Is It Just The Internet? Or Are Cake People Really Nutso?

On the suggestion of a friend, I went onto a few facebook groups that I usually don't go onto. Honestly, I really don't read those cake group boards, I don't have time and I don't find them to be productive. But someone told me that I should see what people are talking about for the sake of keeping up with trends, etc, etc.

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Well, to sum it up, I just wasted half an hour of my life looking at people's online arguments, bad advice about pricing cakes, people being insulted that someone suggested they follow their local laws about selling food, accusations of someone being a troll, accusations of "you stole that design from me" (they didn't, it was a popsicle cookie), people posting photos of okay cakes that were deemed "so beautiful", and cakes posted by the board owners so that the other participants could tell them what a genius they are (so I gathered, since that seemed to be a trend.)

All the ego-stroking aside, these boards are really argumentative and bitchy, and it made me want to go read something productive about marketing to get the petty whining out of my head.

I also found it interesting that so many people's names are greyed out, which means that they were removed from the group or left it, so they seem to have a fairly high turnover.

So my question is this: Is this just a function of online group boards in general, or are cake decorators overly sensitive and irrational as a group? Because there seemed to be a lot of overly sensitive and irrational bickering on a lot of those boards.

For people who participate in a lot of facebook groups, what's your opinion? And if you don't participate in a lot of facebook groups, please leave your opinion about why you don't.

 Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC in Richmond VA, and cake supplies online at and

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