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post #31 of 112
I actually kind of like the oringinal apology letter as you wrote it, I don't think that it was too apologetic. In this kind of situation you don't want to come off as too "sterile" professional, if you know what I mean. Putting a more personal apology to it tends to make people understand and empathise with you a little more than just "I'm sorry it didn't work out, here's your money."

I don't think you should get MORE personal than you did in the letter you wrote, but I think it's okay as it is.
post #32 of 112
I'm still on the first page but so far I think you gave the big discount in advance. If she served it, she got what she paid for. Not that everything you said didn't happen and that you feel awful and that the cake did not meet expectations but literally if she served it, she got what she paid for. Why should you be out all the time, all the money all the ingredients if she indeed served it.

It was not the focal point, I understand that, but at about a dollar a serving she got what she paid for.

You barely got covered for cost. You donated your labor.
I think you don't have to go in the hole beyond that.
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post #33 of 112
I finished reading the thread and I know my opinion does not jive with those posting but I honestly don't see why you should cough up the pittance she paid unless she did not serve it.

If it was unserveable then that's a different matter.

If it was just a visual matter then of course no one expected the cake to come out like that but to me, prostrating yourself thusly is too much to me.

Everybody wanted and expected more. Very unfortunately, it comes down to the fact that she was vastly discounted in advance. This is a business transaction yes? They ate the cake that was purchased yes? They did not get the bang for thier buck...ah what buck? Refund the visual part of the purchase price, zero.

I can see refunding maybe to feel better. But not in a business sense. You've already donated your time and energy. It all went wrong and I'm sorry about that. But it's not your responsibility to provide cake for free just because you ran into tragic difficulties.

The price she negotiated with you leaves no wiggle room for issues like these ~ it was all done in advance as far as I'm concerned.

So since you already told her you would refund, maybe comfort your self a little with these thoughts. If it was unserve-able then your refund is legit. But if they served it you have totally gone beyond the extra mile again and you rest easy, CakeBuddy.

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...She had told me her budget was only $250 and feed 200 and initially I didn't want to do it because it's not worth it, but i figured, whatever, I'll take the loss because it's for a good friend of my friend and it'll give me another cake for my portfolio...




By your own estimation in the first place you are taking a loss.
I think you don't have to compound it.

Just my opinion.
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post #34 of 112
Wow, what a story! Ok, first of all....I totally understand about the humidity last week!!!! I also had a wedding last weekend and last week was the worst for caking! Nothing dried for sure. I'm sorry but I can't image how glycerine would hold pieces on without sliding because glycerine wouldn't ever dry. I think water would have done a better job. Or do you have tylose powder? You can mix that with water for glue rather than the royal icing.
Now, I kinda agree with everyone, even K8memphis! If it were me I don't think I would of given a "whole" refund! Although like K8 mentioned you don't have much wiggle room because you already gave her a cut. But I would have taken off $100. At least the rest should pay for the ingredients but not your time of course.
K8 will probably disagree with this and I understand her point. If she served it then she pays.

But to keep your sanity maybe go half way like I said.
Good luck!
post #35 of 112
i agree with K8...if her complaints were about the appearance of the cake and they actually served and ate it, it mustn't have been too bad. if i were the bride i probably would have been upset if the cake didn't look how i wanted it to but i would've been even more upset if it was inedible. the bottom line is that ingredients cost money. your money. i think that at the very least you need to keep whatever you spent on your supplies. i really hope that you can put this behind you soon and that your friendship with R remains intact.
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post #36 of 112
I agree with K8memphis.
You went the extra mile, providing a cake for 200 @ a budget of $250,in the attempt to please your friend R, who seem to be trying to please her freind "Bride".
I understand how refunding may bring you peace about the situation, since you agreed to do the cake and felt that it was not your best standard.
But I would also let "R" know that I was also affected by this situation too.
post #37 of 112
It's been said before & I'll say it again "doing favors for freinds are often more trouble than they are worth".
I feel for you in your situation-better luck next time icon_smile.gif
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post #38 of 112
I'm sorry that happened to you...
It must have been humid all over Canada that weekend...
I live NL, and I also had a time trying to get items to dry, but they did... icon_smile.gif

I would give her the full refund if that what makes you feel better, I hope it doesn't cause any friction between you and your friend.
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post #39 of 112
this really puts you in a tough spot because it was already at a HUGE discount. i live in collingwood and the weather was horrible!! i had a cake i was going to cover in fondant but it was SO humid out that i knew it wasn't going to work-i appolagized but it's also out of my control and just wouldn't have worked. after i explained she completely understood. as a bride i wouldn't have wanted a call saying my cake is a disaster what would you like me to do. i agree to meet her in person (she says she's an understanding person), explain that due to circumstances beyond your control (freaking tornado weather) the cake did not come together as you both wanted. under the assumssion that the cake was served you will refund a portion of the cost ( i also agree that if you could bring a small sample to show that you are quite capable of making that cake it might help). i too would be quaking in my boots but get it done and over. i also agree not to get into the gorey details (she doesn't care) but you could with your friend R.
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post #40 of 112
I would leave out the stuff about R in the letter to the Bride so it takes out the personal relationships and keeps it more professional. Other then that you wrote a great appology and I felt it.
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post #41 of 112
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Originally Posted by christinapp

I agree with K8memphis.
You went the extra mile, providing a cake for 200 @ a budget of $250,in the attempt to please your friend R, who seem to be trying to please her freind "Bride".
I understand how refunding may bring you peace about the situation, since you agreed to do the cake and felt that it was not your best standard.
But I would also let "R" know that I was also affected by this situation too.



*but* its not the brides fault that she only charged her $250?? the OP *agreed* to make the cake for that amount and also to replicate the original design. sooo, the OP is defintely doing the right thing by refunding all of the money. i don't agree with others though about talking to her face-to-face. i would personally send her a handwritten note explaining my sincere reget over the situation and a check...period.

that really stinks about the humidity though! i've had my share of troubles with it myself : (
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post #42 of 112
I totally get your point Dailey. We all have different opinions and that's fine.

But by that same token the bride agreed to accept a tremendously cut rate cake too. And it's what the bride negotiated--our op did not think up this deal.

But I'm not disputing anybody (especially our poor self battered op) thinking the refund should proceed--I'm just saying I think the responsibility goes both ways on that particular point.

Everybody thought they were gonna get what they wanted.

But now when push comes to shove it does appear that she got what she paid for but if some of us think it should be refunded I get that. And I know the other view is also understandable even though we all have our valued and different opinions.

And I think the face to face is completly unnecessary especially since op is so devastated. Just my thoughts.
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post #43 of 112
There's no way the ingredients/etc. came anywhere even CLOSE to $250. I agree that a full refund is in order. I would not only offer her a refund, I would offer her a small discount (say 10%) on a future order.

She wants her money back, you think she deserves her money back... I don't know why we are even discussing this.
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post #44 of 112
I am new to cake decorating and have no experience at all..But I went this past weekend to a local Ices meeting and it was mentioned that using a food dehydrator works well for drying flowers etc... I really have no Idea but am wondering if you guys with experience might know better if this might have helped at all. It gets humid in Georgia so I might invest in one if ya'll agree.
I'm really sorry this happened to you..
post #45 of 112
I think that prterrel has the PERFECT response. Shoort, to the point, professional, doesn't admit too much fault, just in case this goes any further. And yes, absolutely, positively a full refund. Call it "PR".
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