Originally Posted by petiterouge42
That does take a lot of nerve of your "friend" to counter your more than generous offer with that ridiculous one. I would say I'm sorry I can't afford to lose that much money and time to make 4 cupcakes for each of your guests.
I would restate your original offer, and if that isn't good enough than I would politely tell her that you are sorry that your offer doesn't work for her and hopefully a local bakery can accommodate her requests (which of course we all know they won't). I think she is just trying to take advantage of your generosity, and if you give in you will just be upset with yourself over it later. Stick to you guns! Good luck! Let us know how it all works out!
- Ditto! When I do things like this for friends and family and offer discounts or offer to do it for free, then I provide them with an invoice for how much it would REALLY have cost if they were a regular customer so they can understand how generous a gift their discount/free item is. Be polite, but firm - say the price is $55 for 110 cupcakes. If you want additional cupcakes you can pay x amount which is the regular cost of cupcakes that I sell. $20 for 200 cupcakes barely covers the cost of the wrappers alone - she is totally trying to take advantage of you.
If you really want to do this for her - then do the work for free, and ask her to purchase ALL of the ingredients and supplies you will need. Give her a list of ingredients and say "feel free to purchase these ingredients and supplies for your cupcakes and I'll donate my time to do them for free". After that, she'll probably take you up on your original offer!
Good luck - it is always difficult to stick to pricing when doing cakes for close friends and family!