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post #16 of 23

My son gets a free cake, in fact he just got the most elaborate dang thing I've made in a long time, but he's 5, and my son, so there's no explanations necessary there. :D 

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post #17 of 23

I love decorating cakes and only do it for family.  People do not realize the time and money  involved in baking and decorating. You are letting people take advantage of your good nature and "free" stuff.  Put your foot down and do not be afraid to say "no".

post #18 of 23

Tsal, at this point I think you need to text your friend and tell her "Sorry I cannot make the cake."

When she asks why you tell you her you cannot afford it.  She can either take the cake for 20 like you originally agreed to, give you the money to cover the ingredients or go somewhere else for cake.  Don't be wishy-washy about it.  Be direct and to the point.  You can do that and still say it kindly.  If someone gets upset about it they are not your friend.

 

I read all about the baby shower cake and sweetie, you really need to be more assertive or people or going to continue to take advantage of you.  That's what happened with the baby shower cake and that's what's happening here.

 

Nip it in the bud now.  You will feel so much better about it in the end.
 

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post #19 of 23

All this sounds like a perfectly good reason for me to continue to let the Printing Museum buy Costco cakes for our Ben Franklin Birthday event (the head of our theatre department channels both Franklin and Dickens), and for me to stick to my proverbial guns about not repeating my "wood type cookie" project without LOTS of help, and to ONLY bake cakes for staff and docent events.

 

Was enough of a pain in the butt just cutting and plating the Costco cakes. And actually, the cakes themselves weren't half-bad.

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post #20 of 23

I guess I am lucky, my family won't let me give them a free cake. They insist on paying me what they would have to buy the cake for from a bakery. On the occasion that I make a cake for someone else and I try to get enough to cover my cost & time, people usually think it's too much. So I have been pretty bummed out about it also. It's like they think you have nothing else to do!

post #21 of 23

ALL RIGHT, AZCOUTURE! You are so correct. I thought we earned the right to stop being doormats in the '60's. So let's do it! No more letting people take advantage of us.

 

And, Crimsicle--not sure what your working for a non profit has to do with charging for cakes (I ran one for many years), but if that is what you want to do, definitely, get the donation made out to the non profit in your hand upfront. Otherwise, you will hear every excuse in the book later as to why the customer can't do it.
 

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Originally Posted by AZCouture View Post

My son gets a free cake, in fact he just got the most elaborate dang thing I've made in a long time, but he's 5, and my son, so there's no explanations necessary there. :D 

 

 

Whaaa??? you DIDN'T charge him.  I totally would have made him pay up 20 favorite Hot Wheels and a baggie of legos for that masterpiece.  (tee hee icon_wink.gif)

post #23 of 23
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Whaaa??? you DIDN'T charge him.  I totally would have made him pay up 20 favorite Hot Wheels and a baggie of legos for that masterpiece.  (tee hee icon_wink.gif)

No kidding huh?!?! He had to settle for a slightly understated version though, cause his budget didn't allow for more. ;)

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