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Yup, still enjoy this thread for the many personalities who post their quirky little thoughts. It helps me remember that we all share this earth.

 

Of course, there's always the option of skipping over the members you don't care for. Sentenced ended in prepositional phrase. Your turn James.

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I made a two tiered cake for an event at a friend's house recently.  She called me the morning of the party to ask a totally unrelated question, then said "I should let you go, you must be starting to bake now".

 

Do people really think their cakes are baked fresh the morning they receive them?  

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I'm just a hobby baker.  I'm retired and enjoy the creative side of cake decorating.  (Gumpaste flowers are my favourite things to make!)  I had a phone call from a lady who wanted a baby shower cake and so I made a two-tier cake (5" and 8", each tier 4" high) with a baby shoe on top.  We didn't talk money because I feel like I learn something every time I make a cake.  As requested, the cakes were chocolate with SMBC, chocolate ganache, and covered in fondant.  When she came to pick the cake up, she handed me $30 and asked me if that was enough.  I smiled and said yes that's fine.  Didn't have the nerve to ask for another $70. I learned from this cake to talk money!  I would like to at least cover my ingredients and maybe make $2 and hour.  :)

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Do people really think their cakes are baked fresh the morning they receive them?  

 

Yes. I was a pastry chef for a fine dining restaurant and made all their wedding cakes. Always from my tried and true file. But more than once a bride-to-be told the owner she wanted us to use her recipe. One Friday evening a Saturday bride came in with the recipe. I assume she never knew because the Executive Chef told me she had told everyone it was her very own secret recipe.

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Things not to say to a baker..........(silence)

I recently sent 15 beautifully decorated gingerbread with orange buttercream cupcakes in to work.  When I went to work the next day only two people said Thank You.  One said that they were the best cupcakes he had ever eaten and stole one to take home to his wife so I knew there was nothing wrong with them ( In fact I already knew how delicious they were because I had more than sampled them).  These are people who constantly nag me to bring in baking.  Needless to say it will be a while before they get any more.

Sooo sometimes saying nothing is worse than saying stupid or greedy things.

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Things not to say to a baker..........(silence)

I recently sent 15 beautifully decorated gingerbread with orange buttercream cupcakes in to work.  When I went to work the next day only two people said Thank You.  One said that they were the best cupcakes he had ever eaten and stole one to take home to his wife so I knew there was nothing wrong with them ( In fact I already knew how delicious they were because I had more than sampled them).  These are people who constantly nag me to bring in baking.  Needless to say it will be a while before they get any more.

Sooo sometimes saying nothing is worse than saying stupid or greedy things.

Saying "Thank you" is so important, yet so overlooked!

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cazza1:  pearls before swine cazza1......is it better to hoard them or cast them into the pig pen?

damn, it makes me think of how little I've appreciated my parents and all that they've done for me.

I think I'll bake them a cake tomorrow.

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How's this one to help get this thread back on track - I recently moved my business (bought a factory bay after years of renting, with a huge beautiful, modern kitchen already set up in it YAY!).  One of our regular customers came to pick up her grandson's christening cake on Saturday and complained about our new location.  We are about 15 minutes away from where we were.  When I talked to her about it, it turns out that she only lives 5 minutes away from our new location.  Slightly puzzled I asked isn't it easier to only drive 5 mins not 20 to pick up cakes?  No, it seems she likes the supermarket near our old shop and any time she had a cake to pick up would go to the supermarket and then pick up her cakes on the way home.  Whaaaaat??????

 

Can I also add that the road from her house to our factory is a quiet back road with one set of traffic lights, whereas the road to our old location involved going through a major road skirting around a city with a heap of traffic lights, lots of traffic and general aggravation. Maybe I'm a little biased here because I have made that trip more times than I care to count in the last three weeks, before, during and after the move.

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810 it's the old saying. 'You just can't please some folks'.

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Things not to say to a baker..........(silence)

I recently sent 15 beautifully decorated gingerbread with orange buttercream cupcakes in to work.  When I went to work the next day only two people said Thank You.  One said that they were the best cupcakes he had ever eaten and stole one to take home to his wife so I knew there was nothing wrong with them ( In fact I already knew how delicious they were because I had more than sampled them).  These are people who constantly nag me to bring in baking.  Needless to say it will be a while before they get any more.

Sooo sometimes saying nothing is worse than saying stupid or greedy things.

Ain't THAT the truth! We had a family party yesterday for 3 November birthdays and a cake was made for each of the birthday people. My sister in law made 2 and I made the one for my father in law. I am not a great decorator (strictly beginning hobbyist, no paid cakes), but I put a lot of love and thought into the design. He likes western wear (cowboy clothing) and I baked a horseshoe cake with paisleys on top and what was supposed to be a rope border. In consideration of his lowered appetite (he's in his 80's) I kept the icing thin, didn't layer it adding more icing in the middle, and the horseshoe shape was one that's easy to slice a small piece without leaving a lot of cut surface to dry out.  No thank you for thinking of me or thank you for making it or even "Oh, one for me, too?" And he wouldn't even take some home.

 

And it was MOIST and delicious.

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Originally Posted by jennicake View Post
 

I made a two tiered cake for an event at a friend's house recently.  She called me the morning of the party to ask a totally unrelated question, then said "I should let you go, you must be starting to bake now".

 

Do people really think their cakes are baked fresh the morning they receive them?  

Yes. I'm always having people wanting their cake delivered at the last minute because they think it will be fresher. Occasionally they want it delivered an hour into the party...I'm like, you know there could be a traffic jam, right?

 

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Yes. I was a pastry chef for a fine dining restaurant and made all their wedding cakes. Always from my tried and true file. But more than once a bride-to-be told the owner she wanted us to use her recipe. One Friday evening a Saturday bride came in with the recipe. I assume she never knew because the Executive Chef told me she had told everyone it was her very own secret recipe.

That's so crazy!  And she probably thought she was being clever by not giving the recipe until then to insure a fresher cake.

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Ouch. James, I used to think you just couldn't help yourself. Now I think you're a sly one.

 

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Yes. I'm always having people wanting their cake delivered at the last minute because they think it will be fresher. Occasionally they want it delivered an hour into the party...I'm like, you know there could be a traffic jam, right?

 

 

And yet, I had someone ring 5 days before the party and ask if she could pick up the cake that afternoon. I wondered how long she thought I had it finished and sitting around in my kitchen.

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Originally Posted by mcaulir View Post
 

And yet, I had someone ring 5 days before the party and ask if she could pick up the cake that afternoon. I wondered how long she thought I had it finished and sitting around in my kitchen.

 

So true, I had a girl once call me 10 days before her cake was to be picked up and asked me how the cake was going. I was speechless.

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It just never ends...last night I got from a friend who invited me to her xmas party and it also happens to be her sister's bday (don't even know the sister)... (please repeat in a fake British accent- I don't know why she does this).........."If you were so inclined to bring a dessert to my party do you think you could do a small cake with a horse on it?  It's my sister's birthday and she loves horses...")  Me: vacant stare in her direction... Her:  "or maybe a log cabin if a horse is too difficult....small nothing fancy.."  Me:  "A log cabin??" Her:  "Yeah, it's just a bunch of squares isn't it?...Me: "not really..."  then I just downed the rest of my glass of wine.....Really can't I just show up to a party with taco dip like everyone else?

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