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She tried to bargain you down, @Claire138. That's happening a lot these days. Amateur cakers will say okay and are overjoyed that they got a sale. Unfortunately, this process has only succeeded in degrading the entire cake industry.  

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Definitely

 

(I'll say it again - a lot of the blame for this goes to 20 minute tv shows that don't show the amount of work or people behind the scenes or price that goes into each cake, therefore leading everyone to believe they "must" have a cake but do not want to pay for it)

 

How much can she be making though if she's only charging 30€ for a 6 inch cake? Madness.

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Originally Posted by jgifford View Post
 

We serve cake as one dessert option in our restaurant.  I don't have time to decorate them, but they have super-smooth buttercream.

 

The first time I served Salted Caramel Cake, a customer called me over to his table.  In a very low whisper, he said "There's little tiny pieces of broken glass all over this cake."

 

Really. *snicker*

 

1.  Would I really serve cake with broken glass on it?

 

2.  What part of "SALTED Caramel" did you not understand?

 

Sometimes you just want to reach out and slap their Reset button.

Oh my gosh, I had this happen to me once when I was working in a cafe. Some people.

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Originally Posted by Claire138 View Post
 

I've had a new one today - a woman calls to order a cake, I give her the price; she hems and haws and says she'll call me back which she does a while later to tell me that she's found someone on FB who can do the same cake for 30€ can I match the price. I said no but told her she  should take her up on it if it's more her budget to which she says "but your cakes are so much nicer and professional I really want yours". If there was an emoticon for banging my head against the (kitchen) wall I'd insert it here.

Ahh yes.  And I wonder how many times the local Ferrari dealer gets someone in saying " I just test drove a base model Hyundai [insert name of your country's cheapest car here] at the dealer next door, but your car is so much nicer and professional - can you match the price?"

 

This post should be titled "things not to ask/say to a baker - and also - all the things you wish you could say back but know you can't"

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Originally Posted by Magic Mouthfuls View Post
 Ahh yes.  And I wonder how many times the local Ferrari dealer gets someone in saying " I just test drove a base model Hyundai [insert name of your country's cheapest car here] at the dealer next door, but your car is so much nicer and professional - can you match the price?"

 

Well said @Magic Mouthfuls

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wonder if anyone had heard this before  ;A customer walks in and ask: how much is a 6" cake? what about 8"?then what of a 12"? I tell them the individual prices, next I hear the total of the 3 cakes, then for the shocking part, please put them on each other to form a 3 tier cake.

 

 my reply; oh ok, i'll make your individual cakes:(, when you get home you can go stack them yourself

OK, I got one for you.  One of my sorority sisters got married (in the mid 1990s) before I started decorating cakes.  Her wedding cake was gorgeous (untrained eye)!  Fast forward 4 years ago.  She told me that she ordered 3 tiers of her cake from a baker (only paid $90 for 3 tiers) and purchased the other 3 tiers from a grocery store!  WTF!  She then told me her niece was getting married soon and she wanted to do the same thing for her wedding.  All I said was "that's interesting".  My sorority sister then told me that she suggested her niece contact me.  WTF!  When her niece contacted me, I quoted her a price for a 3-tiered wedding cake.  She said her aunt/my sorority sister only pain $90 for her cake from the baker.  I told her that I was not a cake decorator back then and did not know the relationship between the baker and my sorority sister, that inflation has been going on for years, and that I will not agree to that arrangement.  Needless to say, she did not get 1/2 of her wedding cake from me . . .

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I've read through some of these posts, they are way too funny!

 

This one is great. After I finished my burberry purse cake (in my birthday album), it literally took me hours and hours to do the detail work and stripes and paint with gin, a few coats. So I was so happy to be done, elated. And my friend who was playing a video game (he is not in the business) takes a look and says, "oh wow, great job. I'd buy that for 35$!" Buzz kill anyone? I was like, you are soooo off. 

WAY Off!

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