Is It Just Me?....

Decorating By kathys90 Updated 24 Oct 2007 , 12:27pm by 4them

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kathys90 Posted 23 Oct 2007 , 4:44pm
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Or does it seem like whenever someone here is having a hard time with a customer and needs to vent that the "why don't they just go buy a box mix and do it themselves" card is always drawn like an insult?

I'm sorry, maybe I'm a little touchy due to lack of sleep, but I really think that I decorate cakes just as nice as some of my friends who bake from scratch. Yes, I use box mixes, because my dog won't eat my scratch cakes!

I know some posters think this is a cop out, but I work full time, take care of a disabled husband, a house, and 3 dogs....not to mention my kids when they come home from college (I know, at that age shouldn't they be taking care of themselves?). I don't have the time or the money to invest in practicing scratch cakes. And then who would eat them, the diabetic disabled DH, or me...and believe me, I'm already as big as a house!

I think its wonderful that so many here have such a wonderful talent as to bake from cookies and cheesecakes get raves....but please, oh please, don't knock those of us who bake cakes from a mix.

Thank you for letting me vent, and please don't be offended, as I said, I got very little sleep last night. Please take my observations with a grain of salt.

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MissNeishaGyrl Posted 23 Oct 2007 , 4:54pm
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Kathy I think that they say that because many box mixes are fool proof is you can follow directions. It is not about you using a box mix and decorating, it about the disrespect for the time and effort that goes in to cake decorating. I hope you got some rest, it sounds like you have a full plate.

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KonfectionKonnection Posted 23 Oct 2007 , 4:55pm
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Sorry to hear you had a short night. That always makes things harder to deal with.

I don't think they mean it as an insult (at least I hope not, as I also use box mixes frequently)--I think it's more like, "If it's so easy and quick, get a mix and do it yourself." Then maybe the person causing the problem would realize how disrepectfully their attitue is, or how much more goes into the process than they realize.

Hang in there, and hopefully you can get caught up on your rest soon. Sending you a ((hug)) and positive thoughts.

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girltrapped Posted 23 Oct 2007 , 5:03pm
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I use box mixes as well and doctor them up a little. Have to admit that baking the cake is the easy part, it's all the decorating and details we put in them that make them fantastic. You are not doing anything wrong or taking shortcuts. I feel the point alot of people are making is if customers think its as easy as buying a box mix and a tub of icing...then let them do it themselves. Your cakes have more than that to them and definately do not fall in the same category. Hope you get some rest and know that I am on your side. Keep caking! Box or scratch...doesn't matter! thumbs_up.gif

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cinderspritzer Posted 23 Oct 2007 , 4:57pm
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i think the majority of people here use mixes and just don't tell their customers? at least that's how it's seemed in previous conversations. what they're talking about is the actual art of decorating with bc and/or fondant that the general public takes for granted.

don't take offense, because i've never seen a decorator intentionally try to put down another decorator, so i know they didn't mean it as an insult to us, just lousy customers.

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cinderspritzer Posted 23 Oct 2007 , 4:58pm
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besides, a box is just pre-measured scratch ingredients. icon_wink.gif

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kathys90 Posted 23 Oct 2007 , 5:06pm
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MissNeishaGyrl, I'm certain that you are right....

I would never discount the effort that goes into making them from scratch. I am in awe of scratch bakers, because I know that no living, breathing species, with the possible exception of flies, would eat one of my bricks!

I just wish there were a better way of expressing their frustrations then that.

Again, sorry to vent in this manner, but I knew you would all understand.

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diane Posted 23 Oct 2007 , 5:33pm
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i have only done 1 scratch cake...all mine are doctored up box mixes. we have to realize...not everyone likes scratch cake and not every one likes box mix. they're both good. you just have to experiment and make it your own!

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wgoat5 Posted 24 Oct 2007 , 5:17am
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OK well I have to apologize because I had a rant about a customer and I said in one of my posts that she could go and buy a boxed mix AND a can of icing...but I didn't mean that using a box mix was bad....I mainly meant the decorating part....or I tried to come off that way....I am sorry I didn't mean to offend you in any way icon_sad.gif

My apologies


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kathys90 Posted 24 Oct 2007 , 12:02pm
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I appreciate that. I was having a bad day yesterday, taking things a bit too personally, and, if it was you, don't worry about it.

I have all of my faculties this morning, and the sun is coming up beautifully.

No worries! Hakuna Matata!!!!


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mgdqueen Posted 24 Oct 2007 , 12:18pm
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Kathy-a few LONG threads in the past have been because a customer actually used the phrase "it's only cake mix and hard can it be" and several other variations of that phrase. I think when somebody is having a hard time with a customer, "we" say that as a joke. I think it's just a phrase to make us giggle because we know better. It's not just cake mix. It's hours of painstakingly creating a masterpiece and not everybody can do that...even though those hard to deal with customers think they can.

I hope today is a terrific day for you. We ALLLL have THOSE days!! thumbs_up.gif

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lovely Posted 24 Oct 2007 , 12:22pm
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I use a box mix and I am in awe of everyone who decorates the cake. Box ain't so bad as I know that some hard working food technologist written out a formula (recipe) to make a fantastic box mix that is (as mentioned before scratch ingredients) fool proof for me icon_lol.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif .
The decorating part that I envy all you guys for is not so fool proof so to me it's not just cake.. It's awsome art....

That is soooo sweet Kathy that you look after your kids when they come back from college. thumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif

Glad you've had some sleep.


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4them Posted 24 Oct 2007 , 12:27pm
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majority of the people here know that rant is just a figure of speech out of frustration.

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