At Mix-N-Match Bake Shop we’ve had one question pop up more than others and we thought we would share it on our blog. Almost daily we’ve been asked, “What is the difference between a custom cake and a store-bought cake?”.
A quote from Cake Boss comes to mind:
Never, ever compare your prices to Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Costco, or a grocery store. People can’t get the same cake at Wal-Mart that they get from you. That cake at Wal-Mart was made months ago, flash-frozen, and shipped to the store, where an employee working as quickly as he/she could frosted it with icing from a bucket, and maybe added some airbrushing or buttercream roses. That employee probably had 50 other cakes to complete in the same shift. The difference between your cake and Wal-Mart’s cake can be likened to the difference between custom garments and off-the-rack clothes. Say you went to a seamstress, consulted with her about the perfect fabric and cut for your body type, discussed your coloring, took measurements, went back for several fittings, and in the end had an exquisite dress, hand-made with excruciating attention to detail, perfect for your body and your coloring. When the seamstress required payment, you would not tell her that a Wal-Mart dress costs $14.99, so that’s all you should pay. The two products are not comparable.
When you order a cake from a bakery, like Mix-N-Match Bake Shop, you are not just ordering a cake. You are placing an order for the baker to hand mix each ingredient to make the custom flavor you picked out. The cake will be fresh and will not be flash frozen months in advance and delivered when the stores supplies runs low. You are ordering the baker’s time. The time that the baker will bake your cake to order, spend hours decorating it to perfection and possibly delivering it to you.
We are not saying don’t shop at these stores, we are simply trying to show you that a custom made cake from a bakery can offer you so much more. Tailor made for your event needs and made fresh to order. By ordering a custom cake or cupcake or cake pop, you are ordering something as special as you are!