Lol- I Crossed Over To The Scratch Side- And Liked It ;-)

Decorating By foxymomma521 Updated 11 Mar 2009 , 12:26pm by foxymomma521

foxymomma521 Posted 10 Mar 2009 , 10:22pm
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I'm strictly a doctored mix girl, but I tried making the Hershey's chocolate cake today, and I must say I'm a fan! It was no harder than making a doctored mix, and my husband said it was better icon_surprised.gif . So, I guess I'm gonna start to delve into the world of scratch cakes. I make all my other baked goods from scratch, including pancakes and waffles, so I'm not sure what I was so scared of icon_biggrin.gif
Anyway, lately when I do a search it doesn't give me any forum results, so I figured I'd ask again what some favorite scratch recipes are... I hear the white and yellow are the hardest? I recently acquired one of Sylvia Weinstock's books, is that a good place to start? TIA for any replies...

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-K8memphis Posted 10 Mar 2009 , 10:27pm
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Yes it is. I make Sylvia W's yellow cake but I use the eggs whole--I don't whip the whites separate but still I only use half the yolks. It's a lovely lovely cake. It comes out white.

foxymomma521 Posted 10 Mar 2009 , 10:53pm
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Thank you! I'll try that one next.

sweet_teeth Posted 10 Mar 2009 , 11:40pm
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You should try the "Double Chocolate Layer cake" it's on epicurious's website. It's simply amazing. I don't buy the high-end chocolate when I'm making it for home and it still tastes just as good... it actually converted me to a chocolate-cake lover. I used to HATE chocolate cake but I think that is because I was so used to people serving boxed chocolate cake.. which tastes like chalk to me. Yuck.

Let me know if you find an amazingly flavorful and moist yellow cake recipe. I'm still on the hunt icon_smile.gif I've found some moist ones but I feel they lack flavor... and some of the more flavorful ones have lacked moisture. Ek!

ceshell Posted 10 Mar 2009 , 11:43pm
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If you like that chocolate cake you should really try the SCW chocolate cake found on p3 here http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopic-52587-30.html It's even MORE flavorful than the DCLC on epicurious!

The search function has intermittent outages. You should try it again! I just tried it and found zillions of threads. Here are a few good ones thumbs_up.gif

Scratch Bakers Post Your BEST Recipes http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=365233&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=scratch&&start=0 (only works up to page 26, then you have to move on to the next link below

Scratch Bakers Post Your BEST Recipes part II http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=579499&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=scratch&&start=0

CHOCOLATE recipes http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-614467-.html
WHITE recipes http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-599677-.html (includes boxed)
VANILLA/CUPCAKE recipes http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-608901-.html
SCRATCH "HOW TO" http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-365153-.html
BOX vs SCRATCH TASTE TEST (includes recipes on p5) http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-178051-.html

Now, GET BACK IN THAT KITCHEN!! icon_lol.gif

ceshell Posted 10 Mar 2009 , 11:44pm
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ps alexandrabill, if your yellow cake request can include white, the Rebecca Rather "White on White Buttermilk" cake is AMAZINGLY delicious. Super flavorful and super moist.

sweet_teeth Posted 10 Mar 2009 , 11:48pm
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ps alexandrabill, if your yellow cake request can include white, the Rebecca Rather "White on White Buttermilk" cake is AMAZINGLY delicious. Super flavorful and super moist.




Ooh thank you!! I totally forgot about that one. It has been recommended a few times and I just haven't baked it yet.. for some unknown reason. I will get on it tomorrow and report back. I've heard some great reviews on that cake!

ceshell Posted 10 Mar 2009 , 11:56pm
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Originally Posted by ceshell

ps alexandrabill, if your yellow cake request can include white, the Rebecca Rather "White on White Buttermilk" cake is AMAZINGLY delicious. Super flavorful and super moist.



Ooh thank you!! I totally forgot about that one. It has been recommended a few times and I just haven't baked it yet.. for some unknown reason. I will get on it tomorrow and report back. I've heard some great reviews on that cake!



FWIW I had problems with this recipe until I started using a scale to measure my flour. I discovered I was off by at least 1/4 cup...or was it 1/2c? icon_eek.gif This recipe is so moist, it actually doesn't work well for cupcakes; mine always peel away from the wrapper!

One more note about it, as long as you handle the warm layers properly, you do not HAVE to bake the layers thin as suggested in the recipe. I've even baked 3" high layers and torted them. The cooled layers are not particularly fragile; it's just when the cake is warm. Like most recipes, it freezes fine too. It is absolutely 100% my "go-to" TNT white cake recipe.

KookieKris Posted 11 Mar 2009 , 12:13am
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Can someone post the recipe for the "White on White Buttermilk" cake?
Thanks! icon_biggrin.gif

ceshell Posted 11 Mar 2009 , 12:20am
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It can be found here http://recipecircus.com/recipes/Catgurrl/Cakes-Tortes/White-on-White_Buttermilk_Cake_with_Jack.html
and here http://somethingsoclever.blogspot.com/2007/01/kitchen-disasters.html

If those links ever die, you can usually find it by typing the whole cake name in " "quotes in Google.

(I only make the cake; I don't make the icing recipe that accompanies it)

KookieKris Posted 11 Mar 2009 , 12:25am
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Thanks ceshell! icon_biggrin.gif

alanaj Posted 11 Mar 2009 , 12:30am
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Foxymama that is too funny. I was just thinking the same thing today! (I do both scratch and doctored mixes). I even told my husband tonight that I'm going to try more scratch this week because I don't have as many orders! I so appreciate all of the sharing on this sight. I'm a little intimidated but I'm going to try to tackle the "Help--Gourmet Flavors" thread--it's like 75+ pages.

My main concern as I do this as a business (I'm pretty new but I rent a commercial kitchen) is cost. I'm assuming since I can buy wholesale now I can find bulk flour and butter cheaper but I've been scared to go all scratch because I don't want to have to raise my prices.

newmansmom2004 Posted 11 Mar 2009 , 12:37am
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I love Colette Peters' Chocolate Bourbon Cake - moist and yummy!

The red velvet and coconut cakes from the Martha Stewart Wedding Cakes book are also very good.

foxymomma521 Posted 11 Mar 2009 , 12:26pm
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Thanks for all the replies! I'll be baking for a while I guess icon_smile.gif

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