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Originally Posted by hbquikcomjamesl View Post

A what? Sounds like misbegotten feces.

Bahahahahahaha!!!! I thought the same exact thing!!!icon_biggrin.gif

post #1112 of 2965
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Originally Posted by JPepper View Post

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!
 


The "friend" that chose the Walmart cake clearly didn't regard CakeMommy's feelings and skills as relevant. I am not as sure about your co-worker. Of course it hurt your feelings, but she may not have a clue that she did so. She, like most of the population, have no idea there is a difference between fondant and fondue. Tact is not my strong point, so I would probably just send the paragraph your wrote here to her. Since you likely have more tact than me, rewrite your paragraph in an educational tone telling her about the costs and time involved. You will feel better, and she will have learned something.

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Of course, an "educational tone" could be many things. I've been known to take a "lecturing a slow three-year-old" tone with almost anybody who is having trouble grasping something I consider obvious. Including a charge nurse at a hospital (when it became obvious that nobody was quite getting what "no mammal flesh" for my mom [she eats fish, poultry, and vegetables, but no beef, no pork, no veal, no lamb, no mutton, no goat, no rabbit, no buffalo, in other words, no MAMMALS]), or even, when the situation seems to call for it, even my own boss.

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post #1114 of 2965

I had a customer once ask if  I could just decorate 3 sides of a square cake to make it cheaper.  

 

The reason their cake was so "expensive" was not because all 4 sides were decorated, it was because they wanted to double the servings, so instead of cake for 100 people, they wanted cake for 200 people.  I assured them, I am a professional, I advise you don't need double the cake, blah blah... they still wanted it.

 

Then they had the nerve to complain the next day that I didn't come back to the party to "deal" with the leftovers.  SERIOUSLY????

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Oh my, how I love this thread!

Thank you all for making me feel like I'm not alone :)

The great thing about cake is it doesn't feel like work. You forget about work. Kids, adults, they all get the same look in their eye when they're decorating cakes... That's the magic right there. ~ Duff Goldman

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The great thing about cake is it doesn't feel like work. You forget about work. Kids, adults, they all get the same look in their eye when they're decorating cakes... That's the magic right there. ~ Duff Goldman

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post #1116 of 2965
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Originally Posted by LeanneW View Post

I had a customer once ask if  I could just decorate 3 sides of a square cake to make it cheaper.  

 

The reason their cake was so "expensive" was not because all 4 sides were decorated, it was because they wanted to double the servings, so instead of cake for 100 people, they wanted cake for 200 people.  I assured them, I am a professional, I advise you don't need double the cake, blah blah... they still wanted it.

 

Then they had the nerve to complain the next day that I didn't come back to the party to "deal" with the leftovers.  SERIOUSLY????


Well, why not? And while you are there, you might as well "deal" with the dirty dishes, too! icon_biggrin.gif

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Originally Posted by LeanneW View Post

I had a customer once ask if  I could just decorate 3 sides of a square cake to make it cheaper.  

The reason their cake was so "expensive" was not because all 4 sides were decorated, it was because they wanted to double the servings, so instead of cake for 100 people, they wanted cake for 200 people.  I assured them, I am a professional, I advise you don't need double the cake, blah blah... they still wanted it.

Then they had the nerve to complain the next day that I didn't come back to the party to "deal" with the leftovers.  SERIOUSLY????

If "deal with" means take home and eat, I think I have found a new hobby icon_wink.gif
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I haven't been keeping up with this thread this week because I've been so busy, but that story about the three-side-decorated square cake beats all. Other than the half-off 100th birthday cake. What the heck are people thinking?
post #1119 of 2965

OMG! I don't usually get annoyed by much, but I had this one lady who gave me a budget of $60. So I gave her every option I could in that price range for a custom designed Dora cake, just for her to turn around at the total last minute (after I had baked the cake) and tell me that $60 for a cake was a total rip off.

 

Needless to say, I wanted to strangle her.

 

Some people just don't understand the work that is involved!! 

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Originally Posted by Chooken85 View Post

OMG! I don't usually get annoyed by much, but I had this one lady who gave me a budget of $60. So I gave her every option I could in that price range for a custom designed Dora cake, just for her to turn around at the total last minute (after I had baked the cake) and tell me that $60 for a cake was a total rip off.

Needless to say, I wanted to strangle her.

Some people just don't understand the work that is involved!! 

Just put a minimum order in place for idiots like that. And get paid in advance. I don't shop for ingredients or turn my oven on until everything is paid in full.
post #1121 of 2965
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Originally Posted by costumeczar View Post


Just put a minimum order in place for idiots like that. And get paid in advance. I don't shop for ingredients or turn my oven on until everything is paid in full.

Yup. No money, no cakey. Easy peasy. 

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post #1122 of 2965

Now come on guys a 3 sided decorated only cake is perfectly reasonable.  After all if it is against a wall you are not going to see the back of it so why waste time and money on it!

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My neighbor who is pregnant wondered if I would make her pregnant sister a cake for her sisters shower...and after asking what sort of cake they wanted and amount they had for the budget....I was told they wanted a 2 tier cake (like a picture I had shown her of a wedding cake I made) with a lot of decorations 10 and 8 in and they was wondering if I could do this sort of cake for around $30.00!!

 

I told them that I didn't have enough experience to do a cake like that.  LOL!

 

I do plan to make my neighbor a belly cake before her baby is due...but only cause I like my neighbor and her 2 little boys who play in my yard and eat my GD's bakery creations on our "bakery school" days. 

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I have just finished a cake for lady who wanted a cake for her daughters 18th (not a special occasion at all!!) and when I told her my pricing she called me back two days later and said 'after talking to some of the girls at work who said baking a cake cant be that hard' and asked me if she baked the cake herself (borrowing my tins - as it was a 15in square and recipe) would I be able to decorate it for her as it was really just the decorating part that was hard. I kindly sent her a quote saying that due to quality control attached to my business name it would not be possible! Surprisingly she opted for the cheapest option I gave her!

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Originally Posted by sweetbirdies View Post

I have just finished a cake for lady who wanted a cake for her daughters 18th (not a special occasion at all!!) and when I told her my pricing she called me back two days later and said 'after talking to some of the girls at work who said baking a cake cant be that hard' and asked me if she baked the cake herself (borrowing my tins - as it was a 15in square and recipe) would I be able to decorate it for her as it was really just the decorating part that was hard. I kindly sent her a quote saying that due to quality control attached to my business name it would not be possible! Surprisingly she opted for the cheapest option I gave her!

Pffft...i would have added the PITA fee onto her order for that. Or rented her the cake pans for $50.
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