A good friend is catering another friend's wedding/reception and asked me about the wedding/groom's cake. I was flattered because she is a professional caterer in a metropolitan area, and has many options for bakeries. But I didn't feel right about the situation from the beginning because the bride/groom are very casual friends that I don't know that well. But I told her that I'd talk to them, and that I couldn't promise anything. So glad I said that!
The groom is the one I dealt with because the wedding cake was his baby. I spoke to him on the phone and he described the cake he wanted...a 3-D replica of his fiance's favorite painting of a French Quarter building. At first, I was THRILLED at the idea of doing that cake. I knew it would be a great challenge! But as our conversation went on, he got into specifying the exact shading of the building, the mini-replica's of the lighting and shutters, how his bride KNEW that painting inside-out and would I be able to replicate it EXACTLY???
Uuuuuuh, nope. I told him that I'd examine the photo of the painting he sent me, and that I'd let him know if I would be able to do it, but promised nothing. I explained when I'd be back in touch (4 days later...holiday weekend in the middle). Over the next four days, he sent me 3 texts with more details/questions, and two more e-mails of the painting from other angles. Finally, he left me a voice-mail explaining how EXCITED his fiance was that I was going to do this cake replicating her fave painting!!!!!
I was stunned. What part of our conversation had he missed? Did he speak to my alter-ego and work out all these pesky details behind my back???
I called him back, when I said I would, and explained that I was flattered with the challenge he presented me, but that I wasn't sure I could execute it to his specifications. The wedding was well over a year away, so I suggested two other licensed bakeries that I know do specialty cakes in the area.
I kid you not, this guy continued to call/text, suggesting changes that might make the cake easier, not a direct replica of someone's artwork (which I told him I couldn't do), etc.....
I finally just stopped replying to texts/calls...I'd explained the situation as well as I could, and I'm pretty sure I did it in English. End of story.