeCake615 Posted 24 Mar 2014 , 7:57pm
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Not me! I will freely admit that I am a cake snob, and I can't stand grocery store cakes! We have actually turned out friends into cake snobs now too!

OTOH, I would never be rude about eating grocery store cake at a party, and I would certainly never mock the cake. I would (and have) graciously accept and eat it, or tell them no thank you since I am on a diet (which is true!). But I wouldn't enjoy it! :lol:

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 25 Mar 2014 , 1:01am
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Actually, the white cakes from Costco (at least, I think that's where the Printing Museum gets cakes for paying guests, when we serve cake at a special event) don't taste half-bad to me. Not the dense, non-whipped, all-butter BC I'm used to, but to me, they taste better than I might expect. And I've tasted wedding cakes that didn't taste as good (although I'm biased: I don't care for the citrus flavors that seem so popular for wedding cakes, and [as some of you are probably already aware] I don't eat chocolate at all [having cultivated a loathing for the stuff as a child]).

 

And as I recall (I didn't put it on Flickr, in my "baked goods" set because all I did was pipe a large "48" on it in CakeMate frosting from a tube), the Ralphs single-layer round cake I bought for my own 48th birthday didn't taste half-bad, either; same comments as the Costco cakes.

 

And NO, I do NOT take the SLIGHTEST offense at not being asked to bake for paying Museum guests. After the monumental mess with the "wood type cookie" project, I could not only do without the workload of baking for a "full house" in the museum theatre; I could also do without the responsibility of baking for a bunch of total strangers. (At least when I'm baking for my fellow docents, they're mostly people I know, and who know me, and who, not being paying customers, are somewhat less likely to sue.) I'm more than content to cut and serve the Costco cakes (although now that I think about it, I WAS a bit miffed that this year, one was chocolate cake, and the other was chocolate frosting), and to stick candles in them (in traditional flower-shaped plastic candleholders, of course) if it's the "Franklin's Birthday" event.

hammer1 Posted 25 Mar 2014 , 1:42am
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AGot this one today...since you are to busy to do my daughters birthday cake, I have decided to do cupcakes and buy something to put on top, it can't be that hard, just a squirts of icing on top.

mollineau Posted 25 Mar 2014 , 9:57pm
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He he he she wants to save some for later or they really love cake:lol:

mollineau Posted 25 Mar 2014 , 10:17pm
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About 3 to 4 years ago I use to buy store cake just because I work but one day went to a party in the beach. they had store cake and it give me stomach ache I thought it was just me but some of the kids started cry also with ache, well that was it for me. I am a caterer why don't I make my own cakes and 2yrs ago I took a big cake to the beach party same people and they had some store again when thy tasted mines the owner of the party didn't was to share that made me start my hobby.:-D

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