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.
(Image: Nina Callaway)