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post #1 of 54
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My husband and I had a conversation that everyone thinks that my cakes are from scratch (the icing and decorating is- LOL) but really I have been using Dunkin Hines Golden Butter cake mix. He says if I made it from scratch it wouldn't taste the same (he likes the taste and how moist it is). I want to stop buying it for the cost and also because there's so many preservatives and ingredients in there that I don't want for myself. Is there a from scratch recipe you can share from here or your own that I can try and taste test? I want to make it feel and taste the box cake and blind-fold my husband and see if he can tell. I also want to save money (not necessarily be saving time) to make my own. I make a bunch of other things from scratch (food, homemade tomato sauce, desserts, etc) so I know it's possible if I try.
post #2 of 54
I always make my cakes from scratch, thats one thing people always like about my cakes. I don't like the box cake mixes because they have so may preservatives in them, not to mention that I am allergic to soy (which box mixes contain) so I have to be careful of what I use especially since most people invite me to stay and have cake with them, lol. I find that most people appreciate a scratch cake more where I'm from, however that might differ from others opinions.

There are lots of recipes on this site that look great, I just haven't had a chance to try them, maybe you could try a few and see which one you (or your husband) prefer best.
post #3 of 54
I don't try to make a scratch cake taste like a box mix, but I know many people do, hope they post if they have had success----but to me, I don't see the point.

I wonder if many people today have ever eaten a scratch cake? Anyway you'll probably need to try 3 or 4 different recipes til you find one that is what you're looking for. I like recipes with buttermilk in them, like Toba Garrett's Yellow Cake.
post #4 of 54
I read a post on Thursday someone mentioned making a Sourcream white almond cake. I looked under recipes and could not find a cake listed. Does anyone have the recipe and would post or send to me. It sounds delicious. Thanks, Sharon
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post #5 of 54
Here is a link to that sourcream almond cake... http://www.recipezaar.com/69630
post #6 of 54
I make some from scratch, but mostly use DH boxed mixes. I do doctor them quite a bit though, adding pudding, sour cream, buttermilk, milk, juices, extra flavorings, melted chocolate (and white chocolate), etc. I get consistent results from the mix I don't from scratch.
post #7 of 54
i've done some scratch cakes, but most people seem to prefer the taste of a box, i think it's because not many people eat scratch anymore so to them it's dry or the texture doesn't "seem right". i usually doctor up my mixes so much that it would definitely be cheaper to do a scratch, but i just don't get raves from them as much as a doctored box mix. i have one recipe for a yellow that is allright, but white scratch forget it- people think it's too "crumbly" or dry, etc.
post #8 of 54
cookie_brookie i am also allergic to soy and i cant eat cake made from a box so if you could share some of your recipes i would love it Thanks btw we are in the same town how cool..lol icon_cool.gif and i like you cakes they are pretty.

I was wonder where you took your classes at in this small town then i noticed that you havent had any those cakes are pretty for no classes.
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post #9 of 54
What kind of from scratch recipe are you looking for? I love the recipes from the Whimsical Bakehouse. I tried their orange golden butter and it was delicious and very moist. Also remember you can use moistening syrups to make it more moist too. Regarding chocolate cake, I love the updated version from egullet of a cake posted in epicurious. It's the best ever.

I am from Spain and we don't bake from mixes there (you can't buy them) so when I came here and tried a cake from a mix (not doctored) I just didn't like the flavor. Maybe it's because I'm not accustomed to cakes tasting like that but I do respect those people who use mixes. To each its own, I say.

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sorry i cant spell this morning..lol
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post #11 of 54
I've mostly used cake mixes b/c every time I try to bake from scratch - the cake doesn't cook in the middle, or it's too dry, or it overcooks on the edges, or it doesn't mix right (like I tried to make choc. madeira cake and ended up w/a yellow cake w/ some chocolate powder mixed in several spots but not throughout). I would love to learn how to bake from scratch cakes, but other than going to culinary school, I'm not quite sure how to learn that w/out many, many expensive trials. I'm not ever sure if it's my oven, or my pans, or the temperature of the batter or if the butter is melted too much or what. So box mixes + added ingredients usually works and gets grade reviews! icon_smile.gif
post #12 of 54
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Originally Posted by bakermom2

cookie_brookie i am also allergic to soy and i cant eat cake made from a box so if you could share some of your recipes i would love it Thanks btw we are in the same town how cool..lol icon_cool.gif and i like you cakes they are pretty.

I was wonder where you took your classes at in this small town then i noticed that you havent had any those cakes are pretty for no classes.



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post #13 of 54
I use boxed mix. I have tried scratch and my dh just doesn't like it, he is so used to boxed things. His mom didn't bake from scratch so he isn't used to it. I grew up with a lot of scratch cooking, my dad doesn't believe in boxed/canned stuff (my mom only can cook if it goes in the microwave and has directions on the label, what a pair they made LOL!) So I'm used to scratch but eat boxed because the man and the kids eat it.

I've also found I have to play with scratch recipes more to find one that we all might like, I end up wasting more money than if I just buy mixes.
post #14 of 54
When I was growning up my mom made everything from a box, but when I tried scratch cakes I was hooked. It took me a few tries to find the recipes I liked the best but I wouldn't use anything else.
post #15 of 54
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Originally Posted by Susan94

My husband and I had a conversation that everyone thinks that my cakes are from scratch (the icing and decorating is- LOL) but really I have been using Dunkin Hines Golden Butter cake mix. He says if I made it from scratch it wouldn't taste the same (he likes the taste and how moist it is). I want to stop buying it for the cost and also because there's so many preservatives and ingredients in there that I don't want for myself. Is there a from scratch recipe you can share from here or your own that I can try and taste test? I want to make it feel and taste the box cake and blind-fold my husband and see if he can tell. I also want to save money (not necessarily be saving time) to make my own. I make a bunch of other things from scratch (food, homemade tomato sauce, desserts, etc) so I know it's possible if I try.



Well, I make one that someone told me tasted like Ducan Hines, but you would have to be the judge, or like you said, your husband! icon_biggrin.gif

I have it posted under the recipe section. You can look under my user name.

Once you bake it, let it cool completely (I like to wrap it and put it in a airtight container overnight), tort it and then before you fill it, wet it with the syrup... You can use a spray bottle or pastry brush. Whatever works for you

Simple Syrup

2 cups of water
1 cup of granulated sugar
1 tablespoon of Vanilla extract

Optional: 1/4 cup of Brandy Liquor and 2 tablespoon of Amaretto.

Bring water and sugar to boil. Let it boil at medium heat for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Let it get lukewarm. Add liquor and vanilla. Let it cool completely before soaking the cake.
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