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How about a 3 tier cake for 18 people with 10 servings being sugar free?  

 

 

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Lmbo this is soo me. I hate eating icing but i think it so rude to scrape it off. Smh i guess i wont be saying that anymore. Lol
post #2433 of 2872

I'm not exactly partial to heavy coats of frosting, myself. And I do prefer a dense, hand-blended BC to any kind of whipped frosting.

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post #2434 of 2872
I am currently on a committee for a large gala dinner. I usually bring in samples of cupcakes/etc if I have anything left from weekend orders, which everyone loves and also ensures my husband doesn't end up with diabetes from eating.

So at the end of the meeting,while I'm in conversation with other people,this girl next to me turns around and asks me point blank:

"So what do you charge?"

I was flabbergasted. Here's how this went:

Me: Well it depends, what are you looking for?

Her: Anything.

Me: It's hard to tell without knowing what you want. Cake, cupcakes, brownies...?

Her: Just anything,like a ballpark figure.

Me: Honestly, if I don't know what you want, I can't quote you a price. It's based on flavor,size, frosting.

(After a minute of silence)

Her: Do you do a lot of weddings?

Me: I don't really have the space for wedding cakes right now, mostly party cakes.

Her: You should really get into weddings. That's where the money is.

This happened like three weeks ago and I still can't get over it. Same committee asked if I would do the dessert (for approx 350 people) for FREE.
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Originally Posted by JessicaHall1022 View Post

I am currently on a committee for a large gala dinner. I usually bring in samples of cupcakes/etc if I have anything left from weekend orders, which everyone loves and also ensures my husband doesn't end up with diabetes from eating.

So at the end of the meeting,while I'm in conversation with other people,this girl next to me turns around and asks me point blank:

"So what do you charge?"

I was flabbergasted. Here's how this went:

Me: Well it depends, what are you looking for?

Her: Anything.

Me: It's hard to tell without knowing what you want. Cake, cupcakes, brownies...?

Her: Just anything,like a ballpark figure.

Me: Honestly, if I don't know what you want, I can't quote you a price. It's based on flavor,size, frosting.

(After a minute of silence)

Her: Do you do a lot of weddings?

Me: I don't really have the space for wedding cakes right now, mostly party cakes.

Her: You should really get into weddings. That's where the money is.

This happened like three weeks ago and I still can't get over it. Same committee asked if I would do the dessert (for approx 350 people) for FREE.
had something similar happen recently! It was so strange. I was at a gathering at a friends house and this woman I had never met before started asking all sorts of questions, like what kind of ingredients I use and whether I can accommodate certain allergies, what I charge, how busy I am, etc., etc. Finally I offered to give her my card so she could contact me with her questions. Her response? "Oh, I would never order a cake." What the...?
post #2436 of 2872
Ive been asked "can you make a cake for my birthday at cost price cuz im your cousins friend"

Really? At cost? Then why dont you make it yourself? Idiots
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post #2437 of 2872

I am a new hobby baker, so I don't very often have cupboards full of ingredients, I tend to just buy them in as and when I need them.

Last Saturday at 22.30pm I got an email from a family member that just said, 'can you do a cake for my sons 21st? It's on Monday'!!

She ended up going to the supermarket and getting one of those you have the picture printed on....

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Last Saturday at 22.30pm I got an email from a family member that just said, 'can you do a cake for my sons 21st? It's on Monday'!!

Welcome to the world of bakers where all cakes for friends and family are of course "fast and free"! It's unfortunate, but they will continue to do this unless you firmly explain why it's not feasible. Key word is firmly!

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post #2439 of 2872
I have this desperate urge sometimes when one of my 'lovely' customers comes into my bakery and asks do I have any 'nice cakes for sale' - to reply no sorry, only rubbish ones, I take pride in being open all day and baking absolute ?@&^% icon_mad.gif
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No, you don't refuse. The way to get people is to hit them where it REALLY hurts, their wallet.  Sure, you can have it Monday but there will be an extra fee of oh, say $50 or whatever would be a rather shockingly high fee for last minute notice in your area of the country or compared to the normal charge.  It's sort of the opposite of that fee they charge at the doctor's office if you cancel at the last minute because you're too ill to keep your appointment.  Rather STUPID don't you think!  They're a doctor's office and they charge a fee because you're too SICK to keep a check-up appointment?  Go figure!  It's not like a person canceling because they remembered a hair appointment you had or some type of unnecessary thing.   I have fibromyalgia and contrary to what is required, I can't predict 48 hours in advance when I'm going to be having a very bad day.

 

 So.....do the opposite, anything less than a 48 hour or 72 hour notice for an order and there is an extra charge.  People will either pay it, which then gives you extra money, OR, they get the hint and stop doing things like this.  After all, this wasn't a funeral or something unexpected that happened in life.  You would think wouldn't you that her son has the same birth date every year, doesn't he?  And being his mother she ought to be the one who knows,  you would think so, after all she was there wasn't she?   :D 

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I have this desperate urge sometimes when one of my 'lovely' customers comes into my bakery and asks do I have any 'nice cakes for sale' - to reply no sorry, only rubbish ones, I take pride in being open all day and baking absolute ?@&^% icon_mad.gif


Well, if you used that line on the right customers, they'd probably both get a good laugh and take the hint.

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post #2442 of 2872
I do...I have a sarcastic sense of humour - which helps in the catering industry - more than once I have said - I baked crap today - so take your pick - they always going out smiling - with a cake in the hand icon_biggrin.gif
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And I'm sure that even if it were "crap" to you, it would probably be better than anything I've baked and decorated.

 

(Indeed, the only reason why I'd rather bake and decorate my own -- other than of course the sense of accomplishment -- is that I don't think I'd be able to find a professional who'd want to duplicate the texture of my favorite dense, non-whipped, hand-blended, all-butter, cold-process buttercream, and I don't especially like the texture of the whipped buttercreams I've eaten, at least not as much as I like the texture of my own: they're not dense enough for me.)

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James: There's a difference between baking and decorating.  If you're not in the custom cake decorating business then taste-aroma-texture is more important than how it looks.  I've never once looked at the mountainous top of a home baked banana bread loaf and thought to myself........"Damn that's ugly". 

 

(PS: I've got my first batch of MimiFix's Vanilla cupcakes on the counter cooking, and it smells like Madagascar heaven in here.)

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post #2445 of 2872

And then there's your local grocer's bakery counter, where neither appearance, nor taste, nor texture matter: it's all about combining a low price with a high profit margin.:-P

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