Can I vent here? Really vent because you are reading my blog, so it's OK right? I have to say this cake just drove me crazy! I don't like the twist. I didn't want to do the quarter twist. What is the point of the twist? Where is the front? How do I place it at the venue? What direction should I install the monogram topper? OK, now that's out of my sys... no! WHY? If the cake was too "normal, we could have done a more daring, offbeat cake without making it look like I was drunk and riding the tilt-a-whirl when I was stacking it!
Are you new to cake making or client pleasing? PUT ON YOUR BIG GIRL PANTIES and make what they want. Then start a blog and complain a little to keep your sanity...well a little sanity. I have a good eye and good taste. I was paid well for a long time to use those talents in the retail world. Not all people have those things and I've come to accept that. I don't think this cake is tacky or ugly, it just goes against my nature of symmetry. But I have been and will be asked to make tacky cakes. I have done some turned some down. I'm an artist, but also a business person. Momma has to pay the bills! If you can make a product and still lay your business card down right next to it because you made that product the best it could be done, then do it. If you would be so ashamed for people to know you made "that" and would never make it again, then don't make it in the first place. Learn skills today that will let you steer a customer to a better option that will suit you both. That may include you making another design cheaper to encourage the customer to pick the thing you want to make (or overpricing the item you don't want to do, but my honesty gets in the way). Sometimes you need to give options because of you don't want to tarnish "your brand" or you simply don't have the skills to make a certain design or the customers budget does not agree with their first choice. You need the ability to adapt and "roll with the punches" whether that means making a cake you don't like or coming up with a better plan. I hope all your projects this week are ones that you love!