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You should be able to use half butter and half oil. I make my red velvet cake with half butter and half oil. I prefer butter when I bake, but using all butter in my recipe was hit or miss in terms of dryness. Sometimes i got it right but sometimes I didn't. I've had good luck with an oil/butter combo.
I know I'm in the clear minority here because every other poster is advising you to bake the cake as requested by your customer, but it don't think her request honored the spirit of the agreement you entered into. The deposit was non refundable for the reasons you just noted - you spent timing prepping and purchasing items, you passed up equally lucrative cakes. She is asking you to treat a non-refundable deposit as a credit. You both had already agreed its...
it sounds like the OP is not being asked to bake a cake that is the same size and value as a wedding cake, but rather a cake that is valued at the deposit. If that's the case, I would not agree to that. But maybe I'd try to work something else out.
To the OP: I understand that many people have no problem with a cake being uncovered in transport but many people are grossed out by it. But if you have more than a few customers telling you their cake should be covered, why not invest in boxes? I would not eat a cake, much less order another cake from the baker, if it was delivered uncovered. I know that it's possible that it came in contact with nothing disgusting, but my imagination is active. Why hurt your...
I used to use a hybrid of the cakeman raven's and bobby flay's recipe, but I wanted all of my recipes to be based off my basic yellow cake, because I love it and because I wanted to standardize. I did a side-by-side comparison of my hybrid recipe and yellow cake recipe, and made te following adjustments to my yellow cake recipe to make it red velvet: Decreased cake flour by amount of cocoa added - 2 tbsp for 8" round. . Swapped amounts of baking powder and baking soda....
Thanks, Jason. I get that a cease and desist letter is not required to start legal action. I'm not sure how that changes my point that corporations haven't been going after cakers with any regularity or frequency, and if they did it's usually through a cease and desist letter getting them to stop. Anything above that (fines and legal action) would probably hurt the brand they are trying to protect. I think I'm done here.
This is free/internet legal advice, so take it for what its worth, which is nothing: If any mom and pop bakery gets a cease and desist letter from a corporation, which rarely happens, but if it did, I would strongly advise them to stop selling that corporation's character cakes immediately. They should not have been doing it in the first place. For most corporations, you stopping what you are doing and pulling the pics would be the end of story. If after stopping, the...
Jason, someone has said that and that is what I was responding too.
Kikiandkyle, I agree with your post. You do need the permission of the copyright or trademark owner to use their image, and sell a cake with that image. I respect any baker who refrains from selling such cakes because they they it's the wrong thing to do ON PRINCIPLE. I just object to the posters who try to dissuade people from selling character cakes without permission by using overblown threats of jail time and exorbitant fines. I am not saying anyone has done that...
Its funny you mention Viagra. I work for a large technology company and two years ago, the IP lawyers in my group hosted a symposium with the IP lawyers at Pfizer, Burberry, a software company whose name escapes me and a representative from an Internet watchdog group. They spoke about the the infringements they are concerned about. For Pfizer, they have huge issues preventing counterfeiters, ESP., in other countries, from making sugar pills that copy the look of their...
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