Some friends expect me not to charge them because of our "friendship". Sigh. Come on, FRIENDSHIP doesn't pay for ingredients and electricity usage.
I don't make super spectacular cakes like most people here. I'm still learning and experimenting with stuff, but most of the time it works out and looks decent.
Every time someone approach me to bake a cake for them, I always warn them that Im not a pro baker, and that it is all new to me. It may turn out to be different from what they had in mind. Once they are willing to take that risk, I'll do it.
And then AFTER i do it, there are little harmless flaws sometimes, they (some of them are even my friends) demand a half/full refund.
By harmless flaws, i mean a slightly chipped gum paste flower because they were careless in the transport of the cake... or the rilakkuma slippers fondant are of different size by a few millimeters.
Sigh, sometimes their demands make me want to stop baking for them. Id rather bake on my own pace, try out various recipes and experiment with all sorts of flavours than to please these unsatisfiable, condescending arses.
Originally Posted by LeslieBruckman
"I'm having a wedding on XXX and I'm having 200 guests at my wedding and only have a $200 budget for cake... I was hoping we could work something out"
My thoughts: Hahahaha... yeah, that you'll be making your own wedding cake from box mixes? ... that or having a large sheet cake...
What I actually say: Sorry, I'm not available that day.
In my early years as a decorator/caker I did occasionally 'help out' a friend by not charging for a cake & maybe even charged for ingredients only-I always felt good about what I delivered no matter a complaint (and there were few complaints) bc its difficult to complain about free. gifting was easy, it was experience, & my name went out into the world as a baker. my "business" grew, & it was a win-win. As per her thought to "work something out", just give her the idea that she should go online to learn how to do her own wedding cake. There are some sites & even a recent magazine article that told how a 'simple chic' cake can be done, maybe with a few grocery store flowers, or so...you get the idea. Smile at her. and go on your way. be a lady, (or gentleman) I'm sure your life is too busy to let your time be wasted. good luck