I love baking and I love decorating but I guess you'd classify me a hobby baker. A control-freak hobby baker, lol. Here is my bottom line - I don't get paid to do any of it. Now not charging friends and family is 100% my choice but still the fact of the matter. So I treat every project as if it were my own. You can tell me what flavors you want and a theme but that's it. I get to decide what recipes I use; the design; and everything in between. I probably sound a lil (or a lot) crazy but it's just the way I do it and what works for me.
That being said I obviously can't speak as someone who does this as a living. I know for many of you it's economical (in cost and time) and you have to worry about your bottom line. And maybe customers don't know a difference or at least it's not big enough for them to mention. So okay - I get all that. But I still don't think I could bring myself to bake from a box.
I know this sounds condescending and well the topic is a bit controversial. When someone asks me for a cake and then tags on at the end "from a box...don't go crazy" or "just keep it simple" - I get offended. If you know me you know I put every ounce of me in anything I create. I can't help but admit that it is a pride thing for me. Ironically, I keep hearing this tagline said to me more and more. Only recently has it started to really bother me. I went from my the mindset of "I'm not anti box-mix I just don't use them" to "Don't ask me to use that junk!".
It's hard getting around saying you don't judge something when you clearly do. I would never dare be impolite about it. And I would never state my personal opinion on the matter anywhere else but here. I love that CC is a community full of different users and vast knowledge; all coming together to share. I've spent a while testing a lot of these recipes and figuring out which I personally like. That has been half the fun for me. Baking is a science and the more I've practiced doing it from scratch the more I truly appreciate it. I don't scoff at someone for choosing a box-mix but I can't say I don't have anything against it. I think if you bake from scratch then in that very essence you do. If you spend the time doing what others prefer not to then it does set you apart.
I probably sound like a real jerk but I swear that's not my intention. I don't wanna start trouble! I just wanted to state my personal opinion on the matter because I appreciate CC being what it is - a place for all of us to share!