Originally Posted by dkelly
Originally Posted by PuffCake
Originally Posted by dkelly
The only people placing the "stigma" on mix bakers are mix bakers
I disagree. I think the only people placing the stigma on mix bakers are the non-bakers (cake muggles) who ask this question to bakers. If a potential customer asks this question for allergy reasons they would say so up front. For example, if my child had a nut allergy and I wanted to order a birthday cake, I wouldn't simply ask the baker if they baked from scratch or a mix...I would point out my child's nut allergy and make sure the baker could make me a nut free cake.
I think you're not giving your clients enough credit......there really ARE people out there that CAN tell the difference because they were raised on scratch baking like I was.
My DH was raised on mix baking, albeit BAD mix baking since his mother can NOT bake or cook anything successfully.....we've been together 31 yrs married for 26 of those and he is now a scratch man and CAN tell the difference.
If someone cared enough to ask the question chances are they have a good reason for asking it.
Someone earlier in the thread mentioned do we ask bakers if their bread is from a mix....my answer to that would be when I pay $250 for a loaf of bread then I'll care enough to ask them that question.
I think that's the point.....when somebody pays me $100 for an 8" cake then they have the right to know that yes it is indeed from scratch...if they ask me.
I do agree that some people truly prefer eating scratch cake over mix. But there are also a lot of people who have a perception that scratch is better just because of the cake mix stigma. As PPs have pointed out, a lot of people who say they prefer scratch actually choose mix during a taste test.
I took a cake to a PTO meeting a couple of months ago and a woman approached me with fork in hand and cake in mouth asking " This is delicious. Is it from scratch or a box mix?" I told her it was from a box and she replied, "It's really good. It doesn't taste like it's from a box at all". It was straight from the box...no doctoring whatsoever! So she clearly likes box cake even though she "thinks" scratch is better.
No joke, I have been asked this question 4 times and none of them have been potential customers. They have just been people who ate my cake, complimented me on its taste and then asked if it was scratch or not. In my experience with this question, it is being asked because they have a perception that scratch is better, not because they've done a taste test and truly prefer scratch.
I think for anyone who is asked the "scratch or mix" question from a potential customer, you first need to find out why they are asking and offer a tasting.