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post #1 of 42
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Why is it some people cannot see that what they want is not very attractive?

 

Someone has asked me to do a cake, but its really going to be unattractive.

 

I have asked them repeatedly, would you like to change this, would you prefer this, etc, but they are sticking to the design..

Feeling very unmotivated to do this mix/matched cake

 

:sad:

post #2 of 42

Have you tried showing/drawing them some other designs to choose from? It may be that they can't imagine it any differently, sometimes your head gets stuck on an idea you know? That could help.

post #3 of 42
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Yup, she just said, oh no, don't worry about that, this is what she wants.

 

No amount of skills is going to change a Navy blue cake with white frangapani flowers and snow flakes.

post #4 of 42

why wouldn't that be beautiful? that's not too much -- 

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post #5 of 42

Well she's relying on your artistic eye to know what size to make them, where to put them and when to stop, it could be elegant with a bit of thought. Might not be your favourite cake, but it will make someone's day, and that's why we do what we do :) 

post #6 of 42

Can you post a picture of what she's looking for? Maybe we can help you nudge her in the right direction?

post #7 of 42

Yep, sounds hideous. It would depend on what the paycheck would be, versus the likelihood of booking her desired spot with something I would enjoy working on. The paycheck will win every time, and there's no law that says you have to ever post proof that you worked on it. :D

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post #8 of 42
As with anything else, you can make it kitchy, sleek, as ugly or beautiful as you wish to.
I'd incorporate the snowflakes into piping something like this:
http://www.dreamdaycakes.com/2012/herrera-wedding-cake/
Make a few sugar craftsy frangipani. Place them with an artful eye.
As for the navy blue, well, give her a gob to chew on and then hand her a mirror.
As others have said,
If she wants it, and she's paying for it, your job is to provide her with a service. But by all means you are not an indentured slave and don't have to do what you don't wish to do.
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post #9 of 42

I did a ugly cake awhile ago.  I had to make sure no one referred to it the ugly cake while the customer was picking it up!  The original design was absolutely hideous, and I was able to nudge her to a slightly better design that I sketched up.  While I was decorating it I realized the placement of the lettering was not going to work at all where she wanted it, so I textd her and told her I needed to change it to better suit and luckily she was fine with it.  In the end, the cake was actually not that bad.  Definitely not my favourite, but with the small tweaks and doing the best I could with my artistic skills, it was not as hideous as it could have been.

 

She paid well, and was thrilled with it, so at the end of the day, that was what really mattered.

post #10 of 42

I'm assuming it is a winter wedding?

 

Navy blue and white are classic.  I don't see much downside other than the heavy amount of blue dye.  Consider airbrush.

 

I think a navy cake with glittering snowflakes and "winterized" flowers could look stunning.  I would rework this until you get it right. 

 

I think you got stuck on hating it and can't get past it. 

 

So many people write about "give me a challenge!".  This is a challenge for you.  Go for it!

post #11 of 42
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Originally Posted by Bunny0410 View Post
 

"........Why is it some people cannot see that what they want is not very attractive?....."

 

 

You mean Like their spouses and their children and their homes and their clothes.  Homely as Hell, uglier than a mud fence, etc.

 

Ahhhh   Love is Love and 'Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder'.  Your delicious pastry and the money you make creating their cake is what's important.

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post #12 of 42
I am a hobby baker (not doing it for money) so I refuse to make ugly cakes because in the end I'm doing this for fun. It depends on your intentions.
post #13 of 42

I don't know about the combination of snowflakes and frangipani, but I don't think that sounds necessarily hideous. I've done blue fondant cakes before and they were fine. It's unusual, but it doesn't have to be ugly.

post #14 of 42

I did a Navy blue cake with snowflakes that turned out pretty well. Not sure about frangipanis, but if they're white, I'm sure it will be fine.

 

I've done a couple I thought were ugly, but what the recipient wanted. I just don't post photos of them anywhere.

post #15 of 42
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Originally Posted by mcaulir View Post
 

I did a Navy blue cake with snowflakes that turned out pretty well. Not sure about frangipanis, but if they're white, I'm sure it will be fine.

 

I've done a couple I thought were ugly, but what the recipient wanted. I just don't post photos of them anywhere.

 

were the recipients pleased with them?  I really hope so. You may have made them very happy.

 

(When reading Costumeczar's comment "about the combination of snowflakes and frangipani"

It was funny to me as I immediately thought of all of the Alaskans  who flee the snow every winter and go visit the frangipanis in Hawaii.) 

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