I got an order from a new client a few days ago for a 7 inch triple layer chocolate cake of which I was more than happy to make. Anything involving chocolate was definitely a winner with me.
The client also asked if I could put in a message on top of the cake. To which I said, of course. I also told her that piping words on a cake is sooooo last century. These days, we use cake toppers, which are normally printed and most of the time made to order.
Client then sends me the message – “HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAREST PRINCESS ASHLEY RENNE, WISHING YOU LOTS OF HEARTS AND BUBBLES. LOTS OF LOVE AUNTY JOE AND UNCLE KIM AND COUSIN DYI”
I stared at the message. All this on a 7 inch cake? I mean, why doesn’t she put in her cat’s name as well. Or her neighbour’s names as well. Or better yet, why not just give me a novel? Won’t that be easier?
But what amused me was, was she expecting me to pipe all that on the cake with icing? Or did she only come up with that message after I told her about the cake toppers? It’s something I’ll never know. I replied her saying that the message was too long and she needs to shorten it.
This was her revised message – “HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAREST PRINCESS ASHLEY RENNE, WISHING YOU LOTS OF HEARTS AND BUBBLES. LOVE AUNTY JOE AND UNCLE KIM AND COUSIN DYI”
She changed LOTS OF LOVE to just LOVE. In essence, she removed two words. Two words! I honestly did not know how to react. I managed to convince her that she is better off writing a card to the birthday girl instead of putting it all onto the cake as that really takes away the aestheticness of the cake.
Sometimes I wonder, do clients really expect us bakers to magically create wonders? Or is it just a case of ignorance? You tell me.