From the Desk of the Fed Up Baker...
If I get one more request for a third sampling of chocolate cake I swear I will punch someone.
Seriously...Have you tasted chocolate before? What about that other exotic flavor "vanilla?" Or maybe you want to go really wild and try this thing you've heard about but never had called "almond."
Wedding cake bakers have learned to put up with a lot of stupid demands from brides because they've been watching too much tv and think they should get the whole wedding experience, and that it's our responsibility to give it to them. Well, I'm here to say that it's time to pull it back some, and quit acting like the cake appointment is your excuse to have a free party for ten of your closest friends while the baker (ie servant) gives you unlimited cake.
That "free" cake isn't free for us. We have to shell out cash, time and effort to make those samples. then we have to do it all over again for every person who wants an appointment. You can say that it's the cost of doing business, but that doesn't mean that the bride should get to do the following things:
-Send a list of specific requests of a dozen exotic cake and filling combinations and expect us to put it all together for your dining pleasure.
-Tell us that you want to come over in the middle of the day on a Friday and get snippy when we say that we can't do that because we're getting ready for Saturday weddings on Friday.
-Ask for multiple extra samples of flavors that you've already tasted "just to make sure it's what we want."
-Not show up to get those samples after demanding that we get them ready for you.
-Ask if you, the groom, and both families can come to the tasting because "they all want to eat cake."
-Ask for a tasting appointment for your massive 30-person wedding reception, then get mad when we tell you free tastings are for 80+ serving cakes only.
-Say that your fiance didn't feel like coming because he's hung over, and can you have a box of samples to take to him.
-Ask for extra samples to take home because you have relatives in town and they all want to try it too.
-Or like I mentioned before, ask for a third tasting of the vanilla cake, because you obviously have never had that before in your life and aren't sure that people will like that flavor.
If you're going to a supermarket or a bakery that cranks out ninety wedding cakes a week by virtue of the use of cake mix and giant freezers, sure, they can theoretically throw some extra frozen samples at you. They probably won't, though. But if you're looking to hire someone who actually bakes, using real ingredients, then no, I don't have the time to make you separate samples every other week so that you can ponder the difficult choice of what cake flavor to have. Just choose the flavor you like and be done with it.