First time client:
'I don't know what ganache is but I want a dark chocolate one in my cake. I want a hazelnut cake with mascarpone and coconut filling and that ganache.
I think it's a great combination, don't you?'
Should have told her ganache was a critter that lived out in the woods and it will cost more to go out and hunt one!
I think her idea about ganache was probably something like that.
I would get her a really expensive one in this case. Probably deeply tanned one that is more difficult to find (maybe not, we were in summer).
Some of the client's confusion/question may be because one can get gluten free products made from wheat with the gluten removed. Perhaps she or the person on whose behalf she is asking is allergic to something other than gluten that is found in wheat.
Are you sure that's not a ChupaCabra?
You aren't the only one to find him oddly cute...
Though mine is in an adorable childhood memory way...
For some reason I keep thinking of old Jim Henson movies...
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[SIZE=14px]The white chocolate ganache:[/SIZE]
I have to stop.
Ughhh yuck but you are making me laugh shanter!
These are choice! Don't stop, but I truly don't see how you can top these two.
OK, buttercream is adorable!
Oh this one is priceless!
People need to remember you get what you pay for, even in the decorated cake industry. I've had to choke down a few of those "cheap", dry as the Saraha desert cakes and often when they see the guests as their function leaving half-eaten pieces of cake on their plates they learn this hard lesson. There are many customers that SHOULD have gone that extra mile and had a respectable baker do the cake. I'll never forget the first time I had to find a cake baker after the person my family had used for almost 40 years. I chose a person based on a recommendation of the mother-to-be's family member and I SHOULD have known better. This family member was notoriously known for finding the CHEAPEST person alive to do a job and couldn't have cared less about the quality. This was the mother of my brother's wife and I guess I didn't want to offend her (she offended very easily). Those two kids had the worst wedding pictures in the history of weddings due to this woman's "cheap deals". My brother no longer has that wife nor that mother-in-law. But anyway, the cake looked decent enough but when I tasted it I was horribly embarrased. MY family had never served something so miserable in our history. I learned my lesson that day and never asked for suggestions again, I found my own person.
The woman our family had to make everything for as long as anyone could remember had spoiled us. Anything less than perfection just didn't seem good enough. Virginia was her name and when she retired from cake decorating and any other baking it was a sad day indeed for the bakingn world. She was also just an incredible woman and did a HUGE amount of work to help the community in our area. She was just a wonderful woman in so many ways. She's been sorely missed not only as a cake baker but as a wonderful woman. She had made everything our family ever did from my parent's wedding cake to my college graduation cake when I received my undergraduate degree when I was was in my 20s. She then came out of "retirement" to do a cake for me when I received my Master's actually from the same private women's college where she had earned her degree in Home Economics.
I think over the years after that every so often we talked her into doing these WONDERFUL mints she made around Christmas that I have yet to find any other place. I graduated high school with one of her sons and she was now in her 90s, sadly both basically blind and deaf, and I believe also suffering deeply with dementia so it was impossible to ask her about much. Her son was able to find what he "said" was a recipe for these mints but when he gave it to me it made NO sense at all even with all the knowledge I have of baking now. The saddest thing is when I ran into her one day at a festival after she had sold her home here in town and had moved in with her son she said if she had known that I now loved baking she would have GIVEN me all her cake decorating supplies. I could have died on the spot. I often feel the same regret about her that I have with most of my older relatives. SO many questions I have for them now that I'm older and so many things I would love to ask them and they're gone, I'll never know these things. If I had ONLY thought to ask her about some recipes and different things so much earlier. Oh well.....as they say...all good things must come to an end and I guess many of her recipes are one of them.
Basketpam, have you tried the cream cheese "mints" that are made in molds? I wonder if that is what she made.
Shanter, I think you are mean. That poor old fish has to put up with the title of being the ugliest creature on the planet and now you are making fun of him again. How's a poor blob going to hold his head high in this world with that sort of bullying!
Lovely story Basketpam, my aunty the acknowledged baker in our family through my childhood and into my teens, passed away unexpectedly and sadly took her recipes with her. We often talk of her and wish somebody had thought to ask her to write her recipes down. She was an old school country baker - a little of this, a little of that and before you know it delicious smells coming out of the kitchen.
I gave up several "best friends". One in particular I laid her hardwood floors, installed her outdoor lighting, took her to doc appts, stayed with her when she recovered from surgery, took care of her 18 special needs son while she went to Cancun AND set up for her Superbowl party since she wasn't getting back until the night before. This is just a minor list...but whenever I had the smallest request she was busy or something else. Funny thing is the final straw is when she didn't show up to a party I was having...lol.
This made me think of the song, not sure what it's called "Put another log on the fire, and come and tell me why you're leaving me" lol
People need to remember you get what you pay for, even in the decorated cake industry. I've had to choke down a few of those "cheap", dry as the Saraha desert cakes and often when they see the guests as their function leaving half-eaten pieces of cake on their plates they learn this hard lesson.
THese cakes are the reason people seem to think "Oh people don't eat cake at weddings anyway." Makes me go thru the roof everytime I hear that! People don't eat BAD cake at a wedding; people won't eat cake if it is served too late in the evening and they've had too much alcohol (booze and cake don't mix well together!). People don't eat cake at a wedding if you wait and serve it after most people have left (leaving a lot of cake leftover, ergo the ASSUMPTION of "people don't eat cake ... we had SO much left!")
A wedding planner said to me once, "Debi, if I didn't already know how good your cakes are, I'd know it today. THis is the first wedding where I've helped clear tables and there is not one crumb of cake left on ANY of the plates!" This planner worked a lot of high end weddings so you can imagine what a great compliment is was to me.
People don't eat BAD cake at a wedding. Period.