I have used boxed cakes before. Not anymore. Ever since I got my scratch recipes down pat, I have left them behind. I can taste the difference. That being said, I don't have anything against those that use boxed. To each their own. Some people can make them turn out quite well. It just isn't for me. You do what you feel is right and forget what everyone else says. (My personal philosophy in baking and life.) My one cake snob opinion...just say no to the strawberry boxed cake. I have never tasted one that was good and it is far too easy to use a boxed vanilla and make it strawberry with fresh ingredients. That is my opinion though and to each their own.