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post #16 of 30

I make cakes and decorate it but I don't include candles in the package. I do supply party cake candles but it's up to my customers if they will request for it. Actually, I give my customers an option to buy a special sparking birthday candle just like this one. I buy in a three pack and mark it up about double. Great profit builder!

post #17 of 30

Once the customer purchases it they can do what they please.  Chances are you've taken your pictures to preserve your work and they have their memories with their special candle.  Be happy that they enjoyed your work and cake. 
 

post #18 of 30

Yikes Nick, that candle looks huge.  Maybe its just the pic.

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post #19 of 30

@AuntGinn, they are approximately 6" in diameter and 4" high. Not your normal candle! I use them on top of larger cakes, of course. icon_lol.gif

post #20 of 30

When you think about it, the cake is going to be cut anyway. Now, that really changes the look.

post #21 of 30
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When you think about it, the cake is going to be cut anyway. Now, that really changes the look.
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post #22 of 30

I don't offer candles and when asked I say no but am happy if the customer wants to supply one. Personally, I think it ruins the look of the cake. I recently had one who wanted to put it on the top of a Chanel handbag, I wanted to cryicon_cry.gif

post #23 of 30

I am feeling really snarky after reading this thread. You were happy with the cake, they were happy with it, and they paid you. Yet, you are complaining. It is theirs, and they are going to eat it, so let them have their traditional candles and family time. It is none of your business, and I think they would be upset if they knew that you wanted to control what they do in their own home.

post #24 of 30

I usually add candles to the base board in the fondant. Because I do hate it when they spend so much on a special cake then add a cheap number candle.
I made a superman cake for my cousins birthday (I couldn't make it to the dinner, but gave her the cake earlier that day) I then see a photo on facebook, someone had added in the number candles in the side under the ribbons. She had posted the photo up and told everyone that I had made the cake, which yes I did and I'm happy with how it turned out, but all of her friends saw it with those candles.  
If my customer does have a special candle then they usually tell me they want to use it, and that's fine, but I find that if I put them in then it prevents people from going Oh crap I don't have candles, race to the shops get any candle with in reach and shove it in anywhere, then take and spread photos of my cake with a candle sticking out of it. If I put it in, then I can make sure I can put it in a spot that won't leave wax over the cake that people are going to eat. 

 

 

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post #25 of 30
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Originally Posted by Lynne3 View Post

CarolLee, I can see it being a pet peeve. And it use to really bother me too.

The nicest pictures of a celebration/birthday cake is the moment it brings joy and the candles are blown out. I have many pics of my cakes at just that moment. It's like a mini reward for a cake well done.


And I do offer long thin tapers that go into the cake board, or 7" thin colored candles that go directly into the cake. But I learned that my vision is not always the vision of the client. That's why I ask and let them decide.
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post #26 of 30
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A pet peeve: When I deliver a birthday cake I always include a color coordinated slim candle and put it in a strategic spot on the cake. Almost without fail, the customer will send me a photo and they will have taken my candle out and put a "number" candle on it or lined it up with several little candles....I must be missing something! This changes the whole look of the cake!


What do you guys do about the candle thingy???
post #27 of 30

I never supply candles unless they ask for them. I'll let them buy it and place it where they want it.

post #28 of 30

No cake for some of you guys at our family gatherings.  Not only does the birthday person get to blow out the candles but they get lit again and again and again as all the littlies also have a go.  The delight on their faces is well worth the added 'spit on the cake' and generally far less than when they kiss you.

post #29 of 30

Sorry, but a birthday party isn't a birthday party without a cake and - a birthday cake isn't a birthday cake without at least 1 candle to blow out!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Once I've photographed the cake, I don't really care what they do with it!!!!

 

I don't supply them unless it's something like a Barbie cake, where they candles go on the board rather than in the cake itself.

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post #30 of 30

I only do cakes as a hobby and do not sell but always ask the person if they need the candles. Most already have their own candles.   When I made a cake for (neighbor) a child who was Latin American, I went over and the birthday girl put her face right into the side of the cake. They said it was a tradition of the children to do that. If I had to vote blowing out candles verses smashing their faces into the cake  I think I would vote for blowing out candles instead. They always take pictures of the child once she has the cake all over her face.


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