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We are a bakery located in West Michigan that prides ourselves by using only handmade products from scratch using the freshest ingredients possible. Our goal is to provide brides with beautiful wedding cakes that fulfill their dreams, and our clients with stunning cakes that can't be beat!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sheetcake Comparison

Cake Comparison

After hearing some different thoughts on the differences between our cakes and a typical grocery store cake, we decided to do a cake comparison. We do sometimes have people call to inquire about our cake prices, only to find that it is more expensive than they have budgeted for. By doing this comparison, we wanted to show exactly why it is that our prices are what they are. Besides using the best, fresh ingredients, we also want you to see the difference in the quality of the decorating. We hope you enjoy what we found and can have a better understanding of what really goes into our cakes; both ingredients and time!

Generic grocery store cake:

This is taken directly from the label off of a grocery store cake.

Ingredients:
Sugar, enriched wheat flour, bleached (flour, niacin, redacted iron, thiamemononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid) partially hydrogenated vegetable shortening (soybean and/or cotton seed and /or palm kernel oil) water, whole eggs, high fructose corn syrup, nonfat milk, milk (vitamin D3) cornstarch, invert sugar, leavening (sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) sodium aluminum phosphate, aluminum sulfate, monocalcium phosphate, tetrosodium, pyrophosphate, sodium acid pyrophosphate) mono and triglycerides with bht and citric acid, dextrose, modified food starch, propylene glycerin mono and diesters, whey, corn flower, salt, soy lecithin, polysorbate 60, sodium casein ate (milk- not a source of lactose) carbohydrate gum, caramel color, natural and artificial flavors, wheat gluten, sodium stearoylactylate, calcium sulfate, xanthan gum, soy protein concentrate, cellulose gum, guar gum, cellulose gel, carrageen an, poylyglycerol, fatty acids, potassium sorbate, ascorbic acid, sorban monostearate, iricalcium phosphate, calcium, propanate, sodium propionate, caciumagetate, wheat starch, beta carotene as color, blue 2, yellow5, yellow 6, red 40, titanium dioxide (as color) rice flour confectioners glaze, titanium dioxide, gum Arabic, gum tragaganth, sorbitol, vegetable oil, malic acid, carnauba wax.
This product was manufactured on production lines that also produce items which may contain nut ingredients.


This included the ingredients in the cake, and the frosting; no filling... This cake was the same size as what Sweet Cakes Design sells as a small ½ sheet which is approximately 30-35 2” by 2” servings. This grocery store cake was the same size in length and width as ours, but significantly shorter than our cakes. The store price was $20.48 and according to the label description it weighed in at 6 pounds 10 ounces. Sweet Cakes Design’s cake of the same size weighs roughly 7 pounds 8 ounces! What a difference. Also if you were counting that is a total of 78 ingredients!!! Now lets compare to a Sweet Cakes sheetcake!

Cake Ingredients:
Granulated sugar, cake flour, white chocolate, heavy cream, unsalted butter, eggs, milk (vitamin D3), baking powder, vanilla, salt

Italian Meringue Buttercream Ingredients:
Unsalted Butter, sugar, egg whites, water, vanilla and cream of tartar

American Buttercream Ingredients: (sweeter buttercream)
Powdered sugar, butter, cream, vanilla, salt

As you can see, we do not bake with any preservatives; we do our best to use all natural, local ingredients when in season. In comparison, the Sweet Cakes sheetcake is not only almost a whole pound heavier, but the cake only has 10 ingredients, Italian has 6 ingredients and American has 5 ingredients. 

We also apologize, as wedding season is upon us, we have been extremely busy and have not been able to update as often! We will also be adding some new pictures here as well as facebook!!! Thanks for hanging in there! Remember also if you have any thoughts on any of our post please comment to us on here or on our facebook page!!!!

4 comments:

Kristin said...

Very interesting...thanks for posting that!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing! I would think your designs alone with be enough for someone to choose Sweet Cakes over a grocery store cake...but if not, I hope the fact that you use only real, natural ingredients will help!

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