born2bake Posted 29 Jun 2008 , 8:45pm
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There's certainly a difference in the price, but is there a difference in the taste of the cake? Or the how a cake rises in the oven? Or maintains it's shape / structure? Sorry if it seems silly, but Blue Bonnet states it tastes and bakes like real butter, but healthier. Thought I'd ask if anyone here uses one over the other and if there is or not a preference.

Thank you for your guidance.

B2B

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chutzpah Posted 29 Jun 2008 , 8:56pm
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One is butter and the other is not.

indydebi Posted 29 Jun 2008 , 9:17pm
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In any recipe, in my entire 50 years of life, in any recipe that called for "butter", I always used margarine. If there's a difference, I don't know what it is. I'm sure true butter lovers can tell the difference.

Make a couple of small cakes for your family/friends and see if they can tell the difference.

sweetiemama Posted 29 Jun 2008 , 9:18pm
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Personally, I think butter tastes and bakes up best. Not sure about the science behind it, but it is real cream versus Blue Bonnet being oil that is hydrogenated. I would think most people would agree that real butter tastes much better.

Lady_Phoenix Posted 29 Jun 2008 , 9:21pm
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I can tell a slight difference in taste. I use unsalted butter when I bake. Sadly there is no salt free margarines. Both contain around 80% fat, the calories are the same, unless you get diet margarines. Then the fat amount is lower, water percentage higher and that can and will affect texture as well as taste.

delicious_designs7 Posted 29 Jun 2008 , 9:30pm
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I always use Blue Bonnet. Everyone LOVES my icing on my cookies and I use Blue Bonnet in it. You would think my cookie icing were crack or something. I have actually had people fight over the last cookie left. LOL

jodei Posted 29 Jun 2008 , 9:35pm
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i also only use blue bonnet and have had nothing but compliments. i dont notice a difference but i guess that there probably is but i can't tell.

cakeconfections Posted 29 Jun 2008 , 9:40pm
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I dont use it cakes all the time but do on occassion. I dont use it for icing, but have never tried it so I couldnt tell you if there is a difference. I do however use Blue Bonnet exclusively in my cookies. I just like the outcome.

indydebi Posted 29 Jun 2008 , 9:44pm
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I would think most people would agree that real butter tastes much better.



Ummmmm.....No.

I can't understand where the phrase "sweet creamery butter" comes from because I think "real" butter is the most vile, bitterest, nastiest tasting crap I've ever tried. Given the choice between dog poop and real butter on my biscuit, I'd probably just go hungry.

It may very well be because I grew up on margarine .... when your mom is raising six kids, she doesn't spend perfectly good money on $3 "butter" when the 29 cent yellow stick of fat works "JUST fine!" I swear, sometimes I think I'm the only kid that grew up poor in America .... 'coz to hear everyone on the food channel and the tv commercials tell it, EVERYONE'S mother used real butter! icon_confused.gif Well, none of the mothers *I* knew ever used real butter! I never knew there was such a thing until I was in my late teens/ early 20's.

postcakes Posted 29 Jun 2008 , 10:44pm

Well, there were 13 kids in my family and I never tasted margarine until I went to a friend's house for dinner. Couldn't even eat the greasy disgusting junk. I would never even consider baking with or eating anything but real butter!

Doug Posted 29 Jun 2008 , 10:46pm
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Originally Posted by indydebi

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Originally Posted by sweetiemama

I would think most people would agree that real butter tastes much better.


Ummmmm.....No.

I can't understand where the phrase "sweet creamery butter" comes from because I think "real" butter is the most vile, bitterest, nastiest tasting crap I've ever tried. Given the choice between dog poop and real butter on my biscuit, I'd probably just go hungry.

It may very well be because I grew up on margarine .... when your mom is raising six kids, she doesn't spend perfectly good money on $3 "butter" when the 29 cent yellow stick of fat works "JUST fine!" I swear, sometimes I think I'm the only kid that grew up poor in America .... 'coz to hear everyone on the food channel and the tv commercials tell it, EVERYONE'S mother used real butter! icon_confused.gif Well, none of the mothers *I* knew ever used real butter! I never knew there was such a thing until I was in my late teens/ early 20's.




creamery --- the old old name for where raw milk was processed to create milk, cream, butter.

sweet --- no salt added.

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waving at IndyDebi --- hey over in my hometown in East central IL, I too grew up on margarine (usually BB or Imperial or sometime Land-o-Lakes--whatever was cheapest) to go on that 5 cent/loaf days old bread from the bread outlet. (fresh bread? what's that?) Butter was a special occasion only and there was only 1 cookie recipe that mom used it in.

that said -- I can't stand margarine any more -- too fake, artificial. I've found I use only 1/2 to 1/3 the amount of butter on a biscuit as I would margarine.

is the salted (regular) or unsalted (sweet) you don't like. I only use sweet in baking where there will be salt in the recipe.

for the table it's salted.

chutzpah Posted 29 Jun 2008 , 10:47pm

There were two kids in our family and we always had real butter. I won't eat margarine, won't bake with it and would rather stick a dull and rusty fork in my eye before serving it to a customer or an acquaintance.

I am Founder and President of the Cake Snob Club for a reason! icon_smile.gif

jnoel Posted 29 Jun 2008 , 10:50pm

Well I was also grew up exclusively on margarine. Never had butter until I was old enough to buy it myself. I use butter in almost all my cooking and baking now, but I've honeslty never done a testing, so I can't tell you it tastes better. I do however, make a mean chocolate chip cookie that I use half butter and half (wait for it)...butter-flavored crisco. I know there are people recoiling in horror over that, but shortening/margarine really does give a different texture than butter in certain recipes.

LusciousCakes Posted 29 Jun 2008 , 10:54pm

My Mother always used butter but she liked to watch Julia Child on TV. When our children were growing up we couldn't afford butter so we always used marg. You can substitute any hard margarine for butter in baking it has the same properties but you can't use soft margarine the same way. If the recipe calls for unsalted butter just cut back a little on the added salt. If you are making SMBC or IMBC you definitely don't want to use anything that is salted! There is a difference in flavour but both make for tasty baking.

indydebi Posted 29 Jun 2008 , 11:18pm
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Originally Posted by Doug


creamery --- the old old name for where raw milk was processed to create milk, cream, butter.

sweet --- no salt added.




Thanks!!! At least I know where the (bad) description comes from! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

mom42ws Posted 29 Jun 2008 , 11:23pm

someone once told me that i looked like the blue bonnet butter girl.

ashley

Ironbaker Posted 29 Jun 2008 , 11:25pm

I can definitely tell a difference but really, I just can't get past the plastic, mouthfeel of margarine. It may not be healthier but I'll take the real stuff over imitation. I just try my best to search for the cheapest.

Doug Posted 29 Jun 2008 , 11:28pm

margarine -- trans fats

butter -- no trans fats

after that -- about the same

except for IMHO the better taste of butter!

milissasmom Posted 29 Jun 2008 , 11:35pm

I never baked with anything other than Sweet Cream unsalted butter until recently. I started using Blue Bonnett in my cookies recently due to the crazy economy and I got nothing but compliments. I used it once in a scratch Vanilla cake and it didn't bake up right for me so I have not tried it in anything else. But I love BB in my cookies and will probably use it often.

milissasmom Posted 29 Jun 2008 , 11:37pm
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Originally Posted by mom42ws

someone once told me that i looked like the blue bonnet butter girl.




Ok, that made me chuckle (tee hee hee)....lol

thems_my_kids Posted 29 Jun 2008 , 11:46pm
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Originally Posted by indydebi

It may very well be because I grew up on margarine .... when your mom is raising six kids, she doesn't spend perfectly good money on $3 "butter" when the 29 cent yellow stick of fat works "JUST fine!" I swear, sometimes I think I'm the only kid that grew up poor in America .... 'coz to hear everyone on the food channel and the tv commercials tell it, EVERYONE'S mother used real butter! icon_confused.gif Well, none of the mothers *I* knew ever used real butter! I never knew there was such a thing until I was in my late teens/ early 20's.




i grew up on margarine too and still prefer it to butter. thumbs_up.gif

Ironbaker Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 12:20am
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Originally Posted by mom42ws

someone once told me that i looked like the blue bonnet butter girl.

ashley




Now, you know we have to see a picture.

Lady_Phoenix Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 12:29am

I grew up in 2 separate worlds. My mother used margarine in and on everything. When I was at my grandparents, nothing but butter. They had a cow, we churned it fresh. I always preferred butter, it could be that my grandmother was just the better cook! icon_lol.gif

FromScratch Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 12:43am

Sweet butter is butter with no salt and it doesn't have much flavor. It's nice to use in cooking because you can better control the salt in your food. It is also higher quality product because they can't hide any off flavors with salt. Salted butter is what most people are used to.. and if I cam going to butter toast.. it's with salted butter.

I can't stand the overly salty, fake butter flavor of margarine. Give me good ole' butter anyday. My mom used margarine a lot when we were little, but I only bake with sweet butter.

lu9129 Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 12:50am

Grew up on both. Dirt poor. Butter on G-pa's farm.
Margarine on a good day. Mostly catsup bread.
So yes, there were other poor kids in this world.

Would rather have butter than margarine.

Lu

chutzpah Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 12:53am

Ahhhhh butter is better.....

Butter is "...the most delicate of foods among barbarous nations, and one which distinguishes the wealthy from the multitude at large."
Pliny


âGood bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.âJames Beard (1903-1985)

âBread, milk and butter are of venerable antiquity. They taste of the morning of the world.âLeigh Hunt (1784-1859), 'The Seer'

"Eat butter first, and eat it last, and live till a hundred years be past."
Old Dutch proverb

It took me years to figure out that you don't fall into a tub of butter, you jump for it. Claudette Colbert

indydebi Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 1:01am
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Originally Posted by lu9129

Grew up on both. Dirt poor. Butter on G-pa's farm.
Margarine on a good day. Mostly catsup bread.
So yes, there were other poor kids in this world.




We can start a club!! thumbs_up.gif I'd forgotten ketchup sandwiches and mayonnaise sandwiches! And gravy bread when the gravy was just flour, shortening and water.

Ah..... the memories of childhood! icon_biggrin.gif

Doug Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 1:05am
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Originally Posted by indydebi

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Originally Posted by lu9129

Grew up on both. Dirt poor. Butter on G-pa's farm.
Margarine on a good day. Mostly catsup bread.
So yes, there were other poor kids in this world.



We can start a club!! thumbs_up.gif I'd forgotten ketchup sandwiches and mayonnaise sandwiches! And gravy bread when the gravy was just flour, shortening and water.

Ah..... the memories of childhood! icon_biggrin.gif




and doug makes 3 ...having had all that too....

along w/ fried green tomatoes, onion sandwiches, tomato sandwiches, and....

dandelion greens salad (can't get much cheaper than that ! )

FromScratch Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 1:41am

I didn't like ketchup samitches, but I loved mayo/miracle whip samitches with or without tomatoes.

We weren't well off when I was little either.. but mom always made sure we ate well.. evenit it had margarine on it.. icon_wink.gificon_lol.gif

I love real butter though.. nothing better on toast with strawberry jam.

FromScratch Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 1:43am

What I also find funny is that.. back in the day.. butter churned on the farm and freshly collected eggs were "poor food".. but today.. you pay a premium for it. Go figure..

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