I don't know if everyone else has a strong flour preference, but here on Stannard Farm we love King Arthur Flour. This company is 100% employee owned, and based in Norwich Vermont. If you are a baker who loves maple syrup you must pick up their cookbook (here you go!), they do a great job with maple substitutions in a lot of the recipes.
In addition to recipes and flour and other goodies is this lovely: a cake mix made with Vermont maple sugar. Yum!
Once upon a time I might have said all cakes should be made from scratch. And certainly the process of baking a cake from scratch is enjoyable, especially when doing kitchen time with kiddos. But equally enjoyable is baking up an easy-peesy cake with Vermont ingredients from a Vermont company. Long live the Maple Magic Cake Mix!