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I am so sick of people asking "Can you do a (insert whatever theme) cake?"

 

I just want to respond, "Hey, it's all just patterns and shapes and colors, and placement, stupid. If I can do a cake at all, I can do a cake for your played-out, stupid theme...."

 

What do you say? I am sick of birthday cakes, I want to do JUST WEDDINGS...

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Originally Posted by Annabakescakes View Post

I am so sick of people asking "Can you do a (insert whatever theme) cake?"

I just want to respond, "Hey, it's all just patterns and shapes and colors, and placement, stupid. If I can do a cake at all, I can do a cake for your played-out, stupid theme...."

What do you say?
If we can make the requested cake, I say "yes", with an estimated price range. If we can't or don't want to, I say "no" (or "we do not offer that product at this time") and suggest an alternative product if applicable.
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If we can make the requested cake, I say "yes", with an estimated price range. If we can't or don't want to, I say "no" (or "we do not offer that product at this time") and suggest an alternative product if applicable.

You obviously don't get it, at all.

 

I can see that working for a bakery that has really plain, boring cakes. that are all basically the same cake. Like a grocery store. A question like that would mean, "Do you have some flotsam in this shape to put on a cake?'  But when a bakery has a wide range of talents, and unlimited designs, and mediums, it is pretty silly to ask that question. It's like, do you want it 3D, or flat? Toys or molded pieces, shaped, or tiered, or edible images? Airbrushing? Do you want it to have lights and sound? Should it be able to move? Do you want something to fly out of it?  Because I can do it all.

 

Not just a round cake or a rectangle with some questionable piping, and crap thrown on it.

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post #4 of 82

If you don't want to do themes, just tell them you specialize in wedding cakes.  Easy!

 

Liz

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Originally Posted by liz at sugar View Post

If you don't want to do themes, just tell them you specialize in wedding cakes.  Easy!

 

Liz

Uh, no, not that easy. I don't WANT to do them, but I want to pay my house payment, and car payment, and feed my family.

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post #6 of 82

LOL!

 

Well, I guess you do need a roof over your head . . .

 

In my drapery workroom, we just raised the prices on things we hated doing.  So you can do half as much of the offensive work for twice the price, and free up time for other endeavors.

 

Try raising your prices 10% a month until you encounter some real resistance - I promise you will like it. :)

 

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post #7 of 82

I think you need a vacation.

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I think you need a vacation.

I absolutely do. My anniversary is coming up, we are going to see Alkaline Trio (WHOO!) and Bayside (Whoo!) in Columbus. Maybe we can go up the day before, and stay a day after... I need a chick flick, too...

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post #9 of 82

And possibly a tranquilizer.icon_biggrin.gif Are being specific in a non specific way, like talking about character cakes?

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post #10 of 82
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And possibly a tranquilizer.icon_biggrin.gif Are being specific in a non specific way, like talking about character cakes?

Yeah, the one today was Dalmatians, but it could apply to anything. Do you want a freaking Dalmatian, or a freaking white cake with black spots?

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post #11 of 82
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Is it Disney Dalmatians? Or a picture of your Dalmatian?

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post #12 of 82

Ah yep, I feel your pain. Thankfully this is a great place to vent...nothing wrong with blowing a little steam off. It's healthy. Like broccoli.

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post #13 of 82
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Just yesterday, I was asked if I can make a pony cake. A Pony, or a My little Pony? A farm with a corral? A Barn? A pony head? A saddle? WHAT DO YOU WANT???? There is a first time for everything. Just because I haven't done it, doesn't mean I can't. The quote the other day was, "My wife and I are looking for a pool party cake. Do you make cakes with these designs? If so, do you do cupcake cakes? We are not sure yet if we are going with a sheet or cupcakes."

 

Do you want a pool, above ground or under? Kids or adults? A flipper? A Hawaiian or Tiki type design? Bamboo and hibiscus? A swim suit?  Water slide? A do NOT make CCC, thanks so much for asking!

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post #14 of 82
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And I only do sheet cakes if it is germane to the design, Like a pack of cards.

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post #15 of 82

Birthday cake requests give me irrational fits of rage. If one more person asks for a 'Tangled tower with hair going all the way to the bottom', I'm probably going to cry.

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