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post #76 of 2993

Here's one, from a co-worker.  "Hey, I know you buy a lot of ingredients and stuff and I was wondering if you wanted to just make two or three dozen cupcakes for my neice's/niece's (hate that word) little girl.  She didn't really ask me, but I know she could use them because they don't have a lot of money.  Doesn't have to be any particular flavor - just whatever you already have - don't spend any money.  That way, everybody wins - you get to make cupcakes, because you love to so much, and no one will be out any money."

 

What a pal to do me such a favor.

He's still got the whole world in His hands.
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post #77 of 2993

I just love the "and for the office dinner/party/get-together we'll let you bring a cake or cupcakes - whatever you want. But make sure it will feed all 52 employees and spouses and kids. And remember so-and-so is allergic to nuts, but the boss's favorite anything is peanut butter. And my little group likes chocolate so be sure there's a lot of that."

 

 

And "moist" is for armpits.

post #78 of 2993

I have had a few ask me if my cakes taste good.  

 

I always reply "Well, of course, I'm going to say they do.  First of all, because they do taste fabulous, but you should really go check my Facebook page and read client feedback there for confirmation so you can see customers agree and it's not just me saying so."  

 

I do take the opportunity to use it as a sales pitch to describe my cakes, but I always wonder if a baker with nasty tasting cakes would be forthcoming with that information.

 

This one wasn't a customer, but a relative.  We were going to a family gathering for DH's family.  He called to see what we could bring and was very clear about the fact that I had my hands full with orders that week so he would be taking charge of whatever food we bring.  They lated texted asking him to bring a few dozen of the really detailed cake pops I had made for everyone the year before icon_eek.gif.  He replied saying he will bring a few bags of chips icon_twisted.gif.


Edited by FullHouse - 12/11/12 at 2:42pm
post #79 of 2993

I had a woman call me last week for a quote on a 12 inch rectangle cake, I asked what she wanted in regards to decorations etc and gave her a price. She ordered it and then called me back later saying she had just been talking to her sister in law who thinks she should go bigger so how about a 3 tier cake? so I tell her sure but you have to understand it will be more expensive. Her response? "Why"?  

Every time I think of that "why" I laugh - seriously!

 

After explaining to her that not only was it more ingredients in terms of cake but the work load and decorations are also taken into account she backed down and went with the original design.

post #80 of 2993
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Now, this comes from my step-mom whom i know HATES fondant. i'm bringing a cake to a holiday gathering this weekend and she asks me in a text:

 

with buttercream frosting? 

 

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and she thought there was NOTHING wrong with asking that :p

Am I missing something here?

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post #81 of 2993
I remember a thread on here where the couple were at a tasting and the bride to be asked if the baker ever froze cakes before hand, the baker replied after the tasting you tell me...I thought yeah how did that cake you just ate taste?

My wonderful mother in law works with several woman she has no second thoughts of calling me and inform me that she needs a birthday cake for such and such due the next day...ok let me drop everything just for you
post #82 of 2993
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Originally Posted by jenmat View Post

cute idea for a post. 

 

Mine was just last week about a carrot cake:

 

"Is it moist? Is it any good?" 

 

Umm, no, it's as dry as styrofoam and it totally sucks. That's why I'm in business. 

 

And the word moist always kinda creeps me out, I don't know why.

Because moist is an armpit or a crotch, not cake. Cake is soft, not moist. Apologies to those who are offended by the word "crotch." But now I said it twice.

post #83 of 2993
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Originally Posted by jason_kraft View Post

Thanks, but my existing umbrella is rated for Grade B maple syrup so I think it can handle simple syrup.

Faints! icon_eek.gifJason has a sense of humor?!!! OMG! OMG!! OMG!!!

post #84 of 2993
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Originally Posted by shanter View Post

 

No, but it is CLEAN AND MODERN!

BEST POST EVER!!! Touche!

post #85 of 2993
ALL OF THESE annoy me! Apart from the buttercream question(by far my #1 anger trigger), my least favorite questions are as follows:

From customers:
1.) is that edible?
* dream answer: No, it's actually poison.
2.) is this gluten free? Or Can you make this cake gluten free without eggs? (when the customer orders gluten free items)
* no, we offer these options purposely to scam you into eating gluten!, no eggs, no sugar, no gluten, no fat, no calories? Of course that's possible, no extra charge? Absolutely!
3.) why is this cake so expensive? Or "the wedding industry is such a scam!"
* well sir, (mostly grooms I've heard this from) the insanely detailed cake your bride to be just brought me for 500 guests, will cost me MORE than your budget to bake and ice alone! Not to mention the labor... Sure, I could take a huge loss to make YOUR wedding perfect, but after you asked me to make the grooms cake into a 3-D exact replica of your pet lizard, in buttercream (deciding you HATE the flavor of fondant, only after I gave you a quote), called my icing too sweet, my cake "dry" and have practically accused me of stealing from you... Nah, full price for you, plus a "groomzilla" charge, just for fun.
4.) I read in a mag. That my cake will be cheaper if I order a dummy cake, and a bunch of sheet cakes.
*this is ALWAYS made as a true statement. When I explain that the dummies cost money, then the cakes, and the decoration fees will be the same, and that in the end it costs more... Well, I'm stealing again.
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Originally Posted by vgcea View Post

BEST POST EVER!!! Touche!

 

Thank you . . . . . Thank you. . . . . I'll be here all week.*

 

* Humor not guaranteed, depending on work load, depressive mental attitude, delirium, unconsciousness, seasonal anxiety . . . Witticisms void where prohibited. Must be 14 or older to read my posts. Not available to employees of the University of Washington Medical Center or their families. shanter makes no warranty, express or implied, including the warranties of safety and fitness for use in any environment, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. It is further understood and accepted that information presented herein is abbreviated in the interest of time and lacks significant qualifying detail that should be considered prior to instituting any changes based on the information received. Your mileage may vary.


Edited by shanter - 12/11/12 at 5:47pm

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 #87 of 2993
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Originally Posted by costumeczar View Post

Because moist is an armpit or a crotch, not cake. Cake is soft, not moist. Apologies to those who are offended by the word "crotch." But now I said it twice.

 

 

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Originally Posted by -K8memphis View Post

 

 

I mean sometimes I don't wanna play along and I just wanna smile and say,

 

"No some of them taste like hot sh__. Right this way for your tasting"

 

You are both too funny!

 

Oh, and another one that drives me bat-sh*t crazy are the customers who look completely perplexed when I insist that they cannot put their cake in the trunk in 100+degree weather, or on a 45 degree incline so it fits between all the crap they have piled in their car.  This is after they have received instructions on their invoice and a follow up email with transport requirements.  They are the reason I have all pickups sign that the cake was received as ordered, transport and storing instructions have been provided and the cake is now their responsibility.

post #88 of 2993

"Oh, you do cakes? I watch Cake Boss all the time."

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Originally Posted by shanter View Post

 

Thank you . . . . . Thank you. . . . . I'll be here all week.*

 

* Humor not guaranteed, depending on work load, depressive mental attitude, delirium, unconsciousness, seasonal anxiety . . . Witticisms void where prohibited. Must be 14 or older to read my posts. Not available to employees of the University of Washington Medical Center or their families. shanter makes no warranty, express or implied, including the warranties of safety and fitness for use in any environment, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. It is further understood and accepted that information presented herein is abbreviated in the interest of time and lacks significant qualifying detail that should be considered prior to instituting any changes based on the information received. Your mileage may vary.

I actually read the disclaimer... hehehe. I need to go make myself useful somewhere LOL.

post #90 of 2993
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Originally Posted by Elcee View Post

"Oh, you do cakes? I watch Cake Boss all the time."

My favorite...also "Have you ever seen (fill in any cake show here)."

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