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post #2446 of 2844

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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post #2447 of 2844
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Originally Posted by basketpam View Post
 

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 

;-D:D Too right!!

post #2448 of 2844
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"Oh, you do cakes? I watch Cake Boss all the time."
post #2449 of 2844

Hmm. Cake Boss. Not to be confused with the similarly titled bakery management application. I finally got curious enough to look it up in Wikipedia. And I'm sorry I did.

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post #2450 of 2844

When you let someone try your cakepops before they decide to buy and she says "Can you make them less sweet?" 

how do i make a ball of cake with frosting in it less sweet? 

post #2451 of 2844
I have a question asked many times but do not seem to find the anawer, using marzipan on sponge cakes under the fondant to get a more even finish
post #2452 of 2844
I've had a customer tell me that she makes bread pudding much better "and one day she will come in and teach me how it should be made"

What can you say to that except , have a nice day.
post #2453 of 2844
I know exactly where she can put that damned bread pudding!

If her bread pudding is so great why'd she order from you?
post #2454 of 2844
Haha, my thoughts exactly. Considering I have customers call and have pieces put " on hold" so they don't miss out once they arrive. Fixed smiles and silence go a long way some days.
post #2455 of 2844

This isn't really being said to a baker, but I love this description of how to save money by just making a cake with fondant yourself! And it's cheaper because you don't need to buy 'add-ons' with fondant. What?

 

http://www.ehow.com/list_7357502_homemade-princess-birthday-party-ideas.html

post #2456 of 2844
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Originally Posted by mcaulir View Post
 

This isn't really being said to a baker, but I love this description of how to save money by just making a cake with fondant yourself! And it's cheaper because you don't need to buy 'add-ons' with fondant. What?

 

http://www.ehow.com/list_7357502_homemade-princess-birthday-party-ideas.html


Wow, it's so easy and cheap to make a 3 tiered fondant cake, I don't know what I have been doing all this time thinking it takes skill, time, practice and money to make one, silly me. 

post #2457 of 2844
I get a call thursdsay for a cake on Saturday. Lady says she got my numbers from another Baker that works on the other half of my Island. She wantsa football themed cake.... and doesn't even know what she wants. She said she would whatsapp me to continue the Convo and save phone credit.(no problem so far) I eventually decided I wasnt in the mood for staying up late working on that order as i was busy with my other job. I first contacted my friend who lives nearby and also does cakes but she too was busy with her regular job so I wished her all the best.
On Sunday out of curiosity I whatsapp the lady and asked her how it went. She said she had to cancel the visit ( her son is in boarding school) and she was still searching for a cake. The new time was Wednesday evening. I told her for Wednesday I'd have to get a deposit on Monday as I would need to bake midday evening or Tuesday morning for a Wednesday cake. She gave me a sob story about her sons broken foot and needing to accompany him to the children's hospital on Monday so a deposit on that day was not possible. once again I wished her well. She then had the grand idea to ask if she could give it to me on that Sunday I agreed because she said that she would be there shortly. The lady called at 12 in the NIGHT!! feeling sorry for her u sent my husband to get the deposit. She calls me bk says she wants a receipt I explained to her that it was too late for me to go through a contract with her now as I deal only with contacts and not receipts and that non the less I Would oblige. I got out of bed and half way through changing out of my night gown she calls back (thats within 30seconds) about how she is scared for my area (an area where 90% of my time my doors are unlocked) told her shed have to wait a bit because im coming out of bed and id have to get dressed. I went out with the contract to see the lady driving of as i got to the gate.so I'm raging mad at this time. I thanked her for wasting my time and wished her all the best. She sent me a long message about how she was scared and how she drove from another town to be there and i was rude for asking her to wait while i changed because she was scared. So I told her that any normal preson would be in their night garb at that time of the night and none other than me would actually get out of bed to do business on a day when i was closed and at that time of the night as well.that I did so because I was a teacher and understand what the boy must be going through with his broken foot in his birthday. Told her for future reference she needs 2 weeks in order to place an order and not to expect that anyone other baker would acommodate rush order.
Contacted the Baker who sent her to me only to get confirmation that the Damn woman was mad. She wanted the cake from her for less than the price (did that with me as well) didn't want to drive the three hr journey for the cake and insisted that the baker packed her tools took the journey herself and baked the cake at her house in her kitchen to not only cut cost but "make it easier for everyone" and the baKer was welconed to sleep in her sons bed. Wth! I smiled about passing her on to the most expensive baker on the island knowing fully well that shed puke at the prices as well as being put straight about rush orders. I checked the fb pages. Noone did her cake
post #2458 of 2844
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Originally Posted by mcaulir View Post
 

This isn't really being said to a baker, but I love this description of how to save money by just making a cake with fondant yourself! And it's cheaper because you don't need to buy 'add-ons' with fondant. What?

 

http://www.ehow.com/list_7357502_homemade-princess-birthday-party-ideas.html

Hmmmm….no pictures on this "tutorial"

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post #2459 of 2844
Quote:
Originally Posted by mcaulir View Post ... I love this description of how to save money by just making a cake with fondant yourself! And it's cheaper because you don't need to buy 'add-ons' with fondant. What?

 

http://www.ehow.com/list_7357502_homemade-princess-birthday-party-ideas.html

 

Usually the people who write these are freelancers with no subject knowledge. They are not interested in accurate content and only want to get paid. (And then they move on to the next article in another subject area.)

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post #2460 of 2844
Quote:
Originally Posted by mcaulir View Post

This isn't really being said to a baker, but I love this description of how to save money by just making a cake with fondant yourself! And it's cheaper because you don't need to buy 'add-ons' with fondant. What?

http://www.ehow.com/list_7357502_homemade-princess-birthday-party-ideas.html
Perhaps I am a bit twisted, but I really, really want to see the results of this when someone tries it. (Complete with pictures of the devastated little "princess" when she sees her wreck of a cake.)
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