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post #331 of 2789

Even though I don't do cakes professionally the one I always loved from the professionals was the brides that come in and say "I want something really different",  and then pick the cake that everyone other bride for the last year has picked.  Sounds like rustic may have been this for the last so long.

post #332 of 2789

Oh, I just finished a dummy 3-tier wedding cake. I guess I won't mention it unless asked.icon_biggrin.gif

Happy baking and creative decorating,

Dorit T.
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Happy baking and creative decorating,

Dorit T.
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post #333 of 2789
We get that attitude a lot, also. We have display cakes in the shop and people ALWAYS ask if they are real. We say no, but they're all covered and decorated exactly as if they were real - with sugarpaste and edible decor.

The general public is incredibly dismissive when they find out the cake models aren't real cake. They have just no idea of the time, patience and skill it takes to make a bespoke cake - real or not.

I have a retail shop also, and people always ask if we' ve made roysl icing or sugardough decorations ourselves (the packaged ones we sell in yhe shop). They are so dismissive when we say no, theh are factory-made and packaged. Honestly - do they really think that we have the time to pipe and professionally package all those pirate (or whatever) decorations? Not to menton the price! No way can vi prepare and color that much royal and sit there piping all those pirate heads by hand for that cheap!
post #334 of 2789
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Originally Posted by glenskendall View Post

How about asking for your recipes! Umm... No, I don't share my recipes. Like I can walk into a restaurant and ask for their recipes? "Umm, excuse me McDonald's but can you give me the recipe for a Big Mac so that I can make it myself and not spend any money on your product. That would be great!" LOL

I get this one too! from family... like F*** off... this is my business.. how about support me and buy a damn cake!

 

jeeze

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I remember a thread on here where the couple were at a tasting and the bride to be asked if the baker ever froze cakes before hand, the baker replied after the tasting you tell me...I thought yeah how did that cake you just ate taste?

My wonderful mother in law works with several woman she has no second thoughts of calling me and inform me that she needs a birthday cake for such and such due the next day...ok let me drop everything just for you

My mother does this to me... and throws in a token... "it's like advertising"... uh!? as if any of her co-workers have ever ordered a cake from me!

post #336 of 2789

I had a lady come and meet with me about a cake.  she tells me she wants a 3D hummer (truck - - for those of you with dirty minds ;-) with figurines. when i ask her how many people she said "I dont know, maybe 10".  I advised I couldnt make the detailed cake she was describing that small and offered a round cake with a hummer on top. she didnt like that idea she definitely wanted a 3d hummer cake... make it as big as it needs to be.  so when i gave her the price she said.  "what?!? arent you just going to make it out of rice crispy square like they do on the shows. We arent going to eat it anyway"  UGH!!!

 

1. if you wanted a rice crispy treat hummer why didnt you say that?

2. if would cost you more cause its more annoying

3. if you are not oging to eat it why dont you go buy him a toy hummer since that would be cheaper.

 

she ended up telling that she was going to ask a friend how makes cakes to make it.  thanks for wasting my time lady! this was a few years ago when i was just starting so if she called and asked me about it now it would be more...lol

post #337 of 2789

Yes I've had the "can you make the frosting not too sweet" question quite a bit...but one customer asked me if I would match the grocery store prices...Ummmm NO...I usually tell them if pricing is driving their decision then they should probably go ahead with the  grocery store cake. Hahaha I just laugh thinking about that one. Guess they have to ask...

post #338 of 2789

Some people don't understand they are paying for our skill and experience. Just like a hair stylist or plumber...I had a groom's mom come to my shop and say the Bride's friend was taking a Wilton cake decorating class and would make the wedding cake for them...the mom said..."Definitely not at my son's wedding" I think the shows make it look so easy...but it's a skill that is build through time!

post #339 of 2789
Last week I got a voicemail that said she was calling to price cakes, but she'd probable just make something herself anyway, but figured she'd get some ideas from me on what to do. I thought about calling back and telling her there was no effing way I was going to waste my time with her, but figured that would waste my time too, and deleted her voicemail.
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post #340 of 2789
Another I had today that really killed me was a lady showed up to get her groupon cupcakes 6 hours late, 5 minutes after I sent them out the door with someone else, and says, "that's okay, I can just go to the store and you can make more. Or I guess you could just make a cake."

Umm, I make everything custom, you're SOL.
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post #341 of 2789
I make alcohol infused cakes and one i hate is "what if i supply my own liquor? Can i get the virgin price?"
post #342 of 2789
Wow! Some people...
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Last week I got a voicemail that said she was calling to price cakes, but she'd probable just make something herself anyway, but figured she'd get some ideas from me on what to do. I thought about calling back and telling her there was no effing way I was going to waste my time with her, but figured that would waste my time too, and deleted her voicemail.
post #343 of 2789

Hmm. And if instead of frosting, you were piping, say, Hydrocal onto the display dummy (so that it would basically last forever) it would require even more skill than a real cake, since Hydrocal, like any other gypsum plaster, will "go off" after a certain amount of time after it's mixed, whether it's on the cake, or still in the piping bag, and whatever's left will quickly set up hard as a rockicon_biggrin.gif.

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post #344 of 2789

Love the bride at yesterdays show:  She wants a Country Birch Bark Cake with a KISS twist - yes, KISS with the long tongue.  I looked stunned and didn't know what to say then she yells "COME ON - YOU CAN DO IT".  ....................well honey if I do it won't be featured on my web site.

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Love the bride at yesterdays show:  She wants a Country Birch Bark Cake with a KISS twist - yes, KISS with the long tongue.  I looked stunned and didn't know what to say then she yells "COME ON - YOU CAN DO IT".  ....................well honey if I do it won't be featured on my web site.

 

That image may give me bad dreams for a night or two.

deborahanne

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