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To not understand this latest baking trend?

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scotx Sat 02-Mar-19 18:16:26

I love a bit of home baking and follow a lot of cake makers etc. on instagram. I can't understand this latest trend of putting chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits out of a packet on homemade bakes especially from people who are then selling them to the public as a business. So they're making say a chocolate chip cookie or a brownie and then sticking a Jaffa cake or a jammie dodger on it! I understand say maltesers to decorate a cake or a rocky road made with broken up chocolate bars but what's the point of buying home made and half of what you're paying for is a biscuit out of a packet.

StealthPolarBear Sat 02-Mar-19 18:20:43

I agree, have started to see these in bakeries etc. I am a chocoholic but a cake is a cake, a chocolate bar is a chocolate bar. I don't want them combined.
Ds had a huge muffin cupcake with an entire Oreo stuck in the buttercream. It left me cold.

StealthPolarBear Sat 02-Mar-19 18:21:06

Yet individual I probably like everything he had iyswim.

scotx Sat 02-Mar-19 18:22:16

Yes exactly whole biscuits being used to decorate sponge cakes.

ILoveMaxiBondi Sat 02-Mar-19 18:23:46

It’s a gimmick really. Just to change things up a bit and hold the customers’ interest so they keep buying. There’s only so much that you can do with a chocolate chip cookie to make it worth buying. Adding a jammie dodger to it grabs a bit of attention in photos and has people clicking on your page. I’m not a a baker at all btw. I just see this for what it is.

MinisterforCheekyFuckery Sat 02-Mar-19 18:24:14

YANBU. This annoys me too. It just shows a lack of imagination imo.

Whynham Sat 02-Mar-19 18:24:28

Lotus biscuits and Oreos sitting on top of donughts is a new one I've seen. Just ruins the donughts imo

scotx Sat 02-Mar-19 18:26:23

I've seen lotus biscuits on top of a choc chip cookie. I just don't get it. It's like shoving 2 biscuits in your mouth at the same time.

GottenGottenGotten Sat 02-Mar-19 18:29:10

It's like shoving 2 biscuits in your mouth at the same time

I'm starting to see the appeal winkgrin

ILoveMaxiBondi Sat 02-Mar-19 18:29:59

Look at how big baking has become. All these shows dedicated to it. Reality tv baking competitions. Etc. People are constantly trying to come up with original ideas to beat whatever came before. This is just one of those new trends. It will give way to something else soon.

WhoWants2Know Sat 02-Mar-19 18:33:25

I'm sure we can think of a better trend all by ourselves.

ILoveMaxiBondi Sat 02-Mar-19 18:41:00

Go for it! I volunteer as taste tester. grin

Aeroflotgirl Sat 02-Mar-19 18:42:49

I really haven't thought about it, dd has asked for a Skittles cake to be baked professionally as part of her birthday present.

Notcontent Sat 02-Mar-19 18:46:56

This is a trend that has spread to the U.K. thanks to YouTube baking videos produced or sponsored by US food companies - so they can sell more Oreos, etc. I only know this because my 12 year old DD went through a stage of watching these...

Silvercatowner Sat 02-Mar-19 18:47:21

It's like shoving 2 biscuits in your mouth at the same time

Hmmm.... sounds pretty damn good to me....

Serin Sat 02-Mar-19 18:47:27

Surely the biscuits go soft really quickly?

WatchToTheEnd Sat 02-Mar-19 18:49:17

There's an immediate connection to a flavour and texture as well as it being premium (or otherwise) using a named brand.

NiteFlights Sat 02-Mar-19 18:55:41

Sounds revolting and a waste of money but I dare say the trend will soon go the way of the cake pop and other stupid baking fashions.

Melroses Sat 02-Mar-19 18:56:16

Surely there is a problem if you are selling a branded item on your own product, without a license from the brand owner hmm

fullprice Sat 02-Mar-19 19:00:45

I've seen lotus biscuits on top of a choc chip cookie. I just don't get it. It's like shoving 2 biscuits in your mouth at the same time.

Ermmmmm. Sounds delicious to me!

scotx Sat 02-Mar-19 19:00:55

@Melroses Hmm, I think might be a stretch to suggest they need a license. I would think the biscuits, choc bars etc just become another ingredient in the finished bake?

OlennasWimple Sat 02-Mar-19 19:01:01

Why, Melroses?

viques Sat 02-Mar-19 19:03:11

theres only so much you can do to a chocolate chip cookie to make it worth buying

What heresy is this? ilovemaxi you should be kneeling on marshmallows and beating yourself with liquorice laces to atone for this .

Bumblebeezy Sat 02-Mar-19 19:07:05

Even worse the cakes stuffed full of sweets in the middle that fall out when you cut the cake confused

I don't see the point?! It looks a mess yet seems to be all the rage. I want my cake and sweets separate!

Switsy Sat 02-Mar-19 19:07:25

I agree if I'm going to have a slice of cake I want a really good slice of cake not one bulked out with cheap biscuits.

Saw this abomination recently and thought, what's the bloody point of that!

StealthPolarBear Sat 02-Mar-19 19:08:01

Fussing with stuff that doesn't need fussing with. Chocolate chip cookies are nice as they are. I also like eg chocolate chip cookies with caramel. But not with a Cadbury caramel sticking out of the top.
That said... I wouldn't say no.

GunpowderGelatine Sat 02-Mar-19 19:08:37

YANBU. I'm really not a fan of cakes anyway but the ones with full crunchie bars on look sooo sickly!!

StealthPolarBear Sat 02-Mar-19 19:08:54

That said I don't think the cakes with chocolate fingers around thw sides fall into this category

ILoveMaxiBondi Sat 02-Mar-19 19:09:07

What heresy is this? ilovemaxi you should be kneeling on marshmallows and beating yourself with liquorice laces to atone for this

grin I meant as opposed to just baking it yourself. I would never buy chocolate chip cookies. They’re so easy to make (and I’m really not a baker!) so it would take something pretty extra to make me buy them at the prices they sell for in these cottage industry baking business.

ILoveMaxiBondi Sat 02-Mar-19 19:12:08

switsy shock that’s horrendous! You can’t bite into that slice!

Switsy Sat 02-Mar-19 19:13:40

It's a load of shitty old custard creams MASQUERADING as a fancy pants gateau. I'd fling it back at whoever served it to me grin

Mummyoflittledragon Sat 02-Mar-19 19:13:46

Isn’t it just an easy way to make cakes look good without having the sugar craft skills?

I imagine they’re for special occasions not every week. I do a sweetie / bar covered cake for dds birthday at her request. She used to have traditionally decorated cakes.

Lindy2 Sat 02-Mar-19 19:14:50

Switsy - OMG. That's just a custard cream covered in about 10,000 extra unnecessary calories of fat and sugar. confused

thecatsthecats Sat 02-Mar-19 19:15:02

I made my own wedding cake - chocolate ganache cheesecake with Oreos and brownies dotted in on top of the chocolate digestive base, layer of salted caramel over the ganache then topped with butter fudge icing, cocoa powder and chocolate decorations. It tasted fucking fantastic.

youngestisapsycho Sat 02-Mar-19 19:15:24

So a slice of custard creams? Ew

diddl Sat 02-Mar-19 19:15:58

Good lord-how to ruin a custard cream!

I don't even like them that much, but can't see how that would improve them-or any biscuit!

Pomegranatemolasses Sat 02-Mar-19 19:16:35

@Switsy, you're not wrong there! And custard creams, ugh

scotx Sat 02-Mar-19 19:16:47

Yeah that custard cream cake, all that work to make the toppings and decorate it and when you bite into it, it's a shop bought custard cream! Such an anticlimax if you were given a slice of that. What a gimmick.

RiddleyW Sat 02-Mar-19 19:19:43

I was thinking you’re all being a bit harsh but then that “cake” Switsy posted has made me furious. Actually properly angry. It looks like a lovely cake then it’s just custard creams in ganache. And it would be actually really difficult and fiddly to make! Absolute cunts.

slipperywhensparticus Sat 02-Mar-19 19:21:48

That custard cream cake had me thinking would custard creams taste nice smooshed up and turned into a cheesecake base? I do a chocolate brownie cheesecake but I've never done a custard cream one hmmmm

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Sat 02-Mar-19 19:21:53

I've done something on a smaller scale for years, although I freely admit it is partly laziness!

Mummyoflittledragon Sat 02-Mar-19 19:22:04

Buy cakes decorated in this way? I missed that. No way would I buy something so simple. Stick a bunch of kitkats / Cadbury’s fingers round the sides and shove sweeties on the top or ice and add a selection of biscuits on the top, easy peasy. That custard cream cake is a monstrosity. Just why? Who would want a slice of that? Looks dry and tasteless.

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Sat 02-Mar-19 19:23:20

The chocolate orange was because some fussy people would complain about buns being chocolate orange flavoured. The segment hopefully gives them a clue!

NewName54321 Sat 02-Mar-19 19:24:16

Wasn't this done in the last series of The Apprentice? Perhaps that's how it's become so popular.

starabara Sat 02-Mar-19 19:24:27

So I generally hate these things too..... except that custard cream thing looks pretty fab. I’d eat that. If it the same with pink wagers though, it would be returned with haste straight into the mouth of hell itself.

Springisallaround Sat 02-Mar-19 19:26:32

Ugh, that custard cream cake, so over rich as well. I'm really going off cakes since cupcakes came in, more icing than cake. I am more into a plain jam sponge these days, with a sprinkle of icing sugar. Luckily that's about all I can bake!

Switsy Sat 02-Mar-19 19:26:36

@slipperywhensparticus whizzed up oreos make a good cheesecake base so the custard creams probably would too.

Whatsername7 Sat 02-Mar-19 19:27:39

YABVU. I made this for my dd's birthday and the Cadbury fingers were essential in covering up my shit decorating skills! grin I make a good sponge, but Im crap with the decorating thing!

RiddleyW Sat 02-Mar-19 19:28:37

Oh yeah I’d forgotten that I put fingers all round every cake I make. So forgiving!

Switsy Sat 02-Mar-19 19:29:36

Absolute cunts


I'm in full agreement, @RiddleyW

YourEggnogIsBetterThanMine Sat 02-Mar-19 19:30:20

It's completely unnecessary and ruins cake. Cake is cake. It's lovely as it is. Leave cake alone.

Similarly, wtf is with Freak Shakes? A milkshaked topped with biscuits, sweets, candyfloss and a bloody doughnut!!

Switsy Sat 02-Mar-19 19:31:27

I think chocolate fingers are an exception, and certainly cheaper than buying those chocolate cigarellos that you see in proper patisseries. That cake looks lovely.

eurochick Sat 02-Mar-19 19:37:02

It's like they are trying to see how many calories they can fit into a single product. Too sickly for me.

Badcat666 Sat 02-Mar-19 19:38:48

How am I meant to dunk a bloody custard cream cake into my cuppa?!!

This makes my eye twitch. I'm not the best at combining weird things to make a meal but a hard biccie or choc bar should not be put on cakes.

Its like that idea of sticking kit kats round the edge! noooo.. cakes are soooooooft.... cakes are eaten with a fork/ spoon/ hands. kit kat is hard... If I have to dismantle a cake to eat it I don't want it.

Just give me a slice of gooey choc cake and a kit kat separately ta very much.

And don't get me started with hard sweets inside a cake. Are you trying to break my teeth and deprive me of inside cake goodness?!

longtimelurkerhelen Sat 02-Mar-19 19:40:18


As much as I love a custard cream, that looks nasty, I would be expecting a lovely cake and would feel cheated.

Also why ruin any cake with Oreo's? They are awful, rock hard and no flavour.

Yabbers Sat 02-Mar-19 19:42:04

I’ll give a pass for the chocolate fingers thing. But the whole confectionary cake is just ridiculous. However DD loved the custard cream thing!

OlennasWimple Sat 02-Mar-19 19:54:26

Chocolate fingers (or even Kitkat fingers) get a pass from me too, when used as edging

But not when used in place of an actual cake (like the custard cream thingy in the video) or as compensation for poor decorating skills (plonking an Oreo on top of a cupcake)

averystrangeweek Sat 02-Mar-19 19:55:19

Chocolate fingers round the side, fine. Matchmakers ditto. Chocolate buttons, smarties or maltesers scattered on the top, or a few other little sweets, lovely. Grated chocolate orange or Aero, fab. Cadburys mini eggs are essential if you are making chocolate nests.

Great lumps of other stuff or whole biscuits jammed in... no.

CatCoriander Sat 02-Mar-19 19:57:48

Showing my age here but I remember forty years ago the height of sophistication was a dessert made by dipping ginger biscuits into sherry, then sticking them together with whipped cream to form a log, and then covering the whole thing in cream. Overnight in the fridge and it was a very gooey, boozy, gingery pudding.

MilkTrayLimeBarrel Sat 02-Mar-19 20:00:29

Can't beat a proper home made Victoria sponge with jam and cream!

cheminotte Sat 02-Mar-19 20:02:44

Yanbu. I know cakes aren’t exactly healthy but it just feels like unnecessary extra calories. I like brownies, it doesn’t need a mars bar in the middle.

Whatsername7 Sat 02-Mar-19 20:03:54

That custard cream thing looks horrible. Freak shakes are wrong! Drinking calories is a waste unless its wine!

StealthPolarBear Sat 02-Mar-19 20:06:51

What next? Hot chocolate with a Mars bar spoon? Cheese on toast with a block of Stilton sticking up in the middle?

Birdsgottafly Sat 02-Mar-19 20:13:18

There's a cake maker that I use that does proper brownies.

We get a mix of ferrero rocher and some chocolate orange, both with the chocolates on top. We love them.

It adds a dimension, as was once probably done with different breads/naans and adding fruit etc to things like scones.

I personally don't like spice in anything baked, so no hot cross buns, but I wouldn't critise those that do.

BumbleBeee69 Sat 02-Mar-19 20:18:15

for me it's Victoria sponge or zilcho grin

Fontella Sat 02-Mar-19 20:24:07

This is a new one on me, but I must admit when the kids were little and I was really skint, I used to make my own 'crunchy chocolate' ice cream.

Id' buy a big tub of own brand Vanilla and stir in a packet of smashed up cheap own brand Bourbon biscuits.

It went down a treat.

burritofan Sat 02-Mar-19 20:40:35

A friend had one of these type cakes for her 30th. The grimmest thing I've ever had in my mouth.

Housewife2010 Sat 02-Mar-19 20:51:36

I would only eat a custard cream if it was the only biscuit in the house and I was desperate for something sweet ( I think of it on a level with Nice biscuits and slightly below Malted Milks and Bourbon Creams). The custard cream cake looks lovely until it is sliced and the sheer Custard Cream dullness is exposed.

WhoWants2Know Sat 02-Mar-19 21:00:02

There are some ok dessert mashups out there. Like bread and butter pudding made from pain au chocolate. Or waffles soaked and layered into a trifle/tiramisu type thing

StrawberrySquash Sat 02-Mar-19 21:04:13

The custard cream cake looks like a lot of work for an easy cheat cake!

Bringbackthestripes Sat 02-Mar-19 21:13:23

The all look “amazeballs” for insta ....but....
That custard cream thing-I counted 6 actual custard creams in a slice plus the sickening slop they spilt into the gap and over the top so only 1200 cals or so -blerg -just wondering what sort of person you would have to be to, not only think that was a good idea in the first place, but to pay for something like that?! And what sort of friends would you have if they all pretended that was an amazing cake...?!

dementedma Sat 02-Mar-19 21:20:41

I bought what I thought were hot cross buns only to find they were choc chip and caramel "hot cross buns". Abomination! They are vile.

INeedToGetHealthy Sun 03-Mar-19 01:30:43

..... And this is why I've retired from my cake baking business.

Nothingunpleasant Sun 03-Mar-19 01:40:34

Switsy That’s just horrendous, even more so as custard cream filling tastes like sweet lard...

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