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Originally Posted by MissMona View Post

Whew....finished all 73 pages last night!  ;)  LOVING this thread btw.  

So, here's my addition of what to NEVER say to your baker.....

I got a call from a lady asking to meet and discuss her mother's 100th Bday!!!!  I was thrilled to be asked to do such a milestone and back then I showed that sort of thing!  (I've learned from this!)  ;)  She wants something really nice, large, four or five tiers.....fondant....roses, go crazy!  So we sit and design the cake, discuss flavors, the whole bit....she even wants cream cheese mints....when we get to price and she hears what this will cost her....she counter offers half!  She says, and I kid you NOT, "Since you are so excited to be a part of Mother's bday, you can make the other half your gift to her!"  (I've never met these people before!!!!)

 

I wonder if I can find a cleaning lady who will get excited about cleaning my house for half price...

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 I just got finished quoting a friend a price to do a small cake for her (9' double layer round Strawberry cake filled with Chocolate ganache with a British Flag painted on the side)

 

When she heard the quote she replied that Walmart cakes are under $20 for a 1/4 sheet. 

 

I, then replied back "Yes, however Walmart for one does not offer ganache or strawberry cake and for 2 their cakes are pulled out of the freezer, frozen and slice up to size and have icing slapped on from a bucket...I am making you a FRESH Strawberry cake from scratch, with homemade ganache using high quality chocolate, and hand painting a flag on the side"  to which she quite irritatedly replied "Well can't you just match Walmart's price since we are good friends?"

 

Sadly the price difference was less than $10.00 and she decided to go with Walmart!!!!   SIGH!

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Originally Posted by Cakemommy2012 View Post

 I just got finished quoting a friend a price to do a small cake for her (9' double layer round Strawberry cake filled with Chocolate ganache with a British Flag painted on the side)

 

When she heard the quote she replied that Walmart cakes are under $20 for a 1/4 sheet. 

 

I, then replied back "Yes, however Walmart for one does not offer ganache or strawberry cake and for 2 their cakes are pulled out of the freezer, frozen and slice up to size and have icing slapped on from a bucket...I am making you a FRESH Strawberry cake from scratch, with homemade ganache using high quality chocolate, and hand painting a flag on the side"  to which she quite irritatedly replied "Well can't you just match Walmart's price since we are good friends?"

 

Sadly the price difference was less than $10.00 and she decided to go with Walmart!!!!   SIGH!

OMG! who's getting the "good" part of friendship???

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 -- (noun) Mouth, i.e. the orifice one ought to be using for eating cake rather than talking $#!7

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A similar thing happened to me! except it was a family member.... Got a call from a cousin that she wants me to do her mom's birthday cake, and sends me a picture of a tour tiered fondant covered cake with tons of detail, and after discussing just what she wants, I give her a "family" discount price of $200. and she almost has a fit at the cost. We settled on a 2 tier with 40 cupcakes at a lesser price....

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Icing from a bucket... YUM!

And you get all of this too!!
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Icing from a bucket... YUM!

And you get all of this too!!

SEE!!!!  It's not just some flour and sugar!  Take that cake muggles! ;)~

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Icing from a bucket... YUM!

And you get all of this too!!


YUM!  LOL  Totally need the Phosphoric Acid and Modified Celluose!! Those are super important!

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OMG! who's getting the "good" part of friendship???


That's what I was wondering!!!  I was mortified! I practically laughed in her face and said I don't make cake to throw away my money! It's sad to see where your TRUE friendships lie!

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 to which she quite irritatedly replied "Well can't you just match Walmart's price since we are good friends?"

 

Sadly the price difference was less than $10.00 and she decided to go with Walmart!!!!   SIGH!

Yeah, cuz she's obviously such a GOOD friend! icon_rolleyes.gif

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I know, right? He has been weaned for over 2 years, and is never weird in public, but has a fascination with women. We were at a gas station and his daddy was pumping gas, and the boy, 3 at the time pointed out a lady that got out to throw something away, she was matronly, heavy, with grey hair and a knee high bunched around her ankle and he got his crinkly smile and sparkly eyes, and said, "Mommy, pretty girl!" I bet that would've made her day! He flirts with every woman he sees, he gets shy, and hides behind me, and peeks out at them, then tries to give them his toys. He doesn't care if they are 4 - 99, thin - morbidly obese, and black-white and any shade in between. I have seen him flirt with some really questionable characters at Walmart and have later asked him if all girls are pretty, and he looks at me like I am stupid and says,"Yeah, mama!" He never reaches for their boobs, but points out cleavage to his father and me, lol.

Awwww! Equal opportunity huh? His place in politics is waiting for him. He sounds like the PERFECT candidate for office LOL.

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I just got the most annoying response from a co-worker who has asked me to make her daughter a princess cake:

 

I am interested in the cake howeever not the doll cakes. I was hoping for something like pink and gold cake. just a fancy looking cake that represents like for an indian princess. I saw some pics on the web but couldn't copy and paste it here. I think they look like fondue cakes but I probably would want without fondue as that would be probably more of a specality cake.

 

I get that there are a lot of people that don't realize the time and effort that goes into making a cake but it's still a little hurtful, especially when the comment is from someone I know.....do they think I just whip these cakes out in a half hour?!  I use buttercream using real butter on all my cakes and only use fondant for decorations. I actually find buttercream more time consuming than fondant so it's kind of frustrating when people think that a fondant cake is a 'specialty' cake and a buttercream one isnt! Here is Canada, butter is expensive so buttercream icing is much more expensive to make than fondant.  Anyway, I just wanted to vent a little cause I'm feeling a little hurt at her comment....and all this time I thought I WAS making specialty cakes....guess I was wrong!  LOL!
 

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I just got the most annoying response from a co-worker who has asked me to make her daughter a princess cake:

 

I am interested in the cake howeever not the doll cakes. I was hoping for something like pink and gold cake. just a fancy looking cake that represents like for an indian princess. I saw some pics on the web but couldn't copy and paste it here. I think they look like fondue cakes but I probably would want without fondue as that would be probably more of a specality cake.

 

I get that there are a lot of people that don't realize the time and effort that goes into making a cake but it's still a little hurtful, especially when the comment is from someone I know.....do they think I just whip these cakes out in a half hour?!  I use buttercream using real butter on all my cakes and only use fondant for decorations. I actually find buttercream more time consuming than fondant so it's kind of frustrating when people think that a fondant cake is a 'specialty' cake and a buttercream one isnt! Here is Canada, butter is expensive so buttercream icing is much more expensive to make than fondant.  Anyway, I just wanted to vent a little cause I'm feeling a little hurt at her comment....and all this time I thought I WAS making specialty cakes....guess I was wrong!  LOL!
 

So she wants a 'special' cake that's made to her specifications, but if she doesn't have fondant on it, then it's not a specialty cake? Oh, sorry, fondue. icon_rolleyes.gif

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Fondue cake, ew.
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Originally Posted by Annabakescakes View Post

I know, right? He has been weaned for over 2 years, and is never weird in public, but has a fascination with women. We were at a gas station and his daddy was pumping gas, and the boy, 3 at the time pointed out a lady that got out to throw something away, she was matronly, heavy, with grey hair and a knee high bunched around her ankle and he got his crinkly smile and sparkly eyes, and said, "Mommy, pretty girl!" I bet that would've made her day! He flirts with every woman he sees, he gets shy, and hides behind me, and peeks out at them, then tries to give them his toys. He doesn't care if they are 4 - 99, thin - morbidly obese, and black-white and any shade in between. I have seen him flirt with some really questionable characters at Walmart and have later asked him if all girls are pretty, and he looks at me like I am stupid and says,"Yeah, mama!" He never reaches for their boobs, but points out cleavage to his father and me, lol.
Awwww! Equal opportunity huh? His place in politics is waiting for him. He sounds like the PERFECT candidate for office LOL.
I can see that!
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Originally Posted by kikiandkyle View Post

Fondue cake, ew.

Hmm. I was under the impression that little cubes of cake were one of the items one may dip in a dessert fondue.

 

Although I agree with the poster, may pages ago, who wanted, just once, to see a customer's reaction if one actually delivered a "cake covered with fondue."

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