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post #16 of 24
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This response is for AnnieCahill is it the same as baking for family when total strangers rave about my cake? I was asked to make my niece's birthday cake for her 20th birthday over 20 people I didn't know loved my cake. That right there says customers would be happy with my cakes. You should be more positive and not negative in your answers. Those twenty people make me think I CAN do this!

 

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Well, good luck to you then.

 

Ditto. Best of luck to you.

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post #17 of 24
And that is where the good advice should stop. Don't bother ladies, save it for someone who wants and is willing to accept good advice. Don't waste your energy, this is where the threads go bad and the helpful ones are vilified. Sad.
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post #18 of 24
Negative or honest? I was working with what you wrote in your original post, and others agreed with me as well so are you whining to them in PMs too? Note that I've been a member of CC for ten years and I've seen people like you come in and out by the dozens with failed businesses. My post was meant to help you understand the REALITIES of having a business, not to hurt your feelings. I'm sorry you perceived my post as a personal attack.

I suggest you grow a thicker skin if you're considering starting a business. That is just truthful. Do you want things sugar-coated or straight?
post #19 of 24
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And that is where the good advice should stop. Don't bother ladies, save it for someone who wants and is willing to accept good advice. Don't waste your energy, this is where the threads go bad and the helpful ones are vilified. Sad.

Ditto, again.

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post #20 of 24
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Negative or honest? I was working with what you wrote in your original post, and others agreed with me as well so are you whining to them in PMs too? Note that I've been a member of CC for ten years and I've seen people like you come in and out by the dozens with failed businesses. My post was meant to help you understand the REALITIES of having a business, not to hurt your feelings. I'm sorry you perceived my post as a personal attack.

I suggest you grow a thicker skin if you're considering starting a business. That is just truthful. Do you want things sugar-coated or straight?

Hopefully she takes the time to read my post up thread...elaborate version of what you simply stated.  I tend to get windy!

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post #21 of 24

Even though it stings, I appreciate when one of you takes my cake and "rips" it to shreds. We really can't see our own work objectively. I know my cakes taste good, because I have been baking for years and still turned to your recipes to get professional scratch cakes. But my decorating - groan!!! I am new, I have a ton to learn!!! And I won't get better and succeed until I learn to accept constructive criticism. Some of you have been kind enough to be honest with me - thick fondant, sloppy edges, etc., and I really, really appreciate it, as I am sure many others here do. So as sensitive as I am, I want to succeed, so I will NEVER whine about a good strong critique!!!

 

And thank you for that,

Nancy

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"..... We really can't see our own work objectively.........."

 

 

Professional bakers and pastry chefs can and do, at least the successful ones do.

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post #23 of 24

Well, that's not me. Yet.

Nancy

post #24 of 24
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Actually, I wasn't really being sarcastic, I was writing it in disgust. "Pretty" seems to count for everything in cakes. Even on Cake Boss, they never taste.it. And I don't consider myself a decorator. I bake everything from scratch, I use all natural ingredients, and mostly organic, including eggs from only free range chickens, but all many people, even here, talk about is "pretty," and how best to "doctor" a box mix. I guess because we can't taste it, but I have to say, I came here and was surprised at the number of specialty bakers who bake like the big box grocery stores.

So, yes, I guess it actually was sarcastic. I have far to go with my decorating, and I hope I get there, because I have tasted the cakes made around me, and they are not the way I bake!
Nancy

So well put. I was surprised to see a thread devoted to box mixes on here and which box of chemicals performed better than that one. Not being snippy, just surprised. I am a scratch baker using the best ingredients I can afford. I understand a busy mum with limited skill and time opening a box to entertain kids on a school holiday but as a customer who forked out 100.00gbp ten years ago for an awesome birthday cake(brilliantly decorated) which tasted of sawdust I wasn't best pleased.
I know tastes differ across the board and the vegetable fat lovers will never appreciate real butter icing but if that's the client base you gotta do what you have to do.
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