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Old June 28th, 2011, 03:16 PM
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Default Buffet desserts vs. MDR desserts

My wife and I recently had a discussion concerning buffet desserts vs. the desserts served in the main dining room(s). We're guessing that the desserts (specifically cakes) that are served at the buffets on the lido deck (regardless of cruise line) are baked at a facility somewhere near a ship's home port, then refrigerated or frozen, and transported to the ship when it returns for restocking prior to its' next departure, and that the cakes served for dessert in the main dining room(s) are baked on board during the cruise. Are we correct in our assumption? Can anyone shed some light on this? Thank-you in advance.
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My uneducated guess is they are all baked onboard..I have had galley tours, and know they bake all their bread, but unsure of deserts.

I do know the day after you ate that fabulous desert in the mdr, you can see the leftovers in the desert line at the buffet.
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I think you are correct trip (about the leftovers!).

I much prefer the MDR desserts and will rarely take dessert from the buffet. Perhaps I'm a dessert snob, but it always tastes better decorated all purty on a nice plate.
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So the Queen is a fan of senseless drizzle, huh?

All that sauce never made a difference to me, but fresh is always better than the alternative.
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Most of the desserts are made on board. One thing that makes me a bit sad is that when I was doing a behind the scenes tour on Norwegian Epic I saw large 3 gallon tubs of ice cream in the freezer. Ice cream used to be made on board. I was also sad at the desserts that were presented on my last cruise on Carnival Liberty. Chocolate melting cake isn't my favorite and it's sad that they can't keep it consistent. My grandkids ordered it almost every night and one night it would be runny (too runny) the next almost solid and then it would be right.

I do have to say that the desserts are not the same as they once were. You can taste the use of margarine and shortening instead of butter. Dessert is not the "event" it once was.

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I am a dessertaholic .I prefer the ones from the MDR ,however .
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we haven't cruised on Princess in a couple of years so i don't know if this still holds true or not, but Princess had individual dessert souffles in the main dining room that were just a little bit of heaven
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So the Queen is a fan of senseless drizzle, huh?

All that sauce never made a difference to me, but fresh is always better than the alternative.
It's not senseless (except for caramel!) .... not chocolate goes to waste



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Most of the desserts are made on board. One thing that makes me a bit sad is that when I was doing a behind the scenes tour on Norwegian Epic I saw large 3 gallon tubs of ice cream in the freezer. Ice cream used to be made on board. I was also sad at the desserts that were presented on my last cruise on Carnival Liberty. Chocolate melting cake isn't my favorite and it's sad that they can't keep it consistent. My grandkids ordered it almost every night and one night it would be runny (too runny) the next almost solid and then it would be right.

I do have to say that the desserts are not the same as they once were. You can taste the use of margarine and shortening instead of butter. Dessert is not the "event" it once was.

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*blasphemy* that Chocolate Melting Cake is the best thing ever invented! I think it has more to do with the baking than the cake itself. If it is over baked, it will be a sold cake. It's a melting cake because it is supposed to be just undercooked. I make these at home myself and it is soooooooo easy to over-bake them, so I can appreciate how hard it is to make these on a large scale every night. My at-home trick, is to stick a frozen chocolate truffle on the inside. This helps ensure that "molten" center.
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