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post #16 of 54
The issue of scratch vs. box with or without additives is absolutely a matter of taste, skill and experience. If you grew up with scratch then you are more likely to prefer their taste, but only if you use the recipe that pleases you and you have the skill to prepare it properly.

Those who grew up with box are more likely to prefer that taste. Also box has the advantage of being pretty much goof proof and that includes not being quite as sensive to baking times or temperatures. Duncan Hines and the other companies have worked long and hard to make sure their products are both easy and consistant.

That's not true of scratch cakes, a minute or two extra baking can make the difference between wow! and ok! (moist and dry)
post #17 of 54
I use both.

I make a scratch chocolate cake, carrot cake, spice cake, lemon cake and sometimes yellow cake.

I doctor a cake mix for white cake, mocha cake, strawberry cake and sometimes yellow cake

I don't really prefer one over the other, that just happens to be the recipes I have and like. I don't go by weather a recipe is scratch or boxed I go by what the final cake tastes like.
post #18 of 54
I vote store bought, only because I need the convenience. I tend to spend more time on tweaking the mix, choosing a filling, and the DECORATING!!!!! icon_smile.gif
post #19 of 54
I do both, depending what the occasion is.
If it's just a co-workers birthday, it's defintely box, if it's
for a Baking Contest, then I do scratch..but I would still decorate them very nicely regardless. icon_smile.gif
post #20 of 54
I do both. Some people like box and some don't. Most people think I only make cakes from scratch so when I doctor up a mix they can't even tell. It depends on the person the occasion and the amount of time I have to do the cake.


I prefer a cake from scratch.
Happy Baking,

Twin Dees

"Good cakes aren't cheap,
Cheap cakes aren't good" (TM)

I am a very proud Mom of Nia , Jada, & D.J.
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Happy Baking,

Twin Dees

"Good cakes aren't cheap,
Cheap cakes aren't good" (TM)

I am a very proud Mom of Nia , Jada, & D.J.
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post #21 of 54
Thanks for the link to recipezaar.com! I got the recipe and can't wait to try it. I too mostly use DH butter gold mix and also doctor it up as well as some of the other mixes. I also do some from scratch. I get raves on the DH buttergold and I get all my DH mix from super walmart for 88c a box. Cheapest place in town, it is 1.49 everywhere else in town.
Sharon
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Sharon
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post #22 of 54
I use ONLY boxed cake mixes. Heaven knows I've TRIED SO many cake recipes from scratch, and I can never count on the consistancy being the same. I have had MANY more compliments on mix cakes than scratch too.
I happen to know for a FACT that a very famous baker/decorator,
( sorry, I won't spill any names, but they are professional, AND have been seen on on the food network cake challenges!) ONLY uses boxed cake mixes for their masterpiece creations! I know this because DH sells mixes to that person!) They say there is no beating the consistant taste, and texture of a box mix...and that is good enough for me to not feel guilty about using box mixes vs. scratch recipes. icon_biggrin.gif
post #23 of 54
Oh!!! Who, who, who?? I wish I could lose the guilt factor, you know? I know it costs me more to dr a box mix using sour cream, etc... than to make a scratch but the scratch is always either too dry or the texture is too crumby... All mine, except for a fool-proof carrot cake, are dr'd box mixes....

C'mon....give me a hint icon_rolleyes.gif
post #24 of 54
LOL...sorry...I just can't tell...I traded my vow of sworn secrecy tapedshut.gif for a tour of that persons shop to see their creations! I haven't gone there yet, but have plans to soon. (he-he...It's fun knowing something others don't... icon_evil.gif )
post #25 of 54
Aw....shucks! You're no fun icon_sad.gif

Have fun... and you're very careful about the pronouns so I don't even know if it's a woman or man.... VERY good job! They would be proud icon_lol.gif
post #26 of 54
Box. (Pillsbury)
LINDA
Groveland, MA
Little? Ya, I'm only 4'9.25".
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LINDA
Groveland, MA
Little? Ya, I'm only 4'9.25".
http://www.winkflash.com/photo/public.aspx?u=TheVienneaus
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post #27 of 54
I use DH boxed cake mixes and then I add 1 box of pudding mix. It makes the cake more dense but moist. It's yummy!
post #28 of 54
lol...yep...I was careful to not give that away...and it won't help to ask where I live either...'cause someone may be able to figure it out from that clue too. icon_lol.gif My lips are sealed! When I go for my visit, I'll ask if they mind if their cake preferrence is public knowledge...if they say yes, then I'll be happy to spill my guts with you! icon_wink.gif
post #29 of 54
I just remember that I dr one recipe and mixed it with one undoctored and mine came out perfect... I was having a problem with the cake being too dense and moist... very rich - after I started doing this it came out nicely.
post #30 of 54
I only bake from scratch. I have used my recipes for years and they are always delicious and consistent. It is a matter of finding a good recipe and sticking to it. I would not sell a cake from a mix since my customers expect scratch.
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