Originally Posted by indydebi
Definitely personal preference. I'm a box mixer, but I absolutely believe that being a great scratch baker requires a great talent. I've only had 2 scratch cakes that didn't taste like total crap to me .... and one was made by leahs!!
So it may not be that the scratch cake is bad ... you may just be encountering a crappy baker!
Okay, you opened that door, so I'm going through it! I know that there are a lot of good scratch bakers on here who kind of cower from stating this fact for fear of being called a cake snob, but baking is a skill, and not everyone has the skill to do a good scratch cake. You can have a balanced recipe and have two people make it, and the person who has the skill to bake will have a better product.
It's just like anything else. Two people can take the same piece of cloth, thread and scissors, and one will turn out a potato sack and one will turn out a couture gown. Skill.