Wal-Mart Is Now Making Wedding Cakes!

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QTCakes1 Posted 16 Aug 2011 , 8:51pm
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The groceries stores here have a frozen 6 month ship date, per people that work at the grocery store and the peole that work in the shipping warehouses. I know some warehouses allow their employees to take the stuff and some toss it all in the trash. I never understood why they didn't donate it to the food banks or homeless shelter.

Annabakescakes Posted 16 Aug 2011 , 9:03pm
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The only time Ive ever heard how long a Wal-Mart cake stays sitting in the freezer was here. I kind of always assumed the person who first said it probably didnt know that for a fact but the 6 month things has stuck and has been repeated forever since Ive been here.

Two of my BILs work for two different food distribution companies here in my state. I get all kinds of fun stuff from them anytime some guy drops a pallet and the boxes are damaged. Ill gladly take a billion pounds of butter just because the top of the box has a dent in it icon_smile.gif One time one of them offered me a bunch of chocolate sheet cakes that were supposed to go to one of the grocery stores around here but the box they were in got smashed up so they were giving them away to the guys as the warehouse. None of them knew what to do with them since they werent iced. I didnt want them either and from what I heard they threw them out. But they did sit in the warehouse for a long time while the guys up top tried to get someone to get rid of them.

From what Ive heard from my BILs sometimes the food will sit around in their warehouses for a while. I dont know exactly how long though. I can't imagine something sitting around in a freezer for 6 months before getting shipped out though.




I have never worked for Walmart, but I have worked for Meijer and Biggs, doing cakes. When I needed cake, I would don my winter coat and grab a huge cart, and head back to the freezer. At Meijer the freezer was kept fairly organized, but we would scare up 3 cases of heart shaped cakes left over from Valentines Day and turn them into Santas at Christmas.

At Biggs, I had to climb up the side of boxes stacked 20 feet high, crawl across the tops of them to the back of the freezer and dig through flattened, damaged boxes to get cakes that would literally crumble from freezer burn, even when frozen. Sometimes I dug boxes out that were 2 years expired, and the other decorator, who came from Walmart, had no problem using them. I refused. I got fired after they listened to me complain about quality and safety standards for 4 months. I thought they'd find my frozen dead body in that freezer one day.

Cakenator Posted 16 Aug 2011 , 9:26pm
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Who cares? Let wal-mart deal with all of the bitchy cheap customers.

CakinKimi Posted 16 Aug 2011 , 10:40pm
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what does walmart making cakes have to do with poor people getting married?? how offensive!

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.....did you not know that poor people get married too?



I actually find this very rude. Just last year I got my wedding cake from Wal-Mart for about $200 or so (I don't remember the exact price). I was on a budget and that is part of the reason I went to Wal-Mart, but also because the only real bakery around here is a friend's aunt, who's cakes are worse than Wal-Mart and not worth the money she charges. Our wedding cake actually tasted very good (I thought), but my Husband complained he thought it was too sweet.

Also, I personally think that they decorated it very well.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.421326648475.197698.774868475

^^Is a link to my wedding album on FB, there are a couple pics of the cake in there if anyone would like to see.




Glad someone agrees with me, I have found this to be one of the most offensive threads I have ever read, not only on CC, but on any website! I think this thread has gotten way out of control. Being fairly new to this site myself, I'd hate for someone to join the site and this be the first thread they read, it would probably run them off for good icon_sad.gif

LoveMeSomeCake615 Posted 17 Aug 2011 , 12:18am
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Glad someone agrees with me, I have found this to be one of the most offensive threads I have ever read, not only on CC, but on any website! I think this thread has gotten way out of control.




Oh boy, I have seen SO much worse than this on this site. SO MUCH WORSE. Not trying to be snarky or mean, I promise, just saying this is extremely tame compared to a lot of threads on here.

CakinKimi Posted 17 Aug 2011 , 12:39am
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Glad someone agrees with me, I have found this to be one of the most offensive threads I have ever read, not only on CC, but on any website! I think this thread has gotten way out of control.



Oh boy, I have seen SO much worse than this on this site. SO MUCH WORSE. Not trying to be snarky or mean, I promise, just saying this is extremely tame compared to a lot of threads on here.




Are you referring to threads that get heated because of home bakers/legalities/etc? If so, personally, although yes, they can get heated and all that, I have found this thread almost degrading in the way some people (not all) have talked about people who get their wedding cakes (or other cakes) or even buy anything from walmart.

Annabakescakes Posted 17 Aug 2011 , 12:49am
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Glad someone agrees with me, I have found this to be one of the most offensive threads I have ever read, not only on CC, but on any website! I think this thread has gotten way out of control.



Oh boy, I have seen SO much worse than this on this site. SO MUCH WORSE. Not trying to be snarky or mean, I promise, just saying this is extremely tame compared to a lot of threads on here.



Are you referring to threads that get heated because of home bakers/legalities/etc? If so, personally, although yes, they can get heated and all that, I have found this thread almost degrading in the way some people (not all) have talked about people who get their wedding cakes (or other cakes) or even buy anything from walmart.




The only think I have read that people said about those getting cake at Walmart, is that they are either cheap, poor, or don't know their are other options out there.

If they are cheap, they know it! They may chose to say thrifty or smart or whatever, but the simple fact is, they don't want to spend money more. That is not degrading!

If you are poor, you are poor! You can change that, this is America, land of opportunity! And if you don't think so, PM me and ask me my story. I have clawed my way to where I am after living in the ghetto and in Children's Homes and foster care nearly my whole life. And I wouldn't buy a cake at walmart to save my life.

AND FYI, poor people know they are poor. It is not degrading to say so, if they are degraded by it, they need to improve themselves. LIKE I DID!!!

And as far as not knowing there are options out there, that is not our fault they are living in a tv less, internet less vacuum. icon_rolleyes.gif Not degrading at all.

CakinKimi Posted 17 Aug 2011 , 1:06am
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Glad someone agrees with me, I have found this to be one of the most offensive threads I have ever read, not only on CC, but on any website! I think this thread has gotten way out of control.



Oh boy, I have seen SO much worse than this on this site. SO MUCH WORSE. Not trying to be snarky or mean, I promise, just saying this is extremely tame compared to a lot of threads on here.



Are you referring to threads that get heated because of home bakers/legalities/etc? If so, personally, although yes, they can get heated and all that, I have found this thread almost degrading in the way some people (not all) have talked about people who get their wedding cakes (or other cakes) or even buy anything from walmart.



The only think I have read that people said about those getting cake at Walmart, is that they are either cheap, poor, or don't know their are other options out there.

If they are cheap, they know it! They may chose to say thrifty or smart or whatever, but the simple fact is, they don't want to spend money more. That is not degrading!

If you are poor, you are poor! You can change that, this is America, land of opportunity! And if you don't think so, PM me and ask me my story. I have clawed my way to where I am after living in the ghetto and in Children's Homes and foster care nearly my whole life. And I wouldn't buy a cake at walmart to save my life.

AND FYI, poor people know they are poor. It is not degrading to say so, if they are degraded by it, they need to improve themselves. LIKE I DID!!!

And as far as not knowing there are options out there, that is not our fault they are living in a tv less, internet less vacuum. icon_rolleyes.gif Not degrading at all.




Your opinion, I'm not going to argue, I just found a lot of these comments very degrading and rude, considering I bought my wedding cake at wal-mart last year. I am not cheap (at least not when it came to my wedding), I am not poor, and I do know there are other options out there in general, but I live in a small town and the ONLY place to get a cake other than walmart or other grocery stores is my mom's friend's aunt, and I don't like her cakes. I have tasted her cakes numerous times and they are always dry and tasteless. Am I living in a tv less, internet less vacuum simply because I chose walmart for my cake over a dry and tasteless one because I did not have time on my wedding day to drive 2-3 hours to pick up a cake and hope it made it through the trip back to town as well as everything else I had to do that day?

jason_kraft Posted 17 Aug 2011 , 1:18am
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@CK: The original offending post implied that poor people tend to buy wedding cakes at Walmart, not that everyone who buys a wedding cake at Walmart is poor. Interpreting that post as an insult to all Walmart wedding cake customers is bizarre to say the least, and to take it as a degrading personal attack is even more strange, especially when you know that price did not factor into your decision to buy the cake at Walmart in the first place.

QTCakes1 Posted 17 Aug 2011 , 1:30am
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I'm poor and I shop at Wal-Mart. I'm not offended, BUT if I had big dough, NO WAY IN HECK, would I get my wedding cake there...which I didn't. I paid the dollars for it. And if had big dough to not have to get a Wal-Mart cake, I sure would be driving 3 hours away to get it, but that's just me. As it stands, I'm still poor...though my cakes are quite pricey. icon_wink.gif

mplaidgirl2 Posted 17 Aug 2011 , 1:33am
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socks, milk, motor oil, school uniform, bicycle tire, wedding cake.... what thats not your normal shopping list?

jason_kraft Posted 17 Aug 2011 , 1:41am
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socks, milk, motor oil, school uniform, bicycle tire, wedding cake.... what thats not your normal shopping list?



Don't forget the casket.

Annabakescakes Posted 17 Aug 2011 , 1:49am
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@CK: The original offending post implied that poor people tend to buy wedding cakes at Walmart, not that everyone who buys a wedding cake at Walmart is poor. Interpreting that post as an insult to all Walmart wedding cake customers is bizarre to say the least, and to take it as a degrading personal attack is even more strange, especially when you know that price did not factor into your decision to buy the cake at Walmart in the first place.




Thank you Jason! Very astute! EXACTLY! thumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif

Annabakescakes Posted 17 Aug 2011 , 2:06am
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And to put it in the kindest way possible, styrofoam cake stands and cakes with day-glow blue shell borders piped all over them every which way from Sunday and flat Wilton roses that don't know when to quit, on them aren't my taste. If it is yours, I'm happy for you.

I am poor, and I did my own freaking cake. It is the incredibly elegant (in my not so humble opinion) ivory with the pale pink roses that are in no way flat. It served at least 150 and and cost me less than $70, including the plateau (50% off @Hobby Lobby) because I shopped at Walmart to get the supplies.

I also did my own center pieces ( 18 $1 vases from WALMART with 12 dozen roses bought at Walmart.) and my dress was a vintage hand-me-down prom dress from the 50's. I made my daughters dress and got both the fabric and the pattern from Walmart. And the most expensive thing was renting tuxes for my boys. I had no attendants and neither did my husband. It was a family affair. lol

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.101281873216966.2909.100000054600337&l=80a0506e88&type=1

Edited to add, the photos were taken by a friend with my digital camera, and the cake is straight, the pics are crooked. lol

mplaidgirl2 Posted 17 Aug 2011 , 2:50am
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socks, milk, motor oil, school uniform, bicycle tire, wedding cake.... what thats not your normal shopping list?


Don't forget the casket.




They have everything for the start to finish of your life... literally.
Don't they sell guns too?

jason_kraft Posted 17 Aug 2011 , 3:14am
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There's nothing inherently wrong with a retailer providing many different categories of products -- the core competency for a retailer is in procuring, transporting, displaying, and selling products as efficiently as possible, without regard for the type of product. WM is the best in the world in doing that.

The issue with WM is the massive leverage they have over suppliers, especially when they are the only game in town. I don't think it was necessarily WM's intention to drive other retailers out of business, but when consumers value lower prices over local products and service that's the inevitable outcome.

Here are two very interesting (and very different) looks at dealing with WM from the supplier's point of view.

http://www.fastcompany.com/node/47593/print
http://www.fastcompany.com/node/54763/print

LNW Posted 17 Aug 2011 , 7:05pm
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The only time Ive ever heard how long a Wal-Mart cake stays sitting in the freezer was here. I kind of always assumed the person who first said it probably didnt know that for a fact but the 6 month things has stuck and has been repeated forever since Ive been here.

Two of my BILs work for two different food distribution companies here in my state. I get all kinds of fun stuff from them anytime some guy drops a pallet and the boxes are damaged. Ill gladly take a billion pounds of butter just because the top of the box has a dent in it icon_smile.gif One time one of them offered me a bunch of chocolate sheet cakes that were supposed to go to one of the grocery stores around here but the box they were in got smashed up so they were giving them away to the guys as the warehouse. None of them knew what to do with them since they werent iced. I didnt want them either and from what I heard they threw them out. But they did sit in the warehouse for a long time while the guys up top tried to get someone to get rid of them.

From what Ive heard from my BILs sometimes the food will sit around in their warehouses for a while. I dont know exactly how long though. I can't imagine something sitting around in a freezer for 6 months before getting shipped out though.



I have never worked for Walmart, but I have worked for Meijer and Biggs, doing cakes. When I needed cake, I would don my winter coat and grab a huge cart, and head back to the freezer. At Meijer the freezer was kept fairly organized, but we would scare up 3 cases of heart shaped cakes left over from Valentines Day and turn them into Santas at Christmas.

At Biggs, I had to climb up the side of boxes stacked 20 feet high, crawl across the tops of them to the back of the freezer and dig through flattened, damaged boxes to get cakes that would literally crumble from freezer burn, even when frozen. Sometimes I dug boxes out that were 2 years expired, and the other decorator, who came from Walmart, had no problem using them. I refused. I got fired after they listened to me complain about quality and safety standards for 4 months. I thought they'd find my frozen dead body in that freezer one day.




That is disgusting. And I stand corrected.

KarlaZamCakes Posted 16 Oct 2011 , 1:53am
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Oh my... How about you go do your grocery shopping, and dont buy the cake, i have never bought a cake at walmart.. I get my cakes from Publix Bakery in FL, awesome b.cream(they make it at the shop, not from a bucket like Walmarts) and the cakes are great quality... Stop complaining guys dont waste your precious time, there are few good family owned bakeries out there we just have to find and support themicon_smile.gif

Bridgette1129 Posted 16 Oct 2011 , 3:22am
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[quote="FromScratchSF"]

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I typically bake Wednesday, fill Thursday, decorate Friday, and deliver Saturday.



My scratch cake is baked fresh. Just because it's in a freezer overnight as opposed to drying out on a counter top does not mean it's not fresh. It just means it's easier to tort, handle, fill, and settle because I used science to make sure it is. thumbs_up.gif

Which is totally different then the Wal Mart super factory making crappy cake by the thousands to be shipped to stores frozen for 6 months or more. I guess what I'm trying to say is there is a difference between freezing a cake and frozen cake.




I agree with these statements!!
Don't take offense. I am not saying leaving a cake on your counter is bad. Take it at face value icon_wink.gif

ruinedthemoment Posted 20 Mar 2013 , 1:18am
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please!!! If you dont want to ruin that special occasion, DO NOT BUY A WEDDING CAKE FROM WALMART!!!!!!!!They say customer satisfaction hahaha more like let me take your money and kick you out the door!!!!!!

ruinedthemoment Posted 20 Mar 2013 , 1:22am
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to late for me sorry to say, but at least ill make sure none of my friends and family buy cakes from Wal-mart ever again

ruinedthemoment Posted 20 Mar 2013 , 1:25am
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I agree with you to late for me now, cant believe didnt see all these reviews before our party

tasha c Posted 15 Oct 2013 , 11:16pm
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Hi ,I am looking for a good bakery in south Carolina. That does not charge a arm and a leg if you know someone please let me know

jason_kraft Posted 15 Oct 2013 , 11:55pm
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Hi ,I am looking for a good bakery in south Carolina. That does not charge a arm and a leg if you know someone please let me know

Have you tried Wal-mart?

Paperfishies Posted 16 Oct 2013 , 12:44am
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I'm gonna respectfully disagree. I bake scratch with top shelf ingredients - and I freeze, as every other large wedding cake maker does. If they tell you they don't, I think they are lying. "Baked fresh daily" is different then "I bake your cake the same day". You cannot tort, fill, buttercream, fondant cover and decorate a cake that was baked the same day. It is impossible. It's not a lack of staff issue, it's a science issue and a time/space impossibility. If you don't allow the gluten to develop your cake will crumble and fall apart if you try and handle it too soon. The fastest way to do this without your cake drying out is to put it in the freezer.

I just had a consultation tell me that another baker they met said they'll make the whole cake the day of the wedding. I flat called that baker a liar. First you have to bake. Then you have to let the gluten set up. Then you have to tort and fill. Then you have to let your layers settle. Then you have to ice and let your buttercream crust and chill through. Then you have to fondant cover and then let your fondant dry. Then you have to stack. Then you have to decorate. And deliver by 2pm?

No way does that ever happen in one day. No way. On average, it's a 3 day process.

Now, I don't freeze for longer then a day or two, which is a major difference between me and Wal Mart, but believe me, freezing improves your product. The notion that it's "bad" or that "high-end bakeries don't do that" is just flat wrong.

But on an LOL note, did ya'all see this?

[URL=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Yx2DMskDe4]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Yx2DMskDe4[/URL]

Jen

This and I will be honest and say, I think cake tastes better once it's been frozen and allowed to come back to room temp, I also like the texture better.

soldiernurse Posted 16 Oct 2013 , 12:52am
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This and I will be honest and say, I think cake tastes better once it's been frozen and allowed to come back to room temp, I also like the texture better.

that link didn't work for me...anyone else with the same problem?

BrokeBride Posted 27 Feb 2014 , 4:48pm
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AMEN! Sorry fancy bakers, but I really don't care about serving my guests amazing cake, since I've noticed most people at weddings only take a cursory bite or two. If it's pretty - bam! (Cake is my favorite food by the way, and I am definitely willing to support my fave indie bakery, Vegan Treats out of PA, at the restaurants they sell to in NYC.)

 

I care more about an awesome venue, a good meal, and plenty of alcohol!

 

You're right, WalMart ISN'T your competitor, since people like me aren't at all cooking at custom cakes and boutique bakeries. Either I will make it myself, or I'll go big box.

liz at sugar Posted 27 Feb 2014 , 4:53pm
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AMEN! Sorry fancy bakers, but I really don't care about serving my guests amazing cake, since I've noticed most people at weddings only take a cursory bite or two. If it's pretty - bam! (Cake is my favorite food by the way, and I am definitely willing to support my fave indie bakery, Vegan Treats out of PA, at the restaurants they sell to in NYC.)

 

They are probably only taking a bite or two because it doesn't taste amazing.   And some people are just superficial and rate style higher than substance.  It is OK, the world is big enough for everyone.

 

Liz

Annabakescakes Posted 27 Feb 2014 , 5:02pm
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Originally Posted by BrokeBride 
 

AMEN! Sorry fancy bakers, but I really don't care about serving my guests amazing cake, since I've noticed most people at weddings only take a cursory bite or two. If it's pretty - bam! (Cake is my favorite food by the way, and I am definitely willing to support my fave indie bakery, Vegan Treats out of PA, at the restaurants they sell to in NYC.)

 

I care more about an awesome venue, a good meal, and plenty of alcohol!

 

You're right, WalMart ISN'T your competitor, since people like me aren't at all cooking at custom cakes and boutique bakeries. Either I will make it myself, or I'll go big box.

They take a bite or two because it sucks. Duh. People eat the entire piece of my cakes. If you would rather buy a cake people aren't going to eat, and aren't worried about serving your guests(who most likely brought you a gift)  why don't you just put a framed picture of a cake on the table, and a little sign that says "Thanks for your time and energy, SUCKERS!!"

 

Why not just go to the JP, and not have to worry about making your guests happy at all? I mean, it is better to start a marriage out with honesty, rather than suckering your friends and family into coming to your wedding with a gift , all dressed up, taking away from their time they could be doing something FUN, and WORTHWHILE?

ellavanilla Posted 27 Feb 2014 , 5:47pm
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there wasn't one piece of my wedding cake left over, and due to inclement weather, we had several no-shows.

 

Everyone chooses to spend their money differently, but don't come and bash sincere crafts people because you don't appreciate our work. 

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