Originally Posted by Vista
I use both. In my area box mix is preferred (though no one will admit it). I have put my theory to the test by making one tier box, one tier scratch, I will get rave compliments on the box (doctored), and people will tell me that the scratch cake is "OBVIOUSLY a box, and not near as good".
I personally prefer scratch cakes, though, to be honest, I am not a cake fan. I bake/cook from scratch 80% of the time. The 20% that I don't is usually because of convenience. I do not consider myself a "baker". I have no desire to. I LOVE to bake anything, except cake! I don't know why, but I just hate baking cake. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE decorating them.
In my opinion, to each their own. My cakes always taste delicious and look AMAZING! Do I think anyone can empty a box into a pan and call themselves a "baker", NO. But you don't have to be a great scratch baker to make cakes that look AND taste great!
Everything you said is so true! I also HATE to bake the cakes! But I want to make sure they taste good too, so I work to make that effort successful. And I do both scratch and box and the most popular of my cakes is the doctored box one! Go figure!