I recently got into a debate on the topic of store bought character cakes versus handmade creations from a qualified cake decorator. Where do you stand? Is it OK?
So the short version of the argument was this. They (un-named highly opinionated person on a public forum) thought that store bought character cakes that retail for around $20 are choc loaded with preservatives and are stale horrible tasting chemical filled creations that should never be served at a party.
My argument :
- Those store bought cakes are for “Special Birthday Occasions”.
- A few preservatives once a year are not going to kill anyone. (We are exposed to chemicals daily anyway right?).
- They are an affordable option for struggling families.
-Children don’t care how cake tastes – as long as it doesn’t taste like green vegetables it’s a winner.
So why did I get into an argument about it ? Because I don’t think it’s fair to make the Mother who has no creative bone in her body feel guilty for buying a cake. Just because a Mother doesn’t want to spend $300 on having a professional make a cake for their 2 year old who will probably sleep through 90% of the party anyway is no reason to put a “stigma” onto these cakes.
I usually try to make my own cakes not because I don’t want to serve something from a store . But because my children don’t pick party themes that are available in a store. (Dainty Disco, One Direction, Beach Party). My Children are lucky enough to get a party every year. (so far anyways). I can not justify spending $150 on a cake when their parties probably only cost $200 in total (My husband is reading this *wink wink*).
So what are your thoughts? Just because its not OK for you does that mean it’s not OK for everyone?
By Shellie Wilson