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ok - I am officially a "cake snob"

post #1 of 58
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I just got back from a children's birthday party where the mom had bought the cake at an upscale supermarket and I have to say....BLECHHHH!

Why have I never noticed how dense supermarket cakes are? My cakes tend to be light and fluffy...and in all fairness, some supermarket cakes are too.....

And the ICING! I don't know what kind it was...not buttercream, not whipped cream.....and whoever made the icing must have run out of powdered sugar because it was "grainy"

As for the decorations? Well - anyone who Mastered Wilton Course 1 could have made this cake! It was a simple dot border, a few balloons an airbrush (you could just use those sprays) and a commercial topper (Thomas the train)....and it wasn't even iced SMOOTH!

I am officially a "cake snob"! <grin>
post #2 of 58
super market cakes to dense? I find they're generally way lighter than home made.
post #3 of 58
I've always called myself a buttercream snob... so- welcome to the snob club!!
post #4 of 58
My husband always picks on me because I am very judgemental of cakes any time we go to a function. There used to be several ladies in town (and one grocery store) that I thought had excellent cakes, but over the last several years I have learned what good cake can really taste like!

I'm with Dawn -- Welcome to the club!!! thumbs_up.gif

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post #5 of 58
I agree, they are dense and dry too! Yuck! Cake snobs, count me in.
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post #6 of 58
I'm out numbered I guess. I like super market cakes every now and then
post #7 of 58
Add me to the cake snob list. My daughter says I am a snob because when we have dessert out somewhere I critique it......I think that they may add perservatives to cakes and desserts that are bought from store or restaurant and I like homemade, I can taste the difference. I'll be pleased to inform my daughter that I am not alone. icon_smile.gif
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post #8 of 58
I don't know what it is, but I don't like the crumb on most storeboughts. It's either way to friggin' crumbly, or it's like trying to eat an egg puff. That is, except for the cakes at my local Costco. I want that cream cheese filling, goshdarnit! I've never had any of my cakes get stuck in my throat during the swallowing, but most storeboughts do... I wouldn't say that they're sawdust, but I prefer a homebaked any day.

And the frostings... oh, gawd, don't get me started on that. I'm notorious for hating frostings of any kind, but now that I have good recipes, I eat my own straight out of the container. And I love it! (digs for the so-thick-its-a-truffle dark cocoa BC)

Illy
post #9 of 58
Just wanted to say that most of these places expect the decorator to decorate the cake completely, in two minutes, so that would be rather limiting to the decorating.
Some places they actually have to flat ice, border and decorate in that 2 minute timeframe, don't know about you folks, but I could not do that.
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post #10 of 58
I too am a cake snob. My SIL just had a baby shower last week and she didn't know I had started making cakes so whoever was throwing the shower had already had the cake ordered. Well when I got there I skipped the buffet line and went straight for the cake - 1st of all what a disapointment in the decorating!!! I have no idea which bakery they used but it was a plain white iced 11x15 with a side comb like the triangle - NO bottom border and a large shell top border with only a frog figurine holding some plastic balloons - no writing - nothing else. The frosting tasted good - a lot sweeter than I make and didn't really taste like a buttercream, and the cake was 1 layer choc and 1 layer white - the cake was dry and definately was not fresh............I am a cake snob - I could of done an awesome job compared to the standard that was set from the bakery!
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post #11 of 58
i guess i'm a snob too .once you taste good home made buttercream forget everthing else. icon_lol.gif
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post #12 of 58
Well I dont know where I stand. Maybe the referree line...I have had dry, nasty cake from both a home baked cake, and a bakery/grocery store cake, same for the decorating. Can I do better yeah probably, have I done better..not really. I mean I never hear a complaint only praise, but I guess I keep myself humble? Is that the word I'm looking for? But with what I have seen done by each of you ladies/gentlemen blow me away, they are superb and you should have a cakesnob club!
post #13 of 58
Hi, guys. I guess that I am on both sides, too. I am definitely critical of store bought cakes. But I am also a work in progress as far as decorating goes. I have a lot to learn still. And I think that everyone here does an awesome job at decorating!! I guess that I will call myself a "mini snob". But given enough time, I am sure that I will be HUGE cake snob, too. And I am glad to be in your company.
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post #14 of 58
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Originally Posted by ilithiya

And the frostings... oh, gawd, don't get me started on that. I'm notorious for hating frostings of any kind, but now that I have good recipes, I eat my own straight out of the container. And I love it! (digs for the so-thick-its-a-truffle dark cocoa BC)

Illy



We had a small family-owned supermarket about a half-mile from my house that used to have an awesome icing! It was a whipped cream one. For the 10 years that I have lived here - it was the only place I would buy cakes. Alas - they recently were purchased by one of the "chains" and now have an all-shortening icing...yick!
post #15 of 58
So great to hear I am not alone to be a cake snob.
I think that is becaurse I am competing with cakedummies. Some of the peoples of my husband have a habitt of selling decorated cakedummies for a high price (and they ask the dummie back after). I think that is just horrible. My cakes are all eatable and they must taste good. If I see a cake from them I always think in my mind. Is it real or not.
Even mostly I can see.
Otherwise I will allways taste others cakes. I only critic when the cake is too bad.
I think everyone who makes cakes for a while will have some feeling on others cakes.
I also like to know whos cake I am eating.
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