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post #16 of 29
Ouch Mrs. Fish, that must have hurt! I don't know what to say! There have been times over the years, where my sister was not in a position to buy gifts and so she made them. Crocheted items, Christmas decorations, cookies, the odd birthday cake and such. Somehow these gifts meant more to us than if she had gone to the store and purchased something. She isn't a baker, but gradually becoming one and though she doesn't do decorated cakes, she makes a mean carrot cake and a wonderful chocolate chip cake.
Personally I have always loved it when someone took their own time and ideas to create something homemade! It takes a lot more effort. Perhaps that effort is wasted on some folks?
We really need that Cake Central Union Card with a catchy phrase, like, "we won't work for crumbs or crumby people"!
Hugs Squirrelly
post #17 of 29
Thanks guys!!! I love homemade gifts. Reading this post about free cakes just made me think of this because of people who...just don't understand the time and effort it takes to make these cakes. I love decorating cakes...Especailly children's cakes because I love seeing their faces light up when they see it!!! But when you give a Free cake or a Gift cake and they don't appreciate it...it is really a downer. Or when they expect your cake for free.

I can say I only have one family member who really can't even afford to purchase a cake for their kids...so for them I have for the past few years purchased or made the cake as the gift. And those kids are so grateful. And they are the only ones I will ever do a free cake for...even if their parents expect the cake for free.

Thanks for all the support icon_smile.gif
Mrsfish94- making cakes since 9/04 and loving it!!!
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Mrsfish94- making cakes since 9/04 and loving it!!!
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post #18 of 29
icon_lol.gif I just thought of something really great, that I actually did! I had one friend who just 'assumed' I would always make her cakes, for free, any 'idea' she had...and trust me, she always had 'great' ideas...I taught her how to decorate (not everything, but she picked up stuff from my friend and me when we were all together in a shop). Now, she makes her own 'free' cakes, and I listen to her moan and groan about how people get shocked when she tells them she'll do their 9 x 13 sheet cake for $25, no less! icon_razz.gifthumbs_up.gif
post #19 of 29
You know, we are in a service oriented buisness and we need to let people know that our 'services' cost. If a friend is asking for a free cake, why not ask your friend to do you a service for free? If your friend was a manicurist, would she be willingto give you free manicures to equal the cost of the cake? Probably not, especially since cakes a lot more time than manicures. The point is, if we are going to perform services, we need to be paid for said services. Give your friend a break in price, okay, especially if he/she is going to throw buisness your way. However, for those friends of a friend, full price.

Debbi
Spanish sugar, French Pastry, Swiss chocolate, and American Apple Pie. How much sweeter can life get????
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Spanish sugar, French Pastry, Swiss chocolate, and American Apple Pie. How much sweeter can life get????
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post #20 of 29
Everone I know knows my prices. and they all pay the same thing. I charge 20 dollars for birthday cake usually 10inch round. Lots of kids. 1/2 sheet is 30dollars, if it is a special cake, sculpted or whatever it is always 100% profit. if I spend 50 making the cake It is 100 dollars. If it is a wedding cake i start at 200.
When I started making cake for money I sat down with some on the woman in my family and asked thier advise about pricing. This was they knew up front what it would cost.
Just from family I ussualy have 3 cakes a week, give or take.
Up to this day, my children have stollen a peice of every finished cake!!!
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Up to this day, my children have stollen a peice of every finished cake!!!
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post #21 of 29
Sheilaattaway,
Holy cow! 3 cakes a week just from FAMILY! It's a good thing they pay you for it! icon_smile.gif
"When you go in search of honey you must expect to be stung by bees." Kenneth Kaunda
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"When you go in search of honey you must expect to be stung by bees." Kenneth Kaunda
i.e. Don't give up!
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post #22 of 29
ok it's late here in TX. Just got back from a birthday party a few hours ago. I was AGAIN expected to do the cake for free. So I did. They were for my twin brothers, but my step mother just expects everything done for her.. (rolling eyes) anyhow I made the cakes. two 11 x 15 one chocolate with chocolate pudding filling and buttercream icing. The other tres leches with whipped cream icing. I even made a BCT of Shrek on both. I was so busy, I had a tres leches to make for Friday for a teen neighbor. (she bought all ingredients I just baked, iced it and put a few flowers on and a name) No biggie..I know, I know still took time. Anyhow I had the two Shrek cakes for Saturday and a PAID baby shower due Sunday. Well I did not get very detailed on the Shrek cakes due to lack of time and trying get prepared for the baby shower cake. But my 4 yr. old twin brothers loved them!! And so did everyone else. The step mother asked "where are the cakes, I'm dying to see them". So I direct her to the fridge, she looked at them and just walked away. No reaction, no " they look good or even (her real opinion) they look bad". Just peaked at them and walked away.. I was sooooooooooo mad. I just thought you know what you "$##$##$#$". Can't say what I thought. But because of the way I was feeling at the time.. I left the party and told my kids that is the last dang cake I do for free!!! I can't do this anymore. Although everyone loved them. As a matter of fact I received a pending order from HER cousin that I never even met.. AAHHGGG!! I am so mad..This feels like a cinderella story! I feel like I was on my knees scrubbing the floor for nothing!!!! (sigh) Thanks for letting me vent!
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You don't know how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
Sweet Days and Happy Baking!
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A woman is like a bag of Tea.
You don't know how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
Sweet Days and Happy Baking!
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post #23 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by SquirrellyCakes

"we won't work for crumbs or crumby people"!
Hugs Squirrelly



That's hilarious! I love it icon_smile.gif
"Baking may be regarded as a science, but it's the chemistry between the ingredients and the cook that gives desserts life. Baking is done out of love, to share with family and friends, to see them smile" ~Anna Olson
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"Baking may be regarded as a science, but it's the chemistry between the ingredients and the cook that gives desserts life. Baking is done out of love, to share with family and friends, to see them smile" ~Anna Olson
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post #24 of 29
Vent away-how ungracious of her-the next time she says anything about a free cake tell her paid cakes get priority-would she like to join the list of paying customers??? I would have left too-don't know if I would have held my tongue or not though-well Cinderella-you are getting an order from her cousin so get up off your knees and celebrate-don't let her keep you down..easier said than done I know-have a SM too-but you should be proud of your work whether she likes it or not-the guests of honor appreciated it and that's what counts.
What you do may be a "little thing" but "little things" add to alot!
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What you do may be a "little thing" but "little things" add to alot!
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post #25 of 29
Hhmn, sounds to me like a bit of jealousy and insecurity on her part? Jealous because she couldn't make the cakes herself and insecure that you would be in the limelight? Sad really, but it takes all kinds of people! Bet the twins loved the cakes though! Good for you, you got an order out of it and good for you for being such a kind-hearted soul!
Hugs Squirrelly
post #26 of 29
I can totally understand! I had a family member tell me that she was going to buy the ingredients so that I could make her a cake. icon_surprised.gif I told her OH NO sweetie, I don't work like that. If you want a cake you will have to order one. I decide when I feel like giving a cake to someone, not the other way around. Now everyone knows that, Michelle does not do free cakes. Surprisingly enough, people spread the word real fast that you don't give free cakes. They don't spread it nearly fast enough that you make cakes as a business. Go figure. I just want to know, since when do people think that you don't have to make a living too?
post #27 of 29
loree001: no backbone? icon_wink.gif you could always use a dowel rod...

just because you have a hobby that produces an edible product, doesn't mean it's of any less value than someone who makes more permanent crafts or has a service skill (like haircutting or manicure). all sorts of people want things for free, but they can only take advantage of you if you let them...so next time someone asks you to donate your time and money to make a cake for their party, ask them if they're a registered charity and do they offer tax receipts for your donation? if someone wants a special cake from you, and you insist on taking no payment for your work, they should at the very least offer to pay for your supply costs. if your neighbour was a mechanic and offered to do the work to replace some of the parts of your car for nothing, would you expect them to also pay for the replacement parts? so why are baked goods any different? my theory is that because home-made cakes are generally made by women, there is an automatic devaluing of both the work and the product.

if your office has regular birthday observances and there's an expectation that you'll be making the cake, tell them that you need to know what their budget is so that you can determine the quality of the ingredients and plan for the complexity of the cake. you'd pipe up if the folks at your office expected you to buy lunch for everyone once or twice a month out of your own pocket, wouldn't you?

i'm rather lucky; my mother insists on paying $50 for one of my simple chocolate truffle cakes, and i've never had a problem telling my sister where to go when she has offered to pay a lousy $10 on top of my supply costs for cakes for her friends. love her dearly, but i don't take my sore little hands out of retirement unless i'm really keen to make the cake, and/or i'm being remunerated appropriately.
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who pays any attention
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post #28 of 29
I had a His and Her's bridal shower at my house just over a year ago. Bought all the food and paper goods. Baked two cakes (the tux and the cala cake in my gallery). Invited a ton of people to my house and played the good hostess. The bride and groom seemed happy. Would you believe that at the last shower I had at the house - another his and her's - when the bride opened my gift to her - a cake cutting/serving set - the other groom had the nerve to say out load "did she get us one of those? - no!" I had to bite my tongue! I am the matron of honor at the most recent wedding so I wanted to give a gift other than the shower. The first wedding shower I had because the brides mother was having a shower "only for her friends and family". )(*&^%$#@! I told her - if we're not friends or family what the heck are we!? If it weren't for me the entire one family wouldn't have gotten them anything! As far as i was concerned - the shower cost more and was more personal than a trinket I could have purchased at the store!

Thanks for letting me vent - you gotta love family!

Debbie
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Hope your day is a piece of cake!
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post #29 of 29
I did one free cake for a work "pot luck" to show them the difference between buying store bought or home made/decorated. They were impressed and asked me if I would do one each month for birthdays. I said I would be happy to, but that I would need to charge $50 a cake, which is still a bargain since the cakes would have to feed 60 people. They thought that was reasonable..so now I have a standing order..and they still got a discounticon_smile.gif

Thalia
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