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It is an expensive hobby, but many other hobbies are. I just did a 3 tier cake that cost me $45 in supplies alone this weekend and gave it away. Don't tell my husband it cost that much! 

 

Your local health department may also have a different opinion to you on what constitutes a hobby and what is business. 

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It is an expensive hobby

You don't know from expensive hobbies. Have you seen what model railroad products are going for these days? Plastic HO-scale diesel locomotives over $100 apiece. $80 for a car. Plastic steam locomotives for what hand-made brass ones used to cost, 30 years ago. I'd suspect that even simple stuff, like Hydrocal and molding plaster for your scenery (assuming you haven't gone to styrofoam insulation board) is probably more than twice what it was back then.

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You don't know from expensive hobbies. Have you seen what model railroad products are going for these days? Plastic HO-scale diesel locomotives over $100 apiece. $80 for a car. Plastic steam locomotives for what hand-made brass ones used to cost, 30 years ago. I'd suspect that even simple stuff, like Hydrocal and molding plaster for your scenery (assuming you haven't gone to styrofoam insulation board) is probably more than twice what it was back then.
I'll see your model trains and raise you a private pilot's license. About $10K just to get your license, then $100-150/hour for flight time on a Cessna unless you can afford to buy a plane or a share of one.
post #424 of 3007

We have model trains and flying planes as expensive hobbies. Do I hear juggling completely-diamond-encrusted chainsaws? No?

There. Their. They're not the same.

 

I hope I die before "your" becomes the official contraction of "you are."

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There. Their. They're not the same.

 

I hope I die before "your" becomes the official contraction of "you are."

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post #425 of 3007

Please get back on topic.  If you want to discuss business vs. hobby there is already another thread for that.  

 

This thread is for light humor regarding things not to say to a baker.

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You don't know from expensive hobbies. Have you seen what model railroad products are going for these days? Plastic HO-scale diesel locomotives over $100 apiece. $80 for a car. Plastic steam locomotives for what hand-made brass ones used to cost, 30 years ago. I'd suspect that even simple stuff, like Hydrocal and molding plaster for your scenery (assuming you haven't gone to styrofoam insulation board) is probably more than twice what it was back then.

My dad is so model train obsessed that he 'gave' me a train set for my first ever Christmas gift, I was 2 months old at the time. I spent a significant portion of my childhood at train shows, including the one he managed which was one of the largest in the country back then. I know what model trains cost!

 

But back to topic - I made a birthday cake for a friend the other night and at the party her husband says "this cake looks great. like you got it at Costco or something" - my friend and her sisters quickly set him straight!

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This thread is fantastic - I was worried I am the only one who deals with people like that.
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You don't know from expensive hobbies. Have you seen what model railroad products are going for these days? Plastic HO-scale diesel locomotives over $100 apiece. $80 for a car. Plastic steam locomotives for what hand-made brass ones used to cost, 30 years ago. I'd suspect that even simple stuff, like Hydrocal and molding plaster for your scenery (assuming you haven't gone to styrofoam insulation board) is probably more than twice what it was back then.

LOL..my husband has a 'Model railway' in our attic,(I call it his Train set to annoy him) and he thinks nothing of ordering carriages at £15-£30..or a new loco (engine) at well in to 3 figures.....plus all the wires, soldering wires, soldering tools, exhibitions he attends....

Mind you he's VERY easy to buy for at birthdays/Christmas...

(I see from your pic you are into organs...my husband sings Alto/bass and Conducts and plays.....)

post #429 of 3007

Many years ago my Mother and Grandma made my Aunt's wedding cake...one layer of fruit and iced with Royal icing....

Enter Stage left Cousin whom we didn't see that often loudly exclaim across the room

"I hear that you and your daughter made this cake, but you can't have, it looks too good, you MUST have bought it!!"

My Grandma had to be restrained from throttling him...

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I used to get that whenever I took goodies in to work, I'm sure they meant it as a compliment but there were times when I took offense!

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I used to get that whenever I took goodies in to work, I'm sure they meant it as a compliment but there were times when I took offense!

Ugh yes, I hate this!  I used to take things in to work often or send them to work with my hubby.  The first time I met some of his coworkers, the first comment I got was "you have to send us more goodies!".  Um, no.

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I hate to tell you this because I'm not trying to start something, but this is totally wrong. If you take money for cakes you're doing business. You don't have to be making a lot of money to be in business, there are plenty of businesses that aren't making any money. Putting a website up makes it accessible to everyone, so it will be considered advertising if the IRS comes a'knocking. I wrote this a couple of weeks ago, please read it: http://acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/2013/02/weird-undercutting-practices.html

Brilliant article! Thank you for sharing it here!!
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Oh my goodness! This made me roll on the floor laughing. My nine year old son is a cake boss fanatic...he's always saying, "that's not how the cake boss does it" or "oh yeah, that's what the cake boss does". I was working on a competition cake the other day and he came in and said, "are you going to use fawn-dant?" I said, "no, I am going to use fondant!" LOL. The part about the "woof" cracked me up!! That's one of my pet peeves too! icon_biggrin.gif

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I had an unhappy customer a few weeks ago. I made a cake for her niece with a Hip Hop dancing girl and a graffiti design around. She aske for a regular chocolate birthday cake with chocolate cream. I baked the cake 2 days in advance and refrigerated it as usual for 24 hours. I also made fresh Italian merengue buttercream with good 70% chocolate. I cut off the dome to get a flat surface. Mij husband and I had the 'dome' with our coffee that day and to us it tasted really good.
Since she was traveling with the cake a loaned her one of my plasttic transportation boxes. When I mailed her after a week asking when it would be convenient for her to return the box she replied the following: She would return the box that evening but.............she was very disappointed because the cake did not taste good and that it was not fresh and not made out of quality products (as i advertise). I replied that I was sorry to hear she was disappointed and specified my cake making schedule including a list of the quality ingredients I use (e.g. butter, dutch cocoa, 70% chocolate, pasteurized eggs e.g.).
I also asked if maybe they had some leftover cake (since it did not taste gooe) to allow me tdentify what the problem was. There (of course) was no reply to that. Tastes differ but to say things like that............. What did she want to achieve, her money back or another cake for free?
Happy baking and creative decorating,

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I had an unhappy customer a few weeks ago. I made a cake for her niece with a Hip Hop dancing girl and a graffiti design around. She aske for a regular chocolate birthday cake with chocolate cream. I baked the cake 2 days in advance and refrigerated it as usual for 24 hours. I also made fresh Italian merengue buttercream with good 70% chocolate. I cut off the dome to get a flat surface. Mij husband and I had the 'dome' with our coffee that day and to us it tasted really good.
Since she was traveling with the cake a loaned her one of my plasttic transportation boxes. When I mailed her after a week asking when it would be convenient for her to return the box she replied the following: She would return the box that evening but.............she was very disappointed because the cake did not taste good and that it was not fresh and not made out of quality products (as i advertise). I replied that I was sorry to hear she was disappointed and specified my cake making schedule including a list of the quality ingredients I use (e.g. butter, dutch cocoa, 70% chocolate, pasteurized eggs e.g.).
I also asked if maybe they had some leftover cake (since it did not taste gooe) to allow me tdentify what the problem was. There (of course) was no reply to that. Tastes differ but to say things like that............. What did she want to achieve, her money back or another cake for free?

That sounds like the "i wante a free cake" complaint. If you  know that the cake was good and her complaint is "without merit" (ie full of crap) then don't refund her anything. She also should go on the no cake   for you list.

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