To Crumb or Not to Crumb

filed under: Miscellaneous on December 6, 2011

So I have struggling with a very important and life changing issue.

I literally ask myself the same question every time I make a cake.

Should I clean up crumbs on the cake stand or leave it as is?

I completely understand if you just rolled your eyes at me.  

Now.  Please forgive this strange as heck picture.  As much as I would love to reveal what is under those mysterious red blobs.. I gotta save it for the book!

So just pretend its little red blobs of joy.

Bet ya didnt think you’d be reading that sentence today.

Ok!  Back to the question at hand.  What do you like better?

Cake with frosting and crumbs?


Or clean cake stand.

This is life and death stuff here.

Er… not.

But I’d love to know which option you favor!


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  • Marie M.C. says:

    With the crumbs, please. Looks natural. Good luck trying to decide. Seems like we commenters are also divided 50-50!

  • Idanelly says:

    I prefer the cake with no crumbs. This is not a question I can’t say I’ve asked myself in the past, but now after seeing the visual of the crumb cake stand and crumb-less cake stand, the crumb-less cake stand just appears to be more eye candy. Then again, the crumb cake stand looks more “home-made” whereas the crumb-less cake stand look professional, something you might see in a bakery. 🙂

  • Marilyn says:


  • Melissa says:

    For me, it’s all about contrast that makes it look yummier eg Chocolate cake on light background = yummy WITH crumbs. But light cake on light background looks yummier WITHOUT crumbs! Perhaps it’s the type of cake too. Chocolate cakes make you want to stuff your face messily, but white cakes seem more refined and hence should clean? Who knows!

  • Jade says:

    with crumbs, definitely! I agree with others- without looks artificial.

  • Marina {} says:

    Very legit question! I’m all about crumbs. My book will be quite crumby 😉

  • Stefanie Maloney says:

    I am so delighted by your website — it’s absolutely gorgeous and so inspiring! But to the question at hand, definitely with crumbs. A bit of crumb and frosting left behind gives a sense of authenticity and ups the “yum” factor.

  • Madeline says:

    I like it with crumbs, is more real that way. Without crumbs I have to wonder whether the cake is real or just a piece of plastic.

  • Kristen Oliver says:

    I realize this is old news but I am new to your thoughts. I would like to put in my recommendation of crumbs as it makes it seem more real and inviting. Of course, that’s just me.

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