Sugar_Art_Cakery Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 10:21am
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I had to get this off my chest as I'm seething right now and Id love to know what others think about this.

 

I was recently asked by my sister to do a High School Graduation cake for my niece - of course my sister waited until 2 weeks before the party to ask me to do the cake. Due to scheduling conflicts and being out of town prior to the party, I couldn't do the cake.

 

Now keep in mind that my sister is the MOST insensitive person alive when it comes to my cake business. This is the same woman who said I ripped off my brother-in-law when he asked me to do a cake for her birthday and I charged him $200. It was for a huge custom Purse Cake and Sugar High Heel that fed almost 80 people. That cake sells for over $600 to a typical customer - I charged him for supplies only.

 

So, I'm out of town, can't do the cake but I hear that my sis has hired one of the moms from her cheerleading team to do the Graduation cake. I've heard of this woman (not a professional) and my sis has told me before that her cakes are not well executed...guess she shouldn't have waited until 2 weeks out from the Graduation party....anyways.

 

I show up for the party last night and I see my sis and another woman standing in front of the cake so I head over that way. As I come up, I see the cake and I stop dead. I can't believe what I'm seeing...the woman my sis hired to do the cake OBVIOUSLY copied TWO of my original cake designs and mashed them together to make this monstrosity that's staring me in the face. She copied a Movie Director themed Bat-Mitsvah cake I did for one client and then copied ALL of the elements from the birthday cake I just did for my niece a few months ago.

 

When I say copied, I mean COPIED....right down the the same layouts, colors, elements, styles...everything!! And she did it POORLY which I think pisses me off even more. Do you think she even called me to say, "Hey, do you mind if I use your original designs to make a cake for your niece?"

 

So I say to my sister, 'Wow...this cake looks a bit familiar...matter of fact, it looks like the Bat Mitsvah cake and Taylor's birthday cake all rolled into one....seriously?" and she goes "Yea...Tammy made it".....Tammy is the woman standing right next to her also looking at the cake. So then I point to the top of the cake and I said, "Isn't that the fondant/chocolate paint palette I just did for Taylor's birthday cake a few months ago?" and my sis says,"Nope...Tammy did that one herself"....okay then...she copied my design EXACTLY - same colors, same design and everything. So here I am next to a cake that was designed with my original ideas and hard work....also standing there is the woman who made this monstrosity AND who knows that I designed the ORIGINAL cakes that she copied ------- do you think she even says a fricking word to me? She didn't even acknowledge me. Even better is that my sister didn't even care that her friend had stolen and inappropriately used my original design and ideas. All she cared was that she got a cake for her party.

 

Here's the kicker, the cake looked like crap, tasted even worse and yet everyone at this party is going ohhhh,,that's a cake?? What a great idea that was to do it like that!! Give us your number Tammy, we want you to do a cake for our up coming party, get-together, whatever......  So now she's getting business off of MY designs??? What a crock!!

 

So, how would you feel if this happened to you and how would you deal with it? Am I wrong to expect a phone call from this woman asking for permission to use my designs? I wouldn't care if some Joe Blow used my designs for inspiration but this was done by my sisters friend who knew I'd be at the party and see what she had done. I'm more than a little offended.

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Cakechick123 Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 10:40am
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I can understand your frustration, and it would have been good manners to ask you before, but I live by the saying "imitation is the greatest form of flattery" so if someone copies my designs I take it a compliment. She is obviously not creative enough to do her own designs and your sister loves your work so much that they couldnt get any other ideas.

Im always are secretly rubbing my hands together if the copied design doesnt look as good as mine, so I would probably have walked around with a huge smile all eve LOL

cakealicious7 Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 10:43am
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AWoooow!!!! That is harsh! If it was me I definitely would have said something to her,I don't know how you didn't ?! If she steals your design again I definitely would call her up on it.

mcaulir Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 11:13am
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No, I wouldn't care. People are free to copy designs.

Sugar_Art_Cakery Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 11:23am
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@ mcaulir - their not free to take someone else's design, their original idea and copy it and then make money from something you designed. That's ridiculous. That's like saying a painter can paint a distinctive painting and that another painter can COPY his work exactly and then sell it for profit?? How incredibly wrong would that be??
 

BeesKnees578 Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 11:27am
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The whole principle of it is totally crappy...

 

but I am sure there were people at the party who've had your cakes before thinking "this lady's cakes stinks in comparison" to yours so I wouldn't worry too much about it.  They know the quality of your artistry and taste...

 

The people ooh-ing and ahh-ing over it probably have never seen one of yours...and that's ok.

 

Don't be the petty one running around saying mean things about her cake.  If asked for your opinion, I'd say "It looks like she put her best foot forward on that."  Not a lie, not mean....you just left out the part that was your own personal critique.  Could be bad for biz if you bad mouth, as I am sure you know.  People will soon forget her cake, especially if they see one of yours!

 

If I had a family member like that, sister or not, I don't know what I would do...but the above poster said it best that imitation IS the best form of flatter.

 

But a quick phone call prior asking if you minded would have been nice!

 

And I really wanna see pictures!!!!! 

littlejewel Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 11:31am
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Not sure, but I don’t think you can copyright a cake design.  I wouldn’t be mad about someone copying my design, that’s probably something that happens to a lot of decorators that have websites. I would have been mad at my sister, sounds like she was trying to taunt you by having the woman to copy your design. I have very hateful and jealous mother that criticizes all of my pastry work (although I am practicing a skill, but she has no experience) , so I can relate.  It would have been great if after seeing the cake you would have smiled and told your sister I’m glad you found someone who could do your cake on such short notice.

mcaulir Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 11:31am
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@ mcaulir - their not free to take someone else's design, their original idea and copy it and then make money from something you designed. That's ridiculous. That's like saying a painter can paint a distinctive painting and that another painter can COPY his work exactly and then sell it for profit?? How incredibly wrong would that be??
 

As far as I know, cake designs aren't copywrited. They are, in fact, perfectly free to do just that, and it happens all the time. Many decorators have copied cakes exactly for profit.

BeesKnees578 Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 11:52am
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@ mcaulir - their not free to take someone else's design, their original idea and copy it and then make money from something you designed. That's ridiculous. That's like saying a painter can paint a distinctive painting and that another painter can COPY his work exactly and then sell it for profit?? How incredibly wrong would that be??
 

 

 

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As far as I know, cake designs aren't copywrited. They are, in fact, perfectly free to do just that, and it happens all the time. Many decorators have copied cakes exactly for profit.


It's almost impossible to trace back who created what design....Cake Central exists so that we can share our designs!  I have found plenty of inspiration here, but tend to make changes according to my style or the customer's wishes so I haven't copied an exact design 100% but elements of a design?  Of course! 

 

So if you don't want anyone copying your designs, you should copyright them!  Not that it would stop anyone from recreating it...but that's another story that's been dragged down and beaten to death!  lol

Norasmom Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 12:07pm

Seriously...can't people come up with their own ideas?  I would let it go.  It's a compliment to be copied, and since you weren't able to do her cake she was free to get a "copied" design.  You had the original idea and they both know this.  My next door neighbor copied the floral design of my sister's wedding, my mother was upset but she was also finding it comical....

Pyro Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 12:07pm

Of course you can be pissed. Your sister sounds like a lovely person that I would never again make a cake for if I was you.

 

As far as your original idea / design / inspiration. No one will ever call you or ask your permission. And they don't have to. Even if you put a lot of time creating this in your mind then in cake, what you made is not unique and so special no one before you ever considered it or made anything even remotely similar ( and also then copyrighted all of it ). Same goes for colors. Anyone anywhere can take your cake, part of your cake, the colors, the layout, the inspiration or whatever else they may see fit. Round is round, square is square, blue is blue. No one owns those things.

 

The only thing they can't do is take your exact picture and use it elsewhere if you don't want because that's Intellectual Property. If you do a forum search you will find a lot of information on the subject.

 

You're more then allowed to be pissed at the lack of imagination of your sister's friend, but for all you know your sister showed her the cake pictures and asked for something similar.

Sugar_Art_Cakery Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 12:08pm

As I said before, I have absolutely NO problem with someone using my cakes for inspiration....by all means, please do! When you get inspiration from someones cake though, you take that general idea, build upon it and make it your own.

 

What ticks me off is that this woman copied TWO of my cakes verbatim and rolled them into one without even asking me if I minded. She didn't use my cakes as inspiration, she COPIED them..Element for element, color for color and style for style. I'm pissed that she used my work, passed it off as her own and made money from it. In addition, she did it knowing full well I would be at that party and THEN didn't even say anything to me as I stood in front of that cake with her right next to me.

 

Wouldn't it offend some of you, even a little bit, if you rolled up to see your work exactly copied and someone else getting paid for it?

 

Inspiration is one thing....wholesale copying and stealing one's idea is another

 

I hear all of you saying that the copying of cakes happens all the time and you can't copyright a cake but here's something to think about......

 

Comedians can't copyright a joke but if you steal another comedians joke and pass it off as your own.....your in a world of sh*t and everyone knows that you suck.

 

Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should do it or that it's right to do it.....

cakefat Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 12:39pm

I think if it upset you so badly you should have asked her what was up with it, when she was standing right beside you. I can understand why/how you're upset..but I would have nipped it in the bud right there and asked her why she did it, if I was so upset about it. Otherwise, you'd just stew about it and get more upset later on. jmo.

Sugar_Art_Cakery Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 12:52pm

I didn't do something about it right then for 2 reasons....

 

1.) It was my niece's graduation party and it probably would have started a scene.....my sister would have gotten involved and her throwing punches is not an unknown thing...lol  There is no love lost between her and I...I was there for my niece.

 

2.) I'm a 6' tall 250lb retired Cop and she's all of 5'2 and I was PISSED....it was better that I walked away

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kikiandkyle Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 12:57pm

AI don't think hardly anyone usually finds themselves standing right next to someone who has copied their design and passed it off as their own, it's just so unlikely for most of us.

I would have been annoyed that she was taking credit for the design, especially with you there to hear it, but you have to let the fact that she didn't call to ask permission go, pretty much nobody does that and besides, she probably thought that since the client is your sister, she had already asked.

If anything you should be more mad at your sister for putting you in this situation to start with, by leaving it too late (although she could have thought that you knew it was coming up and should have planned anyway) and then doing what she did. If I were you I wouldn't worry about losing any of her friends as customers, they're probably all as inconsiderate as she is.

BeesKnees578 Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 12:58pm
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Wouldn't it offend some of you, even a little bit, if you rolled up to see your work exactly copied and someone else getting paid for it?

 

Inspiration is one thing....wholesale copying and stealing one's idea is another

 

I hear all of you saying that the copying of cakes happens all the time and you can't copyright a cake but here's something to think about......

 

Comedians can't copyright a joke but if you steal another comedians joke and pass it off as your own.....your in a world of sh*t and everyone knows that you suck.

 

Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should do it or that it's right to do it.....

 

Be very glad it wasn't better than yours!  lol

 

It is VERY insensitive of your sister and Tammy (if I was Tammy I would have been mortified to see you there)!  I am sure I would be hurt, but ripping her cake apart in the back of my head would make me feel a little better. 

 

You could always talk to Tammy and thank her for filling in for you.  A little "was that one of your first cakes?  I can really see some potential there, let me know if you'd like some professional advice.  I could give you tips on how to clean up that design a little since it was mine."  Sorry...to facetious??  lol

 

I would have a convo with your sister and tell her in your most sincere, albeit sarcastic tone, that you are so happy that she found Tammy to create a cake for her.  Then the next time she orders, ask her the amount of servings she needs.  Then the date.  "Oh I am so sorry sis, I already have an order for that day and since they are paying me so much for all the detail that they want, I won't have time to take on a second order."  That way she knows that there are people who WILL pay for you and that she is a dispensable client, not you being the dispensable talent!  Whether you have an actual order doesn't matter!

 

She needed a cake, so she had to order it from someone. I am sure she appreciated Tammy's time and "talent" more than she did yours anyway.  You know why?  She got what she wanted to pay for...a cheap and poorly executed cake.   It was probably cheaper than what you would charge and your sister is clearly OK with that...making your talents unimportant to her. 

 

She got what she wanted and probably thinks she is really sticking it to you in her smugness.  Although it hurts, you really should be relieved.  Now you can focus your talents on appreciative customers who are more than willing to pay your worth!

 

Boy, I sound like a mean person in this post....totally not but you are getting rolled over here!  Good luck and let us know how this all turns out!

BeesKnees578 Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 1:03pm
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I didn't do something about it right then for 2 reasons....

 

1.) It was my niece's graduation party and it probably would have started a scene.....my sister would have gotten involved and her throwing punches is not an unknown thing...lol  There is no love lost between her and I...I was there for my niece.

 

2.) I'm a 6' tall 250lb retired Cop and she's all of 5'2 and I was PISSED....it was better that I walked away

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Nuff said!

manddi Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 1:08pm

AOdds are, your sister showed the Baker pictures of what she wanted. The Baker was just doing what was asked of her. She may or may not have known where the inspiration came from. There's nothing you can do about it so why get angry? But if you insist on being angry, make sure your anger is directed in the right direction.

In sticky situations in life my philosophy is this: You can laugh or cry; may as well laugh.

cakefat Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 1:13pm
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I didn't do something about it right then for 2 reasons....

 

1.) It was my niece's graduation party and it probably would have started a scene.....my sister would have gotten involved and her throwing punches is not an unknown thing...lol  There is no love lost between her and I...I was there for my niece.

 

2.) I'm a 6' tall 250lb retired Cop and she's all of 5'2 and I was PISSED....it was better that I walked away

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makes sense..good idea.

 

but on the positive side..her's didn't look better than yours. And honestly most of the "ooohs" and "ahhhs" can't all be taken seriously...I find a lot of people say mediocre work is "amazing" when it's not really, and they're just being nice.

Sugar_Art_Cakery Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 1:19pm
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Odds are, your sister showed the Baker pictures of what she wanted. The Baker was just doing what was asked of her. She may or may not have known where the inspiration came from. There's nothing you can do about it so why get angry? But if you insist on being angry, make sure your anger is directed in the right direction.

In sticky situations in life my philosophy is this:
You can laugh or cry; may as well laugh.

 

I wouldn't call her a baker....she's self-taught (no training) and it shows....lol

 

I already know that my sister showed her photos of my cakes and that's why Tammy copied them. Tammy also damn well knew that they pics were of my cakes and she knew I'd be at the party.

 

At this point, I'm just like whatever....

 

First and foremost, I would not steal another cake artists original idea....would I use their cake as an inspiration? Of course but I would build onto it, change it up and definitely make it my own.

 

Regardless of what anyone says, you cannot convince me it's ok to exactly copy another persons cake idea....it's stealing and shows you have no creativity of your own....and for people on here who says it's ok to do this, I have to wonder about your morals and creativity.

BatterUpCake Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 1:28pm

"Regardless of what anyone says, you cannot convince me it's ok to exactly copy another persons cake idea....it's stealing and shows you have no creativity of your own....and for people on here who says it's ok to do this, I have to wonder about your morals and creativity"

 

You ask and then you don't like the answers so you question peoples integrity and talent? Wow.....

manddi Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 1:30pm

AThere are plenty of self taught bakers. You can still be a Baker without formal training. It seems that you're talking cheap shots at tammy because you're angry(I'm guilty of taking cheap shots at someone I was angry at; I think we've all done it). Tammy was just doing what she was paid to do.

Sugar_Art_Cakery Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 1:38pm
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"Regardless of what anyone says, you cannot convince me it's ok to exactly copy another persons cake idea....it's stealing and shows you have no creativity of your own....and for people on here who says it's ok to do this, I have to wonder about your morals and creativity"

 

You ask and then you don't like the answers so you question peoples integrity and talent? Wow.....


Your exactly right....I am questioning the integrity of anyone who says it's ok to steal anothers' idea or design verbatim..... You do know that the word STEAL refers to illegal and morally wrongs acts, right?

 

AGAIN, inspiration is one thing....stealing someones' idea outright is morally wrong.....

Cakechick123 Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 1:42pm

Hmm we try to give you advise and perspective and you questions our creativity and morals?? Now who is not playing nice ??

 

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Regardless of what anyone says, you cannot convince me it's ok to exactly copy another persons cake idea....it's stealing and shows you have no creativity of your own....and for people on here who says it's ok to do this, I have to wonder about your morals and creativity.

 

you have obviously not dealt with some of the brides I deal with every day. They bring a picture and they want that replicated. that is their vision for their cake and Im not going to say " GO AWAY, Im not copying that cake" :)

in any case if you search long enough there will be several very similar versions of your unique design. Everything has been done before and it is very difficult to do something totally different in cake.

As for your artist analogy, yes, anyone can go and copy a master painting, what you cant do is sign the masters name to the picture, but recreate it, totally moral :) Same with cake LOL

Pyro Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 1:44pm

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Regardless of what anyone says, you cannot convince me it's ok to exactly copy another persons cake idea....it's stealing and shows you have no creativity of your own....and for people on here who says it's ok to do this, I have to wonder about your morals and creativity.

 

You can be mad at your sister and her friend, that's normal. Angry that someone did a replica of your cake, okay. But you did not invent the " film reel " cake style.

 

http://www.google.ca/search?q=film+cake&rls=com.microsoft:en-US:IE-Address&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=YnnVUeajDdWl4AO7v4DYCg&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&biw=1920&bih=909#rls=com.microsoft:en-US%3AIE-Address&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=film+cake&oq=film+cake&gs_l=img.12...0.0.0.10030.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0....0...1c..19.img.gDMqFDIiC-E&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&fp=b09b96b39a22c7bc&biw=1920&bih=909&imgdii=_

 

OR the " paint pallet " cake style.

 

http://www.google.ca/search?q=painter+tool&rls=com.microsoft:en-US:IE-Address&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=kXrVUbeQEbeu4AOBq4HYCg&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1920&bih=909#rls=com.microsoft:en-US%3AIE-Address&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=paint+pallet+cake&oq=paint+pallet+cake&gs_l=img.3..0i10l3j0i5i10.13468.17423.2.17520.17.17.0.0.0.0.120.1247.16j1.17.0....0...1c.1.19.img.Q_oJMbkRUZQ&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.48705608,d.dmg&fp=b09b96b39a22c7bc&biw=1920&bih=909&imgdii=_

 

 

You can't be mad because someone made a cake that had both themes into 1.  Just be happy " the cake looked like crap, tasted even worse ". Talk to your sister. Staying angry will bring you nothing. My first post answered some of your other questions.

 

I'm now moving along that way  - - - - - >

 

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Sugar_Art_Cakery Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 1:50pm
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Hmm we try to give you advise and perspective and you questions our creativity and morals?? Now who is not playing nice ??

 

 

you have obviously not dealt with some of the brides I deal with every day. They bring a picture and they want that replicated. that is their vision for their cake and Im not going to say " GO AWAY, Im not copying that cake" :) in any case if you search long enough there will be several very similar versions of your unique design. Everything has been done before and it is very difficult to do something totally different in cake.As for your artist analogy, yes, anyone can go and copy a master painting, what you cant do is sign the masters name to the picture, but recreate it, totally moral :) Same with cake LOL

Obviously, I have dealt with brides of the same caliber as you have dealt with. When they bring me a photo of a cake they want replicated, here's what I tell them..."I won't copy that cake exactly the way it is. I will do something similar and I will make it better. One, because I don't agree with copying the work of another person and two, why would you want the same EXACT cake that another bride had? Don't you want something completely new and unique to YOUR wedding?"....and you know what, I lose maybe 5% of prospective brides that way but the other 95% understand and completely love my reasoning.... No need to compromise my morals just to satisfy the needs of some brides...

sixinarow Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 1:52pm
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I wouldn't call her a baker....she's self-taught (no training) and it shows....lol

 

 

I'm self-taught with no training...guess I'm not a baker either. icon_sad.gif

I'm a little confused about the anger towards the other "baker".. I would be horribly hurt if my sister did this to me. I'm sorry that you had to go through it, probably makes it even harder because it was family. I'm glad you had the self-control to remain above the emotions for your niece until you could vent after wards. I know you're venting and frustrated, but you're saying some pretty inflammatory things here...you might not like some of the responses you are going to get! 

live laugh cake Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 1:55pm

ATo start, those sound like amazing cakes! Yours anyways! Also, your sister probably was happy that she could get a cake in time. I am not encouraging her or the lady that made the copy-cake. I remember that I was always happy when my birthday cake was done. Then if it wasn't the best looking I would not love it as much later. Ask her once the excitement has cooled down. Then talk to the cake copier! Your sister will ask you again!

Sugar_Art_Cakery Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 1:57pm
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You can be mad at your sister and her friend, that's normal. Angry that someone did a replica of your cake, okay. But you did not invent the " film reel " cake style.

 

http://www.google.ca/search?q=film+cake&rls=com.microsoft:en-US:IE-Address&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=YnnVUeajDdWl4AO7v4DYCg&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&biw=1920&bih=909#rls=com.microsoft:en-US%3AIE-Address&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=film+cake&oq=film+cake&gs_l=img.12...0.0.0.10030.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0....0...1c..19.img.gDMqFDIiC-E&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&fp=b09b96b39a22c7bc&biw=1920&bih=909&imgdii=_

 

OR the " paint pallet " cake style.

 

http://www.google.ca/search?q=painter+tool&rls=com.microsoft:en-US:IE-Address&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=kXrVUbeQEbeu4AOBq4HYCg&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1920&bih=909#rls=com.microsoft:en-US%3AIE-Address&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=paint+pallet+cake&oq=paint+pallet+cake&gs_l=img.3..0i10l3j0i5i10.13468.17423.2.17520.17.17.0.0.0.0.120.1247.16j1.17.0....0...1c.1.19.img.Q_oJMbkRUZQ&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.48705608,d.dmg&fp=b09b96b39a22c7bc&biw=1920&bih=909&imgdii=_

 

 

You can't be mad because someone made a cake that had both themes into 1.  Just be happy " the cake looked like crap, tasted even worse ". Talk to your sister. Staying angry will bring you nothing. My first post answered some of your other questions.

 

I'm now moving along that way  - - - - - >

 

Edit for link.

 

Okay...let me make this clear....I'm not mad because she incorporated similar themes into her cake. She COPIED my cakes.... everything was placed in exactly the same position as my cakes...you could lay a photo of my cake over hers and everything is exactly the same except her execution sucked.

 

This has nothing to do with themes or inspiration.....she copied my design EXACTLY and then passed it off as her OWN with me standing there! What is not clear about that? She was offered business at this party based on my design....there were a lot of people there who have never seen any of my work and didn't realize this cake was a utter rip-off of my design.

 

I don't care of inspiring someone with my cake or particular design but don't copy my work exactly and then pass it off as your own in order to profit....especially when I'm right there and your arrogant enough to believe I'll take it lying down.

Sugar_Art_Cakery Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 2:00pm
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I'm self-taught with no training...guess I'm not a baker either. icon_sad.gif

I'm a little confused about the anger towards the other "baker".. I would be horribly hurt if my sister did this to me. I'm sorry that you had to go through it, probably makes it even harder because it was family. I'm glad you had the self-control to remain above the emotions for your niece until you could vent after wards. I know you're venting and frustrated, but you're saying some pretty inflammatory things here...you might not like some of the responses you are going to get! 


I apologize for the baker comment....wasn't my intention to put down anyone without professional training. I think I was referring more to her particular circumstance where she has no training whatsoever and her cakes absolutely look homemade yet she passes herself off as a professional baker and decorator.

 

Wasn't meant to offend anyone else and please accept my apologies.

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