Confession: I Think I Hate Baking...

Baking By miscue Updated 2 Apr 2009 , 12:48am by Terri05

miscue Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 2:22am
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Yep, I think it's time I admitted it. I seem to enjoy it when it goes right, but when something goes wrong - not so much!
And it seems that things go wrong more often than not.

I wish it could just be easy, then I could concentrate on the "fun" part - decorating the cakes!
I think I'm going to use packet mixes from now on.
Thanks for letting me vent.

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lindambc Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 2:28am
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miscue~ I felt the same way until I started using the WASC recipe. I haven't had a bad cake come out of the oven since! I am also following the gourmet flavor thread and there are sooooo many WASC variations.

Try the WASC. You won't regret it.

Now if only I can find a buttercream recipe!

Linda

sugarcheryl Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 2:28am
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You can't give up. I had days like this especially trying to bake from scratch. If it doesn't work just use the box mixes work on the decorating part and once you build up your skills maybe you will go back to baking from scratch. It does take time and patience. icon_smile.gif

BakingGirl Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 2:29am
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OK, if we are doing confession - I might as well add my cake hate. I loathe making BC. Traditional BC leaves PS all over my kitchen and it tastes hideous, so gross and sweet. IMBC which tastes nice is sooo time consuming and often does not go right for me. Death to BC is what I say!

ButtercreamBakery Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 2:33am
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Theres nothing wrong with using box mixes from time to time or whenever you don't really want to spend alot of time baking but enjoy decorating, I know I do. There are some great doctored box mix recipes like WASC and you can search for other recipes here on CC under "cake mix cakes". Good Luck and have fun.

maggiev777 Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 2:37am
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I totally know what you mean! Honestly I wish I could just buy cakes already iced plainly and just decorate them. LOL!

Creative_chika Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 2:42am
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I'm new this the cake world, and I enjoy very much decorating; however, when it comes to baking--- We are in the same boat! I enjoy when things come out right and hate it when it goes bad. Keep trying!!! Practice makes perfection!

enoid Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 2:52am
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BakingGirl,

Try Indydebi's crusting buttercream, its not overly sweet and have yet to find someone who doesn't like it. Or try Rich's Bettercreme in the freezer section of the store.

sugarcheryl Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 4:15am
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I dislike working with buttercream and cleaning up is a chore. After working at Sams I learn to deal with it. I sometimes which I could skip that part and get to decorating but we got to take the good with the bad. To see how my icing is improving after all these years I'll deal with it. icon_rolleyes.gif

miscue Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 7:21am
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Ok, so now, right this very second, I hate the decorating too!!!!!!!!!!
It's just super frustrating when something doesn't go how you would like it to.
I'm trying to make a shoe box cake...... What was I thinking!? This should be in my too hard basket!

Thanks for all the replys to make me feel better!

sugarcheryl Posted 25 Feb 2009 , 7:31pm
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No problem that's what we are here for each other miscue. Oh and I thought that shoe box thing would be easy. WRONG!!! At least not for me either. I'm not good with straight lines even using a ruler.

cinderspritzer Posted 17 Mar 2009 , 2:48am
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I have 2 confessions.

I hate baking. Period. I wish I could wave a magic wand and a baked, torted cake layers would just appear.

I hate cake. I make everyone else eat them. lol


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cylstrial Posted 21 Mar 2009 , 12:49am
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Originally Posted by cinderspritzer



I hate baking. Period. I wish I could wave a magic wand and a baked, torted cake layers would just appear.




I'm totally with you!!

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Originally Posted by cinderspritzer

I hate cake. I make everyone else eat them. lol


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But how could you HATE cake? LOL.

learningtodecorate Posted 2 Apr 2009 , 12:10am
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wow!!!!!!!!!!!
I hate to hear two people in one conversation say that the shoe box cake is hard I have the DVD to give me step by step directions, but now I'm wondering if I'm going to even try it.

josumiko Posted 2 Apr 2009 , 12:17am
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Originally Posted by cinderspritzer



I hate cake. I make everyone else eat them. lol


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Haha...me too! I really have to be in the mood to eat cake. I think it comes from staring at it too much while doing the fun stuff decorating! I do love cake scraps though...go figure!

nannie Posted 2 Apr 2009 , 12:20am
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Amen Sisters

It seems like after I've baked the cake, torted the cake, filled the cake, frosted the cake (takes forever and that doesn't even include MMF if I do that) I'm so sick of the cake, I rush through the decoration. And that's supposed to be the best part

bakery_chick Posted 2 Apr 2009 , 12:20am
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You should try it, but I have to admit I was one of the "I can do this easily." Leave extra time though, 'cuz it can be a b=tch

newmansmom2004 Posted 2 Apr 2009 , 12:25am
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Originally Posted by maggiev777

I totally know what you mean! Honestly I wish I could just buy cakes already iced plainly and just decorate them. LOL!




Check with your local grocery store or bakeries to see if they'll sell you a cake with nothing but plain white icing on it. No borders, no frills, no writing....just cake and white icing. Ours groceries will sell cakes like that if we ask for them and if it's just to practice decorating and only you or your family will eat it, who cares that it comes from a grocery store???

You can always practice on cake dummies, too! icon_biggrin.gif

Jayde Posted 2 Apr 2009 , 12:35am
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I space it out over a couple of days.

If I have a cake due for Saturday, I make/color all fondant on Tuesday.

Wednesday, I bake and make all BC and fillings.

Thursday, I level, fill, and crumb coat, and if there are special little figures or decorations I make them then to allow for drying time.

Friday, I thaw the cake, cover with fondant and decorate. I try not to leave anything for Saturday, just in case something should happen. That leaves me extra time to fix things if I need to.

By spacing it out you arent trying to bake and decorate in the same day. It also helps if you have multiple orders. Its not so stressy that way.

Niliquely Posted 2 Apr 2009 , 12:44am
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Jayde - that is great advice...I always get so bogged down and tired doing a cake! And I like your word - "stressy" - I'm going to start using that word.

Terri05 Posted 2 Apr 2009 , 12:48am
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I have been thinking the same thing for awhile now, I enjoy the planning stage sketching and planning what I want to do and looking throuch CC for inspiratioon and I love the end part when it is finished and my kids think that I am the greatest cook in the whole world!!!

I have to admit that I do get stressed out in the actual implementation of the dream....and sometimes I just walk out my kitchen, out the front door and leave everything where it is until I can get enough control over myself that I wont throw the cake across the room.

Whew! Now I feel much better that I am not the only one who doesn't enjoy the whole process!!!!

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