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3 cakes for Kindergarten cake walk

Elfie's picture

I think I have turned into a bit of a show off.  I volunteered to bake 3 cakes for my daughters kindergarten cake walk.  Her school is having a big Harvest Festival and the cake walk is a fundraiser the kindergarten teachers do.  All the money they make goes DIRECTLY to their classroom.  Last year they made close to $1,000.


The problem is the only way I can really do this is to make bundt cakes.  I was thinking of doing the T & T's- Orange Butter Cake, Triple Carmel Cake, and the Chocolate Sour Cream Cake.  Any feedback?  I purchased the "fake" powdered sugar from King Arthur Flour to dust the cakes with if needed.  I thought of putting fresh flowers in the centers of the cakes.  I have a regular shaped bundt pan and the rose pan.


I kinda of wanted to also do a pumpkin shaped bundt cake, but have no idea how to do this-any suggestions?  I was thinking a spice or pumpkin cake, does anyone have a good recipe. 


I remember reading last year people expressing frustration that no one at their kids schools appreciates homemade cakes and they have resorted to box cakes.  I know I will probably learn the hard way, but I really want to do homemade. 


One last question-would I be better off just giving them a check since these cakes aren't cheap to make and just do box cakes.  I do have several boxes I picked up <$1.

MadMom's picture

(post #63678, reply #1 of 30)

I would say that box cakes would be fine.  Most people would not really appreciate the work you would have to put into making something like the Triple Caramel Cake (which is delicious, BTW.)  The school would be money ahead if you just made box cakes and donated the difference.  Of course, if you want to put out the money and effort, go for it; it's really your decision.



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CHandGreeson's picture

(post #63678, reply #2 of 30)

I did from-scratch cakes for cake walks, and no one could really tell. But I could :) It also gave me a chance to say "Hey, I made those, would you consider one for your next dinner?" I sold many, many dozen cookies off of cake walks, Thanksgiving lunches, and time and talent auctions!
I have a delicious pumpkin recipe, from my Williams-Sonoma Great Cake Pan, which is posted somewhere else. If you decide to go the scratch route, I'll type it in. The nice thing about dense cakes (pound and spice) is that they will sit on the counter for a while, and you won't be making 3 cakes in one night. The Orange and Sour Cream Chocolate are delicious!
~Charlotte

Elfie's picture

(post #63678, reply #3 of 30)

Well, I just had to google that Great Cake Pan and now I HAVE to have it.  My step mom used to work at WS, but I don't think she still does.  I guess I'll have to pay full price.  My husband is not going to be pleased, not at all.

MadMom's picture

(post #63678, reply #4 of 30)

For whatever it's worth, W-S usually puts their holiday stuff on sale before the actual holiday.  Of course, they might consider the pumpkin pan to be a "fall" item rather than Halloween.  I think it's pretty darn cute, myself.  If I didn't already have about a gazillion bundt pans that I never use, I might get it, LOL.



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Come on, that's never stopped you before..;0

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MadMom's picture

(post #63678, reply #6 of 30)

I know...but even the Mad Mother has her limits.  Besides, I have to be good for at least 24 hours since I just bought my griddler.



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Jillsifer's picture

(post #63678, reply #7 of 30)

You WANt that pan. You NEED that pan. You HAVE TO HAVE that pan. Really. I can't see you living a healthy and fulfilling life without it.


Love, jill, proudly resisting the Nordicware holiday wreath pan AND the long-coveted cathedral pan


 


 

Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.

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MadMom's picture

(post #63678, reply #8 of 30)

Hey - give me credit, I bought the Griddler.



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Jillsifer's picture

(post #63678, reply #9 of 30)

I stand in awe of you!


STILL proudly resisting my two beloved Nordicware pans (and silently muttering "WHY did she buy that snowflake pan last year when I managed to SNAG it for $9.99? Now I have to store the thing!")


 


 

Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.

-- Washington Irving

MadMom's picture

(post #63678, reply #10 of 30)

Ah ha!  You hit on my dilemma...I'm trying to get my house into "showing" condition (we're listing it on Tuesday...I'm serious about this moving stuff) and I absolutely cannot stuff anything else into the cabinets.  In fact, tomorrow might be "clean out the kitchen cabinets day."  Argh.



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Jillsifer's picture

(post #63678, reply #11 of 30)

Bet your house would show better, and prospective buyers would pick up the warm and loving vibe, if you'd let me send you that !@#$^%&^%^&*&e snowflake pan. You could make a nice simple cake in it and really perfume the house with the reassuring smell of something baking.

 


 

Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.

-- Washington Irving

MadMom's picture

(post #63678, reply #13 of 30)

No, no...you need that !@#$^%&^%^&*&e snowflake pan.  You should make Ida Mae a nice cake. 



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Jillsifer's picture

(post #63678, reply #16 of 30)

I HAVE the damned thing. Along with a ghost, a pumpkin, a skull (which ends up lookin like a scary poodle when it's frosted in a hurry), a scarecrow, an Easter egg, a Christmas tree and a candy cane. I DON'T have the cathedral or wreath, though.


And IdaMae gets no cake. She's been bad again.


 


 

Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.

-- Washington Irving

DeannaS's picture

(post #63678, reply #14 of 30)

You're moving? I didn't know.

Well, I have a nifty little solution to your clutter. Just box it all up and mail it to me. ;)

"As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists." - Joan Dye Gussow

MadMom's picture

(post #63678, reply #15 of 30)

Ha!  Boxing it up would mean I'd be packed and ready to go, LOL.  I'm taking one room at a time.  Actually started with the master bedroom, bath, and closet, which now look really good.  Next step was my office, including my cluttered desk, bookcase, drawing table, and window seat...now all spotless.  Today I'm going into the kitchen and attacking two major clutter spots...first, my "Tupperware" cabinet, which contains so many storage vessels, some with lids, some without, some lids without containers, etc.  My goal is to have everything sorted out and placed neatly so it doesn't fall out when you open the cabinet doors.  Secondly, I'm going to attack my "miscellaneous" cabinet, which has everything from Panko breadcrumbs to cinnamon sticks, Indian spices to gelatin sheets, you name it.  Don't know what on earth I can do to organize that, but I'll try.


We're just sick of Texas and want to get out...right now I'm looking at North Carolina or maybe South Carolina.  Who knows?




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DeannaS's picture

(post #63678, reply #17 of 30)

Well, just make sure you're conveniently located near an airport serviced by your favorite airline. :) They wouldn't know what to do without you.

If I could move anywhere, I have no idea where I'd go. But, it'd be awfully fun to figure it out. Good luck!

"As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists." - Joan Dye Gussow

MadMom's picture

(post #63678, reply #18 of 30)

Don't you worry!  Where we're looking is about an hour from an airport serviced by my favorite airline.  Besides, I figure they would go bankrupt if they didn't have me flying all over the country...and if we move to the east coast, I'll really be closer for midwest fests (we MUST do that again) and the potential Tauntonfest.  I would have a longer flight to Vancouver, but one has to make sacrifices, you know.




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soccermom's picture

(post #63678, reply #12 of 30)

You've hit a sore spot with me on cake walks. Our Fall Fair was yesterday. Last year I give each DD $15 to decorate a cake for the walk. Their cakes were beautiful but so were many of the others. Unfortunately the teens running the cake walk would start it with maybe 4 children, for a total of $2 raised per round!! It was a huge waste of money for me, so we put all our money into the bake sale this year.


Perhaps they had more complaints about last year, because yesterday they had about 10 kids per round (still only $5!) but they had a silent auction for about half the cakes, which made much more money than the cake walk itself.


Of course, youngest DD, who shouldn't have food colouring, won a cake with 1 cm of green sprinkles and sugar on it, and dozens of lollipops. Hmm.


Like you, I have considered the wisdom of simply donating the money. The couple of dollars I put out to create 72 cupcakes turns into $36, but our cakes just seemed to be a money loser.


I'm considering mentioning  a cake auction for the holiday concert. I think more people are looking for baked goods (more adult goodies, not underwater-themed cakes etc.) around Christmas, so that could be a potential source of funds.


 


 

 

 

NMR's picture

(post #63678, reply #19 of 30)

Hi Elfie,


 


I'm new to the discussion group but I saw your post and thought I'd suggest "The Cake Mix Doctor"  cook book for a variations on the from scratch and cake mix recipes.  Two of my friends recommended it and the cakes taste wonderful and are easy to make.  (Also lots of bundt recipes)


NMR

Nina

“Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”  Harriet Van Horne Vogue

Elfie's picture

(post #63678, reply #20 of 30)

I was actually thinking of doing looking for that book.  I made the Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt last night and it was awesome.  I accidently used SB sweetened natural cocoa and it worked out fine.  I dont think they put much sugar in it.


Making it made me realize it would really be underappreciated since it wasn't going to be covered in gobs of garish colored icing and sprinkles.  I may even go to Safeway and buy some cakes there.  Now what to do with that bundt I baked last night......................?

NMR's picture

(post #63678, reply #21 of 30)

I would highly recommend it.  The cake I made was an adult cake since it had Kahlua in it (I had bought the small bundt cake pan and had to use it) so I made this cake and instead of the glaze filled the center with whipped cream and garnished it with a chocolate coffee bean and shaved chocolate.  But I've tasted the strawberry cake with strawberries in it and a strawberry coconut cream cheese frosting and a chocolate cherry bundt both were delightful.  There are lots of variations and they don't taste like a mix.


 

Nina

“Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”  Harriet Van Horne Vogue

CookiM0nster's picture

(post #63678, reply #22 of 30)

At that point why not just make the whole thing from scratch? It's not like it's any more effort.

NMR's picture

(post #63678, reply #23 of 30)

It's much less work the basic cake starts with a mix the garnishing is not labor intensive at all.  Not sure if that answers your comment.

Nina

“Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”  Harriet Van Horne Vogue

AnnL's picture

(post #63678, reply #24 of 30)

Her comment was trying to point out that it's not labor intensive to do a cake totally from scratch, rather than a mix, especiallhy when you're "garnishing" the mix anyway.


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TracyK's picture

(post #63678, reply #25 of 30)

Not to mention it's cheaper!

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NMR's picture

(post #63678, reply #26 of 30)

That depends on whether or not your follow the sales, I can generally get a name brand mix for .89 cents I can't get all the necessary ingredients for a scratch cake for the same price.   But it come down to a matter of preference, I would rather spend the money on the the rest of the dinner and save on  dessert. 

Nina

“Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”  Harriet Van Horne Vogue

Jean's picture

(post #63678, reply #27 of 30)

You'll not find many folks here who use cake mixes anymore. And the few who do probably won't admit it. Sorry, but that's the way it is. We just don't like all the chemical additives and frankly, I love hearing people rave about my 'scratch' cakes.

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Adele's picture

(post #63678, reply #28 of 30)

Please try some of the cakes mentioned here- check tried and true.   You will see that they are easy, and so very much better than cake mixes.  You wouldn't want to finish a meal you've spent hours on with a box cake mix.   Last thing that people taste!  You can make the cake the day before, one less thing to do the day of. 


 


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

NMR's picture

(post #63678, reply #29 of 30)

Please don't misunderstand I have and can make cakes (The Cake Bible being a favorite) from scratch but if time is of the essence I still prefer to use my time on the other portions of the meal.  But if I recall the comment I was responding to it was referring to using a cake mix and all I mentioned that with some help a mix can be a success.  And I too love to receive and have received compliments from the audience.

Nina

“Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”  Harriet Van Horne Vogue

Adele's picture

(post #63678, reply #30 of 30)

Understood


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!