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Aaaaaa! Why Can't I Say No????

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
I used to decorate cakes for a hobby. Stupid me. I made a birthday cake for a gal at work, and decorated it real pretty. Mistake number one.

Another gal at work asked me if I could make a cake for her son's first communion. Stupid me. I said yes. Mistake number two.

She wants a two layer, 8 inch square white cake/white frosting. How in the name of God am I supposed to write '1st Communion Alex' on an 8 inch square cake, in frosting????
I guess I need to write "1st" in one corner, "communion" diagonally beneath it, from corner to corner, and "Alex" in the other corner, beneath "communion".....In very small writing.

Oh, and to top it off, she wants me to write "Go Packers" in green and gold on the side!!!

I need to stand in front of the mirror and practice saying "NO!!!"

If it looks okay when I'm finished, I'll post a picture. If not, I'll throw it at the wall and let the cats eat it, call her and plead insanity!
post #2 of 21
Call her and tell her you can't fit all that on such a small cake, and suggest a sheet cake. She's being unrealistic.

One of my former students loved to bake and decorate cakes, and a classmate asked him to make a Sponge Bob cake for her son's birthday. The poor guy must have spent about a week planning it, and hours decorating. About a half hour after the birthday party started, a toy soccer ball landed on the table, right in the middle of the cake.

I think of that every time somebody mentions decorating cakes!
post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 
Well...I got it done. The green and gold "Go Packers" looks kind of silly on a 1st Communion cake, but what the heck!

Once I get the mess cleaned up, I'll post a pic.

I really need to learn how to say no!!!
post #4 of 21
Thread Starter 
Ta Daaa!

post #5 of 21
Why not write it as:

1st Communion
Alex

Use one of those tubes of gel icing that has a really fine dispensing tip and write small?

*Alex should be centred under the 1st Communion*

EDIT: Ooops. I see you made the cake. Looks great!
post #6 of 21
That looks lovely!
post #7 of 21
Wow, looks fabulous!!!!
post #8 of 21
Really nice!
post #9 of 21
Good job!!!

You're really good at that!
post #10 of 21
Why, that's beautiful! Hey, my mom's birthday is coming up in June...

post #11 of 21


I'm impressed! That looks really great - though I do agree it does look kinda silly to say "Go Packers" on the side of an all white 1st communion cake.

Hey Kelly Jo - can you make a cake for me? (I'll make you practice... )
post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by Pookie-poo View Post
If not, I'll throw it at the wall and let the cats eat it, call her and plead insanity!
I couldnt help but laugh!

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Aww it looks great!! but.. can I ask why "1st Communion Alex" is written in White.. on white?? its kinda hard to read.
But otherwise looks great!!
post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by Vixen16 View Post
can I ask why "1st Communion Alex" written in White.. on white??
Because the lady she made it for has exquisite taste, and knew that the subtlety of white-on-white frosting would allow Kelli's intricate decorative work to be shown off in the most graceful manner.

And then the lady lost her mind and asked for the Packers thing. Nobody's perfect.
post #14 of 21
Kelli Jo - looks great. And repeat after me : nnnnnnnoooooooooo!!!!

(But don't say that to me. My birthday is in July, BTW!! and I don't live too far away!!! )
post #15 of 21
That looks great!
Good job
post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
Because the lady she made it for has exquisite taste, and knew that the subtlety of white-on-white frosting would allow Kelli's intricate decorative work to be shown off in the most graceful manner.

And then the lady lost her mind and asked for the Packers thing. Nobody's perfect.
You gave me a good laugh. Actually I think the white on white is perfect for a communion. It's a beautiful cake and it's easy to see why everyone asks for you to make them. Heck, if I lived closer I'd ask you to make all my cakes.
post #17 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone!

At one point I was baking and decorating 2 or 3 cakes a month! I had to stop to preserve my sanity, and I really haven't done much cake decorating for several years now. I guess I still have it in me, lol!
post #18 of 21
Looks great!!
post #19 of 21
That looks beautiful! No wonder you get asked all the time!

I get a newsletter for a needlework group, and one of the topics recently was how to say no to people who ask you to make special, intricate pieces for them. One of the best answers (I thought) was to offer to teach them how to do it themselves. Just a thought!
post #20 of 21
Before you listen to Kim's advice.... I'd like to put my request in too

Do you ship?



All kidding aside, beautiful job! and I like the white on white too - sans the Packers
post #21 of 21
Thread Starter 
Well, they just came and picked up the cake. Alex was totally JAZZED by the "Go Packers" on the cake. I guess if the guest of honor is happy, then everyone is happy!!!
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