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To think this kind of baking, isn't really baking?

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user8558 Fri 12-Jun-20 21:04:19

I'm a member of a baking group on FB. Where people take photos of what they've baked that day. That's all. It's nice.

But over half of these creations are based on some other kind of baked good/biscuit/chocolate/confectionery.

Mars bar and Malteser slice, Biscoff and Rolo cheesecake, chocolate orange and Toblerone brownies.

Maybe I'm just hangry.

But it's a bit annoying. Why is everyones baking using branded goods that already exist?!

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NuffSaidSam Fri 12-Jun-20 21:09:02

I think you're hangry. Or the lockdown has driven you mad.

This is so, so, so not something to get even remotely bothered about!

Ifailed Fri 12-Jun-20 21:09:54

if it doesn't involve an oven, then it's not baking, likewise not cooking if no heat is involved. Assembly?

LemonadeAndDaisyChains Fri 12-Jun-20 21:19:52

I thought you were going to say warming up shop bought or something!
Biscoff or malteser slices or whatever is definitely baking.
Maybe you're hangry, have some Rolo cheesecake grin

Picklypickles Fri 12-Jun-20 21:21:36

As long as there's no fruit in it any cake is good cake as far as I'm concerned!

namesnames Fri 12-Jun-20 21:24:05

Baking involves an oven, no matter what the ingredients.

CoRhona Fri 12-Jun-20 21:30:26

It's just a description of flavour, like Oreo cheesecake.

You are definitely BU grin

Samtsirch Fri 12-Jun-20 21:31:33

If they enjoy it then I don’t see the problem.
You are a member of the group, so you can demonstrate your idea of baking to them if you want to.

slashlover Fri 12-Jun-20 21:33:23

It's called gatekeeping. It's only real baking if OP says it is.

Louiselouie0890 Fri 12-Jun-20 21:33:56

Maybe you should have a kit kat and take a break

recycledteenager24 Fri 12-Jun-20 21:36:49

heck i want some chocolate fudge cake now , but haven't got any sad

TellMeItsNotTrue Fri 12-Jun-20 21:38:00

So chocolate brownies would be considered baking, because you bake them... But chocolate orange brownies... Aren't? 🧐

DippyAvocado Fri 12-Jun-20 21:38:02

I like to watch Tasty videos on Facebook. Quite a lot of their cake recipes do seem to be based on "a box of yellow cake mix", "a box of white cake mix" or "a packet of Brownies". I don't think of packet mixes as proper baking but you still have to mix them together and cook them in the oven so I'm just being a pedant. They usually look pretty yummy anyway!

SuckingDieselFella Fri 12-Jun-20 21:39:01

Sounds like a traybakes group.

Even better than real baking.

BashStreetKid Fri 12-Jun-20 21:42:34

Why is everyones baking using branded goods that already exist?!

I dunno. Ask them, not us.

Oncewasblueandyellowtwo Fri 12-Jun-20 21:42:44

My friend made a two tier cake from scratch for my DCs birthdays.
I was really impressed that she even made buttercream from scratch for it too. Is that kind of what you mean?
It's a great skill to have.

ouch321 Fri 12-Jun-20 21:42:59

I made Bessy Crocket Devil's Food Cake recently using their pre mix and topped it with their Choc Fudge icing.

It was cheating but bloomin heck it was delicious.

NoIDontWatchLoveIsland Fri 12-Jun-20 21:44:36

I've got a friend who goes on about love of baking.

They don't bake... they construct.

Eg a dessert involving baking slices of ready made pastry and layering with cream and fruit. If they made the pastry themselves, ok. But its jus-rol!

BarbaraofSeville Fri 12-Jun-20 21:45:33

You need an oven for brownies or biscuits, that's baking.

Anyway, most people would join a baking group because they want to produce nice sweet things to eat, rather than audition for some shitey show off TV programme.

I wouldn't trust anyone who takes exception to cheesecake, no matter what it's decorated with.

NoIDontWatchLoveIsland Fri 12-Jun-20 21:45:59


Are you kidding. Buttercream is icing sugar mixed with butter. That's it. It's not complex and requires elbow grease if you haven't a mixer but skill? No.

cdtaylornats Fri 12-Jun-20 21:46:42

Baking involves an oven, no matter what the ingredients

No-bake cheesecake
Microwave sponge
Baked Alaska using a blowtorch

Zaphodsotherhead Fri 12-Jun-20 21:47:09

The packet mixes that get me are the ones like the scone mix ' 'just add fat and milk!' So, it's a bag of flour then, basically.

Lovemusic33 Fri 12-Jun-20 21:50:32

Brownies are baked 🤔 does the fact they contain toblerone make them not viable?

I think you need to take a chill pill OP, baking is meant to be fun.

SecretSpAD Fri 12-Jun-20 21:52:12

Toblerone brownies? OMG. 😍

NearlyGranny Fri 12-Jun-20 21:53:06

I know what you mean, OP. There's a feeling that baking should be from scratch that I share. It's more satisfying, somehow. I make an exception for chocolate chips. Cake mixes in boxes are an expensive anathema and quite unnecessary.

I do shortcrust pastry in a flash in a food processor but confess to buying JusRol puff, because puff is too hard! I might revisit that as partial lockdown stretches on and I need another challenge!

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