Cake Mixes

Decorating By whit6 Updated 25 Sep 2009 , 1:52pm by bbmom

whit6 Posted 13 Sep 2009 , 11:37pm
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I know cake mixes vs. scratch has been talked about on here a thousand times and the general consenus has been that scratch is not necessarily better than a mix, and I COMPLETELY agree. I prefer the texture by far and the flavor as well. I was just wondering what mixes most of you use. Right now I used Pillsbury and buy the small boxes you would use for home use. I have seen at smart & final that they have the large bags of mix that you can make several cakes out of, but Im not sure of the taste. Have you used these? Or what do you use?

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prayerwarrior Posted 13 Sep 2009 , 11:44pm
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I only use Duncan Hines

tracey1970 Posted 13 Sep 2009 , 11:49pm
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I use Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker. You can't buy Pillsbury mixes anywhere near my place (although you can buy a million other Pillsbury things??), so I use what I can get.

Skirt Posted 13 Sep 2009 , 11:51pm
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I use Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker, whichever is on sale 10 for $10!!

jamiekwebb Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 12:37am
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Pillsbury classic white and Betty crocker milk chocolate

enoid Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 12:53am
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Usually Duncan Hines but if you have an Aldi food Store near you their chocolate cake mix is excellent. My family prefers it to any other chocolate mix I have tried.

JanH Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 12:58am
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Originally Posted by whit6

I have seen at smart & final that they have the large bags of mix that you can make several cakes out of, but Im not sure of the taste.

Do these large bags use eggs, water and oil - or only water?

There was a previous thread on commercial size mixes that only used water, and the finished product wasn't comparable to the standard cake mix...

And I prefer DH.


luvmysmoother Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 1:00am
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DH is awesome - except their lemon cake - blechicon_smile.gif

Brenda0217 Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 1:03am
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Pillsbury Dark Choc. is wonderful to me, and the rest DH for me. But that dark choc. is to die for in the pillsbury.

stephanievo5 Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 1:39am
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I buy the bulk cake mixes from Gordans Food services. Its waaaay cheaper and They are delish.

Rebealuvsweets Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 6:59am
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I also use DH. I always heard that was the best one to use. I do agree that the lemon DH is not so good.

jlynnw Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 8:51am
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I have made the DH white cake mix with lemonaide concentrate (frozen juice) and it is wonderful. I have used it right from the can for a heavier flavor or half and half with water for a lighter taste. Get rave reviews.

Kiddiekakes Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 12:03pm
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I use Betty Crocker..I buy them on sale when they are 3/3.99 or 10 for $10.00

Tiffany29 Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 12:24pm
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I saw someone said aldi's cake mixes are good. I have used them and they really are good. Their brownies are great! My DH prefers those over all boxed brownie mixes!

BlackFlour Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 12:33pm
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Originally Posted by Kiddiekakes

I use Betty Crocker..I buy them on sale when they are 3/3.99 or 10 for $10.00

Ditto! I love me some triple choc fudge BC cake, especially for a $1! icon_smile.gif And it works great with macsmom's WASC version too!

msulli10 Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 12:47pm
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I use Duncan Hines chocoate fudge and it is yummy.

3GCakes Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 12:57pm
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I used to use only DH but lately only BC been on sale, so I use it. Also, Meijer's white cake mix is often only 79 cents and it makes a great WASC.

ATL_Cakes Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 1:19pm
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I don't follow the directions to the box cakes. To my box cake mixes I add:

1 stick of butter
1 cup of heavy whipping cream
4 eggs
1 Tbs of flavoring of your choice

The batter will be very thicky and creamy and the cakes are supermoist but firm.

NYCGiGi Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 1:35pm
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ATL Cakes - thanks for sharing how you mix your boxed cakes. I never use the water it says, I always use half & half instead. I'm going to try your suggestion though.

How do others mix theirs? Obviously we all know how to do a WASC cake, but what about other options?

Caralinc Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 1:59pm
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When I use a box it is DH

missmeg Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 3:21pm
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I used to buy Walmart's "Great Value" brand, but they no longer carry it in any of my Super WM's icon_sad.gif. Of the three major brands, I purchase whichever one does NOT have pudding in the mix, as I like to add the pudding myself. I just can't remember which brand that is right now.

mjk350 Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 6:09pm
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DH or BC if I use box mixes. icon_smile.gif

Loucinda Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 6:21pm
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DH here for the most part.

Uniqueask Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 6:33pm
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[quote="whit6"] I have seen at smart & final that they have the large bags of mix that you can make several cakes out of, but Im not sure of the taste. Have you used these? Or what do you use?

Those big boxes only use water we used them in the Culinary Program I attended and they taste nasty since I was the only one that baked cakes I was always stuck in Bake Shop and I doctored them up for them to tasts good

I use DH that is the only box mix I use, with the Wasc variation
or with only pudding in the mix, I also don't use water I add sour cream or yogurt, what ever flavor is the mix and I use different flavor coffee creamers in the place of water and the cake comes out like scratch,

emily42897 Posted 23 Sep 2009 , 6:40pm
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So I have to buy 8 mixes tonight for my 3 weekly projects. so, Aldi are ok for decorating? I am nervous to try when I don't have time for mistakes. I am doing tiered cakes. Please advise! Thanks!

I know someone who interviewed at Aldi and they said 99% of their items are brand name just repackaged, so it's probably DH brand or something that they truly are.

janet2009 Posted 23 Sep 2009 , 7:17pm
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I used DH most of the time...

Tiffany29 Posted 24 Sep 2009 , 12:07am
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emily.... The aldi brand should be fine. I have tried them and they are just like any other brand. Personally I prefer scratch chocolate cake. Aldi's choc. isn't very chocolatey. The white and yellow are fine. HTH!

PuffCake Posted 24 Sep 2009 , 12:44am
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I won't use anything but Pillsbury. They sell it at Wal Mart for 88 cents every day price.

Caike Posted 24 Sep 2009 , 12:49am
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Obviously I need to look for some better deals on my mix... I'm at $2.29 a box right now... frig...

emily42897 Posted 24 Sep 2009 , 12:51pm
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Good to know about the Pilsbury. I will tell you that I bought Aldi mixes last night and made the WASC cake for the first time. They turned out fabulous! Firm, but moist.

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