I was always a packet cake maker. My mum too. She somehow used to add a bit of extra this and that and people were true believers that it was homemade.
When my daughter turned one a couple of years ago I decided I wanted to cook her cake. From scratch and since then I have never touched a packet. I've made muffins, cupcakes, you name it. I can't take credit though for any recipe. I usually pick a Donna hay butter cake one and then put my spin on its final look and flavours.