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I've learned not to get too excited when I'm first discussing a design.  I just draw out a simple, quick sketch and see where it goes from there.  Once I have a deposit, I'll draw a nice sketch for approval on all the details.  It keeps me from getting disappointed when doing this as a hobby!

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The comment that has always stuck in my mind was from a workmate who exclaimed, "Oh my God, how can you cut it.  It must be like sticking a knife in the baby".  My youngest was 1 year old at the time.

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Last year my son's Little League Coach was having a birthday party and the whole team was invited. I offered his wife to make cupcakes to celebrate the occasion for free since he was the most caring coach my son had even had. She was happy to accept the offer and I confirmed with her the number of cupcakes to make for everyone at the party. I made the cupcakes in the picture. The day of the party everyone was really impressed with the cupcakes and kept saying they couldn't wait to eat them. When time for dessert arrived the coach's wife pulled out this giant, grocery store cupcake cake layered with bright pink frosting and began cutting and serving that first instead of the cupcakes I brought! I could tell guests were confused and kept looking at the cupcakes they wanted instead! I still don't understand why she did that!!! icon_confused.gif

 

 

So why didn't you ask?  I would have!  'Hey...I brought these to be eaten...do you need some help passing them out?"

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do you need some help passing them out?"

I might be inclined to add, in full view and earshot of all the guests, ". . . or would you rather I took them elsewhere? Perhaps someplace where they might actually be enjoyed?"

 

This incident reminds me of what happened with my parents' 55th anniversary cake: because circumstances (not the kind of circumstances that are for public discussion) prevented our neighbors from joining us for cake that evening, I cut around the edible "Speed Limit 55" sign, so that if they joined us the following evening, they'd at least see the sign. Two days passed; we weren't able to arrange for the neighbors to join us, and since the cake was served in-pan, and like a dodo, I didn't use the one 9x13 I have with a snap-on lid, the aluminum foil cover over the pan started touching (and ripping away parts of) the edible image. And still, everybody was cutting around it. I think much of that cake went uneaten. Note to self: always use the pan with the snap-on cover when using edible printing.

 

Thankfully, my first exercise in the use of edible printing (the Leland Awards cake) had gone much better: everybody was amazed by it, and everybody (except the one fellow docent who ate the dairy-free cupcake I'd made to accommodate her allergy) actually ate it.

 

BTW: for cakes served in-pan, and stored with aluminum foil on top, does anybody know of a trick for keeping the foil off the frosting? If so, PM me; let's keep the thread from veering any further off-topic.

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When I served the cake in my photo here nobody wanted to eat the face, I had to cut from the back and work my way around until just his face was left, then the next day I found my son scraping the cake out from behind the fondant, still leaving the face fully intact! 

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HEY I NEED A CAKE FOR 30 PEOPLE.. WHEN I CAN COME OVER FOR A TASTE TEST?? REALLY?? SWEETHEART I DON'T OWN A BAKERY IT WILL BE A LOST FOR ME BAKE CAKES FOR U TO TASTE.. NEVER RESPOND BACK THEN I POST IN MY PAGE SOMETHING I FOUND ON THE INTERNET SINCE I'M NEW AT THIS IS SOMETHING I TOLD HER ALSO I'M NEW AT THIS I CAN'T DO TASTE TEST..

Wedding cakes require a tasting and consultation which party cakes usually do not. DONE!! LOL!!
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HEY I NEED A CAKE FOR 30 PEOPLE.. WHEN I CAN COME OVER FOR A TASTE TEST?? REALLY?? SWEETHEART I DON'T OWN A BAKERY IT WILL BE A LOST FOR ME BAKE CAKES FOR U TO TASTE..
It won't be a loss if you charge for the tasting. icon_wink.gif
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My daughter had a Forever Friends teddy cake for her 18th and refused to cut it."I can't cut his head off" she wailed, so the cake sat there for weeks and then went in the bin. Cost me a blooming fortune too!

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My daughter had a Forever Friends teddy cake for her 18th and refused to cut it."I can't cut his head off" she wailed, so the cake sat there for weeks and then went in the bin. Cost me a blooming fortune too!


Hmm. Reminds me of my relationship with the iconic "solid chocolate Easter bunny" (I don't eat chocolate). Even once they started making solid (or hollow) Easter bunnies out of candy mixtures containing nothing that had ever been anywhere near a cacao bean, I found that I was strongly disinclined to eat them, or "Peeps," or any other kind of "cute candy" that resembled small animals. (Then, later on, I found much more meaningful things about Easter, that had nothing to do with bunnies or eggs. Like "Hail Thee, Festival Day" as a processional hymn. Or getting up at 0-dark-thirty to attend a 2-hour Easter Vigil service.)

 

Probably just as well that I've only used edible printing technology for depictions of inanimate objects.

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Years ago my son and daughter (both little at the time) bought big fancy looking Easter eggs after Easter when they were cheap.  Daughter ate hers very quickly, Son refused to and kept his, teasing his little sister for weeks about how much he was going to enjoy his and how hers was all gone.  When he finally went to taste it there was nothing there but the foil, carefully pushed to sit in the perfect position.  Little sister had eaten the whole thing without anyone knowing.

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Hmm. Reminds me of my relationship with the iconic "solid chocolate Easter bunny" (I don't eat chocolate). Even once they started making solid (or hollow) Easter bunnies out of candy mixtures containing nothing that had ever been anywhere near a cacao bean, I found that I was strongly disinclined to eat them, or "Peeps," or any other kind of "cute candy" that resembled small animals. (Then, later on, I found much more meaningful things about Easter, that had nothing to do with bunnies or eggs. Like "Hail Thee, Festival Day" as a processional hymn. Or getting up at 0-dark-thirty to attend a 2-hour Easter Vigil service.)

Probably just as well that I've only used edible printing technology for depictions of inanimate objects.
I did an edible image of the graduate on a cake for her graduation, and she refused to eat it, or let anyone cut it. The cake was 35 servings, for 40 people, and she alowed less than half of it to be cut. Then her younger teenage sister cut a huge chunk out of the image and served it, 2 days later. The graduate wailed like a banshee. How mature!
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DO THEY WILL BE WILLING TO PAY FOR IT.. SHE JUST WANT A CAKE FOR 30 PEOPLE AND SHE SAYS SHE WAS GETTING ESTIMATES SO I DON'T THINK SHE WOULD PAID FOR THAT LOL.. BUT THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE TIP!!
 

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I have been laughing reading every ones posts they are hilarious!! My top two annoying sayings are,"We don't have a lot of money, but we want a fondant covered, carved 3D cake...will that be a lot?" icon_confused.gif or the ," I love pretty cakes but the taste is very important to me, since you don't offer samples for birthday cakes Im not going to order from you." 

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I'm finding it harder and harder to smile thru my consultations when every bride pulls out the Maggie Austin Ruffle Cakes from Pinterest with stars in their eyes.  I hate those stupid ruffles that 1. NOBODY WANTS TO PAY FOR, 2, THAT EVERYONE IS CALLING "CLEAN AND MODERN" or "SIMPLE", and 3. DOESN'T WANT IN FONDANT.  

 

I feel my creative steam withering and dying trying to come up with my own take and designs with them but there is only so much one can do.  Stupid ruffles.  Arrrrggggghhhhhh.  Have I complained about this before?  Probably.  Do I still smile and make ruffle cakes?  Just wait till the year is out - my portfolio is going to FILLED with stupid ruffle cakes.  Joy.

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I'm finding it harder and harder to smile thru my consultations when every bride pulls out the Maggie Austin Ruffle Cakes from Pinterest with stars in their eyes.  I hate those stupid ruffles that 1. NOBODY WANTS TO PAY FOR, 2, THAT EVERYONE IS CALLING "CLEAN AND MODERN" or "SIMPLE", and 3. DOESN'T WANT IN FONDANT.  

 

I feel my creative steam withering and dying trying to come up with my own take and designs with them but there is only so much one can do.  Stupid ruffles.  Arrrrggggghhhhhh.  Have I complained about this before?  Probably.  Do I still smile and make ruffle cakes?  Just wait till the year is out - my portfolio is going to FILLED with stupid ruffle cakes.  Joy.

Uh huh. Here's some good stuff. :D  http://www.today.com/style/have-websites-made-all-weddings-look-same-1C9184098

 

http://www.thefrisky.com/2012-06-27/girl-talk-pinterest-ruined-my-wedding-planning/

 

http://www.hlntv.com/article/2012/04/25/pinterest-wedding-planning  And of course, mason jars. They need to be melted down and turned into something useful. :D

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