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post #1 of 55
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This is an email from somebody inquiring about a cake...had to share...

Good evening,

My name is Chris, and I live in town. I'm turning 21 on this coming Sunday. I've googled just about everyone who is able to make a cake for my birthday. You work is absolutely exquisite! I want a cake that is unique for my birthday, I don't want it to look like an ordinary cake. But my only problem is, the pricing. I don't have enough money to get the kind of cake that I want. I'm having 40+ people at my party, and I was wondering, if it was possible that you could make a cake for me?? Please?? Just because. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much, please reply back A.S.A.P.

Have a blessed day!


So...I better cancel all of my paid cakes for this weekend to make her one icon_confused.gif
On a side note...she "liked" a ton of my cakes on facebook and of course they are all carved, topsy turvy fondant cakes. A breeze, right?
post #2 of 55
Well I guess they say it doesn't hurt to ask, right? And of course there is a lot of entitlement going on in this day and age. I really don't know what to think about that request. Not even an offer of paying for the ingredients. icon_confused.gif
post #3 of 55
Oh and I love the "Reply back ASAP". LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!
post #4 of 55
Oh to be 21 again....so young and so naive.
post #5 of 55
WOW!! I think this beats the one I got a few years back that was inviting 100 people to her birthday party and wanted to know if she could use her food stamps card to pay for the cake...what?
post #6 of 55
Ok so I would just not reply ASAP at all BUT, if I did it would go something like this -

Good Evening to you as well stranger who I don't owe any favors,
My name is hsmomma, and I live in the real world. I am too old to be so foolish as to want to do a free cake this Sunday. I am glad you googled everyone, did you search under "Gimme a Free Cake for my Birthday" or what? I consider my skills EXTRAordinary and so are my cakes but the problem is that cakes cost money, they don't grow on trees and I won't have any money if I work for free. I am glad you recognize that your tastes are beyond your budget. "Just because"...you must be used to disappointment. I am sorry but I require money, not appreciation because they don't take appreciation at the store, they want cash. You are welcome for this reality check and you don't have to hurry and reply back.

I am blessed, not crazy.
post #7 of 55
Dear Birthday Girl

I would love to make you a cake just because. In fact, I think you're on to something! Please also convince the grocery store to provide the ingredients, the gas & electric company to provide power, BP to donate some gas, the babysitter to watch my kids and a maid to clean the mess, just because. Plus I need a little extra donation from them all for my family, to compensate for the time I spent making your cake. If all of this works out, I can then afford to make you a cake "just because" and would be more than happy to do so. Please respond ASAP as I would love to make this happen.
post #8 of 55
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post #9 of 55
I'm dying! My husband thinks I'm crazy sitting here laughing at you guys and reading your replies outloud...but this is fun. Somebody else do a reply. I need more laughs this morning.
post #10 of 55
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Originally Posted by QTCakes1

Well I guess they say it doesn't hurt to ask, right? And of course there is a lot of entitlement going on in this day and age.



My sentiments, exactly. Everyone thinks they're special. When I teach new business owners how to start up, I always add that they need to think about a "courtesy" discount. Many of their future customers will request a discount because they are "special." It's important to be prepared for specialness.

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post #11 of 55
I get crazy e-mails like this from time to time and while I would love to choke them, I think sometimes it's better not to tick off a future potential customer, plus I like maintaining a professional image. My letter would go something like this...


Dear Chris,

First of all, Happy Birthday to you! Turning 21 is your final turn into adulthood and a huge milestone in your life. Secondly, I am so glad you are such a fan of my cakes! Unfortunately, I can't gift you a cake for your birthday, but I work with clients just like you every day to make a cake that will fit into your particular budget. If you have little/no budget for a cake, perhaps you can ask your parents/friends for donations towards the cake for your birthday in lieu of gifts?
post #12 of 55
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Originally Posted by cupadeecakes

I get crazy e-mails like this from time to time and while I would love to choke them, I think sometimes it's better not to tick off a future potential customer, plus I like maintaining a professional image. My letter would go something like this...


Dear Chris,

First of all, Happy Birthday to you! Turning 21 is your final turn into adulthood and a huge milestone in your life. Secondly, I am so glad you are such a fan of my cakes! Unfortunately, I can't gift you a cake for your birthday, but I work with clients just like you every day to make a cake that will fit into your particular budget. If you have little/no budget for a cake, perhaps you can ask your parents/friends for donations towards the cake for your birthday in lieu of gifts?



Jennifer, I am totally impressed with your professionalism. Great response!!

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post #13 of 55
I would respond professionally as well and suggest that she ask her close friends/family members or herself to Google "how to make a birthday cake on a budget" and let that be her springboard to a great birthday cake.

Nothing shocks me anymore. People really don't know the time, effort, energy, blood, sweat, tears, frustration, etc. that goes into making cakes. I got a kick out of that.

One last suggestion, maybe she thought she would play a Halloween joke on somebody so she asked you that to see what your response would be! LOL. Oh the humanity!

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post #14 of 55
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Originally Posted by cupadeecakes

I get crazy e-mails like this from time to time and while I would love to choke them, I think sometimes it's better not to tick off a future potential customer, plus I like maintaining a professional image. My letter would go something like this...


Dear Chris,

First of all, Happy Birthday to you! Turning 21 is your final turn into adulthood and a huge milestone in your life. Secondly, I am so glad you are such a fan of my cakes! Unfortunately, I can't gift you a cake for your birthday, but I work with clients just like you every day to make a cake that will fit into your particular budget. If you have little/no budget for a cake, perhaps you can ask your parents/friends for donations towards the cake for your birthday in lieu of gifts?





LOVE this response..and very professional.. It is only fitting that if she would like a cake of that nature and can't afford it that perhaps it could be a "gift" from one or more of the 40 guests..
post #15 of 55
Well finally!!! And here I thought Mrs. "But you don't seem to understand, I want a 6 foot tall wedding cake and I DON'T want to pay for it" had beat all. Glad to hear I'm not alone!! icon_lol.gif (And she was in her 50s, not 21!) icon_confused.gif
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