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post #16 of 181
I like using the yellow cake mix but i prefer making from scratch. I found that using butter milk gives the scratch cake mix a more moister taste. If you use butter milk in your recipe for scratch cake you may want to eliminate the salt intake because butter milk is salty, instead of using salted butter use the unsalted butter.
post #17 of 181
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I have seen dryness in mixed cakes as well as scratch cakes. It's the person's baking skills that jack a cake up, not the cake.



I totally agree.
Also just because a recipe book has a cake recipe in it, it doesn't mean the recipe is any good.
There are a lot of baking books out there that have absolutely horrible recipes in them.
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post #18 of 181
When I first started baking cakes they came out dry too. However, with the help of the wonderful people here on CakeCentral, I learned that in order to have a moist cake you have to remember to NOT OVERMIX! I didn't see how this could make a difference but it did. Mix your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients "just until they are incorporated" and then STOP.
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post #19 of 181
I have trouble making a good yellow scratch cake so normally I will just make a mix and add and extender but I am still working on making a good scratch one... I know there is one out there somewhere!
post #20 of 181
It is a matter of personal preference, IMHO boxed mixes taste like CRAP!! I grew up on scratch everything! So moxed for me thumbsdown.gif .
post #21 of 181
i've said this before on another post, but I did a taste test of 4 different vanilla cake recipes (all from scratch) and brought them to work and had people fill out a survey....the results were all over the board.

Bottom line, people like different things. What was dry and tasteless to me, was "fabulous, best I've eaten" to someone else.

I go with what tastes good to myself and my family.
post #22 of 181
I like both. I bake some of my cakes from scratch and some from a mix. Like everyone here says, it is a matter of personal preference.
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post #23 of 181
First to whomever commented on the "Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Cake" recipe saying it's the "worst recipe" , flavor not up to par......you absolutely have to use high quality cocoa....Hershey is NOT high quality cocoa. That recipe is fine, it's the cocoa that's inferior, try switching it out.


If you haven't tasted a scratch cake that you like then you haven't tasted the right cake or made it correctly.

You can not just throw everything in the bowl like you would baking from a mix.

There are definite methods and precise measuring/weighing of ingredients that factor in....not to mention the quality of the ingredients.

I agree with whomever said "not everyone can bake from scratch successfully" it's definitely a skill that takes time to perfect.

I would love to extend an invite to whomever visits MA to PM me and come over for a slice of the best scratch cake and cup of tea/coffee you've ever eaten.

I promise you'll think differently about scratch baking after you've tried a great scratch cake.
post #24 of 181
You go DKelly...sounds fun! I'd takeyou up on that! But my ulterior motive in making the trip would be to go to Cask n' Flagon and soak up some Sox vibes! icon_biggrin.gif
post #25 of 181
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Definitely personal preference. I'm a box mixer, but I absolutely believe that being a great scratch baker requires a great talent. I've only had 2 scratch cakes that didn't taste like total crap to me .... and one was made by leahs!!

So it may not be that the scratch cake is bad ... you may just be encountering a crappy baker! icon_lol.gif



Okay, you opened that door, so I'm going through it! I know that there are a lot of good scratch bakers on here who kind of cower from stating this fact for fear of being called a cake snob, but baking is a skill, and not everyone has the skill to do a good scratch cake. You can have a balanced recipe and have two people make it, and the person who has the skill to bake will have a better product.

It's just like anything else. Two people can take the same piece of cloth, thread and scissors, and one will turn out a potato sack and one will turn out a couture gown. Skill.
post #26 of 181
To the OP - do what you like and feel comofortable with. There are a LOT of folks out there who do not bake from "scratch" - the ONLY thing that matters is what you and your family/clients like and are happy with. icon_biggrin.gif It does not mean you are a crappy baker or you don't know what you are doing if you don't bake a "good" scratch cake.
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post #27 of 181
I was just having this conversation at the park. It seems like the younger generations that grew up on mixes prefer them to homemade cakes. I LOVE the WASC cake, but maybe that's because the base is a mix. icon_smile.gif
Anyone else find this to be true?

(I'm a lurker trying to come out of my shell. Be nice. LOL)
post #28 of 181
If you grew up eating scratch, then that will be what your used too. Now my kids eat both. If I don't feel like making a cake, then they gotta make one from a mix. They like both!
post #29 of 181
I agree, baking is a skill...and a talent...BUT, I still maintain that because peoples taste/palates/preferences are all different it is impossible to please everyone with just one recipe. The person that didn't like the "Hersheys" may just prefer something else. So for the OP, find what works for you and go with it.
post #30 of 181
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It's just like anything else. Two people can take the same piece of cloth, thread and scissors, and one will turn out a potato sack and one will turn out a couture gown. Skill.



Exactly.

This is why I have no problem giving someone one of my recipes.....just because they have the recipe doesn't mean they'll be able to bake it successfully.

My family swears that I leave out key ingredients when I give them a recipe.....I don't....they just mess it up somewhere along the way. icon_razz.gif


Hey Jamie, we can hit Cask n' Flagon after we eat cake! icon_lol.gif
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