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post #1 of 41
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I have had an issue lately that makes me squirm. My licensed, permitted, inspected and insured home bakery is up and running and I am starting to get a lot of calls. This is due in part because I have been marketing my products by taking sample cupcakes to differing locations and sometimes it is to functions hosted by friends. I keep getting people being clueless that this is my business and they are asking for my recipes. I don't want to seem rude because some of these people are my friends and others are friends of friends. But I can't say yes without risking my business profitability because if they can duplicate my cakes why buy them from me, right? So I have been saying "no" and I realize some of the people are miffed about it. You'd think they'd understand. How do you all handle this type of thing?

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post #2 of 41
There's a saying something like: haha, if i told you I'd have to kill you. Answer them w/humor. Let them know it's your business 'blood' and you can't bleed it to death.
post #3 of 41
While I am just a hobby baker right now, I am still perfecting my reccipes and stillhave people that ask for them sometimes. While I don't mind sharing most things, I am very selective who I share recipes with. (Had a bad experience with someone who after getting recipe started showing up to events with it when I would too. grrr)
If they are not in the family, I just tell them it is a secret family recipe and I can't share it. tapedshut.giftapedshut.giftapedshut.gif
If they are family, I just have started telling them no. Most of the family knows that the stuff I do is time consuming (I make sure that they know it will take hours) and that generally stops them in their tracks. They mostly only want quick and easy recipes. icon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gif
Try the line that they are secret family recipes that you are not at liberty to share.
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post #4 of 41
Even if you gave them the recipe, could they make a cake like yours? Probably not. But it's still not a good reason to give your recipes away. I don't mind doing it on here, because no one knows me and we're all here to learn.

That being said, someone that asked for your recipe you could be truthful and say 'flour, sugar, eggs, water, oil and flavoring'! ;D

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post #5 of 41
Several years ago, I had a neighbor lady ask for my brownie recipe. I make a killer home made scratch brownie with ewy gooey chocolate fudge icing.
I only gave her the brownie recipe. (I wasn't in business them) but I kept the icing recipe to myself.
I later found out she was selling brownies (my recipe) on her husband charter boat for $1.50 each! (about 15 years ago) My stinking brownie recipe!
I'm glad I didn't give her the icing recipe too!

If someone asks you for your recipe, it means the liked what you have created and they would like to eat it again. Take it as a compliment.
That being said, you still don't have to share your recipe, especially now that it is going to be your livelihood.

I agree with the above poster, take it as a compliment and make light of it. Make a joke of it,
"I could tell you, but then I'd have to shoot you!" "I could tell you, but then I'd have to get my cousin Vinny to bust your knee caps".

Another thing you can do, is tell them the ingredients, but not the measurements. You can always hold out a special ingredient too.
Personally, I'd rather keep them guessing and make a joke out of it.

And don't give your recipe away and make the mistake I did!

Good Luck!
post #6 of 41
give out my recipes? Oh hells to the no. Maybe you'd like the password to my bank account as well? My recipes ARE my livelihood.
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post #7 of 41
I personally, don't give out ANY of my recipes.. Another baker even asked me for a recipe and then told me "You don't have to worry, I won't sell them" then winked at me!!! icon_eek.gif
He said he would only make them at home (yeah, whatever!)
So, I told them that I can't because its a family recipe, and he was pretty annoyed with me, but I don't care- icon_biggrin.gif
Just say NO! icon_smile.gif
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post #8 of 41
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Originally Posted by leah_s

give out my recipes? Oh hells to the no. Maybe you'd like the password to my bank account as well? My recipes ARE my livelihood.



This made me laugh out loud! Loved it! icon_lol.gif
post #9 of 41
Another way you could say no is to say that is a family recipe thats been past down through x amount of generations and your mother (?) has sworn you to secrecy and you could never betray her confidence LOL!
post #10 of 41
"No, sorry. That's just not possible."

Who says you owe them an excuse or reason?
post #11 of 41
I always say "a magician never reveals her secrets!"
post #12 of 41
Never give away your recipes. This is how you make a living!

When people ask for a recipe, I suggest a response such as, "Yes, of course, when I am no longer in business..."

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post #13 of 41
A good cook/baker never gives away their secrets.
post #14 of 41
Just say that you don't give out your recipes. Then tell them that if they're looking for good recipes to try out they can go to epicurious.com and see some there that have been rated by people so that they know they've been tried and tested.

If they keep pestering you, say that you're saving them for the cookbook. Not that you ever have to write a cookbook.

It isn't only clueless non-cake people, though, I've had tons of people on here TELL me (not ask) to send me my recipe for this or that. No.
post #15 of 41
I say NO too, I have only had one lady (a friend) to ask for my Buttercream recipe that she wanted to use on a boxed cake (((UGGG))) but anyway I jokingly just said "nope can't do it sorry"... She than said what do ya think I'm gonna do with it... I said "doesn't matter cause ya can't have it" lol...she has never asked again but begs me to make cup cakes icon_smile.gif

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