Don’t you just love it when a client comes to you with a mind boggling request? For example…
Client: Hi. Can I order a cake?
Me: Sure. What cake would you like?
Client: Oh, any cake is fine with me as long as it’s chocolate.
Me: Ok….. What size would you like it to be? What about the frosting? What’s the occassion?
Client: It’s my dad’s bday. Could you make it a small one? Let’s say 9 inches. Don’t have to go overboard with the topping. If you can make a rustic garden of flowers on it, that would be perfect.
I wanted to hang up the phone. Every single thing she said contradicts what she said before that.
Another example came in awhile back. “Hi can I order something pretty and yummy from you? Doesn’t matter what kind of cake, just as long as it’s pretty and yummy.”
I replied, “Sir, all our cakes are pretty and yummy. Could you be more specific please?” I was so tempted to bake him a butter cake and cover it with chocolate ganache to fit his requirements. He replied, “Give me your yummiest and your prettiest”.
Why do people do this? It’s like asking me to choose my favourite child! We bakers have Instagram and Facebook accounts for a reason. It’s for everyone to browse and check out what we have and then let us know what you have in mind. Those pics that we upload diligently isn’t only for showing off our wonderful talents but also serves as a catalogue/menu for dimwits like you my dear sir.
I ended up baking him the butter cake with chocolate ganache frosting with a little dusting of gold dust to make it pretty. Odd.
Would love to hear your own experience on this. Leave a comment below.
Til then, happy baking!