By marriage, my family has become connected to a woman who bakes novelty cakes. They are really beautiful or funny to look at, depending on the occasion, but they taste HORRIBLE.
The icings are hard and crusty and the cake itself is very dense and dry. I assume she has to add things to the mixes to make them keep their shapes.
This wouldn’t be a problem if she only baked cakes when asked, but the family assumption is that she will provide the cake for any event to which she is invited. Whenever she gets an invitation to something, she will phone and inquire about the theme and then announce that she will bring a cake shaped like a bulldozer or whatever.
I am already dreading an event I am hosting in November–I’d like my guests to enjoy eating the cake, not just looking at it. Guests always rave about the designs, but I have noticed that no one ever finishes eating their cake.
There is nothing I can do, is there? When she phones me, how do you say “No, DON’T make a cake please.” If you tell me I must smile and suck it up, I will do so. 0715-13
When she calls next, just decline saying, “No, thank you. I decided on serving a fruit dessert. Maybe next time but thanks for the offer!”