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Sold Cake; request for recipe?

nutcakes's picture

This didn't quite happen, but close. I made a rather large cake for someone who requested it. She has had homey cakes from me, but she wanted a party cake and I delivered a pretty good one taste-wise. Likely just so-so presentation-wise, but she was super happy.

Now her sister 'wants to know how I made the frosting'.

Well it was swiss buttercream. I am not about to give recipes to clients, right? It is not that big a deal, but if I make something, I have taken some time to get/find/tweak something good.

So what do I say? She also wanted my rate in case someone wanted to order. No idea. This was a favor and I doubt I made $20

Meg's picture

(post #65193, reply #1 of 13)

You may say 'I don't share my recipes'. You don't have to give the source or official name of the recipe, either.

You may also develop a new 'pricing schedule' and offer her that, though.

bwf17's picture

(post #65193, reply #2 of 13)

How about it is a family secret.....or the latest buzz word is proprietary formula....or you could just say sugar, butter etc but not give any proportions.


Edited 9/17/2009 8:02 am ET by bwf17

 
Gretchen's picture

(post #65193, reply #3 of 13)

I agree with Meg. "I'm sorry, but I can't give it out."  And then DO develop your price list.  Glad it was good.

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MadMom's picture

(post #65193, reply #4 of 13)

Always better to say "I don't give it out", with or without a reason, than to give it out with a missing ingredient.  I hate when that is done, and always respect someone who refuses to give out a recipe.



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TracyK's picture

(post #65193, reply #5 of 13)

She didn't actually ask you for the recipe, she just asked how it was made. It's likely she's never had a European style buttercream before.


You can just demur, murmuring something vague about it being a Swiss buttercream, an emulsion of butter, egg whites and sugar.


If she's determined she can find a recipe on her own. Anyone with a brain cell can google a recipe for Swiss buttercream.


But even if you handed her the recipe she's unlikely to make it, unless she bakes already.


 



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TracyK's picture

(post #65193, reply #8 of 13)

Also? Never tell anyone your rates. She may pass on your info six months later and your rates may have changed. Just give her your phone number and/or email address and tell her you'd be happy to talk to her friend about her needs.


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debpasc's picture

(post #65193, reply #6 of 13)

I think TracyK is right on -- just say it's a Swiss Buttercream.  Regarding rates, you have no set rates.  Then you're not being secretive but also not doing someone else's work for them, either. 

Adele's picture

(post #65193, reply #7 of 13)

Just tell her it's swiss buttercream, recipes galore on the internet. 

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

SarahJB's picture

(post #65193, reply #9 of 13)

I firmly believe that it's the cook, not the recipe, that makes food great, so I'm all about sharing with people. I don't like the phrase, "recipes that work." It's the cook who does the work, not the recipe. Unless you're weighing ingredients, using the exact same tools, and the exact same stove/oven/whatever, ten cooks using the same recipe will most likely produce ten slightly different dishes. What's more, I've had people ask me for recipes and they a.) don't ever get around to actually using them, or b.) they make it and they say it didn't taste the same. I understand not wanting to give secrets away, especially when you're in it to make money, but I think I would give the frosting recipe out anyway. :-)

Gretchen's picture

(post #65193, reply #10 of 13)

I agree with your premise, but I am a home cook. Anyone can have any recipe of mine that they want. Nutcakes made this cake as a "professional"--a caterer. I think it was a little presumptuous of the woman to even ask, just because she was doing a job for a friend.


I met Kevin Taylor, a very famous chef in Denver (7 restaurants), and asked him his favorite "dish". I would not have asked him for the recipe.


I think saying "It's a Swiss buttercream" is best. Let her work it out.


Gretchen


Edited 9/18/2009 7:27 am ET by Gretchen

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TracyK's picture

(post #65193, reply #11 of 13)

But she didn't even ask for the recipe. She just wanted to know how it was made.



We are all in the same boat, you and me and ex-Gov. Palin and Rep. Joe Wilson, and wealth and social status do not prevail against disease and injury. And now we must reform our health insurance system so that it reflects our common humanity. It is not decent that people avoid seeking help for want of insurance. It is not decent that people go broke trying to get well. You know it and I know it. Time to fix it.

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Gretchen's picture

(post #65193, reply #12 of 13)

Maybe just  a nit pick, but that sounds like "recipe" to me.  ;o)

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TracyK's picture

(post #65193, reply #13 of 13)

I don't know. "How did you make that" and "Can I have the recipe" seem to have pretty clearly distinct goals. :)


Either way, all nutcakes needs to do is answer the question actually posed.



We are all in the same boat, you and me and ex-Gov. Palin and Rep. Joe Wilson, and wealth and social status do not prevail against disease and injury. And now we must reform our health insurance system so that it reflects our common humanity. It is not decent that people avoid seeking help for want of insurance. It is not decent that people go broke trying to get well. You know it and I know it. Time to fix it.

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