Survey: Do You Use Box Mixes?

These days my mother is an excellent from scratch baker. But when I was little, she did what most moms did back then: made box cakes. As a result, when my brother is going to be home for his birthday, he always requests his favorite cake: Duncan Hines Marble Cake from a box.

Sometimes we use box mixes for taste nostalgia, sometimes because it seems more convenient. Or maybe we just aren't very good bakers and it's the box cake or nothing at all. It's not just cakes, either. We can buy muffin, brownie, cookie, scones, and frostings by the box, too.

Related: Beat the Box: Is a Box Mix Really Faster?

(Image: Nina Callaway)

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Dana Velden has just finished writing her first book: Finding Yourself in the Kitchen: Meditations and Recipes from a Mindful Cook which is based on her Weekend Meditation posts from The Kitchn. (Rodale Press, September, 2015) She lives in Oakland, CA.