Thursday, January 18, 2018

Why I did what I did

Let me be honest with you all and tell you what's going on.

Two weeks ago, I got an email from one reader saying that she had just attended a workshop on ensaymada-making, for which she paid P2,800.  She later discovered that the recipe she paid for, can in fact be found on this blog. She said that the "teacher" claimed she had developed that recipe for years and that they shouldn't share it outside the workshop. To verify her story, I asked her to email me a copy.  To cut the long story short, it was indeed the recipe I shared here.

I have long accepted the fact that anything I post online will forever be out there.  I know that I will never be in control of what people will choose to do.  There is a line to draw though when it comes to what is ethical or not. If you found a cake recipe here, for instance, then you baked a cake using that recipe, sold the cake and made money, that's perfectly fine because you made the cake yourself. However, if you copy a recipe, openly claim that it is yours and ask people money for it, then that's a different story.

What got me more upset was the fact that it was the ensaymada recipe involved.  A FAMILY RECIPE.  Something handed down to me by my aunties.  I now regret that I even shared that here.  I really shouldn't have.

I made the blog private so I could just stop for the meantime and think of what I should do next. I wasn't aware that when I did that, people trying to access the blog will be getting the message that they needed to get "invited".  That was never my intention.  I have been getting one email after another asking to be added to the list.  People have been sending messages on my Flickr account, as well through my Etsy.  I must apologize for not responding to most of the messages. It is just too much to handle at the moment.

I am making my blog public again but you will certainly notice that there are a lot of posts missing.  I have deleted most of the cake recipes that came after I made my Frosted Heaven book.  If you cannot find a recipe, PLEASE do not email me asking for it.  I especially will no longer be sharing the ensaymada recipe. If you do have copies of the missing recipes or find them somewhere online, I ask that you please treat them with respect. This is the least you could do for me.  Please stop re-posting them on other websites.

Anyway, I do have one good news to say before I go. In the last week or so, I have been working really hard on that second book that many of you have been waiting for.  I can now confidently say that I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel! It is almost done!

The book will include the chiffon cake recipes that I have deleted from here PLUS a lot more new ones.  There are more than 30 cakes in total. This might be my last hurrah as far as this blog is concerned so I am hoping for your support.

Stay tuned.  I will have that book for you very, very soon.

18 comments:

  1. Nakakalungkot naman po. Ganun po pala ang nangyari, last time na vinisit ko po blog niyo last December 31, nagulat na lang po ako ng icheck ko po ulit kanina blog niyo para makuha ko po sana ingr. Ng coconut cake para sa wedding aniv ng parents ko pero wala na. Ganun po pala ang nangyari. I hope may mapublish po kayong book niyo, bibili at bibili po talaga ako. Trusted na po kasi lahat ng recipe niyo.

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  2. Hi Ms. Corinne, first of all I'm glad that your back online. And you are right, I understand where you're coming from. But needless to say I'm SO EXCITED FOR YOUR 2nd book😁. I love all your recipe and always loved your 1st book. Hope to hear from you soon! God bless you more!

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  3. Hi ms. Corrine! I was like dead scared, worried and panicky. But i feel relieved you are back i definitely understand your side. Can you publish a version of your book like version 1 and 2 together? For those who haven't bought your first book and are looking forward to your next one too?

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  4. Nakakalungkoy naman po na nangyayari ang ganun. This things happens po for a reason. I'm glad kahit ganun nangyari okay kayo at ang pamilya ninyo. Anyway let us know when would the 2nd book be available. I would love to purchase that po. Because of you I have learned to bake a cake which I do not sell them naman. Maraming salamat for being so kind. God bless you more. 😊

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  5. I support you Corinne! Let us know when your next book is available xx

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  6. This is just so sad and what happened was so disrespectful. I hope it never hapoens again and that person should apologize and make restitution.

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  7. That is something frustrating. I love the ensaymada recipe you’ve shared and was hoping I could make it, but too late!

    Anyways, Would like to thank you for sharing the Une cupcake recipe, was able to make it and shared to some close friends and your recipe was a hit!

    I wish you well on all your endeavours, and hoping to get a copy of your book. Just dunno where and how to buy it. Even interested to biy the first book if its still available?

    Thanks,

    Alodia

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    1. The first eBook is still available in my Etsy shop:
      https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/505695872/frosted-heaven-ebook-bakeshop-quality?ref=hp_rf

      Will be selling the second one there as well soon.

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  8. I’m so sad nga po kc di ko ma open at mkita ang blog nyo... my kids really loved your recipe and I’m so happy naoopen kuna ulit! Thanks much!

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  9. Hi miss Corinne, what happened to you is really frustrating, i really love your cakes and was hoping to try your other recipes as well, i was so sad when i cant open the site, i was an avid fan for a while now so its really unfair for people to do that to you when you share really good recipes, they should've credited you instead or let you know in the first place, i totally understand your decision, its your creativity, time and effort that they've claimed and even your family's tradition too. Its really very sad but i hope you're okay now, know that you have a lot of supporters here and i wish you more power.

    P.S
    Does your book contain the cakes you made in this blog?
    My family and i really love them and would like to make them again, supposedly last Christmas and new year, you made me go back to baking when i gave up on it and made it fun too. i hope i'll have the chance to bake your cakes again. I will to buy all your books to get the recipes. ������

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    1. All of the chiffon cakes plus a lot of new ones.

      Thank you.

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    2. That would be awesome, im looking forward to your new book, i hope the matcha cake is in it. ^_^

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  10. Hi Corinne,

    Belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    It's great to see a post from you, but unfortunate that it's under these circumstances. I'm appalled to see that someone took advantage of your kindness and generosity in sharing your recipes. That instructor committed blatant plagiarism. I understand your frustration especially since the ensaymada recipe was a family heirloom. I'm grateful that you've again opened up your blog despite the omissions.

    On a different note, I'm ready and excited for your new book!

    All the best!

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    1. Thank you AJ! Hope you had a great holiday season too.

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  11. That is sad.. people taking advantage of your generousity. They will reap what they sow.. I know many will be happy to have your ebook/pdf. It is better to have it in one compilation �� wishing you the best.

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  12. Hi Madam..hindi ba pwedeng idemanda yan? Lalo kung patuloy pang nag papaworkshop?

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    1. Hope the recipes are copywrited.. Pwedeng pwede idemanda yan

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    2. I don't think recipes can be copyrighted. I have no interest in suing anyone.

      I am upset that first, they are using the recipe and distributing it as a shorter version of how I wrote it here. Second, that they are falsely telling their students that they themselves developed the recipe.

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