Baking a Cake With Boxed Cake Mix


March 8, 2017

A homemade cake with frosting on a plate.This is a great tip for a couple, plus it saves calories. If I make a regular cake, my husband and I eat more than we should. Sometimes, I just crave something sweet without the guilt. I made a Jiffy cake for the two of us. When I made it, I sifted the mix and when I prepared it, I put in a tablespoon of mayo.


The cake yielded either 4 large or 8 small slices, and it tasted great. I just made a basic powdered sugar and butter frosting with a bit of milk and vanilla.

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February 16, 2011

Super sweet. Chocolate is my favorite. Grease a 13x9 inch baking pan. Prepare and bake cake according to directions.

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October 19, 2015

When I bake a box cake it comes out moist, but when you cut it, it turns all crumbly. You get maybe 1/2 slice and the rest is crumbs.


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October 19, 20151 found this helpful

Box cake mixes are usually very easy to prepare and bake. However, problems can occur when the mixing and baking directions are not followed EXACTLY as the mixes are carefully designed to produce the cake advertised. Even a slight deviation can result in problems.


For example-add specific amounts of all liquids, add eggs only after they are mixed and beaten according to the instructions, mix or beat the batter as long as the instructions state, bake according to the package instructions, etc.

In your situation, it seems that the oven is not hot enough to bake the entire cake so the middle is left "half baked". If you have followed the baking instructions exactly, then you may have an oven that does not heat to the actual heat degree that the instructions state. This happens much more than you might think. You can check your oven's heat with or without a thermometer (buy one!):

Good Luck!

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July 29, 20170 found this helpful

Is it out of date? Did you add the right amount of oil and water? Are your eggs fresh?

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May 10, 20190 found this helpful

In answer to the question regarding the boxed cake mix that was crumbly after baking as stated on the package is to try using milk as your liquid instead of water. I generally only use Duncan Hines cake mixes and when Istarted using milk instead of water 40 years ago, I have never had a ptoblem Otha cake and most people think they are from scratch cakes.

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August 8, 2012

How do I use 1/2 cake mix to make a whole cake?

By Judy


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August 9, 20120 found this helpful

Why use a half of box of cake mix to make a whole cake? If you mean you just want a small cake, you can buy a cake mix called Jiffy that makes something like a 8" cake layer. To make a cake with half of a cake mix you would have to measure out to see how many cups of mix in the package, then use half of that, and then do the same with the other ingredients, using just half of the number of eggs, oil, etc.


However, that won't make a 9x13 cake, it would only make an 8" cake.

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January 10, 2013

How much does a boxed cake mix rise? I'm using an aluminum throw away, lollipop shaped cake pan. How full do I fill it?

By Amanda B.

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