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post #16 of 34
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Originally Posted by kikiandkyle View Post

So it was fine when it was set out on the table, and then she looked at it a little later and this had happened? Was it set out near a window or something? Did she have it put near some other heat source? It seems weird that it just melted on one side like that.

 

That was my 1st thought as well. Why only on the one side? It look to me like it melted from being exposed to some heat source, maybe a sunny window?

post #17 of 34
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all your replies.  I decided to refund her.  I really don't know what happened.  It's a recipe that I've used before without issue.  The cake and the icing.  I've even done that exact cake before.  It's a replica of a cake on Pinterest I think that she sent me a picture of.  The only change I made to it was on the back side of the cake where I added something special for the bride.

 

It was humid here yesterday.  Around 78 degrees which is hot if the cake was sitting out in the sun, but since this picture was emailed to me 2.5 hours after she picked it up and it appears she has it indoors, I just don't know.  I had it at room temp for 1 hour.

 

Maybe just a combo of issues.

post #18 of 34
I think it's wise to refund, ESP since you're doing the wedding. I'd ask her more questions about it and just let her know that you're trying to get more info to prevent this ever happening again. (As opposed to trying to make it not your fault.)
post #19 of 34

It looks to me like the cake went back in the frig at some point. Some fool may have put it in the microwave to warm it up. You'll never know. I'd make sure when you do the wedding cake that you are in control of the cake.

post #20 of 34

My guess is that the side where the buttercream "slipped" was exposed to heat [maybe in the car] or direct, warm light at the venue.

 

I'd say that condensation formed between the cake and the BC in that specific section--that's what causes me to think that it was uneven warming.

 

I really doubt that it was your fault, per se, but better to refund on this little one than on the big one.

post #21 of 34

Just curious what you meant by your "latest" disaster? And "I've never had one with THAT MUCH damage"? You have been doing this for a year. How many incidents have you had? And you are doing 3 wedding cakes next month? Not trying to be a big meanie but I hope your next disaster isn't a wedding cake....

post #22 of 34
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 Just curious what you meant by your "latest" disaster? And "I've never had one with THAT MUCH damage"? ...........

Ditto BatterUpCake:...  thinking the same thing.

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post #23 of 34
Thread Starter 

Oh my, I didn't mean to imply that I have had cakes do this before.  I've just posted a few things on this board before when I was having issues.  Fondant ruffles, etc.

 

I have never had this happen, and I still don't know what happened.  May have been a combo of things.

 

Someone mentioned "bad buttercream".  I did notice a difference in the texture (not terribly off) of my buttercream when I made it and I had used a different brand of butter.  I didn't think much of it at the time.  I made another cake the following weekend and when I made my buttercream it just didn't feel right either, so I made another batch with my normal brand of butter and it was what I consider normal.

 

I never really thought about butter making that much difference.

 

I did hear back from the mother of the bride after letting them know how sorry I was and offering to not charge them.  I asked her for specifics on how the icing tasted, texture, how far the cake was transported, temp of the car, anyone slam on brakes or anything else she could recall.  I explained that I certainly didn't want this to happen again and that I needed to ask questions to learn.

 

She said the cake was wonderful and she described the icing as fluffy/airy.  She also said the cake traveled about 30 mins and was left in the car about 10 mins before bringing it inside because the table was not ready for it.  (Not in the sun.)

 

The cake was taken out of the cooler about an hour before she picked it up, so another hour would have meant the cake should have been room temp.

 

Still a mystery.

post #24 of 34
Well leaving the cake in the car for 10 minutes on a 78 degree day after a 30 minute drive isn't the smartest of moves. That was probably the side that faced the car window. I wonder what folks think cakes are made of. Steel?
post #25 of 34
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Originally Posted by kblickster View Post

left in the car about 10 mins before bringing it inside because the table was not ready for it.  (Not in the sun.)

Still a mystery.

Mystery solved. A vehicle can heat up to pretty high temps in a matter of minutes, depending on the outside temp or how much sun is shining on the car. Since you already told your customer that you would issue a refund, you will have to do that, but explain to them that cakes cannot be kept in a car, even for 10 minutes, and that is the reason it melted.
post #26 of 34

I had a similar situation a few weeks ago. Buttercream cake that I took out about 1/2 hour before delivery and boxed up. Got there (10 minute drive) and a small portion of the side looked exactly like yours does - it clearly melted right off. I was mortified. It was 90+ degrees that day. In hindsight, I should have either left it in the fridge the whole time or maybe even froze it for 1/2 hour or so right before delivery.

 

Regardless, I had delivered so it was my fault. I fixed the best I could and gave a full refund. The customer actually refused the refund at the venue and said it was fine, but she had paid via Paypal so I went home and issued the refund, I didn't feel right keeping her money.

 

In your case, it was delivered fine but probably should have been refrigerated? Did you give any instructions or have any contract saying "once delivered, customer's liability, yadda yadda..."? I think it's your call, but if you're doing their wedding I would probably refund.

post #27 of 34
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Originally Posted by vgcea View Post

Well leaving the cake in the car for 10 minutes on a 78 degree day after a 30 minute drive isn't the smartest of moves. That was probably the side that faced the car window. I wonder what folks think cakes are made of. Steel?

 

My genius boss ordered a cupcake bouquet off of me for Mother's Day. Left it in the car and couldn't believe that would cause the cupcakes to start drooping.

post #28 of 34
People are inherently stupid.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 'a locked car sitting in the summer sun quickly turns into an oven,' and 'temperatures can climb from 78 degrees to 100 degrees in just three minutes, to 125 degrees in 6-8 minutes
post #29 of 34

I agree that leaving a cake in a car even for 10 minutes is a no no!!! It is clearly not your fault now that we have the real story of what they did.

post #30 of 34
I have a pre-typed "Care Instruction" paper that I give to people who pick up cakes and a separate one for deliveries. Basic info...dos, don'ts, cutting instructions, etc. Once a cake leaves my place I am not responsible for what happens to it which is why I always recommend delivery. In this particular case I think refunding was the way to go since you are doing her wedding cake (I'm assuming you already have the wedding cake deposit in hand). However, if she had not placed a wedding cake order and was not a loyal repeat customer I would not offer a refund. Leaving the cake inside a car for 10 mins sounds like it was the issue.


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