Not to stir the pot up again, but after reading thru this "debate" I wanted to throw in my 2 cents
I think it's all a matter of opinion on what "scratch" really is... to me, completely from scratch would ensue milling your own flour, which you grew in your field along with your vanilla bean, sugar cane, etc. Eggs collected from the chickens you raised... get my point? That is my opinion of completely from scratch.
When I make a cake I add flour, sugar, vanilla, eggs, sometimes cocoa, sometimes sour cream, oil, baking powder, same as what a scratch baker adds...I just happen to also add a box that has some of those ingredients as well. I used to not use a box mix included with my other ingredients for cakes, but now I prefer the taste more with it.
So, what exactly is from scratch? Pretty much everything you buy from the store has preservatives in it. I am assembling the ingredients, mixing it myself and baking it myself... so aren't we all really the same?
That all said, I don't own a biz, I'm a hobbyist that loves decorating. If someone were to ask me if its scratch or box-- well, I would just tell them, it is homemade. That's not lying, it is true, even if it is not actually answering the question
K, I'm done, thanks for reading!!