Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › Cake Decorating › Walmart Decorators
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Walmart Decorators - Page 4

post #46 of 75
Quote:
Originally Posted by smittyditty View Post

I don't think my walmart has this standard of 32 cakes a day. It would be impossible because they give out free cookies to any kid who asks under 14 so the decorators get interrupted frequently. I feel bad cause I am one of those ppl..but hey I spend at least $100 every time I go and they don't have to put up with a 3 and 1 year old..lol

However that would drive me insane if I was that decorator.
 


Oh yes, the free cookies...

 

And having to stop to bag/package product...or slicing bread...or taking a cake order...or doing price-and-put-out...all while producing X number of cakes within X hours...

post #47 of 75
Quote:
Originally Posted by rockymtnbaker View Post

This is one of the many reasons why we as custom bakers, can offer a superior product to a grocery store;we can actually take the time needed to do the cake THE RIGHT WAY instead of the fast way. 

Just my $.02. icon_wink.gif

My $.02, just because custom bakers are slower, it doesn't mean they offer a superior product.  Anyone who possesses the skills, experience, and speed to do it the fast way, doesn't mean it's not THE RIGHT WAY.  I consider this a sweeping generalization that's not true.  I'm certain others would be offended if I made a statement claiming that fast production decorators are doing it THE RIGHT WAY, and slow custom decorators take so much time to produce a product that they can't possibly know what they're doing to achieve anything worthy of being called superior.  Afterall, most grocery stores have been been doing just fine THEIR WAY before "custom" bakers popped up, so who do you think has the experience?  Experience equals speed - you get faster over time after experiencing high-volume production.  Superior product isn't measured by fast or slow.

HOW TO:
Make tip #127D (giant rose tip) Ruffle cake,
Write with icing,
Make buttercream roses on a stick:
http://s984.photobucket.com/albums/ae322/Unlimited1cakes/
Reply
HOW TO:
Make tip #127D (giant rose tip) Ruffle cake,
Write with icing,
Make buttercream roses on a stick:
http://s984.photobucket.com/albums/ae322/Unlimited1cakes/
Reply
post #48 of 75
Thread Starter 

Hello everyone, well here is another update. I had my first day of orientation yesterday and it went pretty good. The management staff was really nice and friendly and this is one of the cleanest walmart stores I have seen, it is also in a really nice neighborhood. I have not started working in the actual bakery as I still have computer modules to do. Overall I think everything will turn out great and I am really excited!

post #49 of 75
Quote:
Originally Posted by Unlimited View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by rockymtnbaker View Post

This is one of the many reasons why we as custom bakers, can offer a superior product to a grocery store;we can actually take the time needed to do the cake THE RIGHT WAY instead of the fast way. 
Just my $.02. icon_wink.gif
My $.02, just because custom bakers are slower, it doesn't mean they offer a superior product.  Anyone who possesses the skills, experience, and speed to do it the fast way, doesn't mean it's not THE RIGHT WAY.  I consider this a sweeping generalization that's not true.  I'm certain others would be offended if I made a statement claiming that fast production decorators are doing it THE RIGHT WAY, and slow custom decorators take so much time to produce a product that they can't possibly know what they're doing to achieve anything worthy of being called superior.  Afterall, most grocery stores have been been doing just fine THEIR WAY before "custom" bakers popped up, so who do you think has the experience?  Experience equals speed - you get faster over time after experiencing high-volume production.  Superior product isn't measured by fast or slow.

There have always been custom cake bakers, it isn't anything "new" Do you think the Queen of England went to the grocery store to get her wedding cake? Or Clint Eastwood, or Arnold Schwarzenegger? (Just trying to think of older famous people here) Or Cary Grant? Heck, the movie he is in "The Wedding Present" came out in the 1930's, WAY before Ace of Cake's and Cake Boss came out and everyone and their mother saturated the market. I believe that cake in that was some big over piped royal icing tower, unless I am thinking of some other older movie.
Beginners, be sure to parrot advice and get your post count up as fast as you can. After all, it's not what you know, it's what people THINK you know.
Reply
Beginners, be sure to parrot advice and get your post count up as fast as you can. After all, it's not what you know, it's what people THINK you know.
Reply
post #50 of 75
Quote:
Originally Posted by rdjr View Post

Hello everyone, well here is another update. I had my first day of orientation yesterday and it went pretty good. The management staff was really nice and friendly and this is one of the cleanest walmart stores I have seen, it is also in a really nice neighborhood. I have not started working in the actual bakery as I still have computer modules to do. Overall I think everything will turn out great and I am really excited!


Please let us know how many cakes they want out of you, and your "other duties" and what they will allow, and such! This is really nice getting updates on your progress icon_wink.gif
Beginners, be sure to parrot advice and get your post count up as fast as you can. After all, it's not what you know, it's what people THINK you know.
Reply
Beginners, be sure to parrot advice and get your post count up as fast as you can. After all, it's not what you know, it's what people THINK you know.
Reply
post #51 of 75
Quote:
Originally Posted by Annabakescakes View Post


Please let us know how many cakes they want out of you, and your "other duties" and what they will allow, and such! This is really nice getting updates on your progress icon_wink.gif

yes, inquiring minds want to know :P

Hey everybody! Check out google.com ! This is clearly an attempt to direct traffic onto that site and away from cake central. Because everyone knows you can only have one browser open!
Reply
Hey everybody! Check out google.com ! This is clearly an attempt to direct traffic onto that site and away from cake central. Because everyone knows you can only have one browser open!
Reply
post #52 of 75
Quote:
Originally Posted by Annabakescakes View Post


Please let us know how many cakes they want out of you, and your "other duties" and what they will allow, and such! This is really nice getting updates on your progress icon_wink.gif

 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by kaylawaylalayla View Post

yes, inquiring minds want to know :P


Yes tell us all the dirty secrets..lol...but seriously we really do want to know.

post #53 of 75
I've worked as a cake decorator for Walmart before. As for the interview process it is pretty routine, they will ask about your education and experience in cake decorating, also there will be lots of " if this happened what would you do" questions and be prepared to give examples of past experiences of problem solving and dealing with troublesome customers and employees. You can make up a story too they just want to hear that you will keep your calm, get things taken care of efficiently as possible and keep the customer happy. Unfortunately they will probably not let you decorate a cake for the interviews. That only happens once you get the job. Also with Walmart you have to get through 3 interviews then a background check and urine drug test to be hired.

The job- you will be filling custom cake orders as well as decorating cakes for the front case, cakes with and without kits, as well as cupcakes and cupcake cakes. Also you will be responsible for keeping the case full throughout your shift as well as helping customers.

The only part I liked was decorating, everything else was stressful and irritating to say the least. Good luck!
post #54 of 75
If I remember correctly they wanted at LEAST 10 cakes in an hour. Mind you this was back in 2010.
post #55 of 75
Quote:
Originally Posted by smittyditty View Post

 

 


Yes tell us all the dirty secrets..lol...but seriously we really do want to know.


I want to know too -- we can exchange notes icon_wink.gif

post #56 of 75
Quote:
Originally Posted by Arreis View Post

If I remember correctly they wanted at LEAST 10 cakes in an hour. Mind you this was back in 2010.


That sounds about standard for keeping the case filled :nodding:  As I said upthread, there's more time given for special orders and/or for cakes larger than the standard 8" or 1/4 sheet.

post #57 of 75
Thread Starter 

I will let ya'll into the "secrets" as much as I can! My first day at the actual bakery is Monday so there should be an update by Monday evening. I am really looking forward to it.

post #58 of 75
Quote:
Originally Posted by rdjr View Post

I will let ya'll into the "secrets" as much as I can! My first day at the actual bakery is Monday so there should be an update by Monday evening. I am really looking forward to it.


I'm looking forward to it!

 

I'm wondering if a speed icer is going to become your best friend...

post #59 of 75
Quote:
Originally Posted by Annabakescakes View Post


There have always been custom cake bakers, it isn't anything "new" Do you think the Queen of England went to the grocery store to get her wedding cake? Or Clint Eastwood, or Arnold Schwarzenegger? (Just trying to think of older famous people here) Or Cary Grant? Heck, the movie he is in "The Wedding Present" came out in the 1930's, WAY before Ace of Cake's and Cake Boss came out and everyone and their mother saturated the market. I believe that cake in that was some big over piped royal icing tower, unless I am thinking of some other older movie.

 

Too right!

post #60 of 75
Thread Starter 

Okay everyone, here it is! First I got showed around the bakery section, where they place things and such. I got taught how to take orders. And then I started decorating. They just had me do quarter sheet cakes for the case and I could decorate them however I wanted. They did not let me do any ordered cakes though with the kits. My manager does not care how many cakes you ice in the time given as long as you do it as fast as you can. Also, roses are VERY hard to make with the buttercream they use, toooooooo soft. On the otherhand the whipped icing was awsome to work with! I then helped place labels on bakery items like bread, muffins, and donuts. Overall it was a great experience and I am really looking forward to tomorrow! Also, the frosting is too soft for roses but too stiff for actually icing. The first cake I made was not something I was proud of...The frosting was too stiff and it was really hard to smooth. But, my manager showed me a trick which made the other cakes a breeze. One thing that surprized me though was that they did not have any angled spatulas to ice, so I used a plastic scraper instead because I cant ice with the straight spatulas. And, the cake icer is your best friend! it makes things so much easier. Also, costumers like cakes with ballons and sprinkles instead of roses and such. I first I was getting a little discouraged because my cakes were not selling but they did.

 

(sorry for any typos and anything that does not make sense)

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Cake Decorating
Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › Cake Decorating › Walmart Decorators