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I have a question for those of you who deliver cakes on a regular basis: Do you "dress and act the part"???? When delivering the cake, I mean??? I went to a wedding yesterday, and it was the wedding where everything was done backwards. VERY long story short, the wedding and reception were in the same place and most of the guests were there, in fact the couple have already gotten married when the cake finally arrived. O_OYup, the cake got there late. So the baker/decorator was dressed in jeans, sandals and a t-shirt. And she had to fix the cake on site (the top got messed up). So while the photographer was taking the pictures, and the guests were mingling, this lady kept coming and going fixing the top of the cake. I don't know about the dressing part, the times I had had to deliver a cake, since I am part of the party itself I am already dressed. (and most of the cake is already done and ready by then, if anything I have to assemble it on site). And for the most part I always try to be one of the first people in there so I can put it together BEFORE the other guests arrive. I am curious about what any of you have to say because my hubby thought it was very unprofessional of the baker/decorator. Not only getting there late, but the way she was dressed (in his opinion). As for the cake, it was pretty, but the baker in me kept thinking "I could have done that!" LOL Thoughts?
I agree that being late was the greater sin but the casual dress was, forgive me, the icing on the cake.
the thing is, its not just the 'bride' you are trying to impress. i run into A LOT of people, and they ask for my card after they see me setup the cake. it is ALWAYS better to be in a chef coat and jeans and sneakers than it is to be in shorts and flip-flops.
You are just the person I was looking for (ne_seul_jamais). Do you mind if I ask you a couple of questions? I am delivering cupcakes Saturday for a wedding (probably in jeans, but well before the ceremony :) and I am trying to figure out my *plan*. I have chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and classic white cake with some sort of buttercream. I haven't figured out the frosting for the white cake yet, as I usually do a Swiss Meringue, but I don't think it will work for this weekend. It's Summer, for one. We're in Oregon, so it's not going to be boiling, but it'll be around 80 degrees. I drop off the cupcakes around 2, the ceremony is at 4, dinner is at 5:30, and the cake will be around 7, give or take on all of it. There is a fridge in the bridal prep area, if needed, for the cupcakes. I haven't had great luck with refrigeration in the past -- the icing I used started to sweat after it came out of the fridge. So, my questions, I guess, are: any suggestions for the white cake icing? Something sturdy but still tasty. And any recommendations on to fridge/not to fridge and when to put out on display. The cupcakes would be outside, I believe, in the shade. The wedding/reception are to be held in an old mansion/house -- cupcakes can be displayed inside, if needed. In an old house, it might be a crap shoot as to whether it's warmer inside or out. Thanks for your input. Sorry to go on so much -- I have the pre-big-order jitters. I'm sure it will be fine, just wouldn't be the same without anxiety, I suppose. ;)
Oh, and Arlenerios, late is never acceptable. Nobody wants to see the cake getting set up, the flowers being arranged, the bar being stocked, etc. It's all supposed to happen magically... and definitely not while the guests are present, and in scruffy clothes. (I saw a similar issue on a Judge Judy episode... lol.)