Cake ControversyHi Lovlies I have had a couple of controversial topics come up on my Facebook page this past fortnight and my husband clearly has no idea nor interest in this topic so I am turning to my CD family for some venting – actually no not a vent as I am...
I have had a couple of controversial topics come up on my Facebook page this past fortnight and my husband clearly has no idea nor interest in this topic so I am turning to my CD family for some venting – actually no not a vent as I am not upset, I think it’s more appropriate to say “reflection” on these 2 completely different topics.
Okay haha I will just try get to the point.
1) Appropriate hashtagging
2) Scratch vs Box
The 1st one is about the term #foodporn or cake porn. I had a follower quite upset because I used these terms. She was quite offended and said that
“‘Normalising’ some words, like rape, pimping and porn de-emphasises the tragic social consequences these One Sided Power Acts are.”
It was my first time ever to even use the term and I think it was just an automated typing response since I see the tag often. You only have to search #foodporn on instagram and you will get over 51 Million results!
And over 150 000 for the term #cakeporn.
But now I wonder if I would ever use term again… what is your take on this?
2) Scratch Cake vs Box Cake
I use both depending on the circumstances but I don’t sell cakes at all, I am a hobby baker strictly for family, friends or charity.
Anyway when this came up some people were very harsh against cake sellers who use boxed mixes. I felt a bit uncomfortable reading the response because at the end of the day I think there are pros and cons to both.
What I found the most surprising was that the most vocal claimed that a custom cake should not be sold as such if they used a box and that it was ripping customers off.
I find this a little confusing because isn’t a cake decorator customising the design and yes baking the cakes are important but cost and time wise I don’t think there’s much difference and aren’t customers the deciding factor of what they like? I assumed most commercial bakers used a lot of premixes. I didn’t realise there were strong haters to box to the extent they are putting their fellow cake decorators down for using a box.
I mean what about box fondant, gumpaste, piping gel and cake lace?
Do they also need to start making their own chocolate from scratch? Where is the judgement line?
Again I don’t have a strong for and against, I just felt overwhelmed by the backlash.
I just feel in this circumstance people shouldn’t be so judgemental. It’s great to have a preference but to go so far as accusing sellers of cheating and ripping off their customers by using a premix seems a little over the top to me!
I don’t know, maybe I am just getting mellow in my old age? I mean there was a time I probably would have judged people unnecessarily due to my own immature insecurities, but these days I really do believe there’s never ever one best way to do anything….
Thanks for listening x