I have a best friend who is also my biggest cheerleader when it comes to my cakes. She brags about them and loves the ones I've done for her (as surprise gifts)....EXCEPT when she becomes the 'customer'...then she turns into Cakezilla. She tells me what she wants then I give her a sample design and loves it....for 10 minutes. Then she changes her mind and wants something else. So I draw it out and it's FABULOUS...for maybe 15 minutes. She keeps saying things like 'I'm looking for the WOW factor.' So I pull up existing cake designs that I know have that WOW factor and she says 'I don't know...I know what I want, I just haven't seen it yet.' This can go on literally for days. She always second guesses herself and worst of all me!
So I remind her that she's always liked what I've done before. You have to TRUST me like everyone else I've done work for has done and that you yourself have loved. She can't do it.
Two years ago she threw a huge high school reunion / 50th birthday party (most everyone was turning 50 that year) at her home in the country. She and I went round and round about cake design, cupcake designs, you name it. First she wanted a Pinky-Dinky ice cream truck theme cake because she and all her classmates remembered the Pinky-Dinky truck when they were kids. So, I came up with a 3-D Pinky Dinky truck Idea that included playing the Pinky Dinky music. She loved it...for a day. She decided it was too 'childish'. So I came up with several more ideas that she shot down. Then she wanted sunflowers and burlap. Fine, I came up with a gorgeous rustic iced sunflower cake with burlap ribbon and she said it wasn't 'WOW' enough...wasn't sure about the 'rustic' icing. Really? So then she wanted to do cupcakes. Sunflower cupcakes individually tied with twine. OK. No wait...I've changed my mind about the sunflowers...I want individually boxed cupcakes with a candle to present at midnight and the DJ will have us all sing 'happy birthday to us" and we can blow out our candles!'
Now keep in mind this is an open-bar party with an on-sight hamburger truck cooking for everyone and a DJ blasting music all night. Basically a drunk-fest. I know my friend. She gets flighty and can forget her own name when there is a lot going on. I reminded her that probably the midnight cupcake idea was not a good one as this is not a formal party and everyone will probably be three sheets to the wind and the last thing on her (or anyone's) mind will be blowing out candles on a cupcake that has to be distributed to everyone at midnight somehow. She got all PO'd at me calling me 'negative'...and asked me why I was always second-guessing HER ideas! OMG!
I finally got fed up and said look...in order for us to remain friends I need you to find someone else to do your cake or cupcakes or whatever. So she agreed and decided on serving two different kinds of cobbler that she herself would make. The irony of all this is that the cobblers sat in the kitchen all night because everyone was plastered and no one remembered to serve them (big surprise!).
Now...my dilemma is that her son is getting married next year. I want to make his groom's cake as a gift because she helped me with my own daughter's wedding--buying the champagne and more. Plus the groom actually requested that I do it. I came up with a design a few months ago that she loved. All was well until last night when we were talking about the wedding and the reception and how she was going to make sure there was a special table for the groom's cake...complete with special lighting...and maybe the design needs to be changed. To what? I naively asked. "Oh...I'm not sure...I know it when I'll see it" !!!!!!!! I have a whole year of this to look forward to.
Cobbler is sounding pretty good right now.