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post #2311 of 3000
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Originally Posted by 810whitechoc View Post
 

Saturday afternoon about 1pm.

Customer phones: I would like to order a cake for tomorrow

Staff: I'm sorry we are closed tomorrow but will be here until 4.30 this afternoon.

Customer: I want to buy a cake that is less than 3 hours old, I like my cakes fresh.

Staff: We do have a range of cakes available for you to buy today which will be fine for tomorrow as long as you keep them refrigerated.

Customer: We'll what can you do for me?

Staff: Would you like me to tell you what's available or would you like to come in and choose something from the cabinet?

Customer: I don't want one that's already there, what can you bake fresh for this afternoon?

Staff: I'm sorry our baking staff have gone home for the day and won't be back until Monday because we are closed tomorrow, I can tell you what we have available for this afternoon.

Customer: So you can't help me then. Customer hangs up.

Staff: If you want a cake that is so damn fresh and less than 3 hours old BAKE IT YOURSELF.

 

The customers responses are verbatim what she said.

:-?  Less than 3 hours old?! What an idiot. 

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post #2312 of 3000
Mine is (from a family member who wants a free cake):

It's just a cake! It doesn't take that long to make one, right? What do you need a box of cake and a couple cans of frosting? I'll buy it for you!
Uggggh Ugggg!!¡!!!!
post #2313 of 3000
Also, I love how customers want a large cake to feed just a few people. I had a lady who wanted a 4tired cake to feed 30-40 people. She said I could use cake dummies for the cake not needed to get the size. So, I quoted her rather cheaply for A 4 tier cake but still high enough to make some profit for the hours put into it. She emailed me back saying that price was too much, it would be $___ per person. Well, if I take the $3.00 a slice she would want and times it by 40 people it would only be $120 for a 4 tier wedding cake! I don't care if it is half fake cake...I still have to decorate the thing! That's just crazy!!!
post #2314 of 3000
No way I would be making that one icon_wink.gif
post #2315 of 3000
People don'tunderstand that most bakeries bake the cakes two days in advance and decorate them the day of
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Originally Posted by 810whitechoc View Post

Saturday afternoon about 1pm.
Customer phones: I would like to order a cake for tomorrow
Staff: I'm sorry we are closed tomorrow but will be here until 4.30 this afternoon.
Customer: I want to buy a cake that is less than 3 hours old, I like my cakes fresh.
Staff: We do have a range of cakes available for you to buy today which will be fine for tomorrow as long as you keep them refrigerated.
Customer: We'll what can you do for me?
Staff: Would you like me to tell you what's available or would you like to come in and choose something from the cabinet?
Customer: I don't want one that's already there, what can you bake fresh for this afternoon?
Staff: I'm sorry our baking staff have gone home for the day and won't be back until Monday because we are closed tomorrow, I can tell you what we have available for this afternoon.
Customer: So you can't help me then. Customer hangs up.
Staff: If you want a cake that is so damn fresh and less than 3 hours old BAKE IT YOURSELF.

The customers responses are verbatim what she said.
post #2316 of 3000
That lady lost her mind
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Originally Posted by Declansmama View Post

Also, I love how customers want a large cake to feed just a few people. I had a lady who wanted a 4tired cake to feed 30-40 people. She said I could use cake dummies for the cake not needed to get the size. So, I quoted her rather cheaply for A 4 tier cake but still high enough to make some profit for the hours put into it. She emailed me back saying that price was too much, it would be $___ per person. Well, if I take the $3.00 a slice she would want and times it by 40 people it would only be $120 for a 4 tier wedding cake! I don't care if it is half fake cake...I still have to decorate the thing! That's just crazy!!!
post #2317 of 3000
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Originally Posted by princess marie View Post

That lady lost her mind

Just had a request for a cake two days after christmas...  Originally, in an email, she had stated that she saw one of my other cakes (I pretty easy/non time consuming, single tier cake with a stencil & a single flower on it) and wanted one like that - just in a different color.  Then we played phone tag for about a week.  Finally, she reverts back to email and sends me this request for a cake:

 

that feeds 20, oh, and 10 servings need to be sugar free. I would like multiple tiers, at least 3 tiers.  Gold leaf on one of the tiers, rhinestones around the base of each tier, fondant swags from one tier to the next, a rhinestone monogram on the cake and a rhinestone 25 on another of the tiers, about 3-4 flowers with rhinestone centers at the stopping point of each swag and a mound of rhinestone centered flowers on the top.  

 

 

....All 2 days after Christmas....  8O

post #2318 of 3000
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Originally Posted by dukeswalker View Post
 

Just had a request for a cake two days after christmas...  Originally, in an email, she had stated that she saw one of my other cakes (I pretty easy/non time consuming, single tier cake with a stencil & a single flower on it) and wanted one like that - just in a different color.  Then we played phone tag for about a week.  Finally, she reverts back to email and sends me this request for a cake:

 

that feeds 20, oh, and 10 servings need to be sugar free. I would like multiple tiers, at least 3 tiers.  Gold leaf on one of the tiers, rhinestones around the base of each tier, fondant swags from one tier to the next, a rhinestone monogram on the cake and a rhinestone 25 on another of the tiers, about 3-4 flowers with rhinestone centers at the stopping point of each swag and a mound of rhinestone centered flowers on the top.  

 

 

....All 2 days after Christmas....  8O

I guess she like rhinestones :D

post #2319 of 3000

Oh, and I would be charging mega bucks to do that cake for 2 days after Christmas. 

post #2320 of 3000

I make cakes for fun and I never charge. I'm making a three tier cake for a reception. My friend wanted a big fancy cake so its going to be larger than it needs to be, and she wanted vanilla cake with lemon filling and buttercream. Just yesterday a mutual friend asked about the flavor then turned his nose up and said "Oh, I don't really like lemon can't you do a berry filling instead and cover it with the fondant stuff you make"? and he was dead serious!   

 

Oh sure. It's my wedding gift to them, but  I'll switch it up to suit you and let the newlyweds know that I decided to make their cake to suit your preferences instead so you wouldn't skip dessert when the time came. :roll:

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Oh my God. Regret cake? Whatever was about to happen must be truly evil.” 
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“Let's just say you may regret that second piece of cake.'
Oh my God. Regret cake? Whatever was about to happen must be truly evil.” 
― Rachel HawkinsHex Hall

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post #2321 of 3000

Well, I don't like lemon, either, but I wouldn't do anything that gauche. Maybe eat around the filling. Then again, the only wedding cake I've ever spec'd out is in a work of fiction, baked and decorated by the bride's family and friends in the church kitchen, and served for a reception in the church's parish hall, and has each tier a different flavor. And since she's an organist, and he's a trumpeter, the topper has the bride sitting at a positive organ, and the groom playing a trumpet (a valved "herald" trumpet), and the overall decorating theme is musical, with notes on staves, and little plaques with a trumpet and a rank of pipes.

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post #2322 of 3000
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Originally Posted by dukeswalker View Post
 

Just had a request for a cake two days after christmas...  Originally, in an email, she had stated that she saw one of my other cakes (I pretty easy/non time consuming, single tier cake with a stencil & a single flower on it) and wanted one like that - just in a different color.  Then we played phone tag for about a week.  Finally, she reverts back to email and sends me this request for a cake:

 

that feeds 20, oh, and 10 servings need to be sugar free. I would like multiple tiers, at least 3 tiers.  Gold leaf on one of the tiers, rhinestones around the base of each tier, fondant swags from one tier to the next, a rhinestone monogram on the cake and a rhinestone 25 on another of the tiers, about 3-4 flowers with rhinestone centers at the stopping point of each swag and a mound of rhinestone centered flowers on the top.  

 

 

....All 2 days after Christmas....  8O

 

 

10 sugar free servings...seriously, are you magic? don't forget to include the anti-sugar tablets when you drop off the cake. 

post #2323 of 3000
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Originally Posted by dukeswalker View Post

Just had a request for a cake two days after christmas...  Originally, in an email, she had stated that she saw one of my other cakes (I pretty easy/non time consuming, single tier cake with a stencil & a single flower on it) and wanted one like that - just in a different color.  Then we played phone tag for about a week.  Finally, she reverts back to email and sends me this request for a cake:

that feeds 20, oh, and 10 servings need to be sugar free. I would like multiple tiers, at least 3 tiers.  Gold leaf on one of the tiers, rhinestones around the base of each tier, fondant swags from one tier to the next, a rhinestone monogram on the cake and a rhinestone 25 on another of the tiers, about 3-4 flowers with rhinestone centers at the stopping point of each swag and a mound of rhinestone centered flowers on the top.  


....All 2 days after Christmas....  icon_eek.gif

I wouldn't even waste my time doing a quote for this because I could guarantee they won't want to pay what that is going to cost.
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post #2324 of 3000

ONE MIIIIIIILION DAHLARS!!

post #2325 of 3000
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Originally Posted by kikiandkyle View Post


I wouldn't even waste my time doing a quote for this because I could guarantee they won't want to pay what that is going to cost.

I agree. But is there any way that we could make them to realize that their point is not reasonable? 

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