I have no qualms about using box mixes. I'm also quite capable of making cakes and cookies from scratch, but usually, why bother? Mostly I'm making things for a crowd at work, and until recently, I've never told them I cheat. And after I admitted it, they didn't care. In fact, one woman I work with wanted to know what brand I use, like that made a difference somehow.
Someone once told me that most people can either cook or bake, and it is a rare person who can do both well. I'm definitely a baker. Oh, don't get me wrong, I can follow a recipe and make a tasty meal, but I'm not like Lewis, who can open the fridge, pull out some seemingly random stuff, and come up with a masterpiece. Which he can never duplicate later. But, boy can I bake. Just ask my bff co-worker Marc.