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On the salt/A1 issue: I've never used any kind of steak sauce, and I eat my hamburgers either completely plain, or with grilled onions, and/or a bit of salt and pepper, as needed. The true test of a steak or a hamburger (or any other kind of meat) is how it tastes completely plain.


Ever notice, BTW, that Alton Brown has "B2" steak sauce in the Good Eats refrigerator?


And on the woman who never gave you any paid business, yet wants you to donate cakes: some people don't realize that cakes are what put food on your table, and need a lesson in reality.

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post #1442 of 2949
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Just got a phone call from someone who wanted to know if I could do a birthday cake for her daughter for tomorrow. Said that it could be something simple, two tiers with a chevron pattern and monogram, and maybe a standing monogram on the top of the cake. And she could come by at 1pm today to get it if that would work.(I think she called about 9:30.) People really have no idea.

You should have told her sure...and tell her that there is about a $500 rush fee.j/k! How long does she think it takes to bake a cake? I mean, the cakes would probably be cool enough to ice around noon depending on when you started...

 

When I worked in the GS bakery, next day orders were not uncommon. But they still made me soo mad. You can only imagine how same day orders made me feel! Does your child really mean that little to you that you forget about their birthday coming up and you need a cake? (This is not directed at anyone but customers who I have dealt with who self admittedly have children for the money that they get...but let's not open that can of worms.)

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post #1443 of 2949

I love A1 sauce!  The only time I do not like it is on Filet Mignon at a restaurant.  Otherwise, I love it!  Everyone has different tastes, that's for sure!

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Originally Posted by costumeczar View Post

Just got a phone call from someone who wanted to know if I could do a birthday cake for her daughter for tomorrow. Said that it could be something simple, two tiers with a chevron pattern and monogram, and maybe a standing monogram on the top of the cake. And she could come by at 1pm today to get it if that would work.(I think she called about 9:30.) People really have no idea.

But it sounds so simple!
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post #1445 of 2949
I don't sell my cakes, in fact I never accept a penny for them, but nobody has ever not offered to pay. I can't imagine the balls it takes to ask a virtual stranger for free cake.
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post #1446 of 2949
Looool!
post #1447 of 2949

The 2 scariest words in the cake decorator's book : "Something simple".

 

Especially when it is paired with "For this weekend."

 

Every time I feel "nice" and say yes to their "something simple" request I get burned. Bad.

 

Had a lady want a "something simple" cake for a Saturday and it was a Friday afternoon. I happened to have a sheet on hand so I said "sure, what would you like me to write on it?"

The response, "well, I'd like to call you to discuss design options. My daughter loves Ace of Cakes and I'd really like something over the top."

 

How the H%&& did "something simple" turn into "over the top" so fast?!!!

 

Needless to say, I shut that down real fast. She said she'd contact me again in fall for her son's bday. Um yeah, you go ahead and do that.

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post #1448 of 2949

WOW.  That's crazy.  I had one contact me at 12:30 Saturday asking for one on Monday.  At first I was open to it, I had another delivery at 5pm and thought I could shop and bake on Saturday, still take Sunday off and put it all together on Monday before class.  Well, she didn't know what she wanted it to look like so she said, Let me look on Pinterest.  24 1/2 hours later I start getting photos and messages with details about the colors and design.  1PM SUNDAY!!!  I said, I'm sorry, it's too late. What are ya' gonna do?  Ya' know?  

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Cakefat, I would think both are correct, plus totally self-absorbed. :)

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Spam much? I enjoy liminating cheap and fine middleman fees earned as much as the next person, but you suck.

Lol Flagged!!!

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Originally Posted by Sweet_Cakes View Post

You should have told her sure...and tell her that there is about a $500 rush fee.j/k! How long does she think it takes to bake a cake? I mean, the cakes would probably be cool enough to ice around noon depending on when you started...

 

When I worked in the GS bakery, next day orders were not uncommon. But they still made me soo mad. You can only imagine how same day orders made me feel! Does your child really mean that little to you that you forget about their birthday coming up and you need a cake? (This is not directed at anyone but customers who I have dealt with who self admittedly have children for the money that they get...but let's not open that can of worms.)

I work at a WM bakery. All I get is last minute orders and "Can I have a cake in an hour or 15 minutes?"  My favorite is when they come in 10 minutes before I leave and want a cake an hour or two before I get there.   -______- 

 

How do you forget the birth of your child? I've been thinking about what to do for my daughters birthday before she was born. 

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How do you forget the birth of your child? I've been thinking about what to do for my daughters birthday before she was born. 

Both of my grandchildren (brother/sister) have May birthdays.  Around February, we start planning their special cake. They tell me their friends look forward to seeing what kind of cake their gramma makes every year.  But yeah ..... parents only have a whole year to know their kid's birthday is coming up!  (big sigh!!)

 

And for those who wanted a "simple" cake from me?  I honest to God would hold up my hand in their face and say, "Stop right there.  Let's define what YOU call 'simple'."

 

(p.s.  Loved the salt-in-the-icing story to stop them from sucking the end of the bag!!  Hilarious!!!)

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Originally Posted by costumeczar View Post

Just got a phone call from someone who wanted to know if I could do a birthday cake for her daughter for tomorrow. Said that it could be something simple, two tiers with a chevron pattern and monogram, and maybe a standing monogram on the top of the cake. And she could come by at 1pm today to get it if that would work.(I think she called about 9:30.) People really have no idea.

 

Ok did you send some strange telepathic vibes to my customers lol??? I opened my email this morning to one sent at 11.27pm last night asking me for a cake for today! Only a 3D xbox with a controller on top... but it's ok as she said "I will pay a little extra if possible". Although funny story; one of the first cakes I ever made for a customer was for a fella who was desperate as he'd forgotten his girlfriends birthday the next day; so I worked late and made him something simple... now every flippin' year he calls me the day before her birthday "I forgot again!"; I've started keeping a wee 7" in the freezer ready for his March 13th call!! lol
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How about having a wedding booked since Jan and find out on thursday after 4pm, that the wedding you've booked for the 28th (friday) is actually on the 29th (saturday)?  I went back to our original emails and yes, she did ask for the 28th.....

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How about having a wedding booked since Jan and find out on thursday after 4pm, that the wedding you've booked for the 28th (friday) is actually on the 29th (saturday)?  I went back to our original emails and yes, she did ask for the 28th.....

Not especially good, but better that than the other way around!

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