Thank You But I'm Sticking To Cake Mix!!!!!

Decorating By DiscoLady Updated 2 Sep 2008 , 6:52pm by lilahcakes

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DiscoLady Posted 8 Aug 2008 , 8:21pm
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This is what happened when I tried to bake scratch was a Smores recipe I tried out and I followed it to a T icon_mad.gif ...They totally overflowed even tho I didn't overfill and then the centers sank in. icon_cry.gif What a mess!
I later doctored up a cake mix using ground graham crackers and had waaay better results! Look at my pretty doctored cupcakes, so yummy with mango buttercream, cherry cheesecake (part cupcake, part cheesecake and ALL yummy!), peanut butter with chocolate ganache and peanut butter with peanut butter icing (YOWZA!), and banana pecan with cinnamon buttercream.

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valbos22 Posted 8 Aug 2008 , 9:12pm
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I tried a scratch recipe and I had the same results-- I think it was my butter?



PS Fedex me one of each!

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cheeseball Posted 8 Aug 2008 , 9:52pm
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Crazy messes aren't always the fault of the baker, y'know. I've been baking long enough to be able to look at a recipe and have a pretty good idea what the result will be, but the first few times you do it, you presume that because it was a published recipe, it's a balanced recipe...and not all bad recipes are online, lots of 'em are in cook books that have been around for ages icon_wink.gif

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banba Posted 9 Aug 2008 , 11:27pm
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There should be a course for redress when you get a bad recipe.

I mean it should not be allowed remain in the public domain and should be named and shamed.

What a great idea for a website, bad recipes named and shamed!

It would save us all a lot of heartache and time and money!

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akgirl10 Posted 10 Aug 2008 , 12:46am
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Those look just like the red velvet cuppies I tried to make last week. I think I beat the sugar and butter for too long, it got too fluffy. I don't know, but they were beautiful until they came out of the oven and then they sankicon_sad.gif.

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seasonsmoke Posted 12 Aug 2008 , 12:17am
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To bad the 1st ones didn't raise right. The finished cupcakes look great. I know I love the cake mixes.

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steplite Posted 20 Aug 2008 , 3:57am
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The sunken cupcakes either have too much sugar or too much liquid. My quess would be too much sugar.

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JanH Posted 20 Aug 2008 , 5:09am
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angelicconfections Posted 20 Aug 2008 , 2:02pm
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How frustrating, I had the same thing happen with a carrot cake recipie that I just love when I tried to make cupcakes with it. I like to use my own recipies but when you do use a mix you do get more consistant results.

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Aliwis000 Posted 21 Aug 2008 , 4:44pm
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My first thought was ..."she put her cookies too close together." Then I was like "those arent cookies." LOL I am sure the doctored ones tasted just as good as they looked! Yummy! A bad recipe is not your fault.


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Janette Posted 21 Aug 2008 , 4:51pm
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I've been baking cakes for 40 years and I will be the first one to tell you that mix is the way to go.

Some may disagree. I love doing things the old way but there are times I have to accept that we have come such a long way that old isn't alway the best.

In my book they have perfected the Mix.

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FromScratch Posted 21 Aug 2008 , 5:04pm
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Some recipes don't translate to cupcakes well (re: the carrot cake). When they over flow like that they lose their surface structure and then the middle has nothing to cling to and they fall. I know you don't think you over filled them, but you might have. Some recipes bake up higher than others. Could you post the recipe? Maybe we can look at it and see if it looks un balanced. icon_smile.gif

With all that being said.. if you like mixes and can get good results you shouldn't feel bad about that. icon_biggrin.gif

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mrsscholler Posted 25 Aug 2008 , 3:07am
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it is frustrating yeah i am definitely one that chooses to stick with the cake mix

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KKC Posted 28 Aug 2008 , 10:14pm
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I will never go back to baking cakes from scratch. Only my cookies, cheesecakes and others but not cakes. Your cupcakes look and sound yummy!!!

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bethola Posted 28 Aug 2008 , 10:46pm
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With the exception of my homemade applesauce cake (OBVIOUSLY) every scratch cake I make is dry! Too old to deal with frustration! Cake mixes EVERY time!

Beth in KY

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Tashablueyes Posted 29 Aug 2008 , 11:09pm
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Yum, yum! Will you share your recipes for the cupcake flavors?

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lilahcakes Posted 2 Sep 2008 , 6:52pm
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Im a NEW stay at home mom, and my new hobby(obsession) is cakes. I want so badly to be able to bake from scratch, but its sooo hard. Box cake always comes out great!! icon_cry.gif

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