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Can people really be this dense???  That is crazy!  I would have made something up - "oh, I have a special heat shield that protects them in the oven" . . .

 

Liz

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post #2357 of 2844

omg! That is hilarious. Even my 7 year old son thought that was lame! LOL

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I made this for a spa party, buttercream with fondant accents.

 

this is the cake she was talking about.

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omg! That is hilarious. Even my 7 year old son thought that was lame! LOL

I know, I couldn't believe that a grown woman could be so clueless!!

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My mother asked me for 3 full-sheet cakes and 1 quarter-sheet cake for her alumni association fundraiser.  I gave her my price since the alumni association was paying for it.  You would have thought the $$ was coming out of her pocket.  She said that that price made it seem like I was trying to make money off this order and that a woman at her church would give her a better price.  I told her that my supplier is not going to give me a discount, that I AM trying to make $$, and I'm charging the alumni association the same as any other group or individual.  She reluctantly submitted her order to me.  After the event, she called me and said that I did an awesome job and she sees why I charge what I charge for my cakes.

 

My sister-in-law's brother called and told me he was getting married and wanted me to make the wedding cake.  He and his fiance' came over, picked out the cake they wanted, and I gave them a price.  I told them that I need a deposit to hold the cake and when I needed the final payment.  He told me he would contact me in a few days to bring the deposit.  I did not see or hear from him until his wedding day.  I found out from my sister-in-law's friend that they were expecting me to make the cake for FREE.  WTH, they don't get a free wedding cake from me!  They ended up getting a divorce.  In 2009 he asked me for a duplicate cake that I made for my brother and his wife for their 10 year anniversary (7 tiers, all hearts).  He never paid me for that.  As a matter of fact, my sister-in-law called me and told me that they were not having the party (it was supposed to be a surprise and she's calling me to cancel the cake?).  About 2 years ago, he called me again for another wedding cake to his new fiance.  I told him NO.  He said why.  I told him he asked me for 2 large cakes in the past and never paid up.  I told him when he called me about his 1st wedding cake, I had purchased the ingredients for the cake and he never paid me.  He apologized and asked me again and I told him NO again.  I'm glad I told him no because he and his fiance decided to just get married after church service a month before the original day. 

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post #2360 of 2844
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My mother asked me for 3 full-sheet cakes and 1 quarter-sheet cake for her alumni association fundraiser.  I gave her my price since the alumni association was paying for it.  You would have thought the $$ was coming out of her pocket.  ......................

 

My sister-in-law's brother called and told me he was getting married and wanted me to make the wedding cake.  .........................................  I found out from my sister-in-law's friend that they were expecting me to make the cake for FREE.  WTH, they don't get a free wedding cake from me!...........

wow.......it is mind boggling isn't it !!

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post #2361 of 2844

I made a cake for one of my close relative with fondant. I spend 3 days to finished them off for her birthday for surprise family party. Birthday girl's mom told me  after I done the cake, one of her son said he is busy, he won't join the party. So then she moved the party to the weekend (2 days after) so that her son will join. She called her son again on Friday, son said he can't join on the weekend too since he has his work Christmas party. Now they are planning to cut the cake on the Christmas day..  I told them it is not a good idea to keep the cake for too long...And bd girl's mom is like "No, I kept the cake for months...and it was good.(she bought that cake from convenient store)..So I will put it in the fridge and it will look the same". Then, I tried to explain to her that fondant will get hard if you put it in the fridge or if you leave the cake outside the cake will get bad...but they weren't listening and saying same thing again and again. I'm like WTH is wrong with them. I spend all my time to make this cake for free. I stayed late to finish this cake for no reason. They were not appreciate my work. But her son doesn't even care to join the family party and want to go to Christmas party. But they want to wait until he will join...I'm not sure that he will join on the Christmas day too.  I was so upset and still too.  

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I did a four tier, fondant, etc cake this past weekend for a church function, and was talking to a woman who is a completely lovely person giving me very nice compliments. So I said, 'You know, once you know how to do it, and have the right gear, it's not so difficult.' You know, being modest. ;-)

 

And she says, 'Oh, do you have special equipment that you use?'

 

No - I put the ganache on with a butter knife and just smoosh the fondant on with my hands until I get it in that (almost) smooth state, and for all the rest, I just wave my magic wand.

 

Instead I said, 'Oh yes, bits and pieces that are helpful.'

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Originally Posted by mcaulir View Post

I did a four tier, fondant, etc cake this past weekend for a church function, and was talking to a woman who is a completely lovely person giving me very nice compliments. So I said, 'You know, once you know how to do it, and have the right gear, it's not so difficult.' You know, being modest. icon_wink.gif

And she says, 'Oh, do you have special equipment that you use?'

No - I put the ganache on with a butter knife and just smoosh the fondant on with my hands until I get it in that (almost) smooth state, and for all the rest, I just wave my magic wand.

Instead I said, 'Oh yes, bits and pieces that are helpful.'
Yes, I just love my magic wand! It really comes in handy for those "I need a cake tomorrow" orders, and it has saved me from spending hundreds of dollars on other frivolous equipment. icon_wink.gif
post #2364 of 2844

Ha ha ha, even their hair didn't flatten in all that heat! wow special heat shield protector for sure.. LOL

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I work @ a Bakery in an area with lots of Amish. There is an Amish bakery outside of town and we frequently get calls asking for their number. My response is "I'm sorry they are Amish and don't have a phone you'll just have to drive down to the bakery." I get so frustrated with that. Why would we give you the competition's phone number? Ever? Their the COMPETITION!!
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My favorite is.....so you design cakes? Do they taste good? Ummm, no I design funky tasting cakes! 😳
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Oooohhh, Faarrr Out! Just what I was looking for: funky-tasting cakes. Perfect for my stuck-in-the-60s hippie-themed party.

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post #2368 of 2844

So I have a lady that asked me for decorated Xmas cookies in October--great, I can do that, but I leave for Arizona right after Thanksgiving..

I e-mail her in November--cookies are ready when would you like to pick them up?? No answer until yesterday Dec 16--where are my cookies??

Hmm, I told you I was leaving for the winter--so sorry, no cookies for you!

post #2369 of 2844
I got this one today. on my qoute request form it clearly says $75 minimum where it ask for your budget and he puts his budget is $30 for 15 people for this Friday. I haven't written back yet I couldn't trust myself not to say something that wouldn't come across rude

 

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post #2370 of 2844

Last year, my sister ordered cookies to give to her coworkers. It was last minute, as always, and a simple order was made complicated by "I want 6 packages of 2 cookies, 4 packages of 3 cookies," and so on...

 

So she sent me a message on Tuesday, "Last year I did cookies for my colleagues, remember? Anything hot for this year? Need them Thursday. "

 

my Response, "LOL (<<that was the kindest response I could come up with) Nothing I can get you by Thursday."

 

I would have loved to make her some adorable macarons, but damnit, I don't think I should lose two nights of sleep because she can't order in a reasonable time frame, especially when she knows how picky she is.

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