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post #46 of 56
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Originally Posted by stormrider

You definitely have to watch the Nestles and Hersheys chocolate chips - they've reformulated some of them to include less cocoa butter and more oil. Even their candy products have been changed so they now melt differently and have an awful (IMO) mouth feel. Many companies have been doing this since the laws were changed a few years ago to say how much of each ingredient is allowed for it to still be considered chocolate.



I was not aware of this--thanks for the info. Geez, Nestles has been my favorite choc chip for 40 yrs. Is nothing sacred????!!!! icon_lol.gif
post #47 of 56
This is all very interesting, because I have absolutely NO brand loyalty whatsoever. I buy from my wholesaler and have products/lines that I prefer, but if I need it I buy what's available.
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post #48 of 56
For chocolate chips, buy the chunks. The smaller the chip, the more the stabilizers... they hold the shape.
post #49 of 56
I only use eggs from my chickens and I have a wheat field beside my house--it costs a little extra to have it milled fine enough for cakes, but it is worth every penny. If my climate zone was correct I would grow the sugar cane and cacao. Oh and did I mention that I am FOS!

I'm a Duncan Hines girl--French Vanilla (doctored up a bit) is my base cake mix, they do have a strawberry that is excellent if you substitute 1/2 of the water with an equal amount of frozen strawberries (the kind in the tub)--I have people ADDICTED to my strawberry cake and will order just to have one around. I don't make high volumes of cakes, so I think using box mixes would get expensive if I did. Pillsbury stuff of all kinds is gross. Betty Crocker doesn't rise as much. I only use Domino powdered sugar, Land'O'Lakes butter, Crisco (oil and shortening), Dean and Deluca cocoa powder, Creme Bouquet flavoring, World Market (if there is one near you) has 2 good size vanilla beans in a pkg for $2.99 (if you only use 1, freeze the other), Philly cream cheese if the cream cheese is the star, if used in baking like marbled brownies, store brand works OK.

I had an interesting thing happen the first year I started doing cakes--I burned the motor out my stand mixer (this was before I got the KitchenAid) making chocolate icing late at night, so I quickly ran to the store and got some Duncan Hines Chocolate Buttercream in the can and used it. People RAVED about the icing on the cake, so that's all I use now for everyday cakes (it is hard to find, so I stock up when I find it). The Classic Chocolate and Dark Chocolate are too runny. It can't be used for anything with tiers, but is great for sheet cakes.

A cake never leaves my home without being frozen (un-iced), I have a freezer specifically for cakes. No son, you can't put those fish in there. I bought it (Whirlpool) online at ABT Appliances because locally all I could find was too shallow for 18" layers.

So am I not a real baker if I use boxes?
post #50 of 56
CakewardHo, I love your sense of humor. You make laugh!
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post #51 of 56
You can call me "Ho" for short--lots of people do.
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There are certain products, that I buy Brand name only. But I really like the "Always Save or Best Choice brand" of Powdered Sugar, I have tried several brands, but for my Buttercream recipe this one is the best, it is also the cheapest. I have told others about this store brand and most have agreed. Chocolate is another funny item, I sometimes get good results and then there is total failure. I didn't know about the Nestle chocolate either, Thanks for the info.
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post #53 of 56
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Originally Posted by klangl

There are certain products, that I buy Brand name only. But I really like the "Always Save or Best Choice brand" of Powdered Sugar,



Best Choice rocks!
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post #54 of 56
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Originally Posted by CakewardHo

You can call me "Ho" for short--lots of people do.



Oh my, I hope not too many do. "Ho" has a not so nice meaning in my area.
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post #55 of 56
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Oh my, I hope not too many do. "Ho" has a not so nice meaning in my area.



I was trying to inject some Friday humor. Only my husband calls me that--more Friday humor. I have completed and delivered all my cakes for the weekend am feeling sadly empty and elated at the same time.
post #56 of 56
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Originally Posted by CakewardHo

I only use eggs from my chickens and I have a wheat field beside my house--it costs a little extra to have it milled fine enough for cakes, but it is worth every penny. If my climate zone was correct I would grow the sugar cane and cacao. Oh and did I mention that I am FOS!



icon_lol.gif You had me going there for a second...fresh laid eggs??? wheat from the back 40???? I thought, "who does this chick think she is--Laura Ingalls Wilder?!!!!!"

Thanks for the laugh!
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