Originally Posted by costumeczar
Wow...RUDE! Definitely a no cake for you list recipient. What drives me crazy is when my husband takes a day off from work when I'm working, and decides that he wants to come into the kitchen and have a conversation. I've told him that it doesn't look like I'm doing anything, but I'm always either counting or concentrating on something, depending if I'm baking or decorating. He used to work from home too, so that was worse, at least now he goes to the office and I can have some silence while I'm concentrating!
Oh yes, the "How's it going? How much longer do you think you will be down here?" bit. Are you kidding me? It takes as long as it takes, do you really think that I make up more work for myself so that I can't spend time with you? (well... there ARE days... :)
I'm doing 3 New Year's Eve cakes this weekend and as I'm baking them, I'm thinking back on the brides, and I remembered one of the bride's comments during her tasting and design consult (she had already booked me)
Bride: "I don't want fondant, it's too expensive."
Me: "Oh, I understand, well, we can do this design, but it won't be quite like in the picture, because that IS fondant."
Bride: "Ok.... but I want it PERFECT. Can you make it PERFECT, just not with fondant, I just don't want to waste the money."
Me: "Well, I will do my best, but do understand that this cake was done in fondant for a reason."
Bride: "Yes, but Suzy got her cake from a bakery and wanted a similar design in buttercream and the bakery totally screwed it up. I just want to make sure you don't screw it up."
I'm getting more and more of these brides that want fondant-purposed cakes but don't want to pay for it, and expect me to spend an extra couple of hours executing a design in buttercream AND charge them less because it's not fondant.
Thinking it may be time to switch my "all-design-inclusive" pricing structure....