From Scratch, or From a Box?

I have spent relatively the whole morning baking a cake. It was a recipe my husband found online a few months back, and I figured our two year marriage anniversary would be a good time to make it for him. We're starting a tradition of cake on every anniversary. The first anniversary was our thawed wedding cake, and this anniversary was this chocolate peanut butter cake. Everything was from scratch: cake, icing, and ganache. I boiled, blended, beat, whipped, baked and eventually washed about three sinks worth of dishes. I probably spent three times as much time making the cake as I would have if I baked a box cake. Was it worth it? Well, for this occasion I say definitely yes. But it made me think about making something from scratch, vs. buying pre-made things in store. I thought about the same things the first time I made my own alfredo sauce for pasta, vs. just buying a jar. There are pros and cons of making things from scratch.


You know exactly what you are putting into your body. When you make something from scratch you have complete control over ingredients. You can alter things to your dietary needs, and season/flavor to your liking. More often than not making something from scratch is going to provide healthier food than buying boxed. The cake I made is only a little over 100 calories per slice because of a key substitution...BLACK BEANS instead of oil. Yes, you read right, black beans lol. You can't taste them at all, and the cake is perfectly moist, without the addition of oil.

Pride. There is a greater sense of pride when making something from scratch. Because you take the time and measure out all the ingredients it feels like more of an accomplishment.


Time. Hands down, making something from scratch will always be more time consuming than making something from a box. This is the number con.

Dishes. You will most likely end up using more pots, bowls, blenders, mixers, etc. when cooking from scratch, especially when baking.

Here is my cake side by side with the photo of the cake from the recipe lol. I promise you I am MUCH better at piping icing than this looks, but I was using a ziploc bag with an end cut off, and not an actually piping bag lol

Which do you prefer? Making from scratch or a box?


  1. Cake. Very good idea. Keep it up. And I think putting the time and effort into making it from scratch makes it all the more special :]

  2. My mom makes just about everything from that's what I'm used to, and when I'm married and set up in my own place I'll probably lean towards that lifestyle as well...but I won't be totally adverse to keeping some premade things lying around for times when I'm pressed for time.

  3. Two years already? I could have sworn it had only been about a year since I read about your wedding! Time flies! Congrats!

    As for the topic, I prefer baking things from scratch. As you pointed out you control exactly what goes into the food so it'll be healthier, plus I find it much more fun to bake things from scratch and I don't mind the dishes afterwards. Another benefit of home made things, no preservatives!

    I've heard about using beans in brownies, but for some reason I never thought of it for cake. Duh! LOL!

  4. PS this is Persiankitty from Xanga!

  5. @Thu&Silverthoughts2 - yea, I think it brings a specialness to things when they are home made

    @Kathleen- HEY!! Yes, time is flying for sure. Definitely with you on the preservatives. It's nice to know you aren't eating anything that you don't know about. Thanks for stopping by :-D

  6. Go LaNeshe!!! Scratch all the way...although, I don't bake a lot of cakes.

  7. @MerelyMarie - Thanks! I'm always keeping an eye on your recipes :-D


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