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They didn't even eat the cake!!! I'm having a moan....

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I made a cake for my step mothers neice's birthday, it was a couple of months ago now actually, it was a 3d tatty teddy bear, (this one actually http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2145716/tatty-teddy-birthday-cake) and was a bit of a last minute thing, she asked me for it on a saturday for a monday. I had nothing on and not liking to say no to people I said I would do the cake. I ran out to get some ingredients, I spent ages baking and carving. and went out to buy some plastic pipe to use as a centre dowel to hold it all up, then I spent hours and hours piping each individual 'hair' thing with buttercream, I stressed that the head wasnt going to hold, I stressed that it wasnt going to last the car journey there etc etc etc it was a lot of hard work I felt on my part! I only found out a couple of days ago that they didnt even eat the cake, because they couldnt bring themselves to cut it, and I only found this out because they had had a bit of another cake I made and said it tasted gorgeous, so I asked if the teddy one wasnt as nice. I dont know how it would be easier to throw away a cake than cut into it to eat it! I only charged them £20 for my ingredients because thats what I do most of the time for family I feel like I just wasted my time. I could have taken the £20 and bought a teddy and put it on a cake board, and that would have been quicker than buying my ingredients! Its still playing on my mind a bit because its annoyed me lol. It may sound pathetic, but if you are going to have someone work for hours on a cake, you should at least eat it!! maybe if they had paid a proper price from somewhere for it they would have reconsidered....
post #2 of 36
I have had this happen too, the client thought the cake was too cute or too nice and they didn't want to cut it. I always tell people to just take a photo and eat the cake. That doesn't work sometimes though. Take comfort in the fact they thought your work was too nice to cut into, it's a compliment. Sometimes people think they are destroying your artwork and feel bad about it. I have a couple friends I have done cakes for tell me they felt guilty destroying the cake they knew I spent countless hours baking. My best friend let one sit on the counter for weeks because she enjoyed looking at it. ~I sent her flowers instead of a cake this year icon_wink.gif
Try not to let it upset you too much, I looked at the cake and you did a fantastic job , I'm sure they were more than pleased..so pleased they didn't want to destroy it icon_smile.gif
post #3 of 36
I can't get upset about what people do, or don't do, with a cake that I've made.

If they eat it, I'd like to hear from them about their experience. If they choose to just admire it, so be it.

Once I hand it off, it's theirs..............

Rae
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post #4 of 36
I agree. In this case I think that is one of the highest compliments a person can give you. They are probably kicking themselves for not enjoying the other cake.

Great job!!
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post #5 of 36
I agree. In this case I think that is one of the highest compliments a person can give you. They are probably kicking themselves for not enjoying the other cake.

Great job!!
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post #6 of 36
Noncake people have an odd idea that cake that is too pretty shouldn't be eaten. As a decorator I think if I have gone to the effort of making it edible then it's wasting that effort to not eat it. Photograph it first, absolutely, but then cut, eat and enjoy it!
At Christmas my mum made a fruit cake I was going to decorate as our "official" Christmas cake and had another half cake she was going to keep uniced as spare (more complicated story than that but that's a summary!).
I decided to try using lights on a cake for the first time and built a church from sugar blocks, I could only do a few rows at a time to let the icing set so I did it over a few days. My parents and sister were there and saw me working on it and by the time I had finished decorating it my mum and sister decided that I had put so much work into it that they couldn't cut it and that they would have to ice the spare cake and we would just look at the one I decorated! My sister did acknowledge that they would have more problem cutting it than I would.
Luckily since it was fruit cake it was perfectly fine for us to look at it for a week and before I left for New Year we did cut it so I could bring some back home with me and the other cake was gone.
post #7 of 36
Jennifer, I had the same happen with a Snow White cake I made for a friend's grand-daughter's sixth birthday, the little girl would not let her mother cut the cake, she wanted to keep it - she had 30 children at her birthday party and would not let them have a piece, the mother had to give them a piece of a cake made by her other grandmother! At first I was a bit put out that the mother did not insist on cutting the cake, but after speaking with my friend (grandmother), she explained that she was just so happy with her cake it had to be set up in her bedroom for her to admire!!! lol - eventually they had to take all the decorations I made off the cake and set them up on a board for her and I think that by then the cake was well past its sellbydate!!! But heyho it was her cake.
post #8 of 36
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I never really thought of it in a good light to be honest lol. I do know that once its theirs its up to them what they do with it, but I guess I'm thinking more along the lines of what's the point in taking more time to make something edible if you're not going to eat it? Oh well, I guess I can see it in a more positive light now icon_smile.gif[/center]
post #9 of 36
At £20, I doubt you even covered the cost of your ingredients, board and box!!

I'm so sorry they didn't eat your cake... it really IS gorgeous.

Trust me, if you start charging realistic prices, they'll think twice before throwing it away!! icon_wink.gificon_biggrin.gif Nowadays, I give family a better price than normal customers, but if I only covered my ingredients, I'd have no time for orders. I know this sounds mean, but at the end of the day, this is my business.
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post #10 of 36
I made a small cake for a baby shower (my profile picture, actually) and it's still sitting in the mom's fridge. She wouldn't cut it, but she took a spoonful out of the back so she could taste it. And the baby's 6 weeks old! I have the picture which is what I wanted, so she can keep it as long as she wants and it won't bother me a bit. icon_smile.gif
post #11 of 36
I made my nephew a budlite beer can cake a few years ago and he drove "it" all around town for DAYS showing all his buddies. He would not let anyone cut it. Finally, his mother took it to her work so it would get eaten. It happens!
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post #12 of 36
My friend can never bring herself to cut the cakes I make for her kids, she always hands me the knife and says "Here, you do it, I can't it's too pretty." LOL. Not a problem for me, if it doesn't taste as good (or better) than it looks then it's not worth the work.
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post #13 of 36
I get that too, "It's too pretty to cut." I swear, one of these days, I'm going to make a butt-ugly cake and bring it to work. The message on top will be something along the lines of, "I'm ugly, eat me!" lol

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post #14 of 36
I know how you feel...I made christmas cookies for my co-workers last month.They are the vintage cookies in my gallery...came to find out that no one (!) eat the cookies, they still have them at their desks on display!! ----they said they're too pretty icon_sad.gif
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post #15 of 36
Your cake was so nice! Great job!
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