things NOT to ask/say to a baker!

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winniemog Posted 20 Jun 2014 , 8:07am
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AWell that's technically correct, but don't forget the 250% idiot fee that you will have to add on....

maisie73 Posted 20 Jun 2014 , 11:07am
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ALmao Lizzy, I like that! :-D

Lizzybug78 Posted 20 Jun 2014 , 1:55pm
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owatto Posted 21 Jun 2014 , 9:32am
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I recently had a customer ordering a wedding cake, I gave her the list of flavours that I currently am offering for tiered cakes, it had the usual mud cakes, chocolate, vanilla, different flavor buttercreams if they want to create their own mix. She was determined to have red velvet, I told her (in a very professional manner) that I don't offer red velvet for tiered cakes for weddings, due to the stability not being as certain as other flavours I offer and with the unpredictability of Melbourne's weather and temperature/humidity. She pretty much had a tantrum stating that she was an ex pastry chef and she has done a two tiered cake with red velvet before and it was fine, and she could give me her recipe if I liked, oh and if I couldn't do it just this once she might have to ask for her deposit back. She also went on about how she had already settled to not have a fruit cake (as I don't make fruit cake) and was going to ask if she could make the fruit cake and cover it with fondant so I could use it for the top tier. 
I told her that due to my kitchens registration and my business insurance I am unable to accept premade cakes to add to any cakes that are made in my kitchen. 

owatto Posted 21 Jun 2014 , 9:33am
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I do quite a few markets and sell cupcakes and have display cakes and pamphlets with pictures of cakes on them. Some of the things I get people saying are:
Mother to her young daughter "They're soap, not cupcakes"
"So and So make cupcakes"
"I used to make cakes like that"
"I'm watching my weight" (Quite often I then watch them walk over to the mini pancake stand and buy a big plate)

And my favorite, a mother asked if my cupcakes had nuts in because her 16 year old daughter (who was with her) was allergic, I explained that because everything is made in my registered home kitchen I can't guarantee that anything is nut free, her daughter agreed with me that it wasn't worth the risk, the mother however wanted to buy one so the daughter could eat it closer to a hospital, just in case she has a reaction. The daughter talked her out of it and they walked off, about 10 minutes later the mother came back and bought a two cupcakes, and announced that one was for the daughter to eat closer to their local hospital when they get back to the city. I made sure she knew that it was almost guaranteed that there was traces of nuts in these because of the environment they're made in. 

cheeseball Posted 22 Jun 2014 , 5:24am
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Sounds like those cupcakes weren't the only things with traces of nuts:???:

Cakery2012 Posted 25 Jun 2014 , 1:43am
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Sounds to me like the Mother has that syndrome where they want their child to be sick to get attention. NUTS is correct .

Lizzybug78 Posted 25 Jun 2014 , 9:02am
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Wow. Just wow. What a nutjob! (see what I did there, all subtle like? :-D

KARichards46 Posted 16 Jul 2014 , 2:23pm
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OMG! Has it really been sense March that I did my last reply!!  Ok, I have had my head in the oven way too long now....At least I'm on the stove now!

Lizzybug78 Posted 17 Jul 2014 , 10:08am
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ABut that's what all the wedding magazines say so it must be true! :-/

Gingerlocks Posted 17 Jul 2014 , 6:00pm
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I had a very interesting chat with a customer last night that I thought I'd share. This woman who had been calling and email me all day, calls me at 9 pm last night (I stupidly gave her my cell phone number), she desperately wants this very intricate cake for her daughters birthday..but she can only afford to pay $150; but this cake is about $200 with all the details. So I ask her what parts of the cake she would like to change to accommodate her budget...(silence)..."Umm, well nothing. I don't want to change anything". So I tell her (nicely of course), she has two options, either make a few changes to accommodate her budget or she can try other decorators to see if they can do it for less....again silence..."Well I want you to do it, your cakes are nicer..can't you just you know give me a deal; maybe don't charge me GST??". Ya that went over well!


Fast forward to this morning, she put down a deposit for the total original price WITH GST. 

mcalegan Posted 17 Jul 2014 , 6:13pm
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I have one!  How about this:

I've got a customer that want's a cake in October.  She wants to tell me early so that I can do her cake.  I ask her the date of her event and she's not sure yet; she only knows that it's in October.  I told her that I already have an order in October and I want to plan a vacation so I need to know the date.  I also have another customer that wants one either August 3rd or August 8th.  Really???  What is it with people that know they want your cake but can't tell you an actual date?

(I work full time at another job but I am trying to build my cake business.)

Gerle Posted 17 Jul 2014 , 6:14pm
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Ok, I'm a hobby baker and don't know all the acronyms.....what is GST?  I'm just curious because it makes it easier to follow conversations when you understand what's being talking about.

SweetTzippy Posted 17 Jul 2014 , 6:20pm
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Gingerlocks Posted 17 Jul 2014 , 6:29pm
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GST (General Sales Tax)

Gerle Posted 17 Jul 2014 , 6:32pm
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Thanks, Gingerlocks.

DeliciousEmma Posted 18 Jul 2014 , 4:06am
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There's always one. It reminds me of a woman in my small business management class. We had to do a marketing presentation and since I was doing the class in order to start my baking business so I did my presentation on it. This woman was an obnoxious loudmouth through all the classes and when she learnt about my business idea she asked a million questions about what I planning to offer and how she was a great baker and everyone loves what she makes. She brought in some cheesecake slice she'd bought because she said it was amazing and hoped I'd be able to make something as good. It was very average, factory made stuff.


For the presentation I brought in samples of my products which everyone raved about including her. At her request, I made baed cheesecake and it was 1000 times better than the slice she'd brought in. She was impressed but that was when the one upmanship began. The next day she brought in apple pies she had made herself. She'd been replicating McDonald's apple pies so they were cooked apple wrapped in store bought pastry and baked in individual servings. She made about 100 of them then froze them and told us her family were grabbing them from the freezer and microwaving them. She did this for us in class. They were terrible! The pastry was not golden and flaky anymore. It was oily and soft. Blergh. She just had to show off.

camomama5 Posted 18 Jul 2014 , 12:14pm
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AI've had people ask me for my recipes as well. Grrrrrrr.......dummies.

DeliciousEmma Posted 18 Jul 2014 , 1:18pm
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Yeah, this wedding I'm going to.... After living together for years with no intentions of marrying, the woman decided she needs to be a beautiful special princess and have a massive over the top wedding. It's just mind blowing what she's doing. I'm convinced she's a gold digger. She's made comments to me before about what a good earner he is and how she is always trying to get him to buy her things (she doesn't work and has never worked during their relationship). Her parents are pushing her to have a baby. On the other hand, I'm sure he is a gay. This might just be a massive assumption because he wears make up, is into musical theatre, and all his friends are gay but you have to wonder....

Jesi Winter Posted 18 Jul 2014 , 5:17pm
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AYesterday a customer picked out an already made cake and asked if I could write on it. I said of course, then she asked "can you write nice?" I was so appalled by the question I didn't know how to respond!

Jesi Winter Posted 18 Jul 2014 , 5:33pm
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Original message sent by SpeciallyYours

You could have said "We are spelling that "N" "I" "C" "E", right!?!?

Haha that would have been a good comeback

MimiFix Posted 18 Jul 2014 , 5:41pm
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I've had people walk into my bakery with a cheap off-the-shelf cake they purchased from the supermarket. Then asked me to write on it. I believe in good customer service so I always responded, "Yes, of course I can." Then followed quickly with, "But I charge as if you purchased the same size cake from my shop." 

jchuck Posted 19 Jul 2014 , 1:30pm
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AGST means: Goods and Services Tax.

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