[quote author=“cakegirl134” date=“1263520931
Actually it is quilted on top….
and like i said b4, it was just a practice cake,, there was no intend to sell it or eat it..
i did this cake to show the different features of fondant… the quilting side, or the smooth side…
also, not eveyone looks for a origianl traditional cake… some people are into the fantasy part of it
Have you only done traditional cakes? or do people want it their own ways?? do people ask for it to be a
special part of them? such as if they wish for blue flowers you give them blue flowers…. you dont deny them
of their wishes am i correct? would you tell a customer im sorry i dont belive in blue flowers on a cake?? i highly dought
Thanks for yall’s responses, they do keep me open minded for the future
I misunderstood your original post, when you said it didn’t get eaten or sold; I thought you were creating the cake for a shop and wondering why it didn’t get sold!
The quilting wasn’t obvious in the photo, to my eyes. Thank you for pointing it out.
In the years I’ve been in business, I think it’s hard to define what a traditional cake looks like. Twenty years ago (in this country), most people thought a wedding cake was white, maybe pillars, swags, buttercream flowers. Then The Cake Bible was published, Martha Stewart’s Wedding book was out and bakers began to challenge the notion of “traditional” as far as wedding cakes go (please note, I’m speaking of a US customer base - rolled fondant has long been used in the UK and Australia).
When clients come to me, they usually have some ideas about what they want. There’s so much more out there now than in previous years - with the Food Network, books, magazines and web sites. Twenty years ago, brides went to their local bakery and looked through their pictures and picked what they wanted. They didn’t have the resources available now. Now when clients come to see me, they have pictures from magazines, the web - you name it. As a designer, I can look at all the photos they show me and see what the common themes are and then begin to work up a custom design. I sketch things out, and it is a collaborative effort.
If I understand your question correctly - about do I tell a customer if something they are asking for won’t work - yes, I will give them the benefit of my experience. If I think something won’t work (aesthetically), I will find a gracious way to bring that up - usually by asking where the cake will be displayed, what’s on the walls behind it - some way to bring it up without denigrating the client because that’s not right. During our conversation, the client will begin to picture the cake in that spot and sometimes come to the same conclusion. Sometimes not. I had a client who wanted a design that I originally did in white fondant; she wanted chocolate. I said that some of the detail would be lost by having dark chocolate on dark chocolate; she decided that’s what she wanted anyway. She later told me that she realized what I’d been saying after seeing the pictures; but she was happy with the cake, and that’s what really matters. Another client wanted completely different designs (and I mean wildly different, and not in a good way either) on each of the cake tiers. We spent a long time on the design phase and I even made a mock up so she could see it. I didn’t care for it personally, but she loved it. The only thing she wanted that I couldn’t do was to put inedible sequins on the cake.
If you are happy with your creation, that’s all that counts.