Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Hello all!

I just read an amazing write-up of a common complaint of scratch cakes - that they are dry. Jump over to the blog at Amanda Oakleaf Cakes (just click here) and read her analysis of "dry" scratch cakes. It will open your eyes!

Did you all know that many, if not most, bakeries and bakers use box mixes to make their cakes? This was a surprise to me when I started baking and decorating cakes. I have used a box in the past, before I really started reading and learning about cakes and cake recipe creation, but I very much prefer scratch cakes and ALWAYS bake from scratch now. And I use the highest quality ingredients that I know of and can get my hands on. Yes it costs a little more. Yes it's not as convenient. Yes it's a million times better and better for you. Box cakes are loaded with chemical preservatives and additives and oil. That is why they are so predictable. And why many bakers choose to use them.

But I truly believe that if you want to, anyone can make a good, consistent cake from scratch. You just have to learn the rules, which aren't really too hard, and pay attention to your ingredients (measuring and quality). Easy peasy!

The same idea goes into icing. Scratch is usually better. And usually not as difficult or scary as you think!

Oh, and while you are reading all about this on Amanda's blog, take a look at her cakes. They are truly, truly amazing. I cannot say enough about them! These are the cakes I aspire to! So, take your time and click through all of them. Enjoy the fabulous eye-candy that you see there! :)


  1. Scratch cakes are better (tho I haven't made one in years)! The boxed ones are too sweet many times too, tho one could get accustomed to them. I think I have some old boxes of mix from 4+ yrs ago, wonder if they're still good/safe/usable. My farmer sister bakes her cakes from scratch, with their fresh eggs & milk/cream, very yummy.

  2. Fresh eggs, etc. sounds amazing! I'll bet they really are a lot better! Not sure I'd trust even box mixes that old, though they do have a really long shelf life.

  3. Just read this post. It was a good one! I feel guilty now for liking the light and fluffy boxed cakes! I know they have garbage in them but they are too easy and cheap. I know, that doesn't sound like me, huh. I'll have to try one of your cake recipes. I've tried cake recipes before and that is actually the only thing I can't make. Maybe I just need to start with a better recipe.
    Amy Miller

  4. Amy, I've been telling you for a long time that you CAN make a cake! If I can do it, you can do it! If you want a good recipe, let me know!