Originally Posted by Kaytecake
Originally Posted by bobwonderbuns
And quite frankly I should have doubled it, but I figure with all I learned on that cake I call what I didn't charge a "tuition fee." Makes me feel better anyway.
What made me so darned mad was not only her cheapness, and this falsehood "champagne taste on a (so called) beer budget" but if you look at the topper and the flowers on the table -- those are orchids flown in from BOGOTA, COLUMBIA!!!! Like I'm in the midwest! So she can afford to fly flowers around the world and she can't pay for the cake to put them on???
(Okay now my blood pressure is up again... breathe deep, in and out... in and out...) okay I'm better now!
Good for you! You managed to turn an aggravating situation into a lucrative learning experience. I saw the picture and the cake was stunning! I hope that she appreciated it.
If it won't upset you, do you mind my asking how on earth she approached you about this? I mean, I can't imagine going to you (or anyone else) and telling you that I don't want to pay you for your work but I want something great.
You're okay. Well she worked with one of my students and my student started telling me "I have a friend who wants one of your cakes..." and so on, but I had to tell her "tell your friend to call me directly because I don't do third party negotiations." So eventually she calls, we arrange to meet and I met her at her house. I brought books and charts and all kinds of stuff but she kept saying "I want simple and elegant" yet didn't like ANY ideas of mine and provided one picture of (honestly it was the ugliest cake I have ever seen in my life and it's HARD to screw up a cake that bad!) I won't say anything about the cake because it was a celebrity wedding cake. Anyway, her daughter lives in another state so I never got to meet with her. It was all about mom!
Anyway, the cake she showed me she wanted out of buttercream but it was a style that could not have been done from buttercream, it had to be fondant. Well that costs more. (Yep, it does!) Anyway, after an hour and a half of this nonsense, from her not liking anything and not wanting to pay for it either, I packed up my stuff and told her "You and your daughter need to make some decisions. First, remember that this is NOT a job interview, you came to me. These are your options. If you choose to go with me you must sign by such and such a date. Good day." And I left. I called my cake teacher and told her the story and she said "oh yeah, she'll be back!" Sure enough, by that signing date I gave her she was back and I found out from other sources she shopped around. Good! I like someone who appreciates quality!! Anyway, long story short, I told her twice in the months that followed to get herself another cake decorator. Once was over that Gawd-awful cake style that I refused to put my name to and the other time was over those stupid flowers from Bogota. I told her I would not take responsibility for poisoning her wedding party because I didn't know what was sprayed on those flowers. I convinced her to do a dummy cake on the top for safety reasons and she b*tched about that too!
Anyway, to this day some of her friends call for cakes but if they give me ANY grief on the first meeting then I'm booked. Deal with it!!
Thankfully that was my one and only Momzilla story. I hope it's the last one!!