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post #31 of 43
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Originally Posted by gscout73


I hope that is not an example of the kind of responsibility and integrity she is teaching her daughter!!! icon_surprised.gifthumbsdown.gif



My only hope for Misty is that she will overcome her mother's stupidity! thumbs_up.gif
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post #32 of 43
I would talk to her now that the party is over and say "I didn't want to discuss this at the party, but the cake was a little bit more than $15.00..."

Then hand her the invoice. She'll probably apologize to you and get you the money. How much more did you have in mind, by the way?
post #33 of 43
I just had another thought this morning...

Is it possible that she thought that since $15 is what she would payat Costco, that she assumed that $15 was plenty to cover the ingredients? She really might have no clue as to ingredient cost, b.c she is used to a buck-a-box cake mix. And then you did tell her that you would give her a steep discount, and she must know that you love her kid, so (again) she very well may have thought that your labor was going to be the "gift".

I have noticed that even in casual conversation, people's jaws drop when they realize just how MUCH cake is in a big cake. I break it down for them: a 10" cake has about a box of cake mix PER LAYER...I doctor my cake mixes, so each LAYER of cake costs me "$xx.xx". And the pans won't all fit in the oven, so it takes xxxx long to bake. Many of them had never really thought about it before...
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post #34 of 43
INDYDEBI had a wonderful idea. You can do that without giving her the invoice too and still remain tactful......presenting it as a way to protect your future income and as a special favor to her is a nice way to go about letting her know what a cheap a$$ idiot she is.
post #35 of 43
While I do think some people are clueless about costs, when I see cakes that are TIERED especially -how do they think they are $15? Hello!?!?! Have people seen tiered wedding cakes for $15? Ridiculous! How can they even guess that they will be cheap.

She was completely rude. Took TOTAL advantage of you. Fortunately for Misty, you aren't rude like her mother. This lady knew she did you wrong - hence the stepping outside to give her "payment". Don't worry....it will get back to Misty about the cake being your gift. I'm sure your daughter knows what happened - and teenage girls talk. If you tell her yourself, then you are kind of bad-mouthing her mom (even though she deserves it).

You are the hero all around in this situation. Beautiful cake by the way - Great Job!
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post #36 of 43
i would go to walmart and get some of their new flyers with cake prices on them. then i would tell her that you didn't want to cause a scene at her daughters party but you were insulted by the $15. give her the flyers and the invoice marked paid in full. then she would know that she can't even get a two tiered cake for $15

she needs to know that what she did was awful. right now she is sleeping fine, but if you let her know what a bad thing she did, at least she's suffer a little for it
post #37 of 43
wow.....I think I would take the $15.00 and give it to her daughter so that way it would be considered a gift from you. That is my opinion....either way it is a lessoned learn....just remember that if the same girl one days wants you to make her wedding cake GET A CONTRACT signed by the mother for payment in full.
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post #38 of 43
Being the daughter of the town crazy lady/biatch, trust me-the daughter knows that the mom is tacky and did wrong. I agree with the person who said that saying something to the daughter would seen as bad-mouthing the mom. Just send her the invoice with the real price, so she is put in her place in a non-confrontational manner.
post #39 of 43
Send the invoice to the mother if you want but I'd advise keeping this between adults. To go to the daughter about what her mother did would seem to my like something her mother mother do. My guess is this woman absolutely knew that your cake would cost way more than $15. Sounds like she was fast talkin you and knew she'd get away with it because there were other people around.

Definitely you should state the price, including delivery, at the time of the order and then stick to it. No pay, no cake. Personally I dislike the free rein orders where they say,"oh do anything, I'm sure it'll be great!" Uh no. I want to know what they want. I won't put "whatever" on an order sheet. I once told a lady to think about it and call me back when she decided what she wanted. They ought to know what they want before they get to the ordering stage. I can see if it's a wedding cake and they want to see your portfolio, but even a bride coming to order ought to have some idea what she wants.

So sorry this happened to you. I would not deal with this woman again unless I got the full price at the time of order. Otherwise forget it. You did the nice thing for the daughter for her sweet sixteen, so there shouldn't be a sweet 17, right? Like has been said before, let her and this woman will try and pull the same thing for the next daughter.
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post #40 of 43
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CarolAnn, you're right-I would NEVER say anything to the kids. It's not their business. I child cannot help what her parent does. That's why I didn't say anything at all. My daughter has no idea what happened and I intend to keep it that way.

I am on to bigger and better things. One person's ingnorance (and maybe my own icon_redface.gif ) will not keep me down. No, I will never take another order from her...nor will I let this happen with any other friend's mothers again. I don't like or respect this woman anyway, so I don't know why I was surprised by her actions. I really thought she was turning a new page for her daughter's sake and I was wrong. I hold no ill will either way.

After all, it was just a cake. thumbs_up.gificon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gif
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post #41 of 43
You're right, it was just a cake. And life is too short to waste it on mean people. Good for you!!
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post #42 of 43
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Originally Posted by indydebi


These people are "cake civilians". All they know is what they see at walmart/costco. They've NO IDEA what a custom designed cake is worth. It is OUR job to educate before the fact .... not when you walk in the door with cake in hand. I don't care how often they give you free range to do "whatever" .... you give them a price BEFORE you even buy the supplies.



I agree with the "Cake Civilians" just having NO idea what things should cost. Take ME for instance, when I was looking at wedding cakes, I couldnt BELIEVE that it cost $500 to make a cake! IT'S A CAKE! We didn't complain about the price, just paid it, but honestly thought it was jacked up like that just because it was a wedding cake ...At least those WERE my thoughts, until I got into cake decorating and realized the cost of supplies, and the time and effort that goes into it all! My wedding cake was soooo good, and I appreciate it even more now that I know how much work went into all that yummy buttercream!

I'm so sorry this happened to you!! I agree with some previous people, I'd give her the $15 back and tell the daughter it was a gift from you. And tell the mother that if she wanted to pay $15 from Costco, then that's what she should do next time, and she'll get $15 quality.
post #43 of 43
I've been following this topic and thought I'd chime in. I agree with what several other folks have already said. I'd stew and stew til I did something if it were me. . and what I'd do is send the $15 back to the woman, along with an invoice that says you were happy to do the cake -as a gift- and make sure the -real- cost of the cake is listed on there. Nothing to be said to the kids, just a nice note on an invoice. Spikes her guns neatly and will make her think twice about pulling that stunt again on someone else.
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