Hi everyone, I make most of my cakes from scratch, but I keep the cake mixes on hand in case of a last minute dessert when company arrive unexpectingly. When using cake mixes, you might want to make sure that you really doctor it up cause I went to a function and someone bought a sheet size strawberry shortcake from a bakery and how I know cause the recipt (sp) was attached to the box. It looked very pretty and the borders top and bottom and the roses on the cake were so perfectly made. But when I tasted the cake, you can actually taste that it was a box cake and not made from scratch. It tasted like Duncan Hines, I even heard people questioning who made the cake and someone said "it came from a bakery" and other said "it taste horrible, through that cake in the trash". I could not believe it and how embarassing that was. I like to all ways taste test my box cake mix before I give it away or donate it, I have to see what it all needs to make it taste like it was made from scatrch before giving it or selling it to someone. I make strawberry shortcakes all the time from scratch and I can taste the difference from the cake mixes if not well doctor up. I always like to experiement with cake mixes to see how it taste and sometimes I give away samples for people to test taste and it really help to determine what adjustment needs to be made to the recipe. This is just my experience and I would charge a little more for scratch and also for extra details on cakes.