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post #886 of 2979
Exactly what I thought, Manddi! Very well said, cakeyouverymuch.

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post #887 of 2979
I can totally understand that since not all recipes are created equal.
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Originally Posted by kikiandkyle View Post

Is that like asking for an awesome recipe, I noticed that a few times in the last few days and I had to stop myself from posting that I only had crappy ones.
post #888 of 2979
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Originally Posted by laurascakesny View Post

Someone once said to me, "you know how you focus on the decorations, I have another friend who bakes for the taste..."

WOW. Thanks.
Ouch!
post #889 of 2979

I love this thread. 

 

How about a friend's friend who had us all CC'ed, after I quoted her for an event at her workplace, and she came back with an email saying, "Thanks for your reference photos and quote! But we found a colleague's neighbor who can make your cupcakes, not as pretty, but for cheaper!"

 

I really could have been spared knowing your alternative choice.  It didn''t really bother me as much as it made me laugh. 

post #890 of 2979
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Originally Posted by cazza1 View Post

GBakes the latest thinking is that all the alcohol does not bake out of foods.  How much cooks out depends on the cooking time.  The longer the cooking time the more that will cook out but you are still left with some.

You're absolutely right, although it's a very common assumption that all the alcohol cooks off, in fact if the pot is covered when boiling none of it boils off as it condenses on the lid and dribbles back in! I had to research this to be sure a few years ago and occasionally I have to quote it when eating out! pffff

 

Here are some figures from the US dept of Agriculture:

 

 

Preparation Method Percent of Alcohol Retained
alcohol added to boiling liquid & removed from heat 85%
alcohol flamed 75%
no heat, stored overnight 70%
baked, 25 minutes, alcohol not stirred into mixture 45%
baked/simmered, alcohol stirred into mixture:  
  • 15 minutes
40%
  • 30 minutes
35%
  • 1 hour
25%
  • 1.5 hours
20%
  • 2 hours
10%
  • 2.5 hours
5%
post #891 of 2979
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Originally Posted by scarletcupcake View Post

I love this thread. 

How about a friend's friend who had us all CC'ed, after I quoted her for an event at her workplace, and she came back with an email saying, "Thanks for your reference photos and quote! But we found a colleague's neighbor who can make your cupcakes, not as pretty, but for cheaper!"

I really could have been spared knowing your alternative choice.  It didn''t really bother me as much as it made me laugh. 

I would have probably written back to say "if they're not as pretty and cheaper, then they're not MY cupcakes! Please make sure people at the party know who made them because I don't want to take credit for someone else's crap."
post #892 of 2979
Are you kidding?!

I understand everyone has a budget. A potential (non) client decided I was priced out of range. Instead, they will be purchasing the 2 tier cake from Publix (grocery store). Only trouble? To save even more money, she has purchased the cakes individually. She will need to stack herself. She called to see if I would do it for her!! Really?!

Sure! Ill give you the supports for free, stack someone else's cake for free, and never see you again. You've never purchased anything from me, but why not?! Oh, & of course ill forget about my Friday delivery so I can do thi at YOUR conscience!

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
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post #893 of 2979
It's like people think cake decorators are public employees!
elsewhere.
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elsewhere.
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post #894 of 2979
Exactly! And that should be *convenience" not conscience.

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
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post #895 of 2979
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Are you kidding?!

I understand everyone has a budget. A potential (non) client decided I was priced out of range. Instead, they will be purchasing the 2 tier cake from Publix (grocery store). Only trouble? To save even more money, she has purchased the cakes individually. She will need to stack herself. She called to see if I would do it for her!! Really?!

Sure! Ill give you the supports for free, stack someone else's cake for free, and never see you again. You've never purchased anything from me, but why not?! Oh, & of course ill forget about my Friday delivery so I can do thi at YOUR conscience!

Tell her sure, it will be $40 for that service. And she has to provide the cakes at your location and a box to take it away in.
post #896 of 2979

I have read all the comments on this thread, and have laughed quite hard a number of times!  I do cakes occasionally for people from my home because it is something I love to do.  But I will add a couple of things I've had happen to me.  Sorry - but this will be LONG!

 

Doing a consultation for a bride and groom, and letting them know what their cake would cost, the groom says, "Why is it so much?  A box of cake mix is only a buck."  I politely responded that, while a box of cake mix CAN be purchased for a dollar, if I did use one, there are other ingredients, such as eggs and oil, that are used with them.  This also doesn't take into consideration the cost of the ingredients for the frosting (which, when I look at what I make, is more expensive than my cake ingredients).  Then there are the cake boards and dowels.  A cake mix will serve about 10 people.  You are wanting to serve 150 people.  When all is said and done, I will spend approximately $65 -$75 dollars just on ingredients and supplies.  Then, I need to take into consideration the amount of time it takes to assemble the ingredients, make the cake and icing, frost, decorate, assemble and then transport and set up your cake at your reception venue.  I spend between 10 to 20 hours working on a cake depending on how elaborate it's decorated.  Let's just say that my time and talent are only worth $5 per hour, which is less than minimum wage, that would add another $50 to $100.  This is why a wedding cakes are priced the way they are.

 

He didn't say another word. 

 

I had a woman call me and ask if I could make a princess castle cake for her three year old granddaughter.  She tells me her son does not have custody of her, and she wanted to make this birthday extra special.  She directs me to a cake on Pinterest, and tells me she was shocked when a local bakery quoted her $250 for that particular cake.  After I looked at it, I told her that I thought that was a reasonable amount given the size of the cake and all the work it would take to execute.  But, I told her that we could certainly work together to find something that would be suitable.  I asked her how many people she wanted to serve (about 15), when she needed the cake (11 days away), and what flavor cake she wanted.  I told her to give me a little bit of time, and I would see what I could come up with and I would send her an email with ideas and quotes.  I sent her an email the following day with a couple of different options at what I thought were a reasonable price.  One day goes by, two days, three days.  No response.  I have a busy life, and realize that six days before the party, I still haven’t heard from her.  So I call and leave her a pleasant message that I wanted to confirm that she received my email, and if she had any questions, to get in touch with me. 

 

I never heard back from her.  I realize that even the price I quoted her was more than what she wanted to spend, but at least she could have had the courtesy to tell me so.  I would have understood.

post #897 of 2979

I've been laughing me head off reading these!! I've been thinking 'do people actually say these things?'

 

The today I had a phone call:

 

Me: Hello

Client: Hello I'm organising my daughters wedding, we want cupcakes, what flavours do you do?

Me: Most common are vanilla

Client: (interrupts) I don't like vanilla. What do you have that's not too sweet? I don't like sweet.

Me: Erm, I do lemon, carrot, chocolate among other things.

Client: We want them in boxes, but they won't cost much since you can buy them in wholesale. Can I come for a tasting next Wednesday?

 

OMG, she was so rude!! 

 

I also supply cupcakes for a posh deli and take costume orders through them. The owner tells me on a regular basis 'I can't believe anyone would ACTUALLY pay that for a CAKE!' Cheers for that... I don't come in to your deli and say I prefer the coffee in Starbucks as it's cheaper...

 

And don;t be nasty about the word MOIST.. Even BETTY CROCKER (the baking goddess icon_wink.gif), makes a range of SUPER MOIST cake mixes...

 

Ps. I live in England, hence the spelling! :)

post #898 of 2979
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Originally Posted by DebbyJG View Post

I recently had someone ask me, when they had emailed on Friday morning about a question for their cake due the next day, and I had responded with, "Well, the cakes were baked last night and I'm working on the decoration today.."
She emailed me back with, "I just wanted to make sure, so, even though you baked it yesterday, it will still be fresh on Saturday?"

I really wanted to respond with, "No, it won't. It will be totally stale. That's why I bake on Thursday every week and people keep coming back for more orders. Because I'm tired of you all and I've decided to start making crappy, stale cakes for a change."


PRICELESS! I LOVE YOU! lol ...ok that sounded creepy :-/
post #899 of 2979

 "you know how you focus on the decorations, I have another friend who bakes for the taste..."

 

I'm standing here wondering what the "friend's" cakes look like. Is it a cake-looking product, or a giant pile of flour and frosting that would horrify you if other's weren't standing around with wide grins and forks shouting, "but it tastes great!"

 

I also wonder if she's ever said to this amazeballs friend, "yeah, your cakes really don't look that good. lucky for you, we're able to close our eyes when you bring it into the room."

 

I always try to remind myself that there is no crime is pausing to think about what you're about to say, before you say it...

 

jen

post #900 of 2979
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Lmao! Writing words on the roof of my mouth with my tongue tickles my palate!
I brought something a trained monkey can make: green bean casserole! I enjoyed the dinner and the fact that I didn't work my tookus off creating a beautiful cake for the occasion!

 

Brilliant!! thumbs_up.gif

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