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post #736 of 2963
I have a large plastic bin with a snap on lid that I keep flour in.
The bag isn't really that large, it's just heavy. It's smaller than a bag of dog food.

Or you can just continue to pay $5 for a box that you can make one cake out of.
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post #737 of 2963
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Originally Posted by DebbyJG View Post

I have a large plastic bin with a snap on lid that I keep flour in.
The bag isn't really that large, it's just heavy. It's smaller than a bag of dog food.

Or you can just continue to pay $5 for a box that you can make one cake out of.

She doesn't buy Cake flour to make her cakes she uses recipes with AP flour used in them. We are trying to talk her into trying cake flour.
post #738 of 2963
I also keep bay leaves around to store with all my pastas, flours, etc. Keeps the little critters out.
post #739 of 2963
One last comment about cake flour because I'm repeating myself. NOT EVERY CAKE RECIPE NEEDS IT. If a recipe calls for AP then use that. If it calls for cake flour then use that. Switching around might make the cake softer,but it can also make it too soft if the balances on other things are off because you switched. If your cakes are fine with AP then go right ahead and keep using it. My recipes are about half and half cake flour and AP, each one is different. Nobody needs to use cake flour if your recipes don't call for it.
post #740 of 2963
I got an email today which reads:
your cousin lives here with us... we already have a set of Peter Pan cake toppers/figurines so I was thinking of buying or making a reasonably plain, large cake and then just doing some decorating with icing, lollies and figurines. She suggested it would be worth getting in touch and seeing if you have the availability to make something as she highly recommends your work! So... how busy are you this week

In my contact form it had the details:
Servings 40
Budget: $40
Date required: Saturday 13th April

Apart from the fact that her budget won't get her that and she didnt give enough time, and she wanted to cover it in lollies and icing, Saturday is my birthday so im going to be eating my own cake, which my partner is making me... With my guides help as I learnt when he started baking tonight

She was ok with me not having time and has said that she will give more notice when it comes to her next childs birthday.
post #741 of 2963
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Halal doesn't mean no animal products.

And actually, it doesn't even mean gelatin-free: there are such things as kosher and halal gelatin and marshmallows: a Google search turned up all of them. The kosher gelatin vendor (they carry plain and flavored beef gelatin, and marshmallows made from fish[!] gelatin) even went into some detail on the subject, including a page explaining that because of the processing involved, kosher gelatin loses its "meat" status, making it parve.

 

Of course, to me, gelatin is still just edible glue. (And as I recall, fish glue is the preferred adhesive for wood-to-leather bonding in the construction of organs, while rabbitskin glue is the used for sizing canvases for painting, for making traditional gesso, and, at least according to Wikipedia, for construction and repair of small musical instruments.)

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post #742 of 2963
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Originally Posted by costumeczar View Post

The comment about rice krispies costing more because they're annoying sounded like somehting I would say...

I was tlking to a florist the other day and he said that someone had asked him the question that I'd told him someone asked me a couple of years ago. I had totally forgotten about it,but he said that he had an answer because I'd told him what I had said. The bride asked him "what happens if you die and you can't do my flowers?" He said he told her "well, my family would be really sad."

Because yes, if we die, we all feel so bad for ruining your big special day that we will want to rise from the grave and make your wedding perfect by making cakes and flowers from beyond.


This had me laughing so hard. I like you already, Costumeczar!

post #743 of 2963
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Originally Posted by Shona-Kay View Post

poeple always say i have a fabulous cake for you to do for me. its always some fondant covered cake with gumpaste or some other time consuming detail work. id say the cheapest custom cake starts at JMD$5000 which is about US$53. the'd be like "so much money for cake!" and im thinking to myself that maybe they want it made from mud

 

That will make a literal mud cake! Love this!

post #744 of 2963

Now that I've finished reading all 50 pages of this post (i'm a newbie), I am here to share my story which is more of a things-not-to-do-a-baker.

 

Last month was my nephew's first birthday and while my family were discussing about the birthday party, my SIL said a two-tier cake, which is all the rage here now, will cost $300 or more. That is about US$240. My sister suggested letting me do the cake. I will love to make it as a gift to my nephew though I have not made a two-tier cake before. So I showed her a small and tall chocolate ombre petal cake that I did recently which is a frosting design that I feel is more neutral compared to rose and shell pipings etc. But she found this design still too girly for a boy. I told them I don't do fondant and I don't use food colours which will make the choices of the design very limited. She said to leave it to my creativity.

 

 

I have a full-time job and I only do this on the side. The party is on a Friday and every night of that week, after work, I went home playing with different fruits and spice powders to test out the colours on meringue buttercream frosting. After all the research, I settled on my trusty chocolate colour and planned to make it into a tree house. Throughout the week, I drew up some graphics of how the cake will look like. And I also made meringue mushrooms, a huge '1' chocolate cookie, the bunting and green tea sables which I plan to crush and scatter around the edge of the cake on the cake pedestal.

 

When I presented the cake, all I got was, "The colours are so dull" and the like. This went on for the better part of the evening. The family took the liberty to jazz up the colours on the cake by sticking M&Ms around it which totally defeats my point of not using artificial colourings. (No offense to bakers who use food colouring but it is just my choice not to.) After almost a whole week of working on this cake, which weighed close to 5 kilos, I have not heard a word of "thanks"..... The cake is not perfect, of course, even then I think they were being super insensitive.

 

post #745 of 2963
The "does it taste good?" Calls over phone always get me. Go call the crappiest worst restaurant in town and ask the owner how the food tastes.... What do you think they will tell you???? These people firstly have no common sense and secondly have obviously never watched restaurant impossible or any restaurant make over show.

The next one that gets me.... My friend I grew up with has kids with life threatening allergies. I clean down my kitchen and machines and the whole nine make her killer amazing cakes (she married a millionaire very very successful man) says "oh I wish I could pay you what your work is really worth" and gives me waaaay waaaay under market price. Meanwhile she doesn't even send me so much as a card on my birthday. Or call to say hi all that often mainly only when she wants a cake. She is the ONE person I know who can afford to pay a high price for a show piece cake!!!
post #746 of 2963
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Originally Posted by peilinl View Post

Now that I've finished reading all 50 pages of this post (i'm a newbie), I am here to share my story which is more of a things-not-to-do-a-baker.

 

Last month was my nephew's first birthday and while my family were discussing about the birthday party, my SIL said a two-tier cake, which is all the rage here now, will cost $300 or more. That is about US$240. My sister suggested letting me do the cake. I will love to make it as a gift to my nephew though I have not made a two-tier cake before. So I showed her a small and tall chocolate ombre petal cake that I did recently which is a frosting design that I feel is more neutral compared to rose and shell pipings etc. But she found this design still too girly for a boy. I told them I don't do fondant and I don't use food colours which will make the choices of the design very limited. She said to leave it to my creativity.

 

 

I have a full-time job and I only do this on the side. The party is on a Friday and every night of that week, after work, I went home playing with different fruits and spice powders to test out the colours on meringue buttercream frosting. After all the research, I settled on my trusty chocolate colour and planned to make it into a tree house. Throughout the week, I drew up some graphics of how the cake will look like. And I also made meringue mushrooms, a huge '1' chocolate cookie, the bunting and green tea sables which I plan to crush and scatter around the edge of the cake on the cake pedestal.

 

When I presented the cake, all I got was, "The colours are so dull" and the like. This went on for the better part of the evening. The family took the liberty to jazz up the colours on the cake by sticking M&Ms around it which totally defeats my point of not using artificial colourings. (No offense to bakers who use food colouring but it is just my choice not to.) After almost a whole week of working on this cake, which weighed close to 5 kilos, I have not heard a word of "thanks"..... The cake is not perfect, of course, even then I think they were being super insensitive.

 

omg!!! that is hurtful! you went through all the trouble of making this cake (which is an expensive gift) only for them to "jazz" it up? no way! you should've spoken up and told them it's disrespectful. 

post #747 of 2963

oh, need to add something here... WELL DONE to you for doing such an amazing looking cake! it is beautiful and i'm sure tasted good too. big hugs doll!

post #748 of 2963

Sandra, it is pretty upsetting. I think a "thank you" for all that effort will be nice. icon_sad.gif

Thank you for your kind words!

post #749 of 2963
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Originally Posted by peilinl View Post

Sandra, it is pretty upsetting. I think a "thank you" for all that effort will be nice. icon_sad.gif
Thank you for your kind words!

Family is always going to be the worst clients that you can have.I would just tell them thanks but no thanks when they try to get you to do this again,since they definitely will. If a paying customer had been that insulting you wouldn't work for them again, so why put yourself through the aggravation? What a bunch of jerks. Doesn't family just suck sometimes?
post #750 of 2963
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Originally Posted by sweettreatsbysandra View Post

omg!!! that is hurtful! you went through all the trouble of making this cake (which is an expensive gift) only for them to "jazz" it up? no way! you should've spoken up and told them it's disrespectful. 

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Originally Posted by sweettreatsbysandra View Post

oh, need to add something here... WELL DONE to you for doing such an amazing looking cake! it is beautiful and i'm sure tasted good too. big hugs doll!

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Originally Posted by costumeczar View Post

Family is always going to be the worst clients that you can have.I would just tell them thanks but no thanks when they try to get you to do this again,since they definitely will. If a paying customer had been that insulting you wouldn't work for them again, so why put yourself through the aggravation? What a bunch of jerks. Doesn't family just suck sometimes?
If I voiced my opinion it would just be a carbon copy of what has already been said but I just have to add how much I Flippin' love those mushrooms!
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