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post #1 of 33
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I recently got a complaint from a customer saying her cake tasted/smelled like smoke. I do smoke, but not in my home. I smoke outside, no where near my cakes. The cake was vanilla flavored buttercream (dyed purple) & I used chocolate buttercream dyed black (to make a leopard print pattern). Maybe she just tasted the cocoa powder in the black buttercream spots? I don't know why or how the cake could taste or smell like smoke. Could it be all in her head? I've never heard of something like that before. Should I refund her money?

post #2 of 33
You handling the cake after smoking could have done it. I am a non-smoker and I can detect things like that from a mile away. Some are more sensitive to it than others. I would also check the oven. If there are food particles in the bottom that are putting off smoke while baking, that could be the culprit. As for refunding, that is your call. If you feel you did something wrong, I would.
post #3 of 33

Smokers just don't get it.

 

I'm a rabid non-smoker, and yes, I can taste smoke in food that's been prepared by smokers. It doesn't matter if you don't smoke inside or around the cakes . You've gone outside to smoke,  but that smoke is on your breath and in your clothes and hair when you come in and start working up close on your cake and decorations (I don't care if you brush your teeth - your breath still stinks like smoke). You've held that cigarette with your hands, and even if you wash your hands (which I sincerely hope that you would do after smoking), your hands still stink like smoke - and you start working on the cake.

 

 

I absolutely believe her that the cake tastes like smoke. You should refund her money. And quit smoking - because this will happen again - even if they don't complain they will chuck the cake, never order from you again and tell everyone they know that your cakes taste like smoke.

post #4 of 33
People who have quit smoking are even more sensitive to & bothered by the smell of smoke.

Used to, quit, & am ultra sensitive.

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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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post #5 of 33

My neighbor gifted me home made bread and pudding in two separate occasions. I tried the bread and it tasted as if I was eating cigarretes, I only smelled the pudding and it did smell like cigarette, so yes I'm sure it tasted bad. Smokers become desensitized to cigarrette smell

post #6 of 33

I smoked for over 25 years...have not smoked for the past 6.   I was so, so shocked at how my sense of smell was all wacked out.   Smokers....you cannot smell yourself.  Trust me.  I swore if I washed my hands, brushed my teeth and sprayed with body spray I was good to go.  You have no idea how you smell.   I could smell myself after leaving a bar...but for the most part, had no idea after those "smoke breaks" how I smelled.   Believe me....you really, really smell bad to a non-smoker.  Really, really....did I say really bad?  Get Chantix!  Was a magic wand for me. 

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post #7 of 33

I am a former smoker, started when I was 8 years old, and smoked for 5 years! (My mom worked nights, we had no supervision!) Then I quit for about a year, and started again, and so on ... I have been quit for 6 years and I can smell my neighbor coming up the drive. I can smell smoke on her daughter, and she doesn't smoke in the house or car.  My husband thought he would start again about 5 years ago, and I kept smelling it on him, after he said he quit, and he yelled at me one day when I accused him of smoking and said, "There is no way you can smell smoke on me! I pulled over, got out of the car, used a baby wipe on my hands, and brushed my teeth!" whoops! 

 

I believe she tasted smoke in the cake. If it were me, I would either quit or start another profession. 

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post #8 of 33

And refund her money.

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post #9 of 33
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I smoked for over 25 years...have not smoked for the past 6.   I was so, so shocked at how my sense of smell was all wacked out.   Smokers....you cannot smell yourself.  Trust me.  I swore if I washed my hands, brushed my teeth and sprayed with body spray I was good to go.  You have no idea how you smell.   I could smell myself after leaving a bar...but for the most part, had no idea after those "smoke breaks" how I smelled.   Believe me....you really, really smell bad to a non-smoker.  Really, really....did I say really bad?  Get Chantix!  Was a magic wand for me. 

WOW! Congratulations! I started SUPER young, but all together, I smoked about 14 and I can still long for a cigarette. Until I smell it! Then it is a no-go! Do you still crave at all? I really think with me, it is habit, I see a cigarette, or someone light up, and I want to too..... and then I smell it! 

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post #10 of 33

I do miss the social aspect of smoking....sitting outside with a glass of wine or a cup of coffee...I miss the "addiction"  but don't miss the smell or potential cancer.  That awful commercial on TV right now with that bald lady talking through that tube should make any smoker scared as hell. 

 

I recently left a bakery where I worked (as a nonsmoker) for 4 years...my first "food industry" job.    I don't know about other food industry jobs, but it seems like a lot of people in that industry smoke.   No one ever washed their hands when they came in from a smoke break.   Don't know if that is common...but it was where I worked. 

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post #11 of 33

Did you deliver the cake?  If you smoke in the car, it could have gotten into the icing from that.

 

Before smoking was outlawed in public buildings, we had a drugstore with a soda fountain where you could sit and smoke at the counter.  If you ever bought a box of Kleenex there when you were picking up a prescription, the Kleenex in the closed box reeked of cigarette smoke.  It was terrible.

 

If you smoke, I don't think you realize how strong the smell is to non-smokers.

 

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post #12 of 33
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Originally Posted by ddaigle View Post

I do miss the social aspect of smoking....sitting outside with a glass of wine or a cup of coffee...I miss the "addiction"  but don't miss the smell or potential cancer.  That awful commercial on TV right now with that bald lady talking through that tube should make any smoker scared as hell. 

 

I recently left a bakery where I worked (as a nonsmoker) for 4 years...my first "food industry" job.    I don't know about other food industry jobs, but it seems like a lot of people in that industry smoke.   No one ever washed their hands when they came in from a smoke break.   Don't know if that is common...but it was where I worked. 

That is what I miss too. I haven't seen the commercial, but cancer scares the crap out of me. 

 

The non washing of hands is really common. That was my experience everywhere I worked. When I smoked, I HAD to wash my hands after because I didn't like them turning yellow. 

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post #13 of 33

I can't stand to go into a convenience store where smoking is allowed. Even if I just run in, throw my gas money on the counter and hurry out, I can smell smoke on myself for hours! I can easily imagine it clinging to cake.
 

post #14 of 33
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I can't stand to go into a convenience store where smoking is allowed. Even if I just run in, throw my gas money on the counter and hurry out, I can smell smoke on myself for hours! I can easily imagine it clinging to cake.
 

 

In Kentucky, we grow tobacco, so we don't regulate it as much as most areas. But most restaurants don't allow it, and I haven't been in a gas station in years that allowed it. There are both smoking, and non smoking bars, but there is no smoking in about 99% of places. They used to have smoking areas, but the cigarette smoke didn't know if it was wafting into a non-smoking area. I sat as far away as possible, even when I smoked. http://www.stateoftobaccocontrol.org/state-grades/kentucky/grade-summary.html#cigarette-tax Even though I don't smoke, and hate the smell, I think it should be a personal choice. I like to think of the "F" grade we get as short for "Freedom". I
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post #15 of 33

I am retired army...and when I joined...EVERYBODY smoked....when the drill sergeant said "smoke 'em if ya got 'em"...man you lit up!   The funniest thing I remember about smoking was taking a huge jet from texas to germany..the entire plane was all military in our uniforms & gear.   The last "few" rows were "the smoking section"...hahaha...those poor non-smokers....like the smoke was going to stay in the last few rows.   

 

I remember when we got at that altitude when the pilot would put on the "smoking" sign....man, it sounded like machine guns going off with all the lighters clicking. 

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