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post #376 of 3000

Here's two more...

1-I had someone called me on a Friday to cancel her Saturday order -__-...I had already made her fondant decorations and her cake was on the oven.

2-What do you all think of making ALL your relatives cakes for FREE for every little celebration they have? -__-..sorry but can't do that anymore, I'm doing

this for a living and not a hobby now. At least get me ALL the ingredients and money for gas to bring you the cake.

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post #377 of 3000

I work at a Dairy Queen, decorating and making the cakes there... Get a phone call one day with a "Hi, I'm at Safeway and they are printing an edible image for me. Can I get it on a cake?" I respond with a for sure, when do you need it by, what size is the image, writing, cake size blah blah blah... "Oh, I need a sheet cake, for today, the image is 8x11."  Okay sir, I'll see what I can do. Usually we need 24 hours notice but since we have one in the freezer ready to go, sure! After you deliver the image, we'll need about an hour or so. "Okay, I'll be down in 10 minutes". Half an hour goes by, and the guy finally shows up. No big deal, but he says ''okay, i'm here with the image. You have 15 minutes and I'll be back for the cake."  We discussed a different time on the phone, so I tell him that, and he just gets mad and says that I now have 10 minutes, and leaves. So I rush to the back to slap the image on the cake, whip up the icing, the writing, and the border... And he didn't come back for FOUR hours! 

post #378 of 3000

This thread is both funny and makes me shake my head, wow!  I make custom cakes part time and have a full time job.  My nephew is getting married in 2 years after college and is planning the wedding and budget already, which is small since they will both be graduating.  His fiancee asked if I would make the wedding cake for them, I told her that I would be happy to.  I live in Texas, they live in Vermont, and I would be going there to attend the wedding anyway.  But I wouldn't normally ship half my kitchen up there, so I wanted to get some details so that I could plan and let her know what to budget and if I could realistically do it for them.

 

She told me they were going to invite 200+ people.  Before things could get out of control and assumptions made by anyone, I emailed her a few websites that showed how big a cake for that many people would be and how much it would cost, just so that she could understand the grand task that she was asking for.  I knew that they wouldn't have that kind of money in the budget.

 

I made the suggestion that she let me make her a beautiful 2-3 tier 10"/8"/6" for the showcase cake that they cut and serve each other and immediate family/wedding party, that I would make sheet cakes of the same recipe that the caterer could keep in the back and cut and serve and no guest would be any the wiser.  I said that I would kick in my time and $300 toward perishable/non-reusable ingredients and decorations, and I would transport my kitchen gear to VT to make the cake as my wedding gift to them.  I said that anything above and beyond that, they would need to pay for (which means she would get the cake for free if she took my recommendations).

 

I wouldn't be working in my own kitchen, I wouldn't have the refrigerator or freezer space to make a cake for 200+ people, but I could do the smaller cake and the sheet cakes without too much problem.  I thought it was a great offer, but I haven't heard back from her yet and it has been 2 months or so.  I know the wedding isn't until 2015, but I would have expected some response, like "wow, that's so sweet, thank you, we will talk more as the event gets closer".  Nothing!  SMH

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I work at a Dairy Queen, decorating and making the cakes there... Get a phone call one day with a "Hi, I'm at Safeway and they are printing an edible image for me. Can I get it on a cake?" I respond with a for sure, when do you need it by, what size is the image, writing, cake size blah blah blah... "Oh, I need a sheet cake, for today, the image is 8x11."  Okay sir, I'll see what I can do. Usually we need 24 hours notice but since we have one in the freezer ready to go, sure! After you deliver the image, we'll need about an hour or so. "Okay, I'll be down in 10 minutes". Half an hour goes by, and the guy finally shows up. No big deal, but he says ''okay, i'm here with the image. You have 15 minutes and I'll be back for the cake."  We discussed a different time on the phone, so I tell him that, and he just gets mad and says that I now have 10 minutes, and leaves. So I rush to the back to slap the image on the cake, whip up the icing, the writing, and the border... And he didn't come back for FOUR hours! 

..... ...... .... Wha?.... UH....  WHAT A BAST-  TURD!

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post #380 of 3000

It's like... You had 365 days in advance to plan your kids birthday (they happen every year!), atleast give us some notice! :P

post #381 of 3000
Yeah, no kidding!
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..... ...... .... Wha?.... UH....  WHAT A BAST-  TURD!

A what? Sounds like misbegotten feces.

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post #383 of 3000

Here's my latest.

 

I taught primary school in town A and now live in town B, about 5 hours' drive away. A parent of a student I taught when he was 11 is a FB friend, and really wants me to make my ex-student's 18th birthday cake. She'll work out how to get the cake frm here to there. Fine, no problem.

 

I get an update message - she's having some trouble finding someone to drive from here to there with the cake. I wouldn't like a party invitation and bring the cake with me? There will be other ex-students at the party who would love to see me.

 

Ah, no. I don't want to drive 10 hours round trip with a cake in order to attend a party I wouldn't have been invited to for any other reason, with the bonus being that I could chat with a bunch of 18-year-olds who I'm sure would be thrilled to sit and catch up with their year 6 teacher.

post #384 of 3000
Client calls to order 2 cupcakes, yes TWO single regular size cupcakes, to celebrate girlfriend's birthday, each a different flavor and... it needs to be delivered to a restaurant at a specific time, no earlier or later (can't spoil the surprise). Can you guess how much he wants to pay?
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Client calls to order 2 cupcakes, yes TWO single regular size cupcakes, to celebrate girlfriend's birthday, each a different flavor and... it needs to be delivered to a restaurant at a specific time, no earlier or later (can't spoil the surprise). Can you guess how much he wants to pay?

 

Unbelievable. The nerve of some people. I've had some people ask me to sell them baked goods without the packaging so that it would be cheaper. I'm like W T F !?

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Originally Posted by SweetTzippy View Post

Client calls to order 2 cupcakes, yes TWO single regular size cupcakes, to celebrate girlfriend's birthday, each a different flavor and... it needs to be delivered to a restaurant at a specific time, no earlier or later (can't spoil the surprise). Can you guess how much he wants to pay?
$4? I would certainly do it, for the right amount of money, no less than $60, depending on where I had to drive, but, putting myself in the place of the girlfriend, why would I care if a (albeit fabulous icon_wink.gif ) baker delivers 2 beautiful and delicious cupcakes? I would be wondering what this person is doing walking up to my table, and in such a small box, I would be expecting something a bit more sparkly!

It would be a lot cooler if it was a younger Richard Gere, or Chris Hemsworth... icon_biggrin.gif
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post #387 of 3000
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Just came across this thread. I've seen and heard many of the ones already posted, and laughed, so I wanted to add my own contribution:

 

A couple weeks ago I got a girl who is planning her sister's baby shower. She sent a photo, three tiered cake, very cute. I gave her the price and my usual info. She wrote back that her budget was $50 less than I had quoted, and then asked, "If we change the colors from brown, pink, and green, to yellow, pink, and green, will the cake be less?"

 

Because...yellow food coloring  costs $50 less than brown?

HAHAHA ROFLMAO!!!!!!!

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post #388 of 3000

Forget MOISTI want my cake WET!dunce.gif LOL

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post #389 of 3000
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Originally Posted by Ducky316 View Post

Forget MOISTI want my cake WET!dunce.gif LOL

 

oh god, i feel like i just walked into a twilight fan fiction forum! 

post #390 of 3000

One way to shut people up when they tell you that they'll send so much business your way so they should get a discount, is to say absolutely! They can pay full price now, and for the next year whenever anyone who they refer to you books business over a certain amount in value (which you'll gladly put into their contract to make sure you don't rip them off for all of these bookings) you'll write them a check. That way they can benefit from all of those checks rolling in from all of the business they'll be sending you.

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