Is It Me Or Is It The Creme Bouqet?

Decorating By brittanydear Updated 11 Jul 2007 , 4:25pm by indigojods

brittanydear Posted 10 Jul 2007 , 8:26pm
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Hi Everyone!
I keep reading about how great Creme Bouqet is. I have some that I use - CK Kitchen brand, and every time I use it I think the icing or cake tastes artificial. Is it the brand? Is it just me? Does anyone else think this? Do you have a good homemade recipe for creme bouqet that you like?

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TooCuteRose Posted 10 Jul 2007 , 8:29pm
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i don't have a good recipe...
but i love the smell of the thing i'm baking when i use creme boquet...
maybe someone has a really good recipe for you...

springlakecake Posted 10 Jul 2007 , 8:33pm
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I bought some because everyone was raving about it. I have only smelled it and i cant pinpoint it but there is something about it I dont like.

thecakemaven Posted 10 Jul 2007 , 8:45pm
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It's the brand. The one that everyone loves is by Magic Line/Parrish's. This is what I have been using for several years and my clients LOVE it.

The CK brand is gross. I ordered a whole case online because it was a better price and had trouble giving it away because it smelled like furniture polish!

handymama Posted 10 Jul 2007 , 8:51pm
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To me cream bouquet has sort of a vanilla/citrus taste. I'm kind of neutral on it at this point. It was enthusiastically recommended to me so I bought it. First try in BC I thought I liked it--something different anyway. Then I thought it wasn't that noticeable. Recently I tried it in fondant and thought it was "different" but not necessarily "better". I'm still looking for a flavoring that cuts the oh-so-sweet-ness of fondant, but I'd say cream bouquet isn't it.

TanuvasaMama Posted 10 Jul 2007 , 10:01pm
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What do you use it for flavoring? What would creme bouquet lovers recommend it for? I have yet to try it.

thecakemaven Posted 10 Jul 2007 , 10:14pm
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Remember that it is an emulsion, so not very much is needed. I use it in addition to vanilla in my buttercream (1/4-1/3 tsp per tsp of vanilla). I also add it to glaze (milk+pwd sugar) that I drizzle on scones, muffins and loaf cakes. I add it to pancake/crepe/waffle batter and to my egg mixture when making french toast. Really most any sweet dish where you would add vanilla, you can add creme bouquet too.

indigojods Posted 10 Jul 2007 , 10:33pm
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I have to agree with thecakemaven that it is the brand. I started off using Parrishes and fell in love with it. I was placing an order with CK and their's was a lot cheaper so I decided to give it a try. I had to call and complain because my icing smelled rotten when I used it. They were great and said that it was probably a bad bottle and sent me a new one and it smelled the same when I opened it so I didn't even try it and threw it away. I am back to using the Parrish version and still loving it! It is great in MMF and buttercream.

indydebi Posted 10 Jul 2007 , 11:12pm
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I hate creme bouquet. The smell..... the taste ..... everything about it.

ladyonzlake Posted 10 Jul 2007 , 11:25pm
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I have the creme bouquet from CK and I don't think it's bad but now you have me curious about the Magicline one. Where do you purchase it?

thecakemaven Posted 11 Jul 2007 , 12:05am
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I only use the Magic Line/Parrish's one. I get it from

ladyonzlake Posted 11 Jul 2007 , 4:14am
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Thanks, I'll check it out!

indigojods Posted 11 Jul 2007 , 4:18am
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Do It With Icing is awesome, that is where I get my Creme Boquet and all sorts of other stuff too! thecakemaven - do you belong to the San Diego Cake Club?

Melscakes Posted 11 Jul 2007 , 4:26am
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I buy my creme bouqet from Lorann Gourmet, and I like it.. but now Im curious about the Parrish line too!

AnythingSugar Posted 11 Jul 2007 , 4:33am
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I use the Magic Line/Parrish's creme bouquet and I love it. Friends of mine taste my cakes and always want to know why they taste so good. I have even converted them to using creme bouquet. Like someone else posted, it is rather strong so it only takes a small amount and I use it with my vanilla.

cakenutz Posted 11 Jul 2007 , 4:45am
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I used creme bouquet in DD wedding cake this weekend ck brand and everyone loved it. I had never used it before but when I opened the bottle it smelled citrusy and delightful. I used it with buttervanilla in WASC cake recipe. icon_smile.gif

thecakemaven Posted 11 Jul 2007 , 5:21am
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indigojods - I used to be a member, but I am not able to make the drive anymore until after my baby is born in October. I have panic attacks when I drive and can't take my anxiety meds while I'm pregnant. So I'm pretty much stuck at home right now icon_sad.gif

indigojods Posted 11 Jul 2007 , 4:25pm
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thecakemaven - that is a bummer that you can not drive, but congratulations on your pregnancy! Maybe I will see you at the meetings after you have your baby.

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