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[–] Rotteuxx 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Very nice wright up, I might start stalking your posts now.

I've worked in the restaurant business for years & the same strategies applied to our customers. No one leaves feeling full by just getting the daily special, unless it really has to sell or go to waste.

Frozen white bread buns are cheap & can actually make you feel more hungry by spiking your insulin levels. One little basket on the table when you sit down bfr ordering will influence your choice of meals. Baiting you in.

The meal... let's just hope you go to a restaurant with real cooks. So many things are made from magic powders & frozen goods nowadays that you might think you're getting a somewhat healthy meal but in reality it's quite the opposite.

Food reps are the devils minions.

Cheers for encouraging local economies !

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[–] FlimsyArmadillo [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Thanks, i'll be honest all my posts aren't always like this lol

It shocks me how little people know about what goes on behind the scenes with stuff, not that many would care but I am sure they would be surprised about how things are packed, prepared & targeted at them. Hell these days most kids don't know what product comes from what animal.

I am all for small businesses - if it is something custom I know is on the pricey side and I can't afford it, I never haggle as I know what that is like to be on the other end of & it gets insulting.

Some of the things people say are down right rude but I continue to be professional even though you'd love to tell them what to go do with the horse they rode in on lol

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[–] Rotteuxx 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Ah... Ok then, no stalking.

The true behind the scenes of the entire food/service industry is a harsh eye opener for most, people should just eat at home :D

It's annoying for anyone in a trade to be continually asked for deals, free trade has only made it so much worse by making everything available on the cheap. People don't care for quality much anymore.

The day I run my own shop is the day some will turn back on the horse they rode in on, can't wait :)

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[–] CANCEL-CAT-FACTS 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I had a neighbor who made decent money for herself by baking custom cakes in her own kitchen. I would often see her and her daughters carefully carrying yet another multi-level, three-foot high, elaborately decorated cake down their driveway and into their car. She told me that chain store cakes can sit in the freezer for months, just like you said.

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[–] FlimsyArmadillo [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Yep and most people have zero clue about it. I'll post tomorrow about store buttercream - just the thought of it makes me want to gag!!

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[–] gazillions 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I won't eat anything unless I read the ingredients. An ice cream label made me go out and buy an ice cream maker. I use a bread maker and it takes two minutes to make a loaf of bread. I even made a slicing board. A picture frame screwed onto a wooden cutting board. I use an electric knife and slice the entire loaf at once so I have a neatly sliced loaf all uniform and thin like store bought.

The hindus use the word prana to describe the life force of the world. I know the chemical components in food aren't poisoning me, but I want food that is connected more directly with that life force, not the carcass of broken down processing. Prana of course has nothing to do with the intellectual process, so a lot of people won't get it. They can eat the sterile stuff.

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[–] FlimsyArmadillo [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I'd love to have a ton of things to help me make more things - a bread maker would be one of them but the counter space is limited with my kitchen aid taking pride of place and all my baking/decorating supplies.

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[–] FlimsyArmadillo [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Is it the feel of the frosting in your mouth that gets you? It is for me and after some asking around and looking for a photo of the buttercream I found out why. Pop back tomorrow, I am on the east coast, so I'll try to get it all typed out when I have my morning coffee.

We had a small local butcher that operated out of a separate structure to his house. Best steaks, cheeses and ground beef - all cut or ground up in front of you and the cheese was smoked on site. He was only about 5 mins from us but kind of backwoods for the people 10 mins away in town. He sadly had to close his small business due to lack of people coming, when we went there though we made it worth it for him!

With cakes I am not super busy, practically dead in winter but then spring/summer rolls around and orders trickle in. There are a few people that do cakes around here, my neighbor actually uses one lady - I have no idea why (I lie, I do - she is dirt cheap) as everything is always lopsided, burnt, frosting is melting off the cake or there isn't enough structural support in the bottom tier so the top one ends up sinking into the bottom. I understand everyone wants to make a little money but with that said, put out a visually appealing product - not something half assed.

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[–] Le_Squish 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Fantastic post about the psychology of chain stores. When I was a deli journeyman, all of our "fresh" breads were frozen and all but one of our salads was made on site. Our rotticery chickens were shipped in already seasoned. Everything came in a box or a kit. The only thing legit was our meats and cheeses but towards the end of my tenure, more whole meat butts were being replaced with pressed luncheon meat.

I patronage a local pastry chef/ Baker and her cakes, tarts and pies are heaven and totally worth the $4-$5 a slice. You can physically see where the money goes with a new table here and a coffee press there. Oh, this comment just reminded me that she leaves during the summer. Better go get my fix.

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[–] FlimsyArmadillo [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

It is the same way at our local grocery store, the only thing that they do on site is cut up the fruit for the fruit salad, single fruit type containers and fruit platters.

Most people go "it's just cake" when you get around to talking about pricing (which 99% are shocked at) - which drives me nuts, I am not a chain store, I bake the night before the order is due and I decorate unlike what you'd get a chain store. Most understand when you break it all down to them, others don't. Which is fine, like anything custom - some can afford it and others can't which I totally understand. I just thank them for their inquiry and wish them luck finding something that they want.

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[–] 9416346? 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

cheap $20 cake

is that cheap? maybe it's because I'm​ cheap, but that seems like it'd be a shitton of box-mix cake or brownies. the good stuff too - like the Ghirardelli double chocolate brownies.

are most people too lazy to "DIY" (lol box mix) or are they just demanding glamorous pro-cakes?

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[–] FlimsyArmadillo [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Some people tend to do bigger, out there parties for kids and each mother will try to out do the other. By the time they organise, set up etc etc most don't want to do a cake so they either look for a small business to help them out, go to a cheap cake lady or go to a chain store.

I use $20 as an example, most are what, around $12-$15 at the store. I never really pay attention and rarely go into the bakery section of a chain store as I never buy anything from there.

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[–] 9416487? 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

ah, gotcha. I've seen $10-$20, but they're not very good or impressive. I had a very disappointing $10 "cookie" cake as well. I could see a visually impressive cake being $20+ I guess.

I guess I'd call them overpriced subpar/crappy cakes rather than cheap cakes.