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post #16 of 25
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My nephew's fiance sent me another picture of a cake she had in mind for me to make for her brother. It was LOADED with details. I then sent her another picture of one I found that was still really nice, but a lot less detail. Since she wanted a cake with a baseball theme, it was a base with a baseball cap on it in the teams color, and initial. She e-mailed back she wanted the one she sent because it had more details. That's when I about blew!

I don't ever get into what goes into making a cake with anyone, or how I come up with pricing, but this time I thought "screw it". I'm getting tired of some family members wanting a "designer" cake for the price of a generic one. She's one that if I don't nip this in the bud, she'll keep wanting "discounted" cakes from me. So I send her a brief explanation on all that goes into making one. I told her I would still love to make the cake for her, but that for the price she wants to spend, the picture I sent her would be more along the lines of what I could do.

I just got a one line reply back from her. It read " I think I'll just order a sheet cake from (our local discount supermarket)"!!!!!
post #17 of 25
I'd say Yeah!! but not sure of that. At least you won't be stuck with hours of work and feeling cheated either.
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Virginia 323.253.8213
www.urbanainez.com
He is the man of my dreams, my prince; He gives me the desires of my heart, He completes me. His name is Jesus
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post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by debidehm

My nephew's fiance sent me another picture of a cake she had in mind for me to make for her brother. It was LOADED with details. I then sent her another picture of one I found that was still really nice, but a lot less detail. Since she wanted a cake with a baseball theme, it was a base with a baseball cap on it in the teams color, and initial. She e-mailed back she wanted the one she sent because it had more details. That's when I about blew!

I don't ever get into what goes into making a cake with anyone, or how I come up with pricing, but this time I thought "screw it". I'm getting tired of some family members wanting a "designer" cake for the price of a generic one. She's one that if I don't nip this in the bud, she'll keep wanting "discounted" cakes from me. So I send her a brief explanation on all that goes into making one. I told her I would still love to make the cake for her, but that for the price she wants to spend, the picture I sent her would be more along the lines of what I could do.

I just got a one line reply back from her. It read " I think I'll just order a sheet cake from (our local discount supermarket)"!!!!!

icon_eek.gificon_eek.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gificon_rolleyes.gif amazing!!! and good for you standing up for yourself.
post #19 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by debidehm

My nephew's fiance sent me another picture of a cake she had in mind for me to make for her brother. It was LOADED with details. I then sent her another picture of one I found that was still really nice, but a lot less detail. Since she wanted a cake with a baseball theme, it was a base with a baseball cap on it in the teams color, and initial. She e-mailed back she wanted the one she sent because it had more details. (she wanted to pay $50)----------------------------

I just got a one line reply back from her. It read " I think I'll just order a sheet cake from (our local discount supermarket)"!!!!!



After they stop complaining about the artificial taste, just say "you get what you pay for"
post #20 of 25
my mouth is hanging open after reading this thread!
i thought my sister was the worst of the worst, but I can see that she's just a member of a large club!

I am very happy to use my expertise to make a gift for a family member or friend. It's one of the few things I can offer that no one else can, but shame on anyone who looks that gift horse in the mouth.

my sister is one who calls to put in her "order" and expects results. after her comments about her wedding cake, i'm done baking for her. she can do it herself. i asked her to pick up my son from school on monday and she didn't even pause before refusing.

the free cake train is now retired.
post #21 of 25
I've got one. My husband has family in different cities that are each 2-3 hours away. Not only do that want a free cake because I'm the sister-in-law, but they want me to travel the 3 hours to them. I have done this only on two occasions, it was for my step-daughter's 15 th birthday and her graduation party. And I did it because our relationship isn't that great and I was trying to win her over. And because I would do anything for MF husband amd it was at his request.
post #22 of 25
OK time for a different family story about icing...

The winter before I got married, some second-cousins-in-law-to-be, a teenage brother and sister, nicely asked me into the kitchen for a private conversation. When we got there I said "what's up" and they said "do you know our grandmother's recipe for hard sauce? Can you please write it down for us?" I smiled and said that they didn't need paper or pen. Hard sauce was always served with steamed pudding for Christmas, after a feast of roast wild goose.

I told them to take some unsalted butter, mix in enough icing sugar to make it stiff, then to mix enough brandy or rum to make it soft. Their grandmother came into the kitchen to hear the tail end of this, and wanted to know why her grandchildren didn't just ask her. They said they thought it was suck a deep dark secret recipe that they would have to ask me...

So there are decent families. I had so much fun baking for these people that I never took the money which they always offered.
post #23 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by debidehm

My nephew's fiance sent me another picture of a cake she had in mind for me to make for her brother. It was LOADED with details. I then sent her another picture of one I found that was still really nice, but a lot less detail. Since she wanted a cake with a baseball theme, it was a base with a baseball cap on it in the teams color, and initial. She e-mailed back she wanted the one she sent because it had more details. That's when I about blew!

I don't ever get into what goes into making a cake with anyone, or how I come up with pricing, but this time I thought "screw it". I'm getting tired of some family members wanting a "designer" cake for the price of a generic one. She's one that if I don't nip this in the bud, she'll keep wanting "discounted" cakes from me. So I send her a brief explanation on all that goes into making one. I told her I would still love to make the cake for her, but that for the price she wants to spend, the picture I sent her would be more along the lines of what I could do.

I just got a one line reply back from her. It read " I think I'll just order a sheet cake from (our local discount supermarket)"!!!!!



I'm AMAZED that she told you she would order a sheet cake from the supermarket just because you wouldn't give her a fancy cake at the price she determined.. Wow, just wow. She wanted a designer cake at grocery sheet cake price.

I'm glad you told her though. Otherwise she could take advantage of you in the future.
post #24 of 25
Great job standing up for yourself! I had to learn that from CC myself. I used to beat myself up for it, but now that we are so busy, I have no remorse! I have learned to say no and the stress has really eased up. Again, good job!
post #25 of 25
Thread Starter 
Yes, it did feel good to say what I would do, and what I wouldn't do based on her budget. I have already done a bridal shower cake for her for her sister, and went WAY above and beyond the budget she gave me...even telling her at that time I was giving her a one time discount. I guess she forgot!! icon_twisted.gif

Cheers to her and her family on their sheet cake!
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