howsweet Posted 13 Dec 2013 , 1:55am
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I just got an email from my Dawn rep (wholesale supplier). He meant to send it to one of the biggest cake places in one of the biggest cities in the country.  Somehow, I got sent a copy of the whole thing and they were frantic that Dawn was out of a couple of flavors of cake mix. Btw, these are the kinds of mixes you only add water and oil to. Not even eggs...

 

I'd never say the name, but i got a kick out of it. I honestly thought they were all scratch.

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AnnieCahill Posted 13 Dec 2013 , 2:11am
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ASay it! You will feel much better if you get it off your chest.

remnant3333 Posted 13 Dec 2013 , 2:53am
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You would probably be better off not saying which bakery because who knows what they would do if their secret cake mixes were revealed!!! They might be the type to come after you with a lawsuit!! You just never know.

MBalaska Posted 13 Dec 2013 , 2:59am
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howsweet:  just a little hint.......sound like........rhymes with........starts with X ends with Y.

you can tell us, I just bought two boxes of yellow cake mix for holiday cupcakes.

I'll make up for it with a batch of SMBC and Modeling chocolate decorations.

:roll:

liz at sugar Posted 13 Dec 2013 , 3:20am
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Originally Posted by howsweet 
 

I just got an email from my Dawn rep (wholesale supplier). He meant to send it to one of the biggest cake places in one of the biggest cities in the country.  Somehow, I got sent a copy of the whole thing and they were frantic that Dawn was out of a couple of flavors of cake mix. Btw, these are the kinds of mixes you only add water and oil to. Not even eggs...

 

I'd never say the name, but i got a kick out of it. I honestly thought they were all scratch.

 

To one of the "biggest cake places" in the country:  Ooh, it's a b*tch when your sales rep divulges your little secret to a random bakery out there in cyberspace, isn't it?  Howsweet, do you think they even have any idea??

 

As much as our food purveyors turn products over, I would be hard pressed to use any kind of "mix" they sell - you would be screwed if they ever got rid of it.

 

Liz

cakefat Posted 13 Dec 2013 , 3:51am
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you can PM the name and I'll say it. I'm not in the US so they can suck it their potential lawsuit. 

Norasmom Posted 13 Dec 2013 , 4:05am
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And this matters because???  So what if they use mix.  Unless they are bragging on their website about being scratch bakers, is it really a big deal?

kikiandkyle Posted 13 Dec 2013 , 4:56am
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AIf it was Buddy I think everyone already knows they use Dawn mixes.

If it was Charm City I would probably be a little surprised but I think they count as one of the places where the looks trump the taste.

If it's Georgetown then I am shocked since they have a book of recipes out, and I use a lot of them!

Norasmom Posted 13 Dec 2013 , 4:57am
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Buddy promotes cake mix made by Dawn.  It goes to show mix or not you can be famous and loved.

cakefat Posted 13 Dec 2013 , 5:21am

My guesses:

 

Ron Ben Israel

or

Sylvia Weinstock

 

I would be mildly surprised if these two were using mixes, but not completely. I think their cakes/clients are much higher in status than Buddy V's.

 

Actually, I expect a bakery like his (Buddy V) to use mixes. I don't consider Buddy V to be swish at all.

-K8memphis Posted 13 Dec 2013 , 12:29pm

idk--last i knew sylvia doesn't even hardly use flower cutters--makes my fingers hurt thinking about it ;)

 

to me cake is the canvas for splash, fillings and frostings--

it's more important to me that the cake part of the equation has the performjance i want:

hold well, come to room temp with the best texture, cut and serve clean, not dry out after it's cut sitting out at room temp 

 

would be pretty funny if it was ron--it can't be ron

Dayti Posted 13 Dec 2013 , 1:01pm

I would offer your info to the press, for sale of course...quite valuable information when in the right hands! When you've done that, come back and post the link to the news story so we can all see :D

tazmycat Posted 13 Dec 2013 , 2:42pm

Must be a pretty good product if you couldn't tell the difference.......

ddaigle Posted 13 Dec 2013 , 2:55pm

I worked at a "production" bakery...and they knew a lot about other bakeries.   "Most" production bakeries do not bake from scratch.   They are about volume and "production".   You would be surprised who uses the bulk mix.  No biggie to me.

BrandisBaked Posted 13 Dec 2013 , 3:00pm

AAt the last bakery I worked for, our white and chocolate cake were mix, but other flavors (red velvet, carrot, etc.) were scratch.

howsweet Posted 13 Dec 2013 , 5:09pm

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Originally Posted by tazmycat 
 

Must be a pretty good product if you couldn't tell the difference.......


That's what I was thinking.  I may have a look at them, myself. 

 

It's not a famous caker and I changed the way I would have normally worded what they sell so as to not make it easy to figure out if someone knows what city I'm in. They specialize in gourmet flavors.

 

I have run into competitors four times picking up orders and have discovered they are using way more shortcuts than I'd have imagined including icing and fruit fillings out of a bucket.

costumeczar Posted 13 Dec 2013 , 5:34pm

There's a guy in town here who goes to Walmart in the middle of the night to buy buttloads of cake mix. I know this because I gossip with the cashiers there.  This same guy tells everyone that he bakes from scratch, even though anyone with a palate can tell that he doesn't.

Godot Posted 13 Dec 2013 , 6:04pm

AIs that the French bakery on Cary Street?

Is that place still there, even?

costumeczar Posted 13 Dec 2013 , 10:13pm

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Is that the French bakery on Cary Street?

Is that place still there, even?

Oh, that's another story. That was Jean Jacques, he retired and sold the shop to the guy who did his cakes. Then the guy who did the cakes hired his daughter to book wedding cakes and decorate too, I think. Then he got engaged, got married, came back from his honeymoon and fired his daughter for some reason.They've kind of "gone downhill" to put it mildly. Sitll expensive but I don't know if they even do as many wedding cakes anymore.

 

This wasn't them anyway, it's somebody who I think wasn't here when you were here.

AnnieCahill Posted 13 Dec 2013 , 10:24pm

AGodot, you're in VA? Hi neighbor!

mollineau Posted 13 Dec 2013 , 10:55pm

Oh yes before I started my cake baking hobbie I use to other cakes from a coworker until I saw her in the local supermarket shopping for cake mix no one can fool me now I know how to do some tasty cakes I never did baking only catering but now am retired and I like baking and it comes out natural.

costumeczar Posted 13 Dec 2013 , 11:56pm

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Original message sent by AnnieCahill

Godot, you're in VA? Hi neighbor!

Not any more! But you can be my neighbor, hahahaha!

AnnieCahill Posted 14 Dec 2013 , 3:03am

AYeah I knew we were neighbors! I need to come down for a visit!

costumeczar Posted 14 Dec 2013 , 5:04pm

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Yeah I knew we were neighbors! I need to come down for a visit!

Bring your dogs, maybe you can "forget" them here.

AnnieCahill Posted 14 Dec 2013 , 11:38pm

AYES! I'm on my way. Make sure you have some Dr. Pepper on hand because Geoff likes a sip of it every now and then. :)

Paperfishies Posted 15 Dec 2013 , 12:09am

I bake from scratch but I will admit, I really like boxed vanilla cake, lol.

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