Pastry Chef Reviews Boxed Cake Mix

Pastry Chef Reviews Boxed Cake Mix

(door creaking) (upbeat music) – I’m Zac Young. I’m the Pastry Director for
Craveable Hospitality Group. I’ve been a pastry chef for 12 years. Today, I am eating cake out of a box. It looks pretty good. Solid cake. Spongy. I feel like everyone had this
for their birthday growing up, except for me. Thanks, mom. It has a little bit of
artificial vanilla flavor, but I think that’s what cake mix is about. The texture’s great. It’s moist, almost like impossibly moist. You could put a dish sponge and layer it with chocolate frosting and give it to me and
it would look the same. This is your base model box of cake. Two and a half. It’s basic and everyone can have it. (classical music) Ah ha! I’m guessing this is
going to be spice cake. It looks good. It’s springy. It smells spicy. Flavor is really good. It’s not too strong, you
get a nice hint of nutmeg, but the cake itself is
almost unnervingly damp. Marshy. The spice flavor’s good though and the texture, it’s oddly crumbly. It’s warm, it reminds
me of fall, two stars. It looks good, it looks red. That’s red velvet. It feels nice. Kinda feels like a loofah. It’s like a little dry. There should be a little
hint of cocoa in there. The cake isn’t overly sweet,
it doesn’t taste fake, it just doesn’t really
taste like anything. I mean, this is a pretty
classic red velvet cake. It’s just a vehicle to
get cream cheese frosting into my mouth. I’m gonna give it two and a half. This cake was trying really hard, but it just didn’t live
up to its potentials. Chocolate. This looks great. It looks chocolatey. It smells really nostalgic, like the inside of the
bag of Tootsie Rolls, which I think is a good thing. She’s a sturdy cake. She’s a thick cake. It tastes like cheap Halloween candy, but honestly, I kind of like that. I pretend to be sophisticated, but um, I’m really garbage. I just wish the cake were
a little bit more rich. Three stars. It’s a chocolate cake, guys. How can it be bad? Wow. She’s dense. It didn’t really rise. There’s no webbing. It doesn’t look spongy. If you can mess up
making a boxed cake mix, it’s not you, it’s the cake mix. Oh, yeah. It’s chewy, like nougat. Gummy has no place in a cake. The flavor is really good. It tastes like real vanilla, real butter. If this had been light and airy, this would’ve been phenomenal. I’m gonna have to give
this cake half a star. Flavor’s great, the
texture needs some help. There is no shame in the box. It’s quick and easy and
the results are delicious, but honestly, it takes just
about the same amount of time to make a cake from scratch. If you have the right recipe, the results are way more delicious. I encourage you step outside of the box, especially when it comes to cake. Or, of course, you can support
your local pastry chefs and go buy some of their cakes. Shameless plug. (upbeat music) (door creaking)

100 thoughts on “Pastry Chef Reviews Boxed Cake Mix”

  1. ….. Is it weird that I am aroused by this man?

    I will gladly help him get that cream cheese in his mouth (:

  2. 'Pastry' and 'Cake' aren't really along the same lines…how about a pastry chef reviews pastry and a baker reviews cake?

  3. "This cake was trying really hard but it just didn't live up-to it's potential!! " felt like he described ME !!

  4. tbh take a box mix and doctor it (instead of water use milk or coffee for chocolate cakes; use one more egg than the box tells you; add flavor like vanilla, almond, citrus, etc based on whatever kind of cake you're making) and everyone thinks you've done something revolutionary

  5. "This cake is trying really hard, but it just doesn't live up to its potential". It's like he's describing my life during school lol.

  6. You can’t go wrong with Betty Crocker, in my opinion. Or Pillsbury.
    Ok, you just can’t go wrong with practically pre-made cake. Of course you could just buy a literally pre-made cake that will taste a lot better, but cake mix makes you feel like you’re actually worth something at baking when you really aren’t

  7. “I pretend to be sophisticated but I’m actually garbage.”

    Lmao this is such a Libra comment.
    Like if you’re a libra ♎️

  8. I like that he’s not dismissive about cake mix. Hand made cake will always be better but other chefs might go on and on saying how much they disliked what they were eating 👍🏼

  9. I doctor the cakes I make from a box, and they're pretty darn tasty. I add pudding mix, maybe an extra egg yolk and pure extract, (depending upon the cake will determine which flavor I use) sometimes cream cheese, again, depending upon which cake I'm making. With these additions, the cakes turn out pretty yummy. Would rather have a bakery cake from a GOOD bakery, but we haven't a real bakery here in the mountains. We have one general store whose "bakery" isn't really a bakery, but rather a few shipped in boxed pastries. Yuck.

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