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Originally Posted by valleybrown View Post

I've had a customer tell me that she makes bread pudding much better "and one day she will come in and teach me how it should be made"

What can you say to that except , have a nice day.

When we had our shop, there was one lady in particular who would come in every so often and always tell me her lemon bars were better than mine, and proceed to buy 4-6 of mine. Then she said she would bring me her recipe. She never did. 

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I think that some people on here need to keep in mind that not everyone has the money to buy a custom cake or even the desire to and would not dream of spending a huge amount on their child's birthday cake.  In fact I have never met any kids (apart from my own) that had really fancy cakes.  And even if I had never made a cake before, if I had made 3 tiers, with lumpy fondant and stuck a bought crown on the top the kids would have thought it was fantastic.  Articles like that are not necessarily aimed at the people who would buy a custom cake for their child.  And lets be honest custom cakes are more admired by the adults than the kids.  If your 'little princess' is devastated because her cake is not up to scratch then maybe it is time that she is taught about real life and it's values; like that Mum loves you and went to all this effort to make you happy. And whilst my kids friends used to go nuts over the birthday cakes at my place never once did my kids come home from a party and say ".....they only had a cr...py cake." 

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As  I was reading about the family members that ask about not making the icing too sweet I burst into laughter because  I made a cake for a family member with rolled butter cream fondant. The next day she told me the fondant was too sweet and she preferred the icing under the fondant.  HELLO,  the icing and the fondant had exactly the same amount of sugar in them. Glad to know I am not the only one. :grin:


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Originally Posted by cazza1 View Post
 

I think that some people on here need to keep in mind that not everyone has the money to buy a custom cake or even the desire to and would not dream of spending a huge amount on their child's birthday cake.  In fact I have never met any kids (apart from my own) that had really fancy cakes.  And even if I had never made a cake before, if I had made 3 tiers, with lumpy fondant and stuck a bought crown on the top the kids would have thought it was fantastic.  Articles like that are not necessarily aimed at the people who would buy a custom cake for their child.  And lets be honest custom cakes are more admired by the adults than the kids.  If your 'little princess' is devastated because her cake is not up to scratch then maybe it is time that she is taught about real life and it's values; like that Mum loves you and went to all this effort to make you happy. And whilst my kids friends used to go nuts over the birthday cakes at my place never once did my kids come home from a party and say ".....they only had a cr...py cake." 

I agree with you.  

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I'll second "cazza1" as well. And I'm thankful for the encouragement I've received here, and that the most utterly merciless critic of my own cakes (and other baked goods) has always been . . . myself.

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post #2466 of 2777
Well said Cazza1
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Originally Posted by Twerkdotgif View Post
 

When you let someone try your cakepops before they decide to buy and she says "Can you make them less sweet?" 

how do i make a ball of cake with frosting in it less sweet? 

 

Tell her you can give her the pop without the coating...that would be less sweet!  :D  :evil:

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One day a woman told me. I need ASAP a pumpkin pie ( wich in México is not as comon). When She was about to leve, she told me " I hope it's near as good as mine, because I make the best pumpkin pie ever". Next day she came by and told me, "every one love your pie, but of course I told them it was mine, they don't expect a better pie from anyone but me,I hope you can keep our secret" she really make me laugh, I couldn't believe some one could say that, it's beyond rude. So I did better had a good laugh.
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Originally Posted by elittotto View Post

.... "every one love your pie, but of course I told them it was mine, they don't expect a better pie from anyone but me,I hope you can keep our secret" ......

 

this probably happens a lot.

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Originally Posted by cazza1 View Post
 

I think that some people on here need to keep in mind that not everyone has the money to buy a custom cake or even the desire to and would not dream of spending a huge amount on their child's birthday cake.  In fact I have never met any kids (apart from my own) that had really fancy cakes.  And even if I had never made a cake before, if I had made 3 tiers, with lumpy fondant and stuck a bought crown on the top the kids would have thought it was fantastic.  Articles like that are not necessarily aimed at the people who would buy a custom cake for their child.  And lets be honest custom cakes are more admired by the adults than the kids.  If your 'little princess' is devastated because her cake is not up to scratch then maybe it is time that she is taught about real life and it's values; like that Mum loves you and went to all this effort to make you happy. And whilst my kids friends used to go nuts over the birthday cakes at my place never once did my kids come home from a party and say ".....they only had a cr...py cake." 

Cazza- I agree with you, but one time I defended a customer on here because I thought the complaint the baker had was absurd. Then, I was reminded my the members of this thread that bakers are just coming here to vent and this should mainly be taken in jest. And I realized she was right, I was taking it too seriously and people in every profession should have some where to vent their annoyances, no matter how petty others may see them! 

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First off, I have to say that I love this thread!  I'm a very, very new baker just laying the ground work for a cake business and it's so beneficial to see what kind of customers I'll potentially be dealing with.  I sell furniture as a day job so I'm no stranger to silly/absurd questions, (my favorite is when people are looking for picture frames that "go the other way."  It's like... Just rest it on the other side!) but that aside I do have one story to share with you guys!

 

I was doing a dessert bar and wedding cake for a very good friend/coworker of mine (I was a bridesmaid in the wedding).  The full spread was a three tiered cake (it's the white and blue one in my pictures), mini cupcakes, cheesecake filled strawberries, and chocolate truffles.  Half of the truffles I dipped in chocolate in corresponding colors to the theme and the other half I just rolled in cocoa powder, which to my knowledge is pretty common practice.

 

Now at the wedding and I was getting a lot of awesome feedback (the bride told me later that the dessert table was the most talked about part of the wedding).  I went outside to get some fresh air and these two women were smoking outside and talking about the wedding.  

 

One of them notices me and asks, "Oh, you're the baker right?"

I answer, "Yes!  Are you enjoying the desserts?"

 

And then proceeded to tell me about how she loved everything but that she had to spit out the truffles because they were "SO TERRIBLY AWFUL!!!"  All while laughing hysterically like it was the funniest thing on earth.  

 

I tried to laugh it off but I was definitely offended.  Other guests told me the truffles were their favorite part!  I think that maybe the cocoa powder was just too bitter for her, maybe she's just used to the super sweet milk chocolate that permeates all candies and desserts.  Or maybe I took it to heart cause I just spent three days straight baking for the dessert bar (as well as another wedding cake the day before) and was pretty darn pooped.

 

Either way, lesson learned!  Some people will never like what you put out!

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Originally Posted by cazza1 View Post
 

I think that some people on here need to keep in mind that not everyone has the money to buy a custom cake or even the desire to and would not dream of spending a huge amount on their child's birthday cake.  In fact I have never met any kids (apart from my own) that had really fancy cakes.  And even if I had never made a cake before, if I had made 3 tiers, with lumpy fondant and stuck a bought crown on the top the kids would have thought it was fantastic.  Articles like that are not necessarily aimed at the people who would buy a custom cake for their child.  And lets be honest custom cakes are more admired by the adults than the kids.  If your 'little princess' is devastated because her cake is not up to scratch then maybe it is time that she is taught about real life and it's values; like that Mum loves you and went to all this effort to make you happy. And whilst my kids friends used to go nuts over the birthday cakes at my place never once did my kids come home from a party and say ".....they only had a cr...py cake."

Of course not everyone wants fancy cake. My own kids usually get shop bought ones. As long as they're colourful and have candles in them, they don't care.

 

I posted the article because of the ridiculous advice about how easy and cheap it was to just make a fondant cake. I thought it was funny. Because, you know, it's not.

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Originally Posted by mcaulir View Post
 

Of course not everyone wants fancy cake. My own kids usually get shop bought ones. As long as they're colourful and have candles in them, they don't care.

 

I posted the article because of the ridiculous advice about how easy and cheap it was to just make a fondant cake. I thought it was funny. Because, you know, it's not.


Me, too. I especially liked the part where some people "spend upwards of $100 for a three tier cake."

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mccaulir, my comment was not aimed at you posting the article because I agree with you but at the comment;

 

(Complete with pictures of the devastated little "princess" when she sees her wreck of a cake.)

 

That was what got my goat up.

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Ah, I took that more as, 'What kind of wreck would you get with that advice?' and less as, 'Ha! A little girl would cry!'

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