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post #16 of 194
I agree, I think they are waiting for you to volunteer. I think what happens is when you keep giving cakes for free people tend to expect that. I know it's hard not to take it personally but try not to.
post #17 of 194
Don't give in. Where I was working they all knew I do cake decorating; they'd all had plenty (for free!). I had always donated a cake of choice to our Christmas silent auction and for our Relay for Life silent auction. One girl would always outbid everyone else but she always managed to get the cake for less than what I would have charged. Now this year I'm not working there and her daughter's birthday is next month....bet she won't call me. I've given up on co-workers; as was said before, they expect it and think it can just happen at a finger snap. I also had a "friend" call me the other day and want to know about some cupcakes for a baby shower. When I told her how much she balked and said that was "a little steep." This woman could afford to buy the whole store but she doesn't want to pay $2 a cupcake for 60 cupcakes. Whatever! Some people just don't get it. Keep us updated on how things go at the shower and keep your chin up!!
Ellen
post #18 of 194
I agree. People think it is so easy for us to whip up a cake. It takes a lot of thought, work, and long hours. Also, the ingredients list adds up quick. Why give a cake for someone you don't really care for when it's actually going to cost YOU money.

p.s. I looked at your cakes. They look great!
post #19 of 194
don't question your abilities. The same thing happens to me at work. The people reap the benefits of my practice etc. and the free great tasting cake, but when it comes to a birthday or special occassion you can bet your booty they go to the grocery store to buy that pure sugar icing etc. I decided a long time ago not to take it personally. The folks get to eat good cake and I get to use them a testers for me to practice and develop better skills.
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post #20 of 194
Sometimes you just gotta remember that your cake is for a certain market. The people who continually go to Wal-Mart for a cake usually don't want an expensive, well-done cake. Ours is a specialty market. I am not afraid to tell someone who says "$40? I can get it for $15 at Wal-Mart", "Well, then you should probably go to Wal-Mart and get it." I try not to do it in a rude way, but if they are expecting grocery store prices, they need to go to the grocery store.
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post #21 of 194
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Originally Posted by JulieB

Sometimes you just gotta remember that your cake is for a certain market. The people who continually go to Wal-Mart for a cake usually don't want an expensive, well-done cake. Ours is a specialty market. I am not afraid to tell someone who says "$40? I can get it for $15 at Wal-Mart", "Well, then you should probably go to Wal-Mart and get it." I try not to do it in a rude way, but if they are expecting grocery store prices, they need to go to the grocery store.



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post #22 of 194
Perhaps they have been eating your cakes for some time now, and they haven't had a grocery store cake lately, they'll taste it and realize the difference. Gocery store bought cakes aren't half as good. I didn't realize this until I went to a birthday party with a store bought cake. HUGE difference in taste to me! Not everyone gets it. If they did, we here at CC would all be rich, and busy!
BTW, I looked at your cakes, and I love You-Know-Who! I am a huge HP fan, along with my 6 year old.
Keep up the great work! Your cakes are really good, and very creative.
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post #23 of 194
This so hit's a nerve with me tonight!! icon_mad.gif Just today at work I was asked by one of my coworkes if I would make her wedding cake. I was thrilled, but at the same time a little nervous since it would be my first "paying" wedding cake. Anyway, I course said " I would love to, what do you have in mind, how many people, etc. etc." She says " Well, I want this cake.", shows me a VERY complicated cake that was HUGE and then tacks on " it needs to feed 450, and I told my fiance you would probably do it for $150 - $200." I then did this icon_confused.gif followed by icon_eek.gif !!! I said "You're kidding, right? There's no way i could do it for that much." So she replies "Why not, it's not like you're a professional pastry chef or something." I then walked away because I don't believe in violence in the work place..... icon_evil.gifthumbs_up.gif


I could not BELIEVE the nerve!! Sure, I'm new to all this, but DAYAM, how insulting!!

I, too, did LOTS of free cakes and then got snubbed when I didn't offer, only to find some crappy wally world cake at the party. GRRR!!
sorry to ramble - just irritated me!!
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post #24 of 194
This has been so good to read all this. I have just gotten into this whole new world of cake in the last few weeks and this really makes me rethink the idea of taking cakes to my place of employment. I teach school and since I have time off in the summer I have practicing and reading all the great advice on CC. My thought was "How great it would be to take cakes to school this next school year. I could get so much feedback and what a great way to get your name out there." Maybe not. I can see how people would take advantage. I agree with you guys 100% - grocery store cakes are not near as good as homemade cakes. After just doing a couple here lately, I see how much time and thought and work goes into it. I say hold your ground and please be sure you come and post what happened at the party. I am dying to know!
post #25 of 194
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Originally Posted by Everemton

This so hit's a nerve with me tonight!! icon_mad.gif Just today at work I was asked by one of my coworkes if I would make her wedding cake. I was thrilled, but at the same time a little nervous since it would be my first "paying" wedding cake. Anyway, I course said " I would love to, what do you have in mind, how many people, etc. etc." She says " Well, I want this cake.", shows me a VERY complicated cake that was HUGE and then tacks on " it needs to feed 450, and I told my fiance you would probably do it for $150 - $200." I then did this icon_confused.gif followed by icon_eek.gif !!! I said "You're kidding, right? There's no way i could do it for that much." So she replies "Why not, it's not like you're a professional pastry chef or something." I then walked away because I don't believe in violence in the work place..... icon_evil.gifthumbs_up.gif


I could not BELIEVE the nerve!! Sure, I'm new to all this, but DAYAM, how insulting!!

I, too, did LOTS of free cakes and then got snubbed when I didn't offer, only to find some crappy wally world cake at the party. GRRR!!
sorry to ramble - just irritated me!!




ok this is so NOT funny but my husband said what the he$@ 450 people for HOW much??? I never thought he paid that much attention to my baking stuf but I guess he does.. He ask me if the lady wanted to get slapped. But I told him u didn't believe in violence in the workplace..

You go!

ok I had to edit to add.. that is 44 cents a serving.. WHAT IS HER PROBLEM
post #26 of 194
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Originally Posted by aggiecakes

This has been so good to read all this. I have just gotten into this whole new world of cake in the last few weeks and this really makes me rethink the idea of taking cakes to my place of employment. I teach school and since I have time off in the summer I have practicing and reading all the great advice on CC. My thought was "How great it would be to take cakes to school this next school year. I could get so much feedback and what a great way to get your name out there." Maybe not. I can see how people would take advantage.



I donated one huge cake to a school retirement and got 6 paying orders out of it (so far) including a large wedding. Donating is not a bad thing. I think it should be very rarely and for a special event. Don't lull them into expecting freebies. Show 'em what you got and then don't do anymore free!
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post #27 of 194
Everemton, I know that you were very upset about your coworker asking you to bake that cake for that amount of money. ROTFLMAO Please excuse me while I pick myself up off the floor. I'm not laughing at you---I'm laughing at the fact that anyone could be that TOTALLY IGNORANT. What in the world kept you from slapping her into next week?

I don't sell many cakes as I am not always physically able to decorate them. I do make them for my Red Hat Ladies and for my Lions Club functions when needed. I never charge for them but that is my choice and I do it because I feel like I am contributing my part. Everyone raves about how good they are (I always use cake mixes--LOL) and tells me how pretty they are. If one of them asked me to make a wedding cake for that amount of money, I'm afraid I would forget that I'm suppose to be a lady. icon_mad.gif

I'm afraid my freebies would cease immediately.

Diane
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post #28 of 194
i am dying to know how the shower turned out.
keep us posted!
melody
post #29 of 194
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Originally Posted by lionladydi

Everemton, I know that you were very upset about your coworker asking you to bake that cake for that amount of money. ROTFLMAO Please excuse me while I pick myself up off the floor. I'm not laughing at you---I'm laughing at the fact that anyone could be that TOTALLY IGNORANT. What in the world kept you from slapping her into next week?

I don't sell many cakes as I am not always physically able to decorate them. I do make them for my Red Hat Ladies and for my Lions Club functions when needed. I never charge for them but that is my choice and I do it because I feel like I am contributing my part. Everyone raves about how good they are (I always use cake mixes--LOL) and tells me how pretty they are. If one of them asked me to make a wedding cake for that amount of money, I'm afraid I would forget that I'm suppose to be a lady. icon_mad.gif

I'm afraid my freebies would cease immediately.

Diane



I think I was just too shocked to react. I couldn't BELIEVE what she had said. Mind you the girl is a bit of a ditz. She called today and said that the absolute MOST she could pay me to make her cake would be $300. Um......NO? Then when I told her no she said "How can a cake cost that much? It's just flour, eggs, and sugar. ANYONE can squirt some frosting on a cake." I then calmly replied "Well then, apparently you don't need me to make the cake - if it's SO easy I'm sure you could figure it out." She repilies "That's a good idea, I think I will. I've never baked a cake but if you can do it, I'm sure I can." icon_confused.gificon_confused.gificon_confused.gif

I just sweetly said " well, good luck with that, see you at work." and hung up.

I know it's not nice, butI seriously hope she does try to make her own cake. I'd go to the wedding JUST to see it. icon_evil.gif
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post #30 of 194
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Update: ok, the cake was good. The girl wanted to order the same type of cake she had for her wedding for her friends shower. So she ordered from the Italian Bakery. This place makes very yummy baked goods, so i guess i shouldnt' feel snubbed. I can understand why she would want that cake. It was very yummy (chocolate kalua cake with vanilla custard and nondairy whipped icing). It was a standard looking cake though. 12x18 sheet, with pastel bc roses and writing. So the goods are all in the flavor, not in the presentation.

I think that I will have to make it known that I am a business. I can't just make cakes for fun all the time for these people. So I'll have to make up some brochures and business cards. I'll send my pratice cakes to dh's work from now on.

Everemton - That will be a sight to see!!!! LMAO!!
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