The Big Cake Decision: Should You Bake It Or Buy It?

11:45:00 AM

Hello darlings!

The baptism is behind us and I will post photos soon I promise. However, in a few days it's Fratzolaki's birthday and I am at a cross roads. What would you do in my case?
So, you’ve got a big event coming up - and you need a special cake that can both serve as a gorgeous centrepiece, and impress your guests with how tasty it is. It’s a big ask, especially if you’ve got a million and one other things to sort out! But before you start thinking about shapes, flavours and decorations, there’s one big decision to make - should you buy a cake, or bake it yourself?



Now, this might be an easy decision if you’re a talented baker, or you know that you haven’t got a chance of making anything edible. But, if you’re like the rest of us and sit somewhere in between, it’s much harder. Here’s a handy way to help you decide what to do.

Bake it

If you’ve dabbled in baking and you’re doing ok (for example, if you’ve tried our gorgeous recipes), then you might consider baking a cake yourself. You’ll have complete freedom over how it looks and tastes, and you’ll be able to take all the praise for yourself! Plus, if you’re organising this event for someone, they’ll appreciate the hand-made touch.

Why not look through these elegant but easy cake recipes, and see if any look doable? If you reckon you can give it a go, what’s the worst that can happen? If it all goes to pieces, you can hopefully nip to the shops and buy one instead. The other thing you should consider about baking, is the time it takes and the stress it causes. How many other things do you have on your plate right now? Baking a spectacular cake - and doing it well - isn’t a ten minute job. You’ll have to do trial runs, especially with the decorations. And the costs can mount up too with all the practice you’ll need! With a self-made cake you also don’t know how it’ll turn out - if you’re not a seasoned baker, you might not be able to control how dry or wet it comes out.

Buying

If you have any doubts about baking, the best option is to buy a fancy celebration cake. With most bakeries, you can either choose from set cakes or ask them to make a custom one. Of course the price will be more if you choose a custom one, but it gives you freedom to make it as special as your event will be. Before you buy, look at customer reviews, to check that you’ll get a professional-looking, delicious cake. But be careful - sometimes you have to pry a bit. One bakery was too busy to accommodate an order, and got a bad review, which another customer said “everything I thought I knew about Vons Bakery cakes was wrong” about after ordering her own cake.  



Buying is often the easiest, least stressful route. You can let someone else handle the baking and decorating - and you can sit back and enjoy it on the day! Why not look through these awesome birthday cake ideas for inspiration? If you know what you want, it’ll make your baker’s life much easier! But if you aren’t sure, most bakeries will be able to make suggestions and talk you through cakes they’ve done for other similar events.


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28 comments

  1. I tend to buy my cake because people can do such a better job at decorating than I can. I just swipe on frosting when I make it. So basically, for special occasions, I buy!

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    1. That's what I do also most of the time!

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  2. These are some very good points to take into consideration. I do a combination of both depending on the event.

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  3. Thanks for share a informative article.

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  4. I love baking so I usually go for a homemade option. That being said, sometimes a bakery can be a lifesaver when I'm short on time.

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    1. I'd love to see some of your cakes sometime!

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  5. Baking can be fun but sometimes it is just nice to go outside and get a cake because fo the simplicity of it all.

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  6. A homemade option is always a great idea unless it causes extra stress to the hosts I suppose! A bought option is also nice to have though!

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    1. I do stress myself when I bake, lol!

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  7. The ratio of buying is really high here since I don't have that confidence on myself that i'll bake some gorgeous cake , but for sure I'll go through the bake recipe's you've shared!
    www.mommyinme.com

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  8. I can bake only basic cakes for my junior, but don't master being creative at this art ;)
    This one looks a piece of best craftsmanship.

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    1. Yes, I love the one in the photo too, but can't master it!

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  9. It depends on what I need the cake for that will make me decide if I will bake or buy it.

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  10. To be honest I prefer to pay for it.
    However now I understand my kids love to help and not matter how it will look they want to be part of the process. So yeah mom life, hey!

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    1. hahaha mom life is kicking my butt too!

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  11. I love both options! My mum's Chocolate cake is probably my favourite cake ever BUT having said that the Chocolate earl grey cake that my Husband bought me for my Birthday last year is delicious and so pretty too!

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    1. Oh what was that. Chocolate Earl Grey? Yummy!

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  12. I have to say buy it. I am not a good cook nor baker. There are so many wonderful cakes to make but I enjoy going to the store and purchasing one.

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    1. You should definitely continue to buy then ;)

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  13. I buy my cakes just out of convenience and to save time. Also I am not a great baker.

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  14. I always buy a cake, hence I am no good at baking. Also I wouldn't be able to decorate as good as a professional.

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    1. I have problem with the decoration also!

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