Still Thinking Walmart Cakes Can't Look Good!?!?

Decorating By ConfectionsCC Updated 25 Aug 2011 , 11:03pm by MikeRowesHunny

ConfectionsCC Posted 24 Aug 2011 , 11:21pm
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Okay, this is from my little sister's wedding a year ago that our local walmart did! I read a post a few weeks ago that someone was shocked that walmart now does tiered cakes, and that they looked horrible. WELL since Walmart hires individuals to decorate the cakes, sometimes they actually hire very talented decorators!! Now, the cake still TASTED HORRIBLE, just like any thing from there I have tasted has, BUT I think this wedding cake was beautiful, and very well done. Much better than we expected! (and dare I say better decorated than some of the local bakeries!?!?)
http://s1213.photobucket.com/albums/cc462/confectionscustomcakes/?action=view¤t=307.jpg

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Occther Posted 24 Aug 2011 , 11:48pm
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You are right. It is pretty. I have seen a lot worse cakes on here from people who call themselves professional. There are a lot of talented decorators who need the steady income from Walmart or grocery store and not the stress of owning their own businesses.

cakestyles Posted 24 Aug 2011 , 11:50pm
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This is no reflection on your sister because she didn't make the cake,
but I haven't changed my mind about "big box cakes".
Sorry.

Jess155 Posted 24 Aug 2011 , 11:58pm
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I agree that every once in a while WalMart nabs themselves a talented decorator. They are then given maybe an hour to decorate that 3 tier cake. Aaaannnnd this is the result. It's not horrible, but I wouldn't go singing the praises of WalMart cakes looking at this one. It looks like a very very beginner cake. No offense to WalMart or your sister, but it's on par with what I'd expect from a chain.

BizCoCos Posted 25 Aug 2011 , 12:08am
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yep to all of the above, looks like good beginner try , pretty but ok, and then tastes bad, publix has gorgeous cakes but don't know the taste or cost

ConfectionsCC Posted 25 Aug 2011 , 12:26am
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Yea,I agree, its not the best wedding cake by far, but she had a last minute wedding, and 2 very large families to serve, with a total budget of about $1000 for the entire wedding! I have seen some horrendous cakes from big box stores, and I have seen worse ON DISPLAY at a local "famous bakery" that has been around longer than I have been in existence! I just thought I would share tat cake with ya'll icon_biggrin.gif

AnnieCahill Posted 25 Aug 2011 , 1:27am
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Aww I think it is pretty. So what if the borders are a little big. I didn't even know that Wal Mart did stuff with ribbon and scrolls and all of that. I thought they only did a basic white cake with swags and plastic columns.

matthewkyrankelly Posted 25 Aug 2011 , 1:48am
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I like it. Especially given the corporate time constraints put on decorators in large chains. I think it is inspired and pretty. Good for your sister.

xoxoemilyrae Posted 25 Aug 2011 , 3:29am
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I completely agree that the borders look like mini marshmallows! Regardless, it is MUCH better than I expected. And hey, its a great alternative for people who just can't afford nice professional bakers.

BlakesCakes Posted 25 Aug 2011 , 4:25am
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Well...........there IS a market for almost everything.

I think the decorator was careful and neat and did the best he/she could with very little time and probably 4 tips to choose from--and that's one of the reasons these cakes are, comaritively, so inexpensive.

In many ways, it's unfair to even compare this to what a full scale bakery can offer with lots of tools, more time, and most likely better trained or more experienced decorators.

If it's what you can afford and/or time is an issue--and taste is not--then it's good to know that it's there for you.

What's ufnair is when people think it's OK to try to talk a custom baker into price matching a WalMart cake.

Rae

cakestyles Posted 25 Aug 2011 , 9:27pm
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[quote="BlakesCakes"
What's ufnair is when people think it's OK to try to talk a custom baker into price matching a WalMart cake. Rae[/quote]

Alleluia!!

Jess155 Posted 25 Aug 2011 , 9:42pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BlakesCakes

In many ways, it's unfair to even compare this to what a full scale bakery can offer with lots of tools, more time, and most likely better trained or more experienced decorators.




Yes, BUT - I do agree with the OP that some "custom bakeries" put out cakes that look and maybe even taste just like this one. I've seen pictures on the walls and websites of custom shops that have lumpy fondant, sloppy buttercream, leaning tiers, etc. icon_eek.gif I would expect the large pictures on a wall would feature the shop's BEST work. If that's their best work, they're sunk. thumbsdown.gif

Honestly, if someone is putting out WalMart standard product, they should expect WalMart prices. Customers do not care about your overhead. They care about your product.

mariacakestoo Posted 25 Aug 2011 , 10:07pm
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Oh yes, there are "professionals" out there who should just stop. selling. cakes.

MikeRowesHunny Posted 25 Aug 2011 , 11:03pm
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It looks OK, but what's the point of a cake you can't eat because it tastes nasty? I would rather have a badly decorated but fabulous tasting cake, than an immaculate looking but revolting tasting cake! cake is to be eaten after all! I'm just glad that I produce fabulous looking AND tasting cakes, so i never have to compromise on either!

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