Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › Cake Disasters › what happens when you forget your camera
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

what happens when you forget your camera - Page 2

post #16 of 47
I can't tell you how many times I forget to take a camera - that's just plain stupid. I will be adding a disposable camera to my emergency kit TODAY!
I haven't done enough cakes that I've ever had someone tell me to put it in a walk-in, but now I'll know not to do it under any circumstances. Even if this thread is four years old I"m glad it re-appeared icon_smile.gif
post #17 of 47
Wow! A 4-year-old thread! I guess I shouldn't be discouraged when no one repsonds to a post within a week!

Timely reading for me. I always take lots of pictures. However, my camera just died, and I am in the process of making a cake to be delivered in 2 days. I guess I will be borrowing my hubby's cell to take a picture!
post #18 of 47
Quote:
Originally Posted by karensjustdessert

I will try to make a long story short. Last week, I delivered a wedding cake (unassembled) to the next island. You go by ferry, and a tram takes you where you need to go (there are no cars allowed on the island). The boxes and I made it intact, and I go inside to use the restaurant's kitchen to finish and assemble the cake.

The bride and wedding planner had made arrangements for me to deliver the cake two days early, since I would be going out of state (for a Colette Peters class! yay!). Everyone in the restaurant's office looked at me like I was crazy and totally inconveniencing them. Finally, someone brings me to the kitchen. I find there has been no air in the restaurant or kitchen for almost a week (but they've been using fans!). Having a cake decorated with buttercream, I am a little more than worried.

I assemble and decorate the cake as quickly as I could in the horrendous humidity and heat. When I was done, I gave it several smoothings and made it look pretty darn wonderful. One of the employees helped me carry the cake (which was on the cake stand) into the walk-in, which was fortunately working very well. She cleared a safe corner for me and we deposited the cake there for the safekeeping.

Fast forward to today, 5 days after the wedding. The florist calls me to tell me something, he did not want me to hear it from the island's club. He said when he brought the flowers to the site, all he heard about was how ugly the cake was, and that person should not be doing cakes!

The florist had recommended me to the bride, so he was a little upset, to say the least. The catering manager and the wedding planner showed him my cake, which had fingerprint smears and gouges all over it! And a crack, too (which I can't explain, honestly, but I have my suspicions).

Now, really, would I leave a cake in that condition? Am I a high school freshman in Home Ec? He told me that the manager said the cake was like that when I left (he was not even there when I was working on the cake, nor was the wedding planner). I assured the florist, who I work with frequently, this cake was perfect when I left. And the design was exactly as the bride had drawn (she previously had another baker, who couldn't do it at the last minute, and asked me to copy the design and colors).

Anyway, as I am working on a huge cake right now, my confidence and nerves are shot. This is my reputatation, and it's being smeared all over the place because restaurant employees sabotaged my cake (the place has their own pastry chef).

The florist said he was able to make the cake just fine with the flowers (thank God!), and he's sure the couple did not know about the drama. Of course, when I called the restaurant this morning, I get the answering machine. Sigh.




I feel sorry for you but I know you're fine now..I know that the people who sabotaged you just envied you for being a good chef...Really, camera is very important; as what others say, a picture is worth a thousand words..
post #19 of 47
[quote="cocoasensations"]
Quote:
Originally Posted by karensjustdessert

I..Really, camera is very important; as what others say, a picture is worth a thousand words..



Or a thousand dollars in the right situation! I am so sorry this happened, glad it was a long time ago and you are doing well still! Funny how old threads keep benefiting others, kind of like little cake prayers hehe.
Cheers!
Jemoiselle

Vanilla Expressions
www.vanillaexpressions.com
Reply
Cheers!
Jemoiselle

Vanilla Expressions
www.vanillaexpressions.com
Reply
post #20 of 47
I too refuse to set up a cake unless it's the day of the wedding. Then, there is always Murphy's Law.

I too live on the Outer Banks of N.C. I had a wedding cake order a few years ago for a cake to feed 150 people. There was a wedding planner involved.

I went to the rental cottage to deliver the cake, and the 'wedding' planner asked me to set it out on the deck for an outside wedding.
My gut wrenched.
It was 97 degrees (August!) outside and I had a cake covered in butter cream icing, setting out on a deck in the 4:00 p.m sun with a stiff, humid, salt air, sea breeze blowing over my cake.

After my husband and I moved the cake table into the shade, I called the wedding planner aside. I told her there was a mis-communication on the cake. I told her I would not guarantee the cake to be standing for more the 2 hours. She didn't get it. I told her, "Look, that cake is half butter! Half softened butter! I'm taking a photo of it now and I would have refused the entire cake order had I known you were going to sit this cake in the hot sun. "
She still didn't get it.

I don't like wedding planners!
I always ask if the cake will be sitting outside.
I always take a photo before I leave.
post #21 of 47
I've forgotten my camera a few times. In that case I use my phone to take a picture, a small picture is better than no picture. This is probably a dumb question but don't all phones have cameras in them now days?
post #22 of 47
i'm very new to making cakes for people outside of the family but i'm glad i've found this thread. i will always take a photo of my cakes at the delivery adress and insist that a prior appointed person signs for the cake once it's been set up, thankyou for starting this thread even if it is 4yrs old
post #23 of 47
My first "paying customer" I learned all of this the hard way. I took pictures of it the night before and put it in the frig for her to pick it up the next day. I looked at it that morning and it looked fine. I come home and there is NO money left for me. I call her that night and ask her how the cake went. She said it tasted horrible and was cracky. The next day she tells me she is only paying me for the cake mixes and decorations. Of course I was like um, don't think so.
I'm having her give the money to a friend of mine (mutual) and she told my friend she would pay her on payday, a week from Wednesday. hmmm
post #24 of 47
Quote:
Originally Posted by grouchlen

My first "paying customer" I learned all of this the hard way. I took pictures of it the night before and put it in the frig for her to pick it up the next day. I looked at it that morning and it looked fine. I come home and there is NO money left for me. I call her that night and ask her how the cake went. She said it tasted horrible and was cracky. The next day she tells me she is only paying me for the cake mixes and decorations. Of course I was like um, don't think so.
I'm having her give the money to a friend of mine (mutual) and she told my friend she would pay her on payday, a week from Wednesday. hmmm



Strange...wasn't there anyone there when she collected the cake?
post #25 of 47
No one was home. She knew I had to be somewhere that day so I stayed home (missed date night) and finished it just for her to pick it up the next day.
post #26 of 47
So this is a close friend who has a key to your house? And she's pulling this crap with you? Ugh! I'm sorry!
Tomorrow is always fresh:
There are no mistakes in it.
Reply
Tomorrow is always fresh:
There are no mistakes in it.
Reply
post #27 of 47
oh no! i'm so sorry for all of ya'll that have gone through that. i'm def taking pics of every cake from now on!
an architect makes a building look pretty, an architectural engineer makes sure the pretty building works

look for my billowing tutorial on my website: thejoyofcake.shutterfly.com
Reply
an architect makes a building look pretty, an architectural engineer makes sure the pretty building works

look for my billowing tutorial on my website: thejoyofcake.shutterfly.com
Reply
post #28 of 47
Thank you Karen for starting up a thread like this. Definitely worth reading. And thank you all for providing such valuable information.
post #29 of 47
I expected to see some pictures here. hihih
post #30 of 47
Definitely never leaving a cake without taking pictures before hand. I will (sadly) have to learn from your mistake.
Visit our sites! Still unfinished though
Calgary Cakes
Calgary Wedding Cakes
Calgary Cakes, Birthday Cakes, Wedding Cakes and more!
Reply
Visit our sites! Still unfinished though
Calgary Cakes
Calgary Wedding Cakes
Calgary Cakes, Birthday Cakes, Wedding Cakes and more!
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Cake Disasters
Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › Cake Disasters › what happens when you forget your camera