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To use a ready-to-mix cake pack for DS's birthday cake?

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SirBoobAlot Sat 10-Nov-12 09:48:00

DS's birthday tomorrow. Have got a house to tidy, a front room to empty, presents to wrap, food shopping to do... And of course the cake (dry run picture on profile if you're curious!).

All of my health conditions have flared up. I actually feel like crap and want to hide beneath my duvet dosed up to the eyeballs on codine.

WIBU to use a ready mix box instead of making the cake from scratch? I know they're not fab. Are they really full of shit?

LadyMargolotta Sat 10-Nov-12 09:50:36

If you're that ill, just buy a cake from the supermarket. I don't believe in killing myself for a children's birthday party.

And I don't believe in tidying before the party either - you'll have enough tidying to do afterwards!

ilovetermtime Sat 10-Nov-12 09:52:12

Are you serious? Just buy a bloody cake, it won't kill the children!

ARightOldPickle Sat 10-Nov-12 09:53:14

I agree, buy one from the supermarket!

Everlong Sat 10-Nov-12 09:54:09

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SirBoobAlot Sat 10-Nov-12 09:54:31

No, set on it being the Gruffalo! But if you all think that, I don't feel so bad about using a ready pack, thanks grin

SpookTheCat Sat 10-Nov-12 09:54:40

yep i'd buy one as well, save yourself the hassle.

The kids wont care as long as they have cake!!!

MummyPig24 Sat 10-Nov-12 09:55:17

Buy a cake. Save yourself some stress!

ZZZenAgain Sat 10-Nov-12 09:55:19

Is it a basic chocolate cake or chocolate sponge? I would make it from scratch , it is justa bit of measuring and then into the mixer. If you are not feeling up to it, make the ready mix. No idea if they are any good , may have eaten some without knowing. Kids will still love it with all the decoration on, Don't think anyone would notice th

SpookTheCat Sat 10-Nov-12 09:56:34

well why dont you buy a plain sponge/chocolate cake and do the icing yourself.

I am seriously crap at baking cake, have done this many times and they not only look good/homemade. They taste much better as well.

Vaginald Sat 10-Nov-12 09:58:24

The dry run looks fantastic! I think you can buy gruffalo cakes from asda? The kids won't mind at all if it's a mix, you're doing him a party & a cake. Lovely mum.

whois Sat 10-Nov-12 10:00:13

YANBU to do a mi or to just buy a ready made cake!

SirBoobAlot Sat 10-Nov-12 10:00:32

Oooh Spook I hadn't thought of that. That is a good idea!

No Gruffalo cakes in our local asda, I did try.

Himalaya Sat 10-Nov-12 10:01:36

I would buy a plain round cake and decorate it Gruffalo style. Mixes don't really save any time.

What did you do with the first one btw?

SirBoobAlot Sat 10-Nov-12 10:04:01

Ate it blush


No, I took it in to playschool on Monday to get the lovely ladies through their first day back after the holidays.

Pilgit Sat 10-Nov-12 10:17:34

Buy one! The children won't mind and it won't harm them one bit. Some of the bake mixes are very good taste wise. But just buy one and give yourself one less thing to do. Give yourself a break the party will be hard enough work without knackering yourself before hand.

BertieBotts Sat 10-Nov-12 10:18:30

They taste exactly the same as made from scratch bog standard sponge IMO.

WordsPuttingIntoSentenceDoing Sat 10-Nov-12 10:20:46

The thing I hate about baking is the washing up so that isn't really helped by a ready mix. Bought cake iced is the way to go grin

I totally did myself in making a peppa pig cake for my dd's 2nd birthday. She barely glanced at! It took 7 hours <sob> It looked good, but it tasted pretty rank.

PeachTown Sat 10-Nov-12 10:21:34

Betty Crocker Devils Food is a good chocolate cake which just needs 3eggs, oil and water adding. I make it all the time and use home made icing - delicious.

theoriginalandbestrookie Sat 10-Nov-12 10:22:26

Buy it. I don't think the pack mix ones taste great and don't save time.
It doesn't really matter if its the Gruffalo as long as its something she likes, actually here you go http Gruffalo cakes galore from all the supermarkets for £9 sorted

Wolfcub Sat 10-Nov-12 10:23:03

DH uses the betty crocker chocolate cake and chocolate frosting to make cakes for work. Always goes down well.

theoriginalandbestrookie Sat 10-Nov-12 10:23:30

Sorry read that wrong - its just available in Sainsburys but still problem is sorted

ZZZenAgain Sat 10-Nov-12 10:27:16

If you can buy buffalo cake, just do that

ZZZenAgain Sat 10-Nov-12 10:30:09

Argh phone _ gruffal o
Won't let me type it. Honestly buy it

SirBoobAlot Sat 10-Nov-12 10:30:36

That's two votes for Betty Crocker, will bear that in mind, thank you.

I'm not just being lazy by the way - my numb sensation I get is terrible in my hands right now, I'm not sure I would actually manage making the cake!

Will check out Sainsburys just in case smile

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