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yes.  with fresh strawberries macerated in honey whipped in.  But only a fresh strawberry cake. Not an artificial strawberry strawberry cake, that would be ewww. I would do a cream cheese buttercream with some tang in it to balance the faux strawberry flavor. 
I like music, but I don't appreciate classical compositions--and i surely won't spend the money on box seats to the symphony.  I'll stick to itunes or the radio.  I am not a connoisseur of live, classical music (the only live music I like involves dancing, swaying and having my shoes stick to the floor at the end of the night. Call me a bumpkin, but I'll stick to Cracker on the radio.    Box mix is the radio. Scratch baking is a live performance. (and like being a...
being a friend it gets a bit sticky, but since you don't have the option of canceling the order, you have to find a way to make it work (insert Tim Gund voice!). don't let her tell you how to add elements, but instead lead the conversation so that you ask her what elements she wants and then you find a way to add them to the cake.   I had my line in the sand moment with a cake that a customer designed themselves with orange and purple scrolls and starbursts with...
I ask for a deposit greater than the replacement cost of the item and have in the contract that the item is due back by the following wednesday.  I also make return arrangements before the wedding, and get a secondary contact person and the person who is in charge of the return. And the stand has to be returned in person (dropped of or we will meet)--no mailing of the stand. 
i think one of the most isolating things about this business are work hours.  The weekly schedule of baking and prepping while the kids are in school is great, but it's the Friday nights and Saturday schedule that kills me.  I have to aggressively protect at least one weekend a month to spend on those fun Saturday family events.  I hated having to miss so many Saturday morning soccer games or sending my husband to do the birthday parties because I had deliveries. (of...
our warehouse stores just have 50# bags at costco and 4lb bags of C&H at Sams.  I tried the paper wrap 50# and it was HORRIBLE.  I now buy cases of the 4# bags and am happy with it.  The size works well for my recipes. 
that is a very nice reply.  The next little hiccup i could see is that in a year or so when she needs another cake, she has the grit to remember 'oh yeah!  i have a free cake coming to me!' and digs up your email that didn't have an expiration date on it.  I don't know if you want to take that chance, or perhaps email her back in a week and say that her complimentary replacement cake must be ordered in the next two weeks.    I think that the free cake is above and...
i've tried fondariffic and am not a fan--mainly because i haven't had much luck with firming agents used to make it usable for hard decorations.  I also am not a fan of the taste of the flavors--i think they can compete with the cake flavor (or have they changed it so that the colors do not have the funky fruit flavors?)    Just throwing it out there, but FondX Elite and Elite Plus is really a nice fondant that has great workability and a wide range of colors. If you...
 ^^^ this   i love the inspiration behind the name, but in this web and electronic based world, you are going to be invisible with that intricate spelling. If that word really speaks to you, perhaps use it as a tag line and not part of your business name or web address. 
i'm glad it worked out!  thanks for the update :) 
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