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post #31 of 54
I just finished an article on Scratch vs Mix. It was written by a baker who came to this country 25 years ago and people complained about her cakes being too dry. They weren't really dry, the crumb was just a texture they weren't used to. She refuses to use a mix, but instead now puts a syrup on all her cakes, so they are extremly moist and have that crumb everyone is used to.

I personally am terrible at baking scratch cakes....the exact same recipe comes out different every time! I kind of LIKE the preseratives in mixes, as I can make a cake and the "shelf life" after I have decorated it lasts a little longer then a scratch. Its also just so much easier. I doctor the mix a lot, so it still has a kind of home made taste. I also found that it wasn't that much more to make since I don't have to buy expensive butter. (I buy my mixes at Target for 89 cents a box)
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post #32 of 54
I have always told my customers that I use doctored up cake mixes...I though they WOULD mind, but no one seems to have a problem with it. They say they don't care because the taste & texture are so good.
post #33 of 54
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Originally Posted by KakesandKids

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.



So what is your secret for a consistently moist chocolate cake? I have tried many, many recipes...
post #34 of 54
I've always used Pillsbury (Walmart cost $.83 each) and I doctor them up. I have gotten more comments on how wonderful my cakes taste... I never tell them they're from a cake mix... basically, the cake mix is the base part of the mix and I add other ingredients, i.e., sour cream, pudding(s), sugar, flour, eggs, salt, flavorings... so basically, except for the box mix which I feel is what keeps the cake so moist, it's almost like scratch... and yes, it has preservatives, but I have to agree that maybe this helps as far as the cakes keeping fresh for longer icon_smile.gif
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post #35 of 54
Preservative... ya' gotta love 'em!

I add vanilla pudding mix to several of my most popular cookie recipes and have great success.... they remain chewy and sweet even a couple days after baking ( if they last that long ) and hold up so much better when being shipped. The recipe without the pudding added dries out soooo quickly. (Sometimes I use a few tablespoons rather than an entire package)
post #36 of 54
*** Sorry, have to add that the recipe that really rocked I got from Allrecipes so short of me adding the pudding... well, it's not really mine icon_redface.gif
post #37 of 54
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Originally Posted by CakeDiva73

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Originally Posted by KakesandKids

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.



So what is your secret for a consistently moist chocolate cake? I have tried many, many recipes...



Try the chocolate layer cake recipe from this site. It has hot coffee in it, but you can't tell when it is made. This is the best chocolate cake I have ever had ( scratch or boxed). It comes out great every time!
post #38 of 54
Hey thanks! I will check it out icon_smile.gif
post #39 of 54
Absolutely the double chocolate cake from this site that Euphoria is talking about is hands down the best chocolate cake!
post #40 of 54
Ummmm, I don't know, I have a good one too. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

Well, actually two good ones.... Like many of you, I searched, and I searched.... I am a chocoholic so I wanted it really chocolaty...

I found two: The Perfect Chocolate Cake and the Chocolate Fudge Cake from the Cake Bible. YUMMM!!!!!! icon_biggrin.gif
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post #41 of 54
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Originally Posted by KakesandKids

Absolutely the double chocolate cake from this site that Euphoria is talking about is hands down the best chocolate cake!



Is it the same as the chocolate layer cake from this site? I was confused because it doesn't say 'double' icon_rolleyes.gif and I just gotta' try all these great recipes!
post #42 of 54
yeah its the same...its called double chocolate on another site...it has 1 1/2 C coffee ad 3 ounces chocolate...yum!
post #43 of 54
I have only made my cakes from scratch and since I end up carving most of my cakes, the box mixes won't hold up.
A good place to start for recipes is The Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum. That book has won many awards and all the recipes are excellent. One suggestion when baking from scratch; weigh all your ingredients always. That way your recipes will always be consistent.
Happy Baking,
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post #44 of 54
Checked the Chocolate Layer Cake recipe here. It is almost identical to Hershey's Black magic cake except it is a recipe and a half and has more cocoa and the three oz. of semi-sweet. Definitely worth trying, the black magic cake has long been one of my favorites.
post #45 of 54
I started feeling guilty when people assumed I made scratch cakes. I made birthday cakes for friends/family and didnt' sell them. But some day I want to have a little business, and I thought it would be a good idea to have a few good scratch recipes in my repertoire. I found a few I was happy with and now use them almost exclusively. Tho' sometimes i use the good ole white almond sour cream recipe thumbs_up.gif The funny thing is, I now prefer scratch and the box mixes taste chemical-ly (is that a word?) to me. DH even notices. Weird, huh? I was raised on box mixes.
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