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My sister asked me for my chocolate cake recipe and I said I would give it to her as long as she doesn't give it out to anyone (i.e friends, cousins etc). I told her I'd put too much work into trialing recipes (and putting on kg) to just hand out my recipes. Is anyone else the same? The funny thing is I wouldn't care about sharing them on cc though...as most of you live another continent away....lol

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I've PM my buttercream recipe to quite a few people here but I probably would never share it with any family except probably my daughter who at the age of 17 doesn't really care about buttercream right now except to eat it ...lol
post #3 of 39

i usually direct them to the website where i got the recipe from... 

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I feel the same as Danilou y also put to much work (also time and money) on trailing recipes. I don´t like to give away my recipes because is also the "secret of a business".  When someone ask for a recipe I tell them that I sell cakes so I can´t give them the recipe because is my bussines even if I really do this for a hobby. But I really hate when someone asks for a recipe because I don´t want to be rude to anybody. 

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I know what you mean. I'm afraid ppl will think I'm a bit up myself and that I think my cakes are something special. I only do this as a casual thing (because I work and have 3 little kids) but still my recipes are worth something to me!

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I do notice that a lot of people come on here and ask for your recipes and kinda expect for people to be forthcoming and freely give up their best recipes. ... sometimes I give them out sometimes not just depends on my mood at that given time.
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I have no problem sharing my recipes with friends and family (that includes you guys).  I have PMd my buttercream recipe to several people, and it was given to me by someone else.  I think you're doing someone a service by sharing with them a tried and true recipe.  Now if you're a pro and a competitor asks you for a recipe, that's a different story.  But just in general, I don't think it's a big deal.

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I don't think it is any threat at all to give out a recipe

 

Those that actually feel the need to ASK will more often than not need a little bit more than a recipe! haha

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I don't think it is any threat at all to give out a recipe

Those that actually feel the need to ASK will more often than not need a little bit more than a recipe! haha
Yeah, I have noticed a lot of the people ask for recipes, ask for tutorials, ask for how long to bake, what should so and so look like, where can they get a whozit, how far in advance can they do it, and what do they do since it fell over, and what should they tell the bride who is demanding a refund but they spent the money on supplies?
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Yeah, I have noticed a lot of the people ask for recipes, ask for tutorials, ask for how long to bake, what should so and so look like, where can they get a whozit, how far in advance can they do it, and what do they do since it fell over, and what should they tell the bride who is demanding a refund but they spent the money on supplies?

 

...and it's their first cake!!   I love helping people out the few times I can. We all get stuck now and then, and benefit from the experience of others.    I am not a professional, and have been greatly helped by fellow CCers as well, but it takes time and effort and a significant learning curve to become proficient.  It cannot be handed out on a silver platter.   All my Go To recipes have at least a dozen (and some of them many more) tried and tossed attempts behind them. (I also agree 100% with ApplegumPam that the recipe is not the final cake).   I really appreciate those who have tried before asking.

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As I collect and work from "antique" recipes I will not share my recipes with anyone.  I have been told that I am rude and disrespectful... but know the time, money and engery I put into getting these recipes just right I can not just hand them away.  I use to volunteer to make it for them if they purchase the ingredient and that is when they usually hit the roof.  So, I have just started with I don't give out my recipes... in a firm tone.

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Originally Posted by Annabakescakes View Post

Yeah, I have noticed a lot of the people ask for recipes, ask for tutorials, ask for how long to bake, what should so and so look like, where can they get a whozit, how far in advance can they do it, and what do they do since it fell over, and what should they tell the bride who is demanding a refund but they spent the money on supplies?

...and it's their first cake!!   I love helping people out the few times I can. We all get stuck now and then, and benefit from the experience of others.    I am not a professional, and have been greatly helped by fellow CCers as well, but it takes time and effort and a significant learning curve to become proficient.  It cannot be handed out on a silver platter
.   All my Go To recipes have at least a dozen (and some of them many more) tried and tossed attempts behind them. (I also agree 100% with ApplegumPam that the recipe is not the final cake).   I really appreciate those who have tried before asking.
yep! I change my recipes every months or years as I learn and perfect, so I may give out an old one, lol.

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As I collect and work from "antique" recipes I will not share my recipes with anyone.  I have been told that I am rude and disrespectful... but know the time, money and engery I put into getting these recipes just right I can not just hand them away.  I use to volunteer to make it for them if they purchase the ingredient and that is when they usually hit the roof.  So, I have just started with I don't give out my recipes... in a firm tone.
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post #13 of 39

Thanks Anna!!

post #14 of 39
I tried, but when a person is one who believes that you can sub ice cream for milk in a scratch recipe without accounting for the HUGE change this brings to the balance of the recipe, it's a lost cause.
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Yeah it drives me crazy when I give someone a recipe and they say will I can just substitute this for that and it will turn out the same right.....arg.
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