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OOh yes... keeping track of what other things people will pay top dollar for is a good way to extinguish rude comments.

 

My employer found out that I did pastry arts in school and so would ask me to cater things (it's not totally weird, I work in a kitchen anyway). But she wanted cupcakes and cookies, but said she didn't want anything sweet. icon_confused.gif

 

I sweated bullets through most of the planning on that one!

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Had someone contact me recently about a cake, wanting "something simple" after receiving an initial quote. Maybe no fondant? Maybe a single tier rather than stacked (won't change a thing since I price by the amount of cake, and not by spatial orientation)? I tried to explain that even if I went all the way down to my base price for SMBC, the cake still would not be cheap. It got me thinking about the steps the clients rarely think about when considering what does into their custom cake, so I made this my status update for the day:

 

Pre-order consultation to discuss what you want, what your event is about, what your design themes are, drawing up sketches, creating quotes, back and forth emails to confirm what you want.

Shopping for ingredients, making fondant, making buttercream, making whatever specialty ingredient that goes with the cake e.g. caramel, making gumpaste, making gumpaste flowers, making ganache, prep, measuring out ingredients, baking, cleaning up. Next day: tort-fill-crumb coat-ganache the cake, cover in fondant, decorate cake. Packaging, attach logo, delivery, set up at your location. 

Hours of work, use of resources: gas, mileage, electricity. None of these even include the cost of the actual ingredients that go into your cake. 

Even if I paid myself minimum wage, that fancy cake still would not be cheap.

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Here's one: 

 

A couple of weeks ago a lady came in to our storefront. I greeted her as usual and she looks down at the cupcakes in the case and says, "So, your cupcakes are just cupcakes with blobs of icing on top?" 

Me: Yes, pretty much. (Actually, they are iced in pretty swirls of icing, but whatever)

Customer: ::Makes face:: "Oh ok" ::Leaves::

 

I still have no idea what in the world she was expecting them to be. Is there some type of cupcake that doesn't have icing on top? Icing on the bottom? Icing in the middle, like a cupcake sandwich? Did she expect them to be custom decorated cupcakes? (From the case? Yeah right!) I'm so confused. That wins the weirdest question award. (So far...)

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post #469 of 2803
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Here's one: 

 

A couple of weeks ago a lady came in to our storefront. I greeted her as usual and she looks down at the cupcakes in the case and says, "So, your cupcakes are just cupcakes with blobs of icing on top?" 

Me: Yes, pretty much. (Actually, they are iced in pretty swirls of icing, but whatever)

Customer: ::Makes face:: "Oh ok" ::Leaves::

 

I still have no idea what in the world she was expecting them to be. Is there some type of cupcake that doesn't have icing on top? Icing on the bottom? Icing in the middle, like a cupcake sandwich? Did she expect them to be custom decorated cupcakes? (From the case? Yeah right!) I'm so confused. That wins the weirdest question award. (So far...)

Filled? Or flavored icing on top? Or a pice of candy or something on top? IDK, that is weird. Maybe she was the competition? 

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post #470 of 2803

You didn't tell her they get up and do a dance? No wonder she walked out. 

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post #471 of 2803
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Here's one: 

 

A couple of weeks ago a lady came in to our storefront. I greeted her as usual and she looks down at the cupcakes in the case and says, "So, your cupcakes are just cupcakes with blobs of icing on top?" 

Me: Yes, pretty much. (Actually, they are iced in pretty swirls of icing, but whatever)

Customer: ::Makes face:: "Oh ok" ::Leaves::

 

I still have no idea what in the world she was expecting them to be. Is there some type of cupcake that doesn't have icing on top? Icing on the bottom? Icing in the middle, like a cupcake sandwich? Did she expect them to be custom decorated cupcakes? (From the case? Yeah right!) I'm so confused. That wins the weirdest question award. (So far...)


Maybe she spends too much time on pinterest and expected each one to be topped with a gumpaste peony?

post #472 of 2803

Do you have the kind of cupcakes that have just a swirl in the center and not  to the edge?  That may have been what she meant.  I saw a thread on here where there was a discussion about how some people thought that it  didn't look like a 'real' cupcake without icing covering the top.

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Originally Posted by LoveMeSomeCake615 View Post

Here's one: 

A couple of weeks ago a lady came in to our storefront. I greeted her as usual and she looks down at the cupcakes in the case and says, "So, your cupcakes are just cupcakes with blobs of icing on top?" 
Me: Yes, pretty much. (Actually, they are iced in pretty swirls of icing, but whatever)
Customer: ::Makes face:: "Oh ok" ::Leaves::

I still have no idea what in the world she was expecting them to be. Is there some type of cupcake that doesn't have icing on top? Icing on the bottom? Icing in the middle, like a cupcake sandwich? Did she expect them to be custom decorated cupcakes? (From the case? Yeah right!) I'm so confused. That wins the weirdest question award. (So far...)

My guess is that she was wondering if your cupcakes had a filling. That seems to be the rage right now, and many of the "cupcake" shops in my area just selling "filled" cupcakes. But it beats me why she didn't simply ask you, if that is what she was wanting. No need to be huffy about it! People!!!???!!!! icon_biggrin.gif
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Maybe she spends too much time on pinterest and expected each one to be topped with a gumpaste peony?
That would be my guess, she may have been looking for something with a smoother look or added decoration on top. Some shops regularly stock these types of cupcakes in their case.
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Maybe she spends too much time on pinterest and expected each one to be topped with a gumpaste peony?

     Haha, maybe so! If they were, we would be charging a LOT more for them! 

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My guess is that she was wondering if your cupcakes had a filling. That seems to be the rage right now, and many of the "cupcake" shops in my area just selling "filled" cupcakes. But it beats me why she didn't simply ask you, if that is what she was wanting. No need to be huffy about it! People!!!???!!!! icon_biggrin.gif

     Yeah, I had that thought after she left. We do have a couple that have fillings, but not all of them. But like you say, why didn't she ask? How could she tell for sure if they had filling without asking? 

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Do you have the kind of cupcakes that have just a swirl in the center and not  to the edge?  That may have been what she meant.  I saw a thread on here where there was a discussion about how some people thought that it  didn't look like a 'real' cupcake without icing covering the top.

 Yes, they are the type with a swirl in the center. It comes pretty close to the edge, but it's not completely covered. 

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You didn't tell her they get up and do a dance? No wonder she walked out. 

   Dancing cupcakes, now THERE's a money maker! icon_lol.gif

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post #476 of 2803

I have been to a lot of the famous cupcake shops in the NE and pop my head in every bakery we walk past on vacations.  Cupcakes that are $3 and up.  Each time I go in I try to see how they are decorating them in action and see the ones in the cases.  Each time I shrug  my shoulders and think...huh, just cupcakes with icing on top.  So I can kind of understand the customer.  I think basically a grocery store cupcake ultimately doesn't look that much different from a fabulous, famous cupcake.  Especially when you aren't tasting them, seeing them side by side, etc.  Mainly I think I never see anything I would pay that money for since I figure I can make my own cupcakes for way less. 

post #477 of 2803

I suppose she could have been expecting the Crumbs type cupcakes where they've stuck a bunch of stuff on to the side of the frosting. But those babies start at like $4 and they're kind of dry. 

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post #478 of 2803

Or she might have just been a dingleberry.

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Or she might have just been a dingleberry.

Bahahaha ha! I so heart you, CostumeCzar!

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It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

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Or she might have just been a dingleberry.

Much more likely! 

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