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ABC's The Lookout last night....

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WOW...did anyone catch ABC's The Lookout last night? It was a wedding edition and one category was a wedding cake taste test.

 

Three cakes...a $2200 New York designer cake, a $300 supermarket cake and a baked-at-home from Betty Crocker cake mix cake that cost $12 to make. While of course the designer cake was spectacular in appearance, the Betty Crocker cake won the taste test everywhere across the country, even in a blindfold test. Now why do I bother to bake from scratch? (That's just rhetoric...no changes in the baking on the horizon!)

 

It does, however, show how people's tastes are trained toward a lot of convenience foods....while the high end cake was without doubt made with the best ingredients around and a box of cake mix's ingredient list looks like a chemistry experiment, people still like what's familiar to them in the end.

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Rats, I missed it.  I have been watching the show but didn't notice it on the schedule last night.

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When I was still in the "hobbying" phase I would try a new cake recipe and decorate it every Sunday, and take it to work on Monday for my co-workers.  One weekend I was running short on time and just baked a boxed cake mix and decorated it.  Monday morning - everyone RAVED over my cake telling me "this is the best one yet!"
 

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Wow. That is crazy. I can taste the difference in a from scratch and a chemical box cake. When I moved my sister started having her friend (also a cake decorator) make the cake. She made a strawberry boxed cake and it was the worst thing I ever tasted but no one but my husband seemed to notice. Nothing against people that make box cakes, just not for me. 

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I meant to watch it. Maybe it'll show up on OnDemand.
bct, a girl made a cake for a birthday party I went to, and it was so clearly boxed strawberry cake with goopy canned cream cheese icing. Gross! The cake was a mess, and Wilton fondant was used to cover the whole thing.
I'm not sure if anyone noticed the 'boxed' taste, but I sure did. And the canned icing? Not even the close to the right consistency.
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I meant to watch it. Maybe it'll show up on OnDemand.
bct, a girl made a cake for a birthday party I went to, and it was so clearly boxed strawberry cake with goopy canned cream cheese icing. Gross! The cake was a mess, and Wilton fondant was used to cover the whole thing.
I'm not sure if anyone noticed the 'boxed' taste, but I sure did. And the canned icing? Not even the close to the right consistency.

I honestly think the flavored (lemon, strawberry, etc) are even worse when it comes to boxed cakes. 

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It is what we're use to is what we like. I remember my Mom baking scratch cakes for us as does my husband. I've gone back and forth depending on time for cakes I've made at home while my son was growing up. My son totally loves "bakery" cakes but his most favorite is Philsbury Fun Fetti. LOL Go figure. So next year when he gets married his groom's cake will be Fun Fetti while the cupcake Wedding cake will be made from scratch. LOL

 

Saw the "box" vs "scratch" back when he was in grade school.  Parents cooked lunch in the school's cafeteria for the kids and made homemade Macaroni and Cheese. No kids liked it because it wasn't Kraft from the box.

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That was so disheartening.ouch.gif But it certainly wasn't a panel of couples seeking a wedding cake either. I'm sure if proper judges or people actually looking for a nice cake would have been consulted, that wouldn't have happened.

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I believe it.  The palate is trained.  

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I love how the guy is saying he loves the Betty Crocker because it's homemade! Doh!
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It is what we're use to is what we like. I remember my Mom baking scratch cakes for us as does my husband. I've gone back and forth depending on time for cakes I've made at home while my son was growing up. My son totally loves "bakery" cakes but his most favorite is Philsbury Fun Fetti. LOL Go figure. So next year when he gets married his groom's cake will be Fun Fetti while the cupcake Wedding cake will be made from scratch. LOL

 

Saw the "box" vs "scratch" back when he was in grade school.  Parents cooked lunch in the school's cafeteria for the kids and made homemade Macaroni and Cheese. No kids liked it because it wasn't Kraft from the box.

lol. That is so funny. I LOVE Kraft mac and cheese. Even though I know it is just as fake as can be. Can we say powdered cheese? haha. I love it all the same!

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Mmmmm, Kraft Thick n Creamy macaroni is the bombdiggity! I'm no food snob, except when it comes to cake.icon_biggrin.gif
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Saw the "box" vs "scratch" back when he was in grade school.  Parents cooked lunch in the school's cafeteria for the kids and made homemade Macaroni and Cheese. No kids liked it because it wasn't Kraft from the box.

LOL! I've always made mac & cheese from scratch. When my daughter was little and would be told dinner was mac & cheese, her eyes would light up and she'd say "from a box?" and she'd deflate when I said no. Now she loves (and makes) my mac & cheese (ah, redemption!).

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That was so disheartening.ouch.gif But it certainly wasn't a panel of couples seeking a wedding cake either. I'm sure if proper judges or people actually looking for a nice cake would have been consulted, that wouldn't have happened.

Agreed!

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