Do You Use Mixes Or Make From Scratch?

Business By buggus Updated 5 Jun 2009 , 1:50am by PinkLisa

buggus Posted 2 Jun 2009 , 11:54pm
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I'm wanting to start a cake business, and really would like to make my own recipes for cakes, but am noticing some of the pricing matrix's have cake mixes for costing out. I would like to make everything from scratch, but what's the norm?? Do most companies use boxes??

13 replies
mariela_ms Posted 3 Jun 2009 , 12:02am
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This is a very heated debate in the cake industry. Some say scratch some say box mixes. Do whatever makes you feel comfortable. You can do a search for threads about this. It seems like lately there one every week about scratch vs. box mix. Goodluck!

sweetsbystacy Posted 3 Jun 2009 , 12:10am
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I use the WASC recipe, it's a mix of both.

Good luck with this thread. icon_smile.gif

sari66 Posted 3 Jun 2009 , 12:36am
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I use both.

kellertur Posted 3 Jun 2009 , 1:28am
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I am a scratch baker.

FromScratch Posted 3 Jun 2009 , 2:49am
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I'm a scratch baker too, and you can easily adjust the matrixes (is that a word?? icon_lol.gif) to price your recipes. I price ingredients out by the gram and use excel. Once you get a rough idea you can use the average to price your cakes' costs. icon_smile.gif

As to which is standard? There is no standard... just do what you love. icon_biggrin.gif

cheesecakes-galore Posted 3 Jun 2009 , 3:03am
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I use both. My price range varies between the two as well. The mix for cheap brides, the gourmet scratch for others who appreciate the quality and really want something different.

bakermommy4 Posted 3 Jun 2009 , 3:09am
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I use both and like cheesecakes prices range differently for both. I find that when I bake from scratch my results aren't consistent, and when I use doctored...and I mean VERY doctored mixes I'm more consistent with results. I recently finished school for Pastry arts and still not that good of a scratch really is a science ya know!!

blondeez Posted 3 Jun 2009 , 3:18am
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I use mix and the bakery I work for uses mix also. I want to learn how to make cakes from scratch but have not tried it yet.

momma28 Posted 4 Jun 2009 , 12:19pm
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I am a scratch baker icon_smile.gif

DebBTX Posted 5 Jun 2009 , 12:39am
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I bake from scratch.

You should do which ever gives you the best results and enjoyment.

-Debbie B.

Cakebelle Posted 5 Jun 2009 , 1:33am
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Scratch baker now and forever!

cylstrial Posted 5 Jun 2009 , 1:41am
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I prefer scratch, but occassionnally do some doctored cakes. And very very occassionally, I use a box mix.

PinkLisa Posted 5 Jun 2009 , 1:50am
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For those of you that price differently for scratch and mixes... How do you explain that to the client?

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