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post #31 of 73
I don't do them either. You can't be everything to everybody. My cakes are marketed as fine ingredient artisan cakes. I make cupcakes too. But cute figures and unnatural food coloring do not fit with the image I want to make. I think Jason was saying that his clients do not come to him for gimmicks. The ingredients are front and center in our markets. I will do cake "truffles". But they will be my recipes and no ducks or pumpkin shapes. I will lose those customers.
post #32 of 73
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Originally Posted by warchild

Jeepers, you could have said that in wee bit nicer way. Such as we don't make cupcake cakes as there is no demand for them in our area etc, and leave it at that.


Except there is still some demand for them, if we advertised that we made cupcake cakes I'm sure we would sell quite a few.

I'm sorry if you were offended, but I was just stating the reason we don't make those kinds of cakes. I've seen some great-looking high-end cupcake cakes out there, but based on our experience and the prices people are willing to pay for cupcake cakes we're just not comfortable making a professional-looking cupcake cake that can be priced for the mainstream market.

As I said, there's nothing bad about cupcake cakes, and I didn't mean to knock anyone who still makes them. If you're happy with your product, your customer is happy with your product, and you are making a decent profit, then go for it. icon_smile.gif
post #33 of 73
just saw lorieleann's blog and saw that her cupcakes are baked in parchment baking cups. are these parchment squares that are fitted into a cupcake pan or are they pre made and just inserted into the pan? they look so good. this is what it looks like
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post #34 of 73
oops. meant to start my own post. sorry.
post #35 of 73
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Originally Posted by jason_kraft

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Originally Posted by warchild

Jeepers, you could have said that in wee bit nicer way. Such as we don't make cupcake cakes as there is no demand for them in our area etc, and leave it at that.


Except there is still some demand for them, if we advertised that we made cupcake cakes I'm sure we would sell quite a few.

I'm sorry if you were offended, but I was just stating the reason we don't make those kinds of cakes. I've seen some great-looking high-end cupcake cakes out there, but based on our experience and the prices people are willing to pay for cupcake cakes we're just not comfortable making a professional-looking cupcake cake that can be priced for the mainstream market.

As I said, there's nothing bad about cupcake cakes, and I didn't mean to knock anyone who still makes them. If you're happy with your product, your customer is happy with your product, and you are making a decent profit, then go for it. icon_smile.gif



No worries, I'm not offended. I've only made a few cupcake cakes and that was some years back when they were all the rage.
I was more concerned about decorators that still do make them as its so easy to hurt anothers feelings with words not really intended. Thats it.. Thats all I was trying to get across. That we all need to stop and think before we say it, or type it.
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post #36 of 73
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Originally Posted by Melvira

Ok, I have to add this aspect. I live in a small town and a while back I had my first person EVER stiff me on a cake. She got the cake and didn't pay for it. (Long story as to why I didn't get cash up front) Long story short, her ONLY grandson turned 1 this year, she want a very specialized cake (Chuggington) that no one else around here can do. (This is where my rambling is pertinent... not something she could get at WalMart) So... since she stiffed me $25, instead of calling me and giving me the $25 she owed plus the amount for the new cake up front (which I would have happily done for her) she had to drive 80 miles away to get a cake from a specialty baker, paid twice what I'd have charged, then 80 miles back home to the party. No lie. 160 miles. What do you spose that cost in gas in her older SUV? Her daughter asked me why I wasn't doing the cake and I told her, she never asked. She still owes me for the last one. She was like, "SHE NEVER PAID YOU!?!?!" Nope. Sorry to go off on a rant.



Hmmm...perhaps she didn't pay the specialty baker for the second cake either, so her only cost was the 160 miles worth of fuel which, compared to paying you for two cakes, was a 'bargain'. icon_confused.gif
post #37 of 73
I recently started doing cakes but I've cooke all my life for pleasure. My fr iend who knows me very well asked for a cake somthing simple for a repass. she asked how much, I went to the price list and she took a peek. I charged her 1/3 of the coast I cant wait to see what she gives me. Especially since i'm unemploy. icon_confused.gif
post #38 of 73
Then tell her to go to Walmart or get lost !!

What a cheapskate.. If ignorant people know how quality good cakes are made , then they would shut up and not complain based on ignorance.

Maybe this is a good reason that you should avoid her and not be her friend anymore. She is an ignorant opportunist. El cheapo !! or tell her to make it herself and not bother you anymore. So sorry she wasted your time. Be smart. Don;t be a martyr.
post #39 of 73
Or maybe you could have told her to go to the White House, then maybe she will get it for free. icon_cool.gif
post #40 of 73
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Originally Posted by scp1127

I don't do them either. You can't be everything to everybody. My cakes are marketed as fine ingredient artisan cakes. I make cupcakes too. But cute figures and unnatural food coloring do not fit with the image I want to make. I think Jason was saying that his clients do not come to him for gimmicks. The ingredients are front and center in our markets. I will do cake "truffles". But they will be my recipes and no ducks or pumpkin shapes. I will lose those customers.



icon_surprised.gif What!?...no cute figures!? You poor thing. You're missing out on the fun part! icon_sad.gif

I guess the trick is in knowing how to use colour effectively, so it doesn't look 'gaudy' and in making the cute figurines WELL, which is easier said than done.
post #41 of 73
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Originally Posted by Coral3

Hmmm...perhaps she didn't pay the specialty baker for the second cake either, so her only cost was the 160 miles worth of fuel which, compared to paying you for two cakes, was a 'bargain'. icon_confused.gif



No doubt. I'd love to know. And she is one of those people that is involved in EVERY work from home opportunity (NOT bagging on that at ALL) so she is constantly inviting me to all those parties. It's tempting to go, order a bunch of stuff and tell her I'll pay her later. See how much of my order I get. Ugh.
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post #42 of 73
Yupp ! She paid me what I quoted, and she drives a BMW ! I know she's a hard to please person I'm just glad it was nothing major. I'm sure they will enjoy the cake, It's a talent she lacks..
post #43 of 73
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Originally Posted by Coral3

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Originally Posted by scp1127

I don't do them either. You can't be everything to everybody. My cakes are marketed as fine ingredient artisan cakes. I make cupcakes too. But cute figures and unnatural food coloring do not fit with the image I want to make. I think Jason was saying that his clients do not come to him for gimmicks. The ingredients are front and center in our markets. I will do cake "truffles". But they will be my recipes and no ducks or pumpkin shapes. I will lose those customers.



icon_surprised.gif What!?...no cute figures!? You poor thing. You're missing out on the fun part! icon_sad.gif

I guess the trick is in knowing how to use colour effectively, so it doesn't look 'gaudy' and in making the cute figurines WELL, which is easier said than done.



Unnatural food color isn't necessarily gaudy, but it's still unnatural. If that's not the image of your product then it just doesn't fit, it doesn't mean that you don't know how to use it.

I don't do cupcakes at all because I don't like them. I son't like makign them and I don't like eating them. Doesn't mean that I don't know how to make them but I choose not to. I don't do a lot of "cute figures" either, actually. Can't say that I mind icon_rolleyes.gif
post #44 of 73
...fair enough.
post #45 of 73
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Originally Posted by Melvira

Quote:
Originally Posted by Coral3

Hmmm...perhaps she didn't pay the specialty baker for the second cake either, so her only cost was the 160 miles worth of fuel which, compared to paying you for two cakes, was a 'bargain'. icon_confused.gif



No doubt. I'd love to know. And she is one of those people that is involved in EVERY work from home opportunity (NOT bagging on that at ALL) so she is constantly inviting me to all those parties. It's tempting to go, order a bunch of stuff and tell her I'll pay her later. See how much of my order I get. Ugh.



You should absolutely do that Melvira! Order goods to the value of $25 and when she asks for payment you can say, "Sure, no problem. Hey, guess what?...with the $25 you owe me for the cake, we're all square! That works out well all around doesn't it?" icon_biggrin.gif
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