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post #16 of 55
When someone calls for a quote for a cake, and when given the price, they say, "Well, I could get that at Walmart for $50." OK, go ahead then. I don't make Walmart cakes!
post #17 of 55

Number 10 irks me to no end. I sat around for an hour a couple of weeks ago, waiting for a cake to be picked up. An Hour!! Who comes that late? Ugh.

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post #18 of 55

If you use good quality butter and farm fresh eggs, you will end up with a yellow-tinted cake which I sell as a "Butter Cake"... I can still flavor with vanilla or almond or just about anything really, as long as it doesn't change the color.

 

I think most non-bakers are thinking of the traditional yellow-cake-with-chocolate-frosting that was made popular by all the Betty Crocker commercials of the 80s and 90s.  Now it seems everyone wants something 'gourmet' and to be honest, the classics will always be the best tasting to me!

 

If you told any customer their red velvet would have actual beet juice in it, they'd be all over a regular chocolate cake!

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post #19 of 55

...or how about when a customer calls Monday for a cake for Saturday and then says "can I just pay when I pick it up?" Um, no. I'm doing you a favor by taking your last minute order. The least you can do is pay me for it in a timely manner.

post #20 of 55
Love the people who want a three tier, fondant covered cake with all sorts of embellishments and are expecting it to cost $30.00. The grocery store doesn't even sell a sheet cake for $30.00! And the ones who call on a Thursday and want a huge cake by Saturday! Drives me crazy!!
post #21 of 55

#10 is one of my biggest. Just last weekend I had a customer show up 1.5 hour late for picking up a cake. After she wanted it ready for 3, and I texted her at 2:05p telling her it was ready. She responds a little before 3 saying she would be there around 4, and she shows up at 5:30! I was beyond livid. And she didn't even bother to send any follow up texts saying she was late. Needless to say I didn't feel bad for falling asleep and missing her calls/texts for 10 mins. People can be so rude.  And I'm with Relznik, customers can suck the joy out of making cakes.

post #22 of 55

I just love # 3. LOL

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post #23 of 55

Misdawn, that really hits hard.

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post #24 of 55
My number 1 would be when I offer to make the cake for free and then get told every single detail of how the cake should look. I understand them choosing the taste but if I'm doing it for free all I need is the theme and ill decide how it looks ( what's cheaper/easier for me) since it is free!
#2 Would be said person demanding to pay me (which is great) but then when time to pick up "I left the money at home" or "I'm gonna bring you some money to the party" party in which I was invited and had to buy a gift for! But yet again no money at the party.
#3 People who are friends and family who actually don't mind paying but instead of me giving them a price they immediately say "I'll pay ya $20" I've often wanted to post a breakdown of the supplies and show them that $20 just doesn't cut it!
#4 still asking me to make your cake even after I told you I don't make them anymore!! Knowing it hard for me to say NO!
#5 showing up late
#6 making cakes leaves the biggest mess you could ever imagine in the kitchen. So after hours of baking and decorating there's a huge mess to clean up.
#7 if you don't have the ability to clear your mind on demand cakes will overwhelm you and the stress will build
#8 the fact that you can go to sleep with a beautiful cake and wake up to a leaning tower! No matter how many dowels you used! (Happened twice) thankfully thats all!
#9 not getting the icing just right and it sticks to the paper towel when doing the smoothing.
#10 being able to make really pretty cakes but quiting because "friends and family" were taking advantage of your talent!
post #25 of 55
@ sandieann #10 you didnt really quit did ya??
post #26 of 55

I agree with each and every rule!  I had a customer who couldn't make up her mind and for 2 weeks I got 62 texts from her with pictures!! She drove me insane. I finally got her to agree to a sheet cake, 48 cupcakes and 48 football cake pops! She wanted it all for a Saturday morning. I texted her Friday around 3pm and told her everything was ready if she would like to come and pick it up. She asked me why was everything ready on friday. Will it still be good for Saturday morning? Honestly, if she thought I was making all of this on Saturday morning...she is crazy!  And she said she would be over to pick it up at 5 pm and showed up at 9pm. Needless to say....do not want want to deal with her again!!

post #27 of 55
Yes I did! It wasn't worth being cooped up in my kitchen every weekend with no money coming in. My kids were tired of it too.
post #28 of 55
Awww, that's sad- people like to take advantage of other's good nature.
post #29 of 55

My BIGGEST pet peeve is the haggling aspect. I have told people over the phone or the computer that I am not a garage sale and I won't be haggled with. But EVERY single customer tries it, I had to ask one lady if she walks into a grocery store and haggles with the manager over the price of apples??? It drives me CRAZY!!!! 

post #30 of 55
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It drives me insane when I get an order for a half chocolate, half vanilla cake. Make up your mind--you will never make all of your guests happy! I charge extra for it...it is such a pain!

Me too ChiaPet!  It takes twice as long to bake 2 cakes for your 1/2 and 1/2 so I charge extra labor as well!

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