From Scratch Or Store Bought?

Decorating By Derekkest Updated 2 Nov 2009 , 10:27pm by Pookie59

Derekkest Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 4:35pm
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Ok, so I have always been a pastry, cookie, extremely goooooooooey type of in my house baker.

Recently I made a cake for a neighbors family re-union and had a blast doing it. So now I am on a cake making binge and having a blast.

My neghbors are going to be plump for Thanksgiving icon_wink.gif

But my question is basicly this.....I have two recipies I used for the cakes, one chocolate and one white.

Do most of you make your cakes from scratch or do you nuy your mix from the store? Just curious icon_smile.gif

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Mensch Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 4:40pm
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I make all mine from scratch. I think cake mix cakes taste gross.

-K8memphis Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 4:50pm
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I use both plus I have made cakes 'from scratch' using the same ingredients that are used in cake mixes.

This of course when 'from scratch' means measuring out each of your ingredients one at a time and not using a boxed cake mix--just using similar ingredients.

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Rylan Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 4:56pm
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I've tried using a doctored mixes before but I now stick to my own recipes--only because I have perfected them.

cakesdivine Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 5:01pm
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I do both scratch & mix, but mostly doctored DH cake mixes. They taste amazing and are never dry. There are some cakes that you really need to do from scratch but basic chocs & whites, go with a mix.

MyDiwa Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 5:07pm
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Based on a test test I did with a bunch of friends, I mostly do doctored mix cakes. For some recipes they didnt find much of a difference between the scratch and the doctored cakes and for some the doctored was much better. So I figure the doctored ones are so much easier and do well amongst my friends so i do what lengthens my years icon_biggrin.gif ! I never do a cake straight from a mix - always doctored.

playingwithsugar Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 5:10pm
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If I'm doing a cake for a big event, I prefer to bake from scratch. But if I'm just doing a dessert cake to take along to a dinner, I can be found to use doctored boxed mixes.

By scratch or mix, the cake is only as good as the person baking it, don't you agree?

If you like working with boxed mixes, try using the WASC recipe with them. You can even omit the almond extract if you wish. Lots of people swear by the WASC recipes, and many people sell them as part of their product line, so they must be good.

Theresa icon_smile.gif

costumeczar Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 5:33pm
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Has anyone else noticed that much of the time, the scratch vs. mix threads are started by newbie posters and it's always their first post? Just noticing...

Derekkest Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 5:48pm
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Originally Posted by costumeczar

Has anyone else noticed that much of the time, the scratch vs. mix threads are started by newbie posters and it's always their first post? Just noticing...




Everything you do starts with the basics. Unless you have a solid foundation to work with, then nothing else comes into place icon_smile.gif

DeeDelightful Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 5:58pm
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Scratch vs. Mix and pricing questions never get old to me. There is always some new, interesting point of view.

costumeczar Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 6:02pm
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Originally Posted by Derekkest

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Originally Posted by costumeczar

Has anyone else noticed that much of the time, the scratch vs. mix threads are started by newbie posters and it's always their first post? Just noticing...



Everything you do starts with the basics. Unless you have a solid foundation to work with, then nothing else comes into place icon_smile.gif




Hahaha, you should do a search on the forums for other scratch vs. mix threads. You'll see why I mentioned the bizarre coincidence of this topic always being the first post of the newbie poster (or trolls, whcihever they happen to be.)

__Jamie__ Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 6:34pm
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Scratch. I like the whole mixing and prepping and creating the cake as much as the decorating. icon_smile.gif

__Jamie__ Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 6:34pm
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Originally Posted by Rylan

I've tried using a doctored mixes before but I now stick to my own recipes--only because I have perfected them.




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tinygoose Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 6:49pm
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Scratch here.

Mike1394 Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 6:52pm
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Originally Posted by tinygoose

Scratch here.




Where???? you have pics??? icon_biggrin.gif

Mike

Deb_ Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 6:55pm
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Originally Posted by __Jamie__

Scratch. I like the whole mixing and prepping and creating the cake as much as the decorating. icon_smile.gif




ok first I want to say YAY JAMIE'S BACK!!!!!...... I just couldn't figure out how to pronounce that other name. icon_confused.gif

On the whole scratch vs mix I agree with Costumeczar......there are way too many of these threads on the forums if you use the search feature chances are at least a million of them will pop up. icon_razz.gif

Just in case you're keeping score......scratch all the way for me.

__Jamie__ Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 6:58pm
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Lol! D, glad you didn't say "scratch me all the way"...hahahahahaha!!!

DetailsByDawn Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 7:00pm
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Originally Posted by Mike1394

Quote:
Originally Posted by tinygoose

Scratch here.



Where???? you have pics??? icon_biggrin.gif

Mike


LOL!

adree313 Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 7:00pm
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Originally Posted by dkelly



On the whole scratch vs mix I agree with Costumeczar......there are way too many of these threads on the forums if you use the search feature chances are at least a million of them will pop up. icon_razz.gif




along with "how to make black/red buttercream/fondant" icon_biggrin.gif

i sincerely think there needs to be a "newbies look here first" thread that discusses how to use the search function effectively, because, let's face it, it isn't the eeeeeasiest thing to figure out your first time around. icon_smile.gif

Deb_ Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 7:22pm
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Originally Posted by __Jamie__

Lol! D, glad you didn't say "scratch me all the way"...hahahahahaha!!!




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tazmycat Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 7:25pm
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Mix all the way for me.......

tinygoose Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 7:29pm
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Originally Posted by DetailsByDawn

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Originally Posted by Mike1394

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Originally Posted by tinygoose

Scratch here.



Where???? you have pics??? icon_biggrin.gif

Mike

LOL!




Lol...I little to the left Mike....ahhh.

pouchet82 Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 8:37pm
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Wow, we're on the 2nd page an still civil! Awesome, I think this is a record!!
I do scratch and doctored. If I need a sturdy cake I go with WASC, otherwise I will amek scratch

costumeczar Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 9:07pm
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Originally Posted by Mike1394

Quote:
Originally Posted by tinygoose

Scratch here.



Where???? you have pics??? icon_biggrin.gif

Mike




Scratch it...Scratch it like mad!

prterrell Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 10:20pm
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I'm a scratch baker, although I used to be a doctored cake mix baker when I was first starting out. Now the scratch baking is my "thing" really more so than the decorating.

Pookie59 Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 10:27pm
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Depends on the cake.

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