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post #46 of 51
I like the taste of scratch cakes better... I find cake mixes to have a strong chemical taste, even if they are doctored. As someone said before, it all depends on the palate!
post #47 of 51
I am a very good from scratch baker, and yet, for a New Years day luncheon I was asked to bake a doctored box cake! icon_smile.gif
post #48 of 51
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Originally Posted by LoveMeSomeCake615

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Originally Posted by jgifford



Baking from scratch isn't any more difficult, just more time-consuming. With scratch cakes, you have to do all the measuring yourself whereas with mixes, it's all done for you. Depends on your priorities for the most efficient use of your time.



My thoughts exactly, but I have seen a lot of people on here say that it is difficult and almost give the impression that only the most talented of bakers can truly do it well.



I also dont understand why people say it is so hard. Has me baffled. Maybe they made to many mistakes so it was hard for them.
post #49 of 51
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Originally Posted by Vista

I use both. In my area box mix is preferred (though no one will admit it). I have put my theory to the test by making one tier box, one tier scratch, I will get rave compliments on the box (doctored), and people will tell me that the scratch cake is "OBVIOUSLY a box, and not near as good".

I personally prefer scratch cakes, though, to be honest, I am not a cake fan. I bake/cook from scratch 80% of the time. The 20% that I don't is usually because of convenience. I do not consider myself a "baker". I have no desire to. I LOVE to bake anything, except cake! I don't know why, but I just hate baking cake. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE decorating them.

In my opinion, to each their own. My cakes always taste delicious and look AMAZING! Do I think anyone can empty a box into a pan and call themselves a "baker", NO. But you don't have to be a great scratch baker to make cakes that look AND taste great!



Everything you said is so true! I also HATE to bake the cakes! But I want to make sure they taste good too, so I work to make that effort successful. And I do both scratch and box and the most popular of my cakes is the doctored box one! Go figure! icon_lol.gif

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post #50 of 51
Ok this is just ME and just an FYI.
I have nothing against people who use mixes or doctored mixes. I can.usually tell the difference in taste . I started baking from scratch when I was 7. But most mixes do taste ok. Yes I have used a mix before .
I myself am allergic to the preservatives in.the mixes and most processed foods . Actually when its a chemically produced reaction its called a sensitivity .
Most people have no idea what is causing some of their health problems when the cause is a chemical sensitivty .
Its not always swelling of the throat . It can be hives itching,headaches ,acne ,blurry vision ,hot flashes , stomach
distresses,irritability,aching , and more .

This is probably more than anyone wanted to know on here .
But let me say if you eat Red Velvet Cake this Valentines day even if its from
scratch and you notice that you have a sore throat later or
you feel flushed and or start itching . Its most likely all that red dye you ate .
Im not knocking anyone or trying to convert anyone. I just thought its something to think.about .

On the same subject if you drink diet sodas everyday .And feel like you are in a fog or have headaches or any of the above . Then you need to stop drinking diet sofas and see if you feel better .

OK.back to cake baking !
post #51 of 51
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Originally Posted by Cakery2012

Ok this is just ME and just an FYI.
I have nothing against people who use mixes or doctored mixes. I can.usually tell the difference in taste . I started baking from scratch when I was 7. But most mixes do taste ok. Yes I have used a mix before .
I myself am allergic to the preservatives in.the mixes and most processed foods . Actually when its a chemically produced reaction its called a sensitivity .
Most people have no idea what is causing some of their health problems when the cause is a chemical sensitivty .
Its not always swelling of the throat . It can be hives itching,headaches ,acne ,blurry vision ,hot flashes , stomach
distresses,irritability,aching , and more .

This is probably more than anyone wanted to know on here .
But let me say if you eat Red Velvet Cake this Valentines day even if its from
scratch and you notice that you have a sore throat later or
you feel flushed and or start itching . Its most likely all that red dye you ate .
Im not knocking anyone or trying to convert anyone. I just thought its something to think.abo
ut .

On the same subject if you drink diet sodas everyday .And feel like you are in a fog or have headaches or any of the above . Then you need to stop drinking diet sofas and see if you feel better .
OK.back to cake baking !



True story! I get an itchy back when I eat Splenda and a headache if I drink diet soda. I only eat real sugar. All the fake sugars bother me, they taste nasty too. Good high fructose corn syrup is just fine in moderation too.
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