Daughter's Birthday Cake - Can't Believe What She Wants

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PattyLen Posted 22 Sep 2007 , 3:01pm
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My daugher will be 20 next week. I called her to find out what kind of cake she wanted. Now, I'm not a professional baker or decorator, but I've taken Wilton classes. She even went with me and we had a great time.

Oh yeah, back to the cake request.

Me: What kind of cake do you want for your birthday?

Daughter: Well, mom, I know you're a really good baker and I don't want to hurt your feelings, but my favorite cake is a yellow box mix and chocolate canned frosting. Will you make that, pretty please?

WHAT???? icon_eek.gif icon_eek.gif

Anyone else ever get this?

By the way, she's getting her box cake and canned frosting.

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lacie Posted 22 Sep 2007 , 4:06pm
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that's my fave, i would choose the canned ch frosting over buttercream, i love the fuggy taste. if i could find a great chocolaty fudge frosting recipe i could be convinced to change my mind.

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mbelgard Posted 22 Sep 2007 , 4:09pm
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My husband's been pulling that lately. icon_mad.gif

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debster Posted 22 Sep 2007 , 4:20pm
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My family likes the Better Cream , I hate to work with that stuff. I have to say the Paying customers love my buttercream. icon_lol.gif [/b]

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foxymomma521 Posted 22 Sep 2007 , 4:21pm
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That is my favorite cake too! I haven't eaten any of my cakes since I got pregnant, I don't like buttercream anymore!

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alisoncooks Posted 22 Sep 2007 , 4:26pm
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It could've been worse...she could've asked for a 4-tier decorated extravaganza (sp?). I happen to love yellow box mix as well, but my frosting of choice is that creamy whipped icing (I don't know that name or brand, but I love it!!) or that confetti icing...i can eat that out of the can icon_smile.gif I'm sure your homemade sweets are yummy as well... icon_smile.gif

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punkiin Posted 22 Sep 2007 , 4:30pm
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WOW! That is my favorite cake too. icon_smile.gif You shouldn't be offended at all. Everyone is different. If someone asked me what I wanted it would either be a Dairy Queen ice cream cake or the yellow box cake and milk chocolate frosting from the can. icon_smile.gif

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playingwithsugar Posted 22 Sep 2007 , 4:35pm
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I wouldn't think twice about that request. If that was what my son wanted, hey, no problem, less work, less clean-up for me. I'm not that blessed. My spoiled family can taste the difference between the boxed mixes and scratch cakes; same with icing. When I do my practice cakes (which consist of boxed mixes, scratch icings) the conversation consists of --

Q (them) - Is this a boxed mix?
A (me) - Yes.
Q (them) Why?
A (me) - It's only a practice cake.
Q (them) - Don't you think you should practice your baking, too?
A (me) - Just stop, thank God for what you have, and then keep going!

Theresa icon_smile.gif

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cakemommy Posted 22 Sep 2007 , 4:38pm
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A good ol' box/can frosting does sound good. It's less work for you. Does she want it fancied up with some decorating or just some writing?

Man, I want to go buy a can of the fudgy frosting now. Thanks for that!! icon_wink.gif


Amy

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mbelgard Posted 22 Sep 2007 , 4:45pm
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Originally Posted by playingwithsugar

I wouldn't think twice about that request. If that was what my son wanted, hey, no problem, less work, less clean-up for me. I'm not that blessed. My spoiled family can taste the difference between the boxed mixes and scratch cakes; same with icing. When I do my practice cakes (which consist of boxed mixes, scratch icings) the conversation consists of --

Q (them) - Is this a boxed mix?
A (me) - Yes.
Q (them) Why?
A (me) - It's only a practice cake.
Q (them) - Don't you think you should practice your baking, too?
A (me) - Just stop, thank God for what you have, and then keep going!

Theresa icon_smile.gif




I had a similar conversation with my oldest child. We were in the grocery store and I saw the prebaked and preassembled haunted house from Wilton. I've been thinking about making that graveyard scene from last year's yearbook so I was looking at the house. He was appalled that I would BUY a prebaked house and told me that I can do better. A year or so ago he was fussing that I don't buy the pre-done stuff or buy grocery cakes and now NOTHING but the homemade stuff will do. icon_rolleyes.gif

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texasseegirl Posted 22 Sep 2007 , 7:10pm
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I have to say I'm with your daughter. I was actually in bed thinking about a yellow cake and choc can frosting a couple of nights ago - it's been too long without it! icon_razz.gif

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PattyLen Posted 22 Sep 2007 , 7:29pm
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Well, I baked the cake for a family party tomorrow. Just talked with her and she is so excited that she is getting her cake of choice. And, I'm excited because it was soooo easy. Because I enhanced the cake and made it three layers instead of two, had to send hubby out for a little more frosting. MMMM, don't think it wasn't that I had to taste test that fudgy stuff. Everyone is happy!!!

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starra328 Posted 22 Sep 2007 , 7:40pm
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That is my favorite cake too! I haven't eaten any of my cakes since I got pregnant, I don't like buttercream anymore!



i don't like buttercream either, i'm not pregnantthough, I couldn't figuire out why everytime i made it i couldn't decide if it was perfect or not then i realize i couldn't stand it! So my sister is now my official b.c. taster , she happy.

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bake-A-cake00 Posted 22 Sep 2007 , 7:50pm
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I love canned frosting! YUMMM birthday.gif

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MahalKita Posted 22 Sep 2007 , 8:02pm
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OH yeah!!! I am a cookie mom so I don't really do cakes. When I do I can promise they are not from scratch. Nothing against them & those who do them but mine would be HIDEOUS so I stay away from it. Anyways I made one for my hubby's grandma a few months back (it was her 104th bday) no one else mentioned it so I made one & we went to visit her. Keep in mind my bro-in-law own 3 bakeries. Anyways it was a yellow cake with milk chocolate frosting, it was GONE. At one point I heard my sister say "boxed cake is so much better than a bakery cake" Ouch considering my BIL was in the next room. Anyways my point is...I think a lot of people prefer the taste of a boxed cake. As for me I am an equal opportunity cake lover, if it is good...I eat it. icon_smile.gif

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darcat Posted 22 Sep 2007 , 8:06pm
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mmmm I love the french vanilla canned stuff lol it's so delicious with any flavour cake. My daughter is turning 25 in January and I'm thinking of trying my hand at making her a castle cake lol I've been dying for an excuse to try it and she's into the medieval stuff. When she was growing up I always wanted to buy her a fancy store bought cake (I wasnt into much decorating then) but she would always say no way to store bought she wanted me to make it. lol Got to love them lol

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LillyLou Posted 23 Sep 2007 , 4:41am
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Yep, I've got a daughter that prefers the canned stuff. I did find a recipe for homemade chocolate frosting that tastes almost as good as the canned stuff so she gets her request and I get to make it from scratch. One time I made it and put it in an empty can I had and gave it to her because she wanted to eat it from the can. I never got a complaint! Like my mother always says, "What I don't know won't hurt me!"

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cakenutz Posted 23 Sep 2007 , 4:52am
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I "vve always hated BC its the crisco and way to sweet UNTIL............I tried Toba's decorator Bc it is very good used it for DD wedding cake was surprised she loved it too and she does't like anything but canned.

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jlh Posted 23 Sep 2007 , 5:03am
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Yes, I had this request before. The woman was very disappointed. She had bought a cake from a very nice bakery, here in San Diego. Their cakes are made with wonderful Hawaiian ingredients (mac. nuts, coconut, etc.) I would have killed for a cake like that. Husband didn't like it and pouted. He told her...I just want a yellow box bake with canned chocolate frosting like my mom used to make me. I don't know what ticked her off more...wasting $50 on a cake, or hearing that "mom's cake" was better. I complied and made her the cake. He LOVED it. To each his own.

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Gingoodies Posted 23 Sep 2007 , 4:07pm
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I made a batch of buttercream the other day and I just knew there was not going to be enough... I didnt have the time or some of the ingredients to whip up another whole batch.. soooo I added a can of vanilla to my homemade.... just yummy.. something about that canned taste.. lol

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nikki1201 Posted 23 Sep 2007 , 7:28pm
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Originally Posted by MahalKita

As for me I am an equal opportunity cake lover, if it is good...I eat it. icon_smile.gif




LOL..........!!!!!

anyway, i always start with cake mixes, but i really dont like canned frosting.. to sweet for me. last time the BF went grocery shopping he bought THREE cans of frosting and i didn't know it until i found one HALF EATEN in the fridge behind the pickles..... He didnt want to offend me! Hey, if he wants to eat it by itself, he can go right ahead... I just told him there would be no chance of it ending up on a cake in this house. we got in a fight, which ended in me making cupcakes for him... with the store bought frosting of course.

i'm a sucker.

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ladyonzlake Posted 23 Sep 2007 , 7:35pm
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Yep, my 18 year old daughter loves the canned frosting too! She's tried my IMBC and I've even made the shortening stuff and she still likes the canned frosting!
Jacqui

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tonedna Posted 23 Sep 2007 , 7:40pm
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well i have my own cake recipee ...but for cupcakes i use the box and the can whipped cream..

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wgoat5 Posted 24 Sep 2007 , 12:45am
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Used to when DH and I had a night alone with the kids gone to grannies, we'd cuddle in bed eat chinese food, watch a movie and eat canned icing icon_biggrin.gif , he would do chocolate fudge...I'd eat a spoon or two of the confetti icing...oh those were the days icon_smile.gif

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PattyLen Posted 24 Sep 2007 , 11:25am
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Here's an update. Birthday party yesterday afternoon. There were two cakes: yellow box cake with canned chocolate frosting and WASC with almond BC. Yellow cake is almost gone (DD will come by tonight to pick up what's left). WASC - three quarters gone (will take it to work today).

Everyone raved about both cakes. Everyone happy. All is well with the world.

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wgoat5 Posted 24 Sep 2007 , 11:35am
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icon_smile.gif you know funny thing....My Wasc never sticks around....but put canned icing on it and nobody will touch it....they like the canned icing with just the right out of the box plain cake icon_smile.gif

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