Originally Posted by indydebi
Originally Posted by SallyBratt
I know if I were ordering a cake from someone I would expect the cake to be made from scratch.
You order a pizza from a pizza place, and they use premade dough, canned sauce and frozen pepperoni.
You order any food from any restaurant and they are using premade frozen foods they buy from GFS and Sysco. It's NOT all made from scratch. (And at the low end of the food cycle ...the fast food places .... you'd be amazed at which places receive all of their food precooked and they just nuke it for you.)
"Cheating" implies doing something underhanded or illegal. It is not illegal to use a mix.
Bakeries use mixes all the time. They buy theirs in 50 lb bags and just add water. Some of us on here buy ours in 18 ounce boxes and add eggs, oil and water.
So the "fancy" cake you bought from a bakery came from MORE of a mix than what I use.
I'm also one that is very up front and do tell clients that I use mixes. If my customers of 30 years are fine with it, then I don't see why it should be a problem to anyone else.
There is a great talent involved in making a good cake from scratch .... and I'm not one of those people. On the flip side, I never assume that "all scratch" is always better because it's not whether it's scratch or mix .... it's how talented is the cook or the baker. I know people who can screw up Kraft and Mac-n-Cheese!
I could list about 5 (maybe more) pizza places in my neighbourhood who don't use premade anything...but we're not talking pizza. We're talking cake. And I think if you took a poll and you asked 100 people 'if you ordered a cake from a baker would you expect that cake to be made from scratch?' a very large percentage of those people would say yes. Then if you asked those same people 'if you ordered a cake that cost over $100 from a baker would you expect that cake to be made from scratch?' all of them would say yes.
I don't care if anyone uses boxed mixes. Anyone can do whatever they want to do. I just know, as a consumer, that I would like to know if my $100+ cake was scratch or box and if it was box I would likely go elsewhere. And I also know, as a client, that I
want to give my customers what I
think they expect...and that's a cake made from scratch using all natural flavours and premium ingredients.
It's a personal thing...obviously...and not something I should feel the need to defend. I started this thread only because the impression that I was under was that people who sold cakes for the amount of money that I know a lot of cakes are going for these days ($100 upwards to $900...sometimes more) made the cakes from scratch and I was surprised to find that a lot don't. If you're customers know that and they're happy then that's great.
My thirst for knowledge has been quenched.