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umm...scratch and I dont get along!

post #1 of 27
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umm juts attempted my first scratch cakes....hate them. sorry but I do. I tried......

the white cake ...flat....the chocolate .....all over my oven....

i tried.....but I think its back to mix for me!!! icon_lol.gif
post #2 of 27
Nothing wrong with making cake mix cakes. You have to do what works best for you icon_smile.gif I personally make scratch cakes but that is because that's what works best for me. You are a Cake Decorator because you have an artistic talent not because you make a cake from scratch.

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post #3 of 27
I had problems with my cakes baking evenly, overflowing my pans, etc. Then my wilton instructor gave me some advice...

-cold ingredients should be at room temperature
-bake cakes at 290* which takes a little longer
-don't over mix the ingredients
-follw the recipe & instructions exactly as printed
-gradually add the flour and milk, alternating them starting with milk and ending with milk
-fill the pans 1/2 - 3/4 full

Hope this helps.
post #4 of 27
I seldom make from scratch cakes. I have a couple of favorites such as carrot or a chocolate almond torte I make. But for the majority of cakes I use Betty Crocker mixes and I use flavored simple syrups brushed on every cake, they are moist and I always have good results, and positive comments from clients. I figure the cake mix companies have done all the research and fine tuning for me.
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post #5 of 27
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so this scratch thing was my husbands big bright idea! so I figured fine I will guinea pig my family...hahah.....this cake is for my daughters birthday....ummm I will be bakinng new ones inthe morning! good thing I decide when the party starts... icon_lol.gif


I made the hersheys perfect...joke.....in the doll pan.... icon_confused.gif ....umm....yeah...how do I describe this....ITS HOLLOW IN THE MIDDLE icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_cry.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif


my husband just came in the kitchen to look at the fondant figures I made to go on the cake.....then looked over at the cake which I split down the middle to see that it really WAS HOLLOW! ......and says "yeah ummm...youre a decorator...definitely not a baker!!!!" icon_surprised.gificon_eek.gificon_confused.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

oh well lesson learned....and at least I shut him up about getting me to try scratch cakes! icon_lol.gifthumbs_up.gif
post #6 of 27
Tell the truth Twinsy...you messed those cakes up on purpose! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

Well, I guess you could always make cake balls with them...oh wait..no you cant icon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
post #7 of 27
Lazy_Susan wrote:
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Nothing wrong with making cake mix cakes. You have to do what works best for you I personally make scratch cakes but that is because that's what works best for me. You are a Cake Decorator because you have an artistic talent not because you make a cake from scratch.



I totally agree....do what works best for you! I'm a scratch baker myself, but recently been trying out doctored mixes also. Some with good results, some not-so-good icon_confused.gif Good luck with your daughter's birthday cake!!!!
post #8 of 27
I tried to make a diabetic white cake from scratch once. It should have been called a diabetic pancake. It was terrible!
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post #9 of 27
I am a scratch cake baker and here are a few suggestions:
Always weight your ingredients
Start with good recipes - A good place to start is The Cake Bible.
Ingredients should be at room temperature
Read over the recipe twice and get everything measured out before you start.
Follow the directions to a tee!
Happy Baking,
Lori V.
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post #10 of 27
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Tell the truth Twinsy...you messed those cakes up on purpose! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

Well, I guess you could always make cake balls with them...oh wait..no you cant icon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif




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I really did not want to try out scratch cakes...I was content in my little world of mixes....but oh noooooo....I just haddddddddd to try it!

I seriously did do everything it said to do....I even sifted the *%!^* flour 3 times like it said to! icon_confused.gif


and no...no cake balls here! icon_lol.gif and if one more person here in my house makes fun of my hollowed cake....they will lose their cake balls! tapedshut.gificon_confused.gif
post #11 of 27
I love the Enhanced cake formula. I used it for the first time this weekend. I made 2 grooms cakes for a wedding. The bride liked my cakes better than her wedding cake and wished she would have asked me to do the wedding cake also. No better comment than that. I used a dark chocolate fudge mix. I think it was a tad gummy and I could have cooked it a bit longer but no one seemed to mind. I got rave reviews icon_biggrin.gif

I also did a marble cake for a baptism this weekend and got the same wonderful reviews. No one knew that I had made the cake and I was secretly listening to all the great comments on how good it was. icon_redface.gif

I think this is the link to the recipe.


http://www.cakecentral.com/cake_recipes_id-add_box-1599.html
post #12 of 27
I've given up on scratch cakes a long time ago. Betty Crocker and Duncan Hines have been around WAY longer than me and must be doing something right!

"You are a Cake Decorator because you have an artistic talent not because you make a cake from scratch."...You hit the nail on the head, Lazy Susan!!
post #13 of 27
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and no...no cake balls here! and if one more person here in my house makes fun of my hollowed cake....they will lose their cake balls!




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post #14 of 27
I have tryed to make scratch cakes about 5-6 times in my life and they just don't work and if they do they come out heavy I've even tryed putting pudding in it. My DH says they are way to heavy and they just sit in his stomach like a rock! icon_confused.gif LOL!

So I will stick with Betty Crocker mixes, they are so much cheaper at walmart and target anyway.

My Dh says the same thing to me about being a decorator not a baker! LOL! icon_lol.gif I thought it was just me!
post #15 of 27
Have you tried using cake flour and following the recipe expectly.
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