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Assuming made an *** out of me!

post #1 of 42
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To make a long story short, I was asked to do a baby shower cake for a regular customer. She said it was for her friend, and she wanted something different, like a baby carved out of cake on top of a sheetcake. Ok, the first disaster is that is was one of the best cakes I have ever done, and seeing as how in this neck of the woods, nobody ever wants anything but sheetcakes, I was proud of myself. I did all that that work, and my rechargleable batteries for my digital camera was dead. So, I went to bed at 6am thinking that when she came to pick up the cake, I could snap a quick picture. Well, my nephew didn't wake me and just gave her the cake and took the money, so no pic.

I asked him what the lady said when she saw the cake and he said "Nothing". I was surprised because I really loved it. Sooooo, later on in the day, the lady called and said that the color of the baby's skin was incorrect. I said, "what do you mean"? She said, well, my friend is white and you made the baby black. WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!

You have to understand that I am black and so was the customer, and I just ASSumed the friend was too. I feel like a dummy. I am a dummy.

Why didn't I ask? I have done cakes for all races of people, and when someone asks for a baby on something, I have never had to ask the race, it just never dawned on me, but it sure will next time.

If I could turn red, I would be a deep maroon by now.
post #2 of 42
are you sure the baby just didn't already have a tan from living in Florida!

(that sun is a beast down there -- hide from it every time I visit the rest of the family in St. Pete)

it'll be ok...and probably something all will laugh about later on.
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post #3 of 42
You probably should have asked but then again maybe she should have been a little more specific. I think it's kind of funny, there are probably far more mistakes going the other way.
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"If we are going to teach 'creation science' as an alternative to evolution, then we should also teach the stork theory as an alternative to biological reproduction." - Judith Hayes
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post #4 of 42
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LOL, I needed a laugh right about now. Thanks Doug, where were you when she called, I could have used a comeback. All I did was stand there with my mouth open.
post #5 of 42
I kept reading, waiting for the inevitable--dropped it, head fell off, icing melted, etc.

I NEVER would have guessed the punchline, though!

There isn't another person in the world who would have done any different than you.

Golly, if the customer didn't think to tell you, how would you ever have guessed???? In some ways, it would have been even sillier if you had "assumed" the baby was white when it was a black customer placing the order!!!!!

I love Doug's idea--just tell the customer the baby has a good Florida tan!

I wish we could have seen a photo--charge those darn batteries!

Rae
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I love you, but your emergency is not my crisis!

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post #6 of 42
Honest mistake. Maybe you should have asked, but the customer for sure should have specified.

And really, it's kind of funny. Probably more funny for those of reading than for you still, but funny nonetheless.
post #7 of 42
I'm sure they still loved the cake at the shower. I went to a shower where the woman who made the topper knew the shower was for black woman, and still the baby was white. We laughed, and that was that...no big deal. Sorry you weren't able to take a picture, I'm sure the cake was beautiful!
post #8 of 42
OMG, this is one of the funny mistakes, but I think the one how did the mistake was your customer, because we are not witches,(some times I look and act like one, but I am not, so my customers have to be specific when they order a cake)
your customer was the one responsible in leting you know that the shower was for a white person dont be mad at your self especially when you did your best.
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post #9 of 42
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Yes, it is pretty funny now. I wish I could have thought of something to say. I asked her what she wanted me to do to rectify the situation. She said nothing, but she was just calling to let me know in case I heard about it elsewhere. I did offer her a discount on a future cake, but she said that she understood and it was her fault too.

I guess I need to start asking people the flavor, size, and then "What race will you have this cake in"?

I was really planning on asking for a picture, but then I chickened out because I had messed up so bad!
post #10 of 42
It's actually kind of funny. Look at it this way, you gave the family a funny story to tell for years to come.
post #11 of 42
I'm sorry but I think this is hilarious! I could totally see me doing this for an order. I'd say that it's more of the customer's fault that they didn't tell you. I would have made the same assumption.
post #12 of 42
That is a delicate subject, how do you ask without offending? I did a wedding cake as a gift for my friends son, they are African American but I knew one of the groomsmen was white and they wanted those awful plastic figurines on the cake, stairs, bridge the whole nne yards with 12 figurines, including the minister. I had to ask her what color for the minister, she says "light brown and bald!" now picture me hand painting one of these figures, mixing colors to get the right shade and then having to paint over the hair to make him appear bald. icon_biggrin.gif
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post #13 of 42
I think this is very funny too! I am wondering what her husband thought once he found out about the baby! I bet he had some questions! LOL
post #14 of 42
I would have been rolling on the floor if I was at that shower.

But, you did no different then anyone else would have done. If it was revearsed the same thing would have happened.

Your thread is a wake up call for the rest of us, it's good to ask.
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post #15 of 42
Doug, that was an awesome come back! Cassandra - I think you're being too hard on yourself. Now you'll know for next time that you need to ask for race. I would never have asked, and I think it's an honest mistake - it's not like you were being malicious or something. I'm a plain ol' white girl, but if I'd gotten a black baby on my cake, I would have laughed and ask if my friend if she knew something I didn't. HA! Black babies are adorable - in my opinion. All you can do is apologize for the mistake - it's over. Too bad about the picture - tell your nephew he needs to ask for a pic! icon_lol.gif

Keep your chin up! I'm sure it was lovely, and that everyone at the shower enjoyed it. By the time the baby comes around, they'll look back on pictures and get a good chuckle, no harm done.
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