Been meaning to blog about this for the past couple of weeks. My fiancee and I did some wedding cake tasting when I was back in New York over the holidays. The caterer we're using can make the wedding cake for an additional cost, but it's pretty expensive and we figured we might be able to do better -- on price and on quality -- if we just get the cake through a bakery elsewhere. So we set up appointments to taste the caterer's cake, and taste the bakery's cake. I expected the kind of thing I think I've seen on TV or in the movies -- a little plate with some tiny bites of cake on it. We get to the caterer's office -- and he hands us an entire cake. For us to take home and eat. I thought this was strange. Not just a bite, but a whole cake for free. I guess they figure if we pick them, they easily make up the cost of the cake (and how much is the raw cost of a cake to someone baking tons of them anyway), but still, I was very surprised. Then we get to the bakery, and the woman had cut slices of two different cakes for us to try. We tried them, and liked them. And then as we got up to leave, she boxed up the rest of both of the cakes for us to take with us. So we ended up with three entire cakes. This has the potential to be an excellent scam for someone bold and hungry for cake. We didn't have to prove we were engaged or that we needed a cake, we just called and told them we were getting married and wanted to know if we could taste their cakes. In theory, we could call ten more bakeries and do the same thing, and perhaps get ten more cakes. It's insane. Free cake. Homeless people who are not worried about their blood sugar should just pretend they're getting married to other homeless people and they can go to bakeries and eat free cake.