Things Not To Ask/say To A Baker!

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jchuck Posted 19 Jul 2014 , 3:03pm
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AIt's a federal tax, so it's called good & services all over Canada..but everyone has a nickname.....some retailers I know, there nicknames aren't quite as "nice" for the tax....

DeliciousEmma Posted 20 Jul 2014 , 6:02am
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Originally Posted by Bonne Bouche 
 

Well here's one for you-- the bride came for her tasting and brought the groom, who had obviously been drinking.  He was a little shorter than me (I'm 5' 3") and was determined to keep his face about 5 inches from mine-- mashing up against me-- asking questions about my personal life, etc.  The bride seemed to not notice.  I'm feeling like paying her to not marry the jerk.

What??? Unbelievable. Was this in the middle of the day? What a charmer!

 

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Originally Posted by Gerle 
 

Oh, how cute!  I don't blame you for not going down in price.  That elephant is adorable!  I do have to admit, however, that before I got into cake decorating, I didn't know how much work went into them either.  Starting to decorate as a hobby, I found out there's more work put into decorating than most people know.  I don't do the detailed cakes you pros do, but there's a lot more prep that goes into a cake than I was aware of before.

I didn't either but I certainly wouldn't have gone mad at what they cost. If I want a wedding cake, I have to pay wedding cake prices. Simple.

 

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Originally Posted by hbquikcomjamesl 
 

Hmm. The "rescue" baker HAD given them the unclaimed replacement cake at a fire-sale price, both out of compassion and out of wanting to cut her losses. A disaster was turned into a win-win situation; what more did the boorish friends expect?

Doing her a favour taking it off her hands? She did you a favour by selling it to you for cheap! What they need to be doing is going back the the decorator who made the cake without dowels and complain. Seriously, who are these people?

 

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Originally Posted by sandyssweets 

 

REALLY?!?!?  I have been doing cakes for over 20 years, no one has ever gotten sick from any of them.  I'm pretty sure it had to do with eating almost a 1/4 sheet chocolate cake with frosting! 

 

Everything in moderation.

Mind boggling. Who admits to eating that much cake? I have eaten large quantities and regretted it later but I keep my shame to myself and know what it was my fault! I can't believe this woman is an adult. I hope she doesn't have children that she is responsible for feeding.

 

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Originally Posted by Lizzybug78 

 

You know you would do a cracking job for a reasonable cost. She's not aware of the cost/time, that's her issue not yours. I know what you mean though, I really try not to get annoyed/disheartened with the 'How Much?!' replies, but it does get to you. Someone on here said to think it's not that it's too expensive, it's that they can't afford it. Spot on! I want a pair of Manolo's, but they're not in my price range. I don't have a hissy fit at the designer because I can't afford them! 

No, people go to ebay and find a cheap knockoff from a factory somewhere. Because everyone wants everything now, without having worked or saved for something. This is what consumerism does. It makes everything think they deserve to have whatever they want whenever they want, and the skills that go into to making a quality product are undervalued. It's making me mad just thinking about it.

Lizzybug78 Posted 20 Jul 2014 , 8:05am
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ANot everyone Emma!

DeliciousEmma Posted 20 Jul 2014 , 10:26am
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Originally Posted by Lizzybug78 

Not everyone Emma!

I know but it seems that way sometimes, especially with the comments from clients that cakers have listed here. It certainly has encouraged me to be assertive in my business dealings.

Lizzybug78 Posted 21 Jul 2014 , 9:36am
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AI know, you just seemed fed up so I thought you might like to know at least one person doesn't do that :-)

TSMarjorie Posted 21 Jul 2014 , 4:58pm
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Originally Posted by shanter 
 

I think he should go on your "No cake for you" list.

I have a list like this.  My sister-in-law's brother is on this list . . . .

SweetTzippy Posted 21 Jul 2014 , 5:36pm
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Originally Posted by TSMarjorie 
 

I have a list like this.  My sister-in-law's brother is on this list . . . .


I have a "No cake for you" list and a "Don't work with this party planner ever again" list.   

Some don't get the message though, as they keep calling/emailing even when I am ALWAYS busy and booked when "they" need a cake. :roll:

me_me1 Posted 22 Jul 2014 , 11:11am
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I have a lady who has just made it onto my 'no cake for you' list.  I work with her and she sent email after email with requests for cakes for her twin girls and I was very accommodating and patient (just like I was with her last year).  

 

She asked if we could change this, change that - all no problem at all.  She took ages to respond to any of my questions to get clarification on certain points but the cakes were really really simple as she wanted something a bit cheaper than last year.  All absolutely fine.  

 

I bumped into her in the lift at work today and not one word of thanks, not even a hello, nothing and the cakes were for the weekend just gone.

 

I'm busy next year.

MimiFix Posted 22 Jul 2014 , 1:27pm
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Originally Posted by me_me1 
 

I bumped into her in the lift at work today and not one word of thanks, not even a hello, nothing and the cakes were for the weekend just gone.

 

If she wouldn't even say hello, she may not have been happy with something. But she does sound like a royal pain... 

SweetTzippy Posted 22 Jul 2014 , 5:26pm
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Originally Posted by me_me1 

 

I bumped into her in the lift at work today and not one word of thanks, not even a hello, nothing and the cakes were for the weekend just gone.

 

 

Been there...  interesting how some people become your best friend when they need a cake to later totally ignore you. 

I also have those on another list.... :D

me_me1 Posted 23 Jul 2014 , 11:34am
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She posted pics on Facebook of all the kids enjoying the cake so I can only assume she was happy with it.  Her partner who picked them up said they were perfect.  I have no idea.  Anyway, on the list she goes!  

ugcjill Posted 23 Jul 2014 , 2:24pm
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me_me1 -

 

Maybe she's just the kind of person who compartmentalizes things. I'm like that. Once the transaction is complete, we're done. Especially with co-workers, you have to tread carefully, even if things are positive.

 

Or maybe she was afraid that discussing a side business during work hours would get you in trouble. Some (many) workplaces are like that.

 

Or maybe she had bad gas pains and wasn't in a friendly mood.

My point is, you never know what's really happening with another person, so you can't take business too personally.

 

:)

 

I think of all the things in my life that I don't provide feedback for - haircuts, clothing alterations, car repair... If I've paid my money, that's my approval. If I return for more service, that's a rave review. She came back to you for another cake. Congratulations! A loyal customer! Maybe she's quirky, but quirks are what make people so great.

Bonne Bouche Posted 23 Jul 2014 , 2:47pm
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Now that is funny!

Jeff_Arnett Posted 23 Jul 2014 , 4:27pm
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I had a potential customer call this morning asking what sized three tiered cake she could get for around $50....I told her a couple dozen cupcakes and she could stack them on a stand!  I hope she didn't take it as being rude...but how unreasonable can you be?

petitecat Posted 23 Jul 2014 , 4:37pm
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Original message sent by Jeff_Arnett

I had a potential customer call this morning asking what sized three tiered cake she could get for around $50....I told her a couple dozen cupcakes and she could stack them on a stand!  I hope she didn't take it as being rude...but how unreasonable can you be?

Quite clearly...VERY.

I bet if you told people to try the charity bakery they'd believe there was one!

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 23 Jul 2014 , 5:16pm
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3-tiered cake for $50?

 

Uh, that would buy the customer a 9" pan, a 6" pan, a 3" pan, a box mix, and a pound of powdered sugar, I suppose. "Some assembly required.":D

MimiFix Posted 23 Jul 2014 , 6:06pm
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Originally Posted by hbquikcomjamesl 
 

3-tiered cake for $50?

 

Uh, that would buy the customer a 9" pan, a 6" pan, a 3" pan, a box mix, and a pound of powdered sugar, I suppose. "Some assembly required.":D

 

"Some Assembly Required" Love that! 

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 23 Jul 2014 , 6:45pm
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Not the first time I've used that phrase in this thread.

avidreader22 Posted 23 Jul 2014 , 6:48pm
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Gosh so true!! I hate it when people ask for my recipes! specially family memebers or friends trying to weasel it out with some stale jokes and winks :@

avidreader22 Posted 23 Jul 2014 , 7:03pm
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The most hated sentence for me and one i had to endure just yesterday!! "Don't you think you are being expensive? I mean its just cake with a few flowers"
A two tier cake with a three types of large flowers and various other small filler flowers is NOT "JUST" cake with "FEW FLOWERS"!!!

MimiFix Posted 23 Jul 2014 , 7:21pm
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Originally Posted by hbquikcomjamesl 
 

Not the first time I've used that phrase in this thread.

 

That phrase never loses its charm. :wink:

ellavanilla Posted 23 Jul 2014 , 11:19pm
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Originally Posted by Jeff_Arnett 
 

I had a potential customer call this morning asking what sized three tiered cake she could get for around $50....I told her a couple dozen cupcakes and she could stack them on a stand!  I hope she didn't take it as being rude...but how unreasonable can you be?

 

 

A: a very small one, maybe even two VERY small ones...

SweetTzippy Posted 24 Jul 2014 , 7:21pm
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"Some assembly required"

 

First time I read it...  this has got to be the best line... ever!  LOL

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 24 Jul 2014 , 8:00pm
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Originally Posted by SweetTzippy 

"Some assembly required"

First time I read it...  this has got to be the best line... ever!  LOL

All part of the service.

 

Last night, I was watching the "Bobby Flay Throwdown" with "Cake Man Raven" and his red velvet cake. Interesting result: the judges marginally preferred Flay's somewhat less intensely red, slightly more cocoa-heavy cake to Raven's cake; Flay was apparently surprised, as he (and most of the "civilians") gave Raven's cake the nod. Personally, I don't find either one especially appetizing: on top of my 45-year-old cultivated loathing for chocolate, I don't especially relish the idea of eating so much food coloring that it would turn my body wastes unnatural colors.

 

(That's not to say that, were I ordered to submit a specimen for mandatory drug testing, I wouldn't be seeing a doctor about getting a prescription for a single dose of methylene blue, strong enough to turn the specimen an odd color, just to show my contempt for the test.)

jchuck Posted 24 Jul 2014 , 8:16pm
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AI've never use red food colouring for my red velvet cake. Always beet juice, and pulverized beets in the batter for moistness. All natural....and it works. Don't taste the beets at all.

Natka81 Posted 24 Jul 2014 , 8:27pm
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Originally Posted by jchuck 

I've never use red food colouring for my red velvet cake. Always beet juice, and pulverized beets in the batter for moistness. All natural....and it works. Don't taste the beets at all.

Great idea! I was thinking making red velvet from scratch for my family, but did not want to do it because had to put a lot of color in batter. 

aprildaisy Posted 24 Jul 2014 , 8:54pm
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Originally Posted by jchuck 

I've never use red food colouring for my red velvet cake. Always beet juice, and pulverized beets in the batter for moistness. All natural....and it works. Don't taste the beets at all.

Interesting...got to remember this. 

jchuck Posted 24 Jul 2014 , 9:29pm
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AI should have said CANED beets. Yo could use fresh, but the can already have he juice.

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 24 Jul 2014 , 10:40pm
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Caned beets? You get the juice out of beets by whacking them with a cane?!?

 

Or did you mean "canned beets"? <Emily Litella>Oh. That's very different. Nevermind.</Emily Litella>

DeliciousEmma Posted 25 Jul 2014 , 1:17am
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Originally Posted by hbquikcomjamesl 

I don't especially relish the idea of eating so much food coloring that it would turn my body wastes unnatural colors.

 

Beets can have that effect too. You have to remember you've eaten them or you'll go to the bathroom and panic that it's blood. There's no way you can go back to sleep after an early morning bathroom trip following that kind of fright! (Done this a few times).

Anyway... I have made chocolate cake recipes that include beetroots for moistness and you can't even taste it.

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