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post #46 of 2803

Some of my husband fam   "is easy for u  you make cakes whit your eye's close" 

post #47 of 2803
How about when someone changes the flavors just days before... "Can you change the top and 3rd tier to just chocolate... I know this wont be a problem because chocolate cake is pretty common and it should be easy enough for anyone to make." OO-Kay then....

A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece.

 

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A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece.

 

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post #48 of 2803

I just love this thread!  And, speaking of free cake vultures, how about this one:

 

A friend of a friend, whom I have never met, is having a Hobbit movie premier party and wanted a cake, so he requests my friendship on facebook and invites me to the party. Then he says he'd like this fabulous 3D sculpted cake of the tower with the eye of Sauron on top. He is very specific in his order too.  He doesn't like buttercream so he says he wants white cake filled with chocolate ganache and raspberry filling. I tell him how much the cake will be and then I don't hear from him.  Instead, about a week later, our mutual friend texts me and says that he just can't afford the cake and honestly he thought I was going to just bring this cake as my "dish" to the potluck party!  Can you believe that?  I was so totally blown away!   Here is a link to the cake he wanted me to recreate and bring as a freebee to his party. http://betweenthepagesblog.typepad.com/.a/6a0120a5924ef0970b017d3cba4ab9970c-550wi 

Let me know if you are laughing as hard as I was! I really can't believe the gall of some people!
 

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To find the best in others, to give one's self...
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To laugh often and love much... to appreciate beauty,
To find the best in others, to give one's self...
This is to have succeeded.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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post #49 of 2803

How about when someone changes the flavors just days before... "Can you change the top and 3rd tier to just chocolate... I know this wont be a problem because chocolate cake is pretty common and it should be easy enough for anyone to make." OO-Kay then....

 

lol when they do that I tell them sure no problem and then I quote them additional per serving charge for the new cakes on top of what they've already paid. For some reason they always decide that their original choice will work out just fine.

 

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post #50 of 2803
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Originally Posted by de_montsoreau View Post

 

Phone rings today.

"Hi, I really love your website and your cakes, could you make me a cake for my birthday, to be delivered on 25 December?"

"Well, thank you, but I was actually looking forward to the holidays". (In Germany the 25th of December is a public holiday with ALL shops, and offices closed. Not even supermarkets are open. NOTHING. And you expect me to sacrifice my extremly hard earned holiday for a birthday cake?!?!?. No. Never. Ever.)

 

My response would have been: Only if you can walk on water and turn water into wine.

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deborahanne

http://grandmasugarskitchen.blogspot.com/
http://fromlinetocolor.blogspot.ca/

Life begins at 325° F, and, yes, that IS powdered sugar in my hair.

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post #51 of 2803
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Originally Posted by BakingIrene View Post

Ditto for "you didn't really need that cake book back, did you?" when my copy of Lambeth disappeared into the ether of friends-of -friends...

Whaaaat? Please tell me you made them buy you a new copy. Oh there would have been blood, if that happened to me.

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post #52 of 2803

OMG, this thread is hilarious!!!

 

Here's my ultimate favorite and I get asked it all the time

 

 

Customer:  "how much do you charge for a wedding cake"

Me: "$3.25 for serving for buttercream, $3.75 for fondant"

Customer:  "so... how much would it be for a cake to feed about 100 people"

 

UGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!

post #53 of 2803

Haha - yeah I hate the word "moist".  Ug.

 

"We love clean and modern.  Here's some photos (insert clean, minimalist 3-4 tier cakes here), can I get a clean and modern cake that has a stork, mailbox, some zoo animals, a really big pink bow because she loves pink bows, polka dots, pinstripes, and maybe a teddy bear or two?  Oh and can you put my favorite sports team logo on the teddy bear because I want me represented somewhere in the cake.  Maybe you can make a small teddy bear standing next to a stork holding a baby boy next to a mailbox only instead of letters in the mailbox maybe you can have tiny books that are all her favorite children stories?  Oh and the zoo animals need to be a zebra, lion, tiger and a few monkeys.  She also loves to shop so maybe you can make a few small shoes, shoe boxes and maybe some shopping bags?  The bags should be from Neimans because she loves Neimans.  Everything should be edible, especially chocolate.  That would be so cool!  I obviously have no idea about cakes but we really want clean and modern.  Oh and it's only for 4 people and we need it in 3 days."

post #54 of 2803
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Originally Posted by nhbaker View Post

OMG, this thread is hilarious!!!

Here's my ultimate favorite and I get asked it all the time


Customer:  "how much do you charge for a wedding cake"
Me: "$3.25 for serving for buttercream, $3.75 for fondant"
Customer:  "so... how much would it be for a cake to feed about 100 people"

UGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!
There could be good reasons to ask this question. For example, depending on the number and size of tiers it may not be possible to get exactly 100 servings. Also, some bakeries charge different per-serving prices depending on the size of the cake.
post #55 of 2803
I had a lady order a cake for her daughter who wasn't with her at the time of ordering and order strawberry filling for the cake only after I bought the filling from cake supply store an hour away that when I finalized the order before making the cake that the daughter says how she hates strawberry make it raspberry as the mother claims thats what she ordered raspberry not strawberry
post #56 of 2803
Omg! I've totally gotten that cake request, Jen! They want clean and simple, then it's an explosion of crap on their cake. I make sure to charge what it's worth, so they change their mind.

The guy wanting the Eye of Sauron tower cake for free is killing me, LOL!! I can't even imagine the time and skill involved to create that! I do get invitations to events often, where I presume they want to get the cake for free, since I don't know them well, but to actually hear it confirmed, is flabbergasting!
Beginners, be sure to parrot advice and get your post count up as fast as you can. After all, it's not what you know, it's what people THINK you know.
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Beginners, be sure to parrot advice and get your post count up as fast as you can. After all, it's not what you know, it's what people THINK you know.
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post #57 of 2803
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Originally Posted by FromScratchSF View Post

 

"We love clean and modern.  Here's some photos (insert clean, minimalist 3-4 tier cakes here), can I get a clean and modern cake that has a stork, mailbox, some zoo animals, a really big pink bow because she loves pink bows, polka dots, pinstripes, and maybe a teddy bear or two?  Oh and can you put my favorite sports team logo on the teddy bear because I want me represented somewhere in the cake.  Maybe you can make a small teddy bear standing next to a stork holding a baby boy next to a mailbox only instead of letters in the mailbox maybe you can have tiny books that are all her favorite children stories?  Oh and the zoo animals need to be a zebra, lion, tiger and a few monkeys.  She also loves to shop so maybe you can make a few small shoes, shoe boxes and maybe some shopping bags?  The bags should be from Neimans because she loves Neimans.  Everything should be edible, especially chocolate.  That would be so cool!  I obviously have no idea about cakes but we really want clean and modern.  Oh and it's only for 4 people and we need it in 3 days."

 

Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!!!

There. Their. They're not the same.

 

I hope I die before "your" becomes the official contraction of "you are."

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There. Their. They're not the same.

 

I hope I die before "your" becomes the official contraction of "you are."

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post #58 of 2803

Still having LOTS of fun reading these gems. [vgcea.....you have to stop.  You are making me wheeze.]

 

sbrehill~~Hey, I don't know why you couldn't make an Eye of Sauron Hobbit cake!  Everybody knows we can do cakes with our "eye" closed!   Just be sure it's clean and modern.   Does this mean the cake vulture, friend-of-a-friend-that-you've-never-met is going to dis-invite you? 

 

nhbaker~~Here's one of my Indydebi favorites:   "Do the Math"

http://cateritsimple.blogspot.com/2010/11/doing-math-or-going-math-dumb.html

post #59 of 2803
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Originally Posted by -K8memphis View Post

In my experience the reason they ask that is that they are not processing the facts because they are overwhelmed in a foreign situation or they want a better deal if they have done the math or they are comparing prices as intelligently as possible.
That can certainly be true as well. I've had customers who have misstated the prices listed on our website, whether this was done intentionally or not the error somehow always works in the customer's favor. When I confirm the correct price they usually accept it without question.

I may be unusual in that I find these types of inquiries amusing, I can't recall a single instance where I would put an inquiry on a "never ask again" list. Dealing with customers was one of my favorite parts of the job, this made my wife very happy since she could focus on the baking and decorating.

Even asking about less sweet icing is not that big a deal, we've had several customers from other countries ask about this because they are used to icing that's not as sweet as the American BC we use, and we have (unadvertised) alternative recipes to meet this requirement.
post #60 of 2803
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Originally Posted by Kiddiekakes View Post

Mine is....."Can you not make the icing so sweet!! "

 

such idiots....icon_rolleyes.gif

Ditto!!!  icon_mad.gif

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