Originally Posted by bakechef
We can put a man on the moon, but we can't make a yellow or white cake mix that tastes like scratch.
I've tried to make cake from scratch twice in my life, once many years ago, and very recently for cupcakes, both times it tasted awful and pasty tasting. The box mixes have always tasted great. But I know what you mean, the yellow cake mix which is the one I use most has a bit of an artificial butter smell to it, I'm thinking that's it because some of the mixes require oil, eggs and water instead of the butter recipe ones, but once baked it tastes fine to me.
and if make the mistake of mixing the eggs and oil with a mixer before you add the water and cake mix you will get a mayonnaise taste.