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!