For Goodness Cake…

Ok.. I’m deferring my blog a little from the usual recipes, cakey talk and day trips and today writing about shoddy cakes! Eek! Dare I? Yes, I dare! Why? Because I am passionate about what I do, I hate the cake designers (if that’s what you can call them) out there that think this is an easy job to do and just send any old cake out.  I know hate is a strong word, but it’s really how I feel about it.  It actually really doesn’t matter what your skill level is, just so long as you are realistic in your business! As a customer would you settle for bad service anywhere else? Would you be happy if you got burnt food in a restaurant, your car mechanic did a below standard job and overcharged you, or even if you ordered a fancy new frock and it turned up completely different to what you imagined? I doubt it, you would complain, you would expect your money back right? If you pay for a professional service, you should receive a professional product.

So, my point is this:  Please check out all the galleries of your chosen baker before ordering from them.  Even compare their work to other bakers in your area.  If they are cheaper than all your other quotes is there a reason for that? Of course there could be a genuine reason, such as they are new and building their portfolio, but there also could be some other hidden (or not so hidden) reason.  Cheap ingredients? Battery farmed eggs? margarine instead of butter? Shoddy decorating? Remember, bespoke cakes are not cheap, they are special treat & a lot of love, care and attention should have gone into your order.  This is your special occasion you are ordering for, and you should receive exactly what you had envisaged.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t think I am the most amazing baker/decorator out there. I still have lots to learn, but I am pretty confident that I don’t ever send shoddy cakes out! I take care over the tiny details, I make sure there are no lumps and bumps where there shouldn’t be.  I finish my cakes with lovely ribbons, I cover my cake boards, I deliver them in secure boxes.  I add small touches that I know are personal to my customer.  Most importantly, I don’t ever take on an order that is out of my league!

So, here are a few examples of what I mean: I have of course credited the amazing baker who did a great job, but not the bad as that would be unfair and not the aim of this blog post.

delboyThis fabulous Del Boy Car cake on the left (obviously) was created by Iced Delights

Another example is the tyre wedding cake! I’m pretty sure that most people saw this as it went viral online.  But, if you didn’t the story goes that an unsuspecting bride ordered this wedding cake on the left, a slightly unconventional design to say the least, but still, it was what she wanted for her big day, and it was personal to her and her husband-to-be.  Can you believe what she received? Not only is it wonky, its just a monstrosity right?

tyreTyre wedding cake – I can’t credit the original baker of the cake on the left as their are so many images online its hard to find who actually did this cake.

So please, when ordering a cake take extra care when choosing your baker.  Don’t just go with the cheapest.  I love a bargain as much as the next person, but this is just crazy right! Please check the following things when ordering your cake or even cupcakes:

  1. Is your baker registered with the local authority/Food Standards Agency?
  2. Have you checked through their galleries of work? Don’t think  that just because they are maybe a little better than what you can do they are acceptable, you should be wowed by their work!
  3. Don’t be afraid to ask your baker questions about their ingredients, and what they use.  It’s your cake, you are entitled to know everything about it.

Finally, I thought I would add a few images of my cakes.  These are orders that once received I researched how to do each design, practiced each technique, but most importantly they are cakes I put my heart and soul in to and loved as much as the recipients themselves.  I made sure they were straight, my icing was smoothed to perfection, each ruffle was hand painted, and finally finished off with ribbons and prettiness.

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  1. Amal Bolbol
    16th January 2014 / 1:03 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. Your work is amazing, I only hope to be half as good as you one day. On your first point. I designed a a cake for a ‘friend’ , sent her the quote and drawing ( I draw everything out, I’m by no means a great artist ) but at least the client can see what your talking about! Next day she came back saying that someone had already ordered her a cake. No problem then. Low and behold a week later they posted pics of the cake they had made which was an exact copy of mine only it was awful ( needless to say they paid less) uneven, badly decorated board not covered etc. I was gutted. Now I don’t know if I should be sending my designs out :-(like you say I don’t take on anything I’m not confident in doing, I work really hard to give my clients what they want and I practise, practise practise….sometimes I just feel like this subject is falling on deaf ears x

  2. 16th January 2014 / 1:16 pm

    Hi Amal, what happened to you is so rude! It’s difficult as we can never really copyright a cake design, and there will always be someone out there willing to give it a go.. but at least you can take credit for their lack of imagination and the fact that you know you could have done a far better job too! I would carry on drawing your designs, as its lovely touch, and something I’m not very good at!!! I need to work on that.. I think its a lovely personal service and gives your customers ideas of what they will receive too. And practice makes perfect, I’m completely self taught and practice new things all the time xx

  3. Amal Bolbol
    16th January 2014 / 1:30 pm

    Thank you:-) there’s hope for me yet then lol! Xx

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