I do cakes for friends & family, and sometimes friends of friends through word of mouth. I have never charged for a cake but this year I have accepted reimbursement for materials, tips, and several trading of services. A woman who I have become friendly with has received several of my cakes. She is a hairdresser who I know likes to bake, is a " cake fan", but has no real talent in that department so she gets her cakes from me. She will usually do a cut, color/highlight for me in an exchange for an average sized cake, and I bring my kids in her salon and she cuts their hair for no charge also. So the past few cakes she has received from me have been for " someone else", her client, her friend, etc. While I appreciate the referral, I just feel like something weird is going on.
I have never been able to make contact with any of these cake customers and all details of the cake design has gone thru this woman. I would think these people would at least want to speak to me or email me since I am the cake designer. Did I mention that this woman ALWAYS picks up the cake from me and then delivers it to the third party? This past weekend I made an awesome 3 tiered Wrestling cake for a friend of hers and I urged her to let me help with delivery/setup so that if any damage occurred I could be there to fix it. She insisted on delivering a 3 tiered cake herself. hmm. At first I assumed she was giving these cakes to her loved ones as a gift but now I am thinking she is either A) trying to pass these cakes off as her creations( remember she is kind of a wannabe baker) or B) charging $$ for the cakes and then giving me a $100 haircut & color in exchange. I hope it's not B)....that would be really dirty because she could be charging up to $200 each cake.
So my question is this: Should I care what she does with the cakes after they leave me? I am not a business so I don't think any foolery on her part would hurt me in that way. Would you all get bent out of shape over this? I guess it does bother me a little or I wouldn't be writing this, but I would really value advise from you all. I would also like to add that I work full time in a stressful ( emergency) environment, and am raising small children so I tend to " triage" problems in my life and shove little small stuff off my plate in order to deal with the more important stuff. I am not the drama type so I don't want to make a huge deal out of this.Just want to know how you all would deal with this. Thanks