No one Yet knows the difference between Store box mix and scratch cakes, Why Bother?

Baking By MBalaska Updated 4 Mar 2014 , 4:02pm by mrsv

janetbakes Posted 25 Aug 2013 , 5:58pm
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Wow!!!! Offline for a few days...what the h ^@# happened??

EXACTLY!!! Im like...what the heck is going on!!! im Haitian born in the USA and growing up my mom made from scratch, there were no box mixes in Haiti. When I was a teenager I used to experiment with boxed all the time, now that I bake for a living I bake from scratch as a preference, not because I DONT HAVE A LIFE! My goodness...icon_eek.gif

AllScratch Posted 25 Aug 2013 , 10:44pm
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OK , in my defense...I have always stated that I use box mixes and that my costumer know this from the start and they are happy with the result...this does not mean I do not bake from scratch though...my daughter and I have  "bake nights" on Mondays and everything we do is from scratch...last week our recipe was great, this pass Monday we did a batter divided it into fourth and each 1/4 amount of batter was done with different variations of flavors..at the end of the day we decided we did not like any of it. So we will not be using this last recipe we came up with. ..yes I use box but my daughter is learning to bake from scratch...next week we will be baking a cake that will use coconut.  So please do not assume that because I use a box mixed doesn't mean I am not  "baking".  I always say it goes in the oven it's baking.

That would be like saying because I used a hammer and nails to put together my pre-fab shelves, it's carpentry. Not even close. Mixes are for two categories of people. Those who simply cannot bake (and there are lots out there), and those who prefer the convienence and consistency. Either reason if perfectly fine. I don't care if you mix your batter while standing on your head and whistling. But using a mix is not really baking. Baking is a science that takes most years to learn and perfect, it should never be trivialized.

BatterUpCake Posted 25 Aug 2013 , 10:45pm
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That would be like saying because I used a hammer and nails to put together my pre-fab shelves, it's carpentry. Not even close. Mixes are for two categories of people. Those who simply cannot bake (and there are lots out there), and those who prefer the convienence and consistency. Either reason if perfectly fine. I don't care if you mix your batter while standing on your head and whistling. But using a mix is not really baking. Baking is a science that takes most years to learn and perfect, it should never be trivialized.

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texas_mom Posted 26 Aug 2013 , 8:40pm
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That would be like saying because I used a hammer and nails to put together my pre-fab shelves, it's carpentry. Not even close. Mixes are for two categories of people. Those who simply cannot bake (and there are lots out there), and those who prefer the convienence and consistency. Either reason if perfectly fine. I don't care if you mix your batter while standing on your head and whistling. But using a mix is not really baking. Baking is a science that takes most years to learn and perfect, it should never be trivialized.

Actually box mixes are for three categories...those who can not bake, those who prefer the convenience and consistency and those like myself who can do both bake from scratch and use a mix.  Like I said as long as the costumer knows what they are getting and that they are happy is all that matters, What ever one chooses to use is fine with me.  Why is everyone so upset with this topic.  There is a market out there for everyone.  I myself have been using box mixes and have been making cakes for 30 years. As matter of fact I just got an order for a three tier rainforest cake for next month for a baby shower . So my work continues.  :)

BatterUpCake Posted 26 Aug 2013 , 8:43pm
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. As matter of fact I just got an order for a three tier rainforest cake for next month for a baby shower . So my work continues.  :)

Oooohh...I cannot wait to see it!

texas_mom Posted 26 Aug 2013 , 9:19pm
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BatterUpCakes- I have yet to upload a picture but if I remember I will post this one and yes it will be from a box mix. 

KateCoughlin Posted 4 Sep 2013 , 9:07pm
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I love baking and I love decorating but I guess you'd classify me a hobby baker.  A control-freak hobby baker, lol.  Here is my bottom line - I don't get paid to do any of it.  Now not charging friends and family is 100% my choice but still the fact of the matter.  So I treat every project as if it were my own.  You can tell me what flavors you want and a theme but that's it.  I get to decide what recipes I use; the design; and everything in between.  I probably sound a lil (or a lot) crazy but it's just the way I do it and what works for me.

 

That being said I obviously can't speak as someone who does this as a living.  I know for many of you it's economical (in cost and time) and you have to worry about your bottom line.  And maybe customers don't know a difference or at least it's not big enough for them to mention.  So okay - I get all that.  But I still don't think I could bring myself to bake from a box. 

 

I know this sounds condescending and well the topic is a bit controversial.  When someone asks me for a cake and then tags on at the end "from a box...don't go crazy" or "just keep it simple" - I get offended.  If you know me you know I put every ounce of me in anything I create.  I can't help but admit that it is a pride thing for me.  Ironically, I keep hearing this tagline said to me more and more.  Only recently has it started to really bother me.  I went from my the mindset of "I'm not anti box-mix I just don't use them" to "Don't ask me to use that junk!". 

 

It's hard getting around saying you don't judge something when you clearly do.  I would never dare be impolite about it.  And I would never state my personal opinion on the matter anywhere else but here.  I love that CC is a community full of different users and vast knowledge; all coming together to share.  I've spent a while testing a lot of these recipes and figuring out which I personally like.  That has been half the fun for me.  Baking is a science and the more I've practiced doing it from scratch the more I truly appreciate it.  I don't scoff at someone for choosing a box-mix but I can't say I don't have anything against it.  I think if you bake from scratch then in that very essence you do.  If you spend the time doing what others prefer not to then it does set you apart.

 

I probably sound like a real jerk but I swear that's not my intention.  I don't wanna start trouble!  I just wanted to state my personal opinion on the matter because I appreciate CC being what it is - a place for all of us to share!

texas_mom Posted 5 Sep 2013 , 2:37am
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KateCoughlin- You don't sound like a jerk...it is nice to hear someone say they like to bake from scratch and say they love doing it and allowing those to use boxes to do what they like to do...there should be no right or wrong when it come to this topic...it should be about the person receiving the cake and that they are happy.  I for one have always used box for extended family ( I bake from scratch for me, husband and my two girls ) and they don't mind because they know it is out of pocket for me and they love the end result.  My family is all about presentation and how the cake looks on the table. And because everyone invited knows the cake is from me they expect box mixes every time.  Box mixes used here and we are all happy with sharing a piece of the cake.

Godot Posted 19 Oct 2013 , 5:32am
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ALine your pan with parchment.

texas_mom Posted 24 Oct 2013 , 4:21pm
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I use a pastry brush and vegetable shortening to grease my pan and then I cover it will all purpose flour, I have never had a cake stick and because the grease and flouring is so fine there is no crumbs and no over browning of the cake either.

Flo1966 Posted 30 Oct 2013 , 12:51pm
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I have a question.. I make certain cakes from scratch, but most are doctored up box mix...and I like Duncan Hines the best... Do ya'll go to the grocery store and wipe out their shelves and have people ask "Baking a cake?" Or do you get the mix wholesale  somewhere in a 50lb bag.. I have noticed at Restaurant Depot here.. they have started selling Pillsbury in 50lb bags.. I can't get Duncan Hines in bulk.. I've even called the company and they don't sell it that way.. BUT to me it's the best... Just wondering what everybody's doing ... or am I the only one buying 30 - 50 cake mixes at a time...??? Thanks for any advise!! 

-K8memphis Posted 30 Oct 2013 , 5:10pm
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lots of peeps, including professionals with big businesses i mean, they buy duncan hines like you are doing--they order it by the case from wal-mart and have someone pick it up for them--go for it

blissfullife3 Posted 31 Oct 2013 , 2:52am
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What kind of baker do you want to be....scratch or box?   I don't think the average cake civilian knows the difference in the two...they just know if it is good...or not.   Moist....or dry.     Myself...I am a decorator.   I want to produce a good product, but I don't have the patience or interest in scratch baking.   It is a science and it is hard and it takes a lot of time to perfect it.   Many first time bakers go out the gate with their first scratch cake and it's not good because you have to do so many things just right.   I applaud scratch bakers...but it just isn't my thing I want to invest time in.  Make your choice and then make it good.   My 2 cents.

I'm sure that most people as myself do truly care what we eat and what we feed our children but I do totally agree with your comment! That being said I honestly have never tried to make a cake from scratch so I really don't know how the texture will be once it comes time to decorate or how it will taste! Looks like I'm going to try something new and make one from scratch! Wish me luck! And everyone who ends up eating it ;)

cakeymom Posted 31 Oct 2013 , 3:11am
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AI personally bother because I love a challenge. I get great satisfaction out of baking from scratch. So for me it is a matter of preference. But on the other side if it works for you and baking from a mix and doctoring it is good for you then do it. I completely understand the aspect of having a consistent product.

The baking part is not even half of what goes into a creation. And there are some artfully talented people and I really wish that I was of them. My piping skills are ok and forget hand painting anything that is not numbered. Not going to happen.

So if your client is happy that's all that counts.

PS - from time to time I buy cupcakes from a local bakery that inserts the most wonderful filling in her cupcakes and she uses a mix. I have tried to replicate the filling and have not as of yet.

Cakeymom

texas_mom Posted 19 Nov 2013 , 7:08am
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I have been baking for my family for 30 years and they all know that what they are getting is from a box.  As long as its good they don't mind it, I am more of a decorator and my family loves to challenge me in that department.  I was just asked to make a cake in the shape of a Thanksgiving turkey but I am not sure I want to take on the challenge this time around.  I have to may other dishes to prepare.

caken4fun Posted 22 Nov 2013 , 10:42am
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excellent answer!!!

kikiandkyle Posted 23 Nov 2013 , 3:31am
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AActually I get asked all the time whether I made the cake from scratch or a mix and it gives me a lot of pride to be able to say yes I made it from scratch.

cakeymom Posted 18 Dec 2013 , 12:23am
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AI do and that is why I bother to bake from scratch. I have taken a good deal of time by the way of research and development with my recipes and am quite proud of them. The texture the moisture the taste are phenomenal. But every once in a while I get someone that wants a doctored mix and I refer them to someone else that I know that bakes that type of cake and it does not bother me to do so because I want them to have what they want and everybody is happy.

Cakeymom

whoawicked Posted 18 Dec 2013 , 12:40am
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The thing about cake mixes is they were designed to be moist and fluffy. When these mixes started coming out on consumer shelves, most homemade cakes made by sweet old ladies were dry or had an unpleasant dense texture. That's what all of the weird hard-to-pronounce chemicals are there for. It's science working to create a better cake. 

 

Whether that cake is better is up to the person eating the cake. :P

MBalaska Posted 18 Dec 2013 , 3:54am
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Someone said on this thread that they were going to do a test, just for fun.  Wonder how it went......

cakeymom Posted 18 Dec 2013 , 2:41pm
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After responding to this thread I was curious so I baked my new and improved recipe for someone that ONLY likes docotored cake mix cakes and she responded by saying, "Why didn't I do her cakes with this cake"?  So, she loved it!!!  How gratifying is that to have a convert????  I love it!!  My recipe was an instant hit with her and others in the building that tasted it this morning.  I have worked endlessly on this recipe search and tweaking what I liked and didn't like.  As I said in my earlier post it is moist, it is light and airy, it has a light crumb that is not overly fine.  It looks and cuts exceptionally well.(not good for carving).  But if you are looking for a good layer cake recipe for basic cakes this is a REAL winner.  Sorry I am not willing to share due to all the time spent devolping it.  I went to the library and to online sites to understand the science behind baking and what the causes and effects were when baking.

 

Cakeymom

tomsann Posted 19 Dec 2013 , 5:46am
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boy you got that right.....I still will only eat JIF peanut butter...

tomsann Posted 19 Dec 2013 , 5:49am
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oh sorry, that was to texas_mom btw

MBalaska Posted 27 Dec 2013 , 3:16am
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I'm going to do an experiment..............................

and put yellow food coloring in a white cake..........................

and see if anyone thinks it's a real buttercake.

It will be gifts, not a bait an switch sale, but I am willing to test my theory.....most peeps  don't know the difference and don't care.

 

or maybe I'm just not  a  good butter cake baker.:razz:

MBalaska Posted 28 Dec 2013 , 4:50am
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One bite.... by my first human guinea, and "it's moist, soft, and spongy like your regular butter recipe, nice texture."

two bites...."you've got lemon in here, I can taste lemon."

 

Yikes. I didn't even say it out loud:  No. It's yellow food coloring that is fooling your eye.

It's vanilla flavored.  and there's not a bit of butter in there.

That's all I needed to know. 

Annabakescakes Posted 29 Dec 2013 , 12:32am
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Wow, I am not surprised though. I add a drop of yellow to my lemon cake because peeps can't seem to taste the lemon in it if it isn't there. Exact same recipe gets rave reviews as long as it has some yellow color. We eat with our eyes first.

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