Is Being A Cake Snob Bad?!?!

Decorating By Jennz818 Updated 22 Aug 2005 , 3:46am by talmas

Jennz818 Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 2:15am
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Hi everyone,
Today is my birthday and my hubby and best friend took me out to dinner. After leaving the restaurant we decided to take a run over to the grocery store and buy some cupcakes so we could stop by my parents for dessert.
Well, first off, none of the desserts even looked appitizing to me. They had this one cake that had a glob of icing on top, sprayed with food coloring and dolops of white icing for eyes...I'm guessing it was supposed to be a monster. I told my friend that I would be scarred for life if I ever got that as a child...
When we got to my parents to eat them I was completely upset that they tasted so awful. The whipped cream icing tasted like some literally just whipped sweatener or flavor or anything. Than the cake part tasted like cardboard!!! I was so upset. This was a special treat because I'm normally on a low carb diet and felt that it was such a let down.
When I got home I emailed my other cake maker friend about my experience...and she said that we're both cake snobs because neither of us like grocery store cakes....
Is that so bad???

41 replies
CIndymm4 Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 2:17am
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Happy Birhtday and NO it's not bad to be a cake snob.....I'm one too!!! icon_lol.gif

crouton800 Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 2:55am
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Happy Birthday! Don't get too upset...I guess because it was your birthday you were even more cheesed off at trying a "sub-standard" cake. I think our expectations are higher just because we know we can make better cake! And there's nothing wrong with that! icon_biggrin.gif

Ever since I started baking seriously a couple months back, I find myself more critical of the taste of outside cakes. (My husband even more!!)Like I was told this hotel had the best black forest cake. Mind you, it cost a bomb for a slice and then when my husband and I tried it, I immediately thought - I wasted my money! What a let down. I only eat cake outside when highly recommended. Haha...I guess I'm cake snob! - but we should be proud of it! icon_lol.gif

tika Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 3:05am
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Well Happy Birthday. and no. I think it's perfectly okay to be a cake snob. I'm one and I've spoiled my daughter and my best friend. Neither will eat anyone elses cakes but mine icon_lol.gificon_razz.gif

twindees Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 3:05am
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Happy Birthday Jennz818 princess.gifparty.gifbirthday.gif

I am a cake snob and I don't think that it is a bad thing.
It's only because we know we can do better.

Girl be proud and welcome to the club. Cake Snobs R Us

Ironbaker Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 3:17am
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Cake Snob and proud.

Happy Birthday!

tcturtleshell Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 3:22am
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! party.gifbirthday.gifparty.gifbirthday.gif

I never, ever get a cake from a store anymore. It's a waste of money for sure. thumbsdown.gif They all do taste like cardboard, crisco, or nothing at all. What gets me is that people actually buy them! I guess they don't know the difference between a cake decorator's cake & a retail cake. When they do find out they will never buy another retail cake again! thumbs_up.gif

I'm a cake snob too! icon_biggrin.gif When my friends go to weddings (of people I don't know) I get them to take pictures of the wedding cakes & groom's cakes for me! icon_lol.gif I make them tell me all about the cakes & how they tasted! icon_lol.gif Usually they'll call me on their way home from the wedding saying my cakes are the BOMB!! (I've brainwashed them!!! icon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gificon_cool.gif LOL!!)

It's ok to be a cake snob!! LOL!! thumbs_up.gificon_smile.gif

jjandascog Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 3:26am
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I think I was a cake snob even before I started making cakes! My husband always teased me because I would quiz every grocery store that I went to to make sure that the made cakes with the kind of icing I like... There's one store near us that you have to specifically ask them to use buttercream or they use this stuff that tastes like a jar of marshmallow creme. Yuck! Being a cake snob just shows that we have good taste!

jdogga Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 12:49pm
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Funny this topic came up! Yesterday my boss asked me to go buy a cake for a girl who was leaving my office...I had to go to Sobeys to buy one of the most disgusting cakes I've ever seen! I told my boss he should have told me he wanted a cake as I would have made one for her! He said he forgot she was leaving and we needed it by lunch! There was actually a line up to order one of these cakes!! I felt like passing out my card to everyone in the line up and telling them to buy a cake by me! haha I guess this categorizes me as a "cake snob" too!!

Niki027 Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 12:53pm
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What's so wrong with not wanting to eat bad food? Life is too short for that!

Happy Birthday

fytar Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 1:03pm
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this is funny! i was actually called a "cake snob" by a coworker yesterday. we were on our way out the door to a meeting at the same time a going away cake was being served to a dear lady here in our office. after making such a fuss over this lady leaving and getting everyone to sign a card, the ladies that headed up the cake purchase bought what looked like a pre-decorated cake off sam's club bakery's cooler rack!! i was very disappointed in the look of the cake - can't tell you what it tasted it like, as i was running out the door after i got a good look at the cake. it looked to be about 11X15 size with tiny "congratulations" scrawled in the middle (not centered mind you) and it was red, white, and blue - hmmmm, wonder if this was left over from july 4th! the border was very nasty looking widely spaced strings squirted to hang off the edges! i should have stopped long enough to take a picture for you guys! i'm sure ms. judy didn't even notice how ugly her cake was but she is such a sweet lady that if it tasted like crap she wouldn't say anything! she deserved a lot better than that!

bubblezmom Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 1:09pm
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Happy Birthday! If being a cake snob is wrong, then I don't wanna be right. icon_biggrin.gif

Luckily, there are several bakeries here that make fantastic cakes. There are even some grocery stores that make good cakes. I always avoid the grocery store cupcakes cause I'm not quite sure what that glob of stuff is that they heap on top. Ick!

dolphindreamers Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 1:15pm
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Hi. My name is Dolphindreamers and I am a cake snob! Yes, and proud of it too! Quality means a lot! I recently made a bridal shower cake for a girl I work with. She had a shower with her family prior to this one. Her cousin made the cake for that one. The mother of the bride complained that her cake was dried out and wanted to know how my cakes are so moist! (Patting self on back!) My cake was her gift to her and I will be doing her wedding cake. Again I'm not charging her due to the fact that they have done a lot for me. But, maybe I will get some orders out of this wedding! it's for 200 people!

Misdawn Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 1:20pm
post #14 of 42 name is Misty and I am a cake snob!

ntertayneme Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 1:21pm
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First let me say, Happy Birthday to you!!!!!

I really think I've completely corrupted my husband with cake. If he tastes someone elses cakes, he always tells me on the way home, "I'm not just saying this because you do cakes, but that cake was awful. Your cakes just tastes so much better than theirs." This always makes me feel good .. lol he tells all this family/friends that if they want a good cake, call me.. if they want a cardboard cake, order from the chain grocery stores icon_biggrin.gif

Jennz818 Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 1:21pm
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Ok..I feel much better now! This was kind of like that Police song "Message in a Bottle"..tee hee hee. Now that I know I'm not the only one out there...I can go on with my day.
Thanks for the boost

fytar Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 2:20pm
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Originally Posted by Misdawn name is Misty and I am a cake snob!

Hahaha...the first step to recovery!! icon_lol.gif

mommymarilyn Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 2:37pm
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Happy Birthday! birthday.gifparty.gif I love Twindees "Cake Snobs R Us" - that's so cute! birthday.gif

KayDay Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 2:43pm
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<cake snob extraordinaire thumbs_up.gif

alengirl Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 2:49pm
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[quote="tcturtleshell"]I'm a cake snob too! icon_biggrin.gif When my friends go to weddings (of people I don't know) I get them to take pictures of the wedding cakes & groom's cakes for me! icon_lol.gif I make them tell me all about the cakes & how they tasted! icon_lol.gif Usually they'll call me on their way home from the wedding saying my cakes are the BOMB!! (I've brainwashed them!!! icon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gif quote]

My family and friends do that too!

We're all Cake Snobs and that's perfectly OKAY! We work hard, put great deal of time, love, & effort into our work! If having HIGH STANDARDS and REFINE PALLETES (spelling??) is snobbish, then so be it! icon_biggrin.gif
Who ever doesn't like it, can kiss our spatulas and go buy their cakes at the grocery store! icon_razz.gif


briansbaker Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 2:51pm
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fytar Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 3:35pm
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Jennz818, please forgive me! Happy Birthday to you!

Calejo Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 3:45pm
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I'm not that much of a cake snob, although I certainly appreciate a good tasting cake and an excellent decorating job when it comes my way (or from me). On a side note, Happy Birthday!

Rexy Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 4:57pm
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Yes, not only am I a cake snob but so are my girls! My girls are 5 and 7, and they don't hesitate when at birthday parties to say quite loudly, "Mom this doesn't taste like YOUR cakes, Yuck!" Yes, it's a bit embarassing, but always ends up a conversation starter and I get orders!

mudpie Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 5:19pm
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yes! Being any kind of snob is bad. But it doesn't stop ANY of us from being one.

I try not to judge other people's talents, because you never know what kind of infirmaries or disabilities or limitations they have.

The only time I look down on someone else is when they act as though they are far more superior than others. Then I feel it is fair to judge their work, since they blast their own horn so loudly. Some people act as if they are splitting atoms rather than cake layers! And form experience, the really talented decorators don't need to do that. And, even the most talented and experienced have off days.

By the way, I have seen and tasted a great cake at our local grocery store. And, as far as those decorators go, some are talented and others aren't quite so.

Just my 2 cents!!

mudpie Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 5:31pm
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but let me is FINE to be proud of your work and yourself!

Chefgirl Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 5:47pm
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Happy Birthday! Sorry you got bad cake! But you are definitely not alone!
Yes, I am a cake snob.
For my birthday this year, we went to my husband's parents' lake house with them and his sister and her family. First, let me say, my mom used to make a wonderful carrot cake every year for my birthday. But we don't live in the same state anymore. Anyway, my husband knows how much I love and appreciate a good cake or dessert and just good food in general. So I thought, surely he will surprise me with a great cake this year. Wrong! They went to the grocery store that day and got this chocolate cake that was just not good. I should have known, he is not a planner. But I was so upset! He now knows and understands the importance of quality birthday cake. We'll see what happens next year.

Chefgirl Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 5:50pm
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Okay, I just read that and it sounds mean. His heart was in the right place. I did appreciate the thought, but he just doesn't think sometimes. Not the first time, and since we just got married in March, I'm sure it will not be the last!

debsuewoo Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 6:21pm
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Chefgirl, You don't know the half of all the suprising things you just didn't know about your husband! My DH and I will be celebrating 13 wonderful years on Monday and he STILL suprises me!


Chefgirl Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 6:23pm
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Haha, thanks Deb! Better to be surprised, I guess, than to be bored!

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