Do You Have to Make a Cake From Scratch?

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There’s an endless argument in the cooking world when it comes to baking cakes. Does it have to be from scratch or not? If you’re unclear about the language, baking a cake from scratch means you used a recipe, and that you got all of your ingredients separately, so to speak. According to most, “not baking a cake from scratch” means that you used a pre-packaged assortment of ingredients, such as Duncan Hines or Pillsbury. So without further ado, we’re going to make our case for both sides of the aisle.

From Scratch

We understand the “from scratch” argument. The artist within us understands it. We respect the process, love, and passion it takes to get to a point where you can make a recipe on your own and be proud of it. For this reason, we certainly believe there’s plenty of merit and credit that comes from making a cake from scratch.

Not From Scratch

However, we also have to talk about the elephant in the room. Not-from-scratch cakes taste pretty darn awesome. And at the end of the day, that’s what matters most… right? Also, we understand that not-from-scratch cakes require “less assorting”, but ultimately, it’s not like no brands are involved with making recipes from scratch either.

Let’s be real with ourselves. When you’re making a cake “from scratch”, you’re still getting a recipe from someone else. The ingredients you’re buying, while yes, you’re buying them separately, they’re still products created by brands as well.