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post #1 of 16
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to make money at this!

Just now I was cutting open a bag of hazelnuts to use in a wedding cake and it tipped over and spilled all over the floor!

Doggone bag of hazelnuts cost over 3 dollars. And I'm only making $38 on this stupid cake to begin with.

Hopefully this will be the only mistake. Generally speaking, most of my cakes end up having some component having to be made over. ie, one will crack and fall apart as I ice it, or one will overflow all into my oven and burn and be smoke flavored....you get the idea.

Ok, done venting now. Hopefully I can get focused and get done now. Geezl....
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post #2 of 16
That is upsetting. Fortunately when I started I could get cake mix like four for a dollah--big box stores had just come to the area and it was very sweet.

Ingredients were cheapy cheapo cheapinsky. So making mistakes was really not a money issue. Lemme tell yah about the banana cream cheese icing I forgot to refrigerate-- icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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post #3 of 16
.....or about the time I drove 30 minutes to deliver a wedding cake- only to realize I had left the top tier sitting on my counter! icon_redface.gif ( I delivered separate tiers and put together on site)
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post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by karateka

to make money at this!

ie, one will crack and fall apart as I ice it, or one will overflow all into my oven and burn and be smoke flavored....you get the idea.

Ok, done venting now. Hopefully I can get focused and get done now. Geezl....



I've invested in one of those silicone oven liners that you put on the bottom rack. It works GREAT!!! not ONE cake has overflowed since I bought it! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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post #5 of 16
Hey! I live in cincinnati! I love West Chester, I only go to see movies at the Rave. Anyway, you should invest in some even bake strips, you can get them at Michaels.
post #6 of 16
Nooooooooooooooooooooo you haven't lived until you drop the bowl of those little silver balls that look like BB's. (I would use the proper name but can't think of it right now.) Those dog gone things bounce all over!!!! lol. But not as expensive as nuts.

Lu

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post #7 of 16
I did the stupid and klutz thing one day - I was making a 16 inch square cake and it had cooled and ready to take it out of the pan so just turned it over - no board nothing but my hand under it ! Of course there was cake EVERYWHERE , floor, table chairs and me.

I have not ever done that since.

Did make a mistake one time but now it is a signature cake for me - thought I pulled out 3 chocolate cake mixes, 3 chocolate pudding to make a cake but one of the mixes was a spice cake. Now everyone asks for the chocolate spice cake.

Have dropped the drages also - not fun. and the glitter and luster dust is even worse, will occassionally still wander around with purple glitter on me from spilling a whole bottle on the counter once. Even vacuumed it up and still it seems to show up on things.

Also put a cake in the oven one day and set the timer but did not turn the timer on !! did not notice since I was sewing in the other room till the smoke detector went off.

Hey I should really just cut it out and get a keeper I am dangerous!!
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by minorfan



Also put a cake in the oven one day and set the timer but did not turn the timer on !! did not notice since I was sewing in the other room till the smoke detector went off.

Hey I should really just cut it out and get a keeper I am dangerous!!



I have a solution to that... My Dollar Tree has these little digital timers that you can clip on. You can always tell when it's baking day, because I'll sometimes have two or three of them clipped onto my shirt at the same time, depending on how many and what sizes are in the oven. LOL
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post #9 of 16
I used a cooling rack that was too small and flipped over a 12X18 sheet cake and the cake broke and went everywhere icon_surprised.gif ! Did I mention it was still pretty hot tapedshut.gif ? I was just in a hurry and not paying enough attention. Today I poured milk into icing in my KA, but it was at speed 4 and so slung it all over me and the kitchen! I just have to laugh sometimes icon_lol.gif ...otherwise the alternative is to cry icon_cry.gif and I love cake way too much for that thumbs_up.gif !!
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post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by karateka

to make money at this!

Just now I was cutting open a bag of hazelnuts to use in a wedding cake and it tipped over and spilled all over the floor!

Doggone bag of hazelnuts cost over 3 dollars. And I'm only making $38 on this stupid cake to begin with.

Hopefully this will be the only mistake. Generally speaking, most of my cakes end up having some component having to be made over. ie, one will crack and fall apart as I ice it, or one will overflow all into my oven and burn and be smoke flavored....you get the idea.

Ok, done venting now. Hopefully I can get focused and get done now. Geezl....



icon_eek.gif $38 on a wedding cake??? icon_eek.gif
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post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by minorfan

I did the stupid and klutz thing one day - I was making a 16 inch square cake and it had cooled and ready to take it out of the pan so just turned it over - no board nothing but my hand under it ! Of course there was cake EVERYWHERE , floor, table chairs and me.



Try doing it with a red velvet cake .... I had the prettiest pink floor for a LONNNNNNNG time! icon_redface.gif
post #12 of 16
DoniB: those digital timers sound like a great idea!!

If I had to run to the store while I had cake in the ovens, I would take my little kitchen timer with me in my purse! icon_lol.gif

oh geez......those dang dragees....... icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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post #13 of 16
I have a older KA that had the rubber feet wear off, so now it "walks".

So I was mixing a batch of frosting...and you guessed it...it walked right off the counter! talk about a icing explosion! icon_cry.gif

Now I use a peice of non-skid material underneath it! icon_lol.gif
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post #14 of 16
I can tell you about stupid,
I delivered a cake.....very early so it was ok, but the reception site was 45 miles away. after setting the cake up and finishing up, the brides friend said, wow...I can't believe she went for a black ribbon, every thing else in the wedding is purple. then another friend said, oh she went with square instead of circle and squares. then the lightbulb moment....I realized that I had a half circle/square cake with purple ribbon back at the bakery. ummmm. so I quickly took that cake to its riteful reception site then returned back to the 45 mile trip to deliver the right cake.....and with gas prices like this....I could've kicked my own butt.


btw, that is why you deliver early!!!
post #15 of 16
ugh....talk about stupid...

yesterday i went to sam's in the afternoon, it's 45 miles away....my son lives up that way, so i thought i'd go by and visit him, since sam's stays open for it's business clients until 10.

at 8:15 i left...got there at a little after 8:30...AND THEY WERE CLOSING....i tried to tell them they were open to 10 for business clients....YEAH. 10 AM!

ugh...i had to get up at the crack of dawn and go in this morning before i opened up at the shop!
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