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Don't Want To Copy A Cake

post #1 of 27
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I don't like copying someone else's cake...however, what do you do when someone brings you a picture and says, " I love everything about this cake, and I want this same cake"? I try to change it a little and put my own twist on it, but sometimes people are very specific that they want the exact cake they brought me.

The other part of that is I know if you copy a cake you should give credit to the original, but I have no idea where it came from.
post #2 of 27
As long as there are no copyrighted elements on the cake it shouldn't be a problem to copy it as-is, if that's what the customer wants. It's difficult to know who to give credit to even if the customer tells you where they got the picture from, since that may not been the original source.
post #3 of 27
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Thanks Jason! That's what I thought, I was just wondering.
post #4 of 27

I always tell people that I'm happy to use another cake as inspiration but that I will never promise an exact copy.  If someone isn't happy with that, then I'm just not their baker. 

 

The difference may be as small as the fact that I'm left handed so my borders go the "other" way, or that I don't have "that" particular lace mold [and neither I, nor the client, want to spend the $50 to get it], but I don't need to give someone ammunition for criticism, either.

post #5 of 27

I'd tell people that it won't look exactly the same becasue they're not made by machines, but I don't think it's a big deal to copy a design. The person you're copying probably copied most of it from somewhere else since there are very few original ideas anymore. I'm doing two "original" cakes this coming weekend that take architectural elements from the rooms they'll be in for designs on the cake, so I guess I'm copying that, know what I mean?

post #6 of 27
All very valid points. Rarely is there a unique idea.

I really try to change it a bit...personalize it.

I once lost a client because I kept trying to change the drain a bit. She wanted That cake. In a very nice way, without meaning to be smart, I explained that X of y made that cake and she should really contact her. The bride did. She was very happy with her (unoriginal, exact same as her best friend) cake. I was very happy she was happy.

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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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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 #7 of 27

fwiw--there's a real thrill not to mention a hard earned expertise to copying something as identically as possible--easy example is a cake sculpture--make it look so real that people are fooled and shocked--fun

 

and exact copies of other cakes are legitimate requests to me--it's an individual decision whether to accept the order of course--but again a special thrill say for example a 50th anniversary when the original is 'copied' --the honorees are very grateful and touched by the remembrance--same same for any other cake design someone has fallen in love with--

 

sometimes it's about the recipient more than the caker--

 

i agree that copying cakes is what we all are doing anyhow and to me it's a good thing--

 

sure sure develop our styles but there's another side to it too i think not to mention difficult clients with unreal expectations--so you gotta go with your gut on all this--but be open to it sometimes 

 

bad artists copy, good artists steal
pablo picasso

 

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post #8 of 27

I agree, I think that's a legitimate request and I'm happy to do it. Some customers don't want to spend much time on ordering a cake - they are crossing things off their list...they found a cake they like and want to be done with it. I don't see the point of changing anything on a design that's already lovely. I have a few of my cakes that people will ask for in different colors, sometimes I have to tell them the original colors I picked were best. I don't actually say that . I just send them the pics of examples when I did it in those colors requested by another color. (That sounds cryptic - I have a lady bug cake that looks good in pink, but not red)

post #9 of 27
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I She was very happy with her (unoriginal, exact same as her best friend) cake. I was very happy she was happy.

Whoa, wait..she got a cake that was exactly the same as her friend's cake? That opens up a different can of worms. I would have enjoyed seeing the friend's reaction! icon_biggrin.gif
post #10 of 27

.........I always tell people that I'm happy to use another cake as inspiration but that I will never promise an exact copy........

 

This is what I usually said.  Very few people can copy something *exactly* the same.

post #11 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thank you to everyone for your input! I believe this lady was just crossing things off her list too and she didn't really care. I looked at the design when she sent it to me, then didn't look at it again until after the cake was finished. That made it so I couldn't copy it. It was close, but not exact. And I really like the finished product!

Here is how it turned out!
post #12 of 27

nice work--looks great!

 

you had a happy client i'm sure

 

i the elephant

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pablo picasso

 

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post #13 of 27

Shoot, since Pinterest is everyone's go-to for inspiration and ideas for everything under the sun, it's rare when a client walks into my bakery without a photo of a cake they want copied.

~ Sherri
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post #14 of 27
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Shoot, since Pinterest is everyone's go-to for inspiration and ideas for everything under the sun, it's rare when a client walks into my bakery without a photo of a cake they want copied.


I had that problem here too but turned it into a positive. 

They normally come armed with more than one photo - .   More often than not ONE will be a high end one (think Ron Ben Israel)  - I act all excited and gush and say... OMG I have been so waiting for somebody to come to me that wants a cake like this replicated, you have really expensive taste -   they near fall off their chair when I tell them they could be looking at $4,000 for their chosen design.   Soooooo - then I tell them that the reason WHY we are called custom cake artists is because we CAN design a cake just for them..... and before the internet AND Pinterest ....THAT is all we did

They leave with a design that is THEIRS - and more than a little excited about that!

Their first 'custom' experience........and they tell their friends!

A sense of humour is a wonderful thing  - without laughter, the world is a SUPER boring place

PS..... only smart people can read truly WITTY comments and chuckle instead of getting all miffed

Hero of all time - GODOT

 

 

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A sense of humour is a wonderful thing  - without laughter, the world is a SUPER boring place

PS..... only smart people can read truly WITTY comments and chuckle instead of getting all miffed

Hero of all time - GODOT

 

 

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post #15 of 27
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They normally come armed with more than one photo - .   More often than not ONE will be a high end one (think Ron Ben Israel)  - I act all excited and gush and say... OMG I have been so waiting for somebody to come to me that wants a cake like this replicated, you have really expensive taste -   they near fall off their chair when I tell them they could be looking at $4,000 for their chosen design

That is exactly what happened to me with my friends daughters wedding.  She had two high end cake photos; one a 4 tier fondant and one a 6 tier fondant.

 

Then said she didn't want fondant.....just all buttercream, and her budget was $300 !!!!

 

My jaw dropped.  I said you're looking at least $2,000 cakes from fancy pants Big City Bakeries.

NO WAY can I make those.  Not even close!  not with Buttercream Icing & not with my skills.

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