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Improving Boxed Cake Mixes

I hope someone can help me. I read somewhere online that you can make a box cake really good by adding extra things to it. It had 3 or 4 more ingredients than what the box cake calls for. I think one was an extra egg and a box of pudding, but I can't remember what else. I don't know if it was baking powder or soda does anyone have this recipe? Thanks for your help.


By Vicky


Improving Boxed Cake Mixes

Whenever you're looking for information, use the "Find" link at the top of this website. (09/02/2010)


Improving Boxed Cake Mixes

Quite honestly, if you are going to add an extra 3 or 4 ingredients to a boxed cake mix, it would be more economical and easier to just make the cake from scratch! (09/04/2010)

By cett

Improving Boxed Cake Mixes

I simply use a yellow cake mix, ignore the instructions and add 3 ripe long bananas (or 4 if they are short) 2 eggs, 1 tsp. of baking soda, 1 cup of water and bake at 350 degrees F for about 32-35 minutes. Much lower in fat but tastes GREAT. You can even use just Cool Whip for frosting, it is so moist.

Another option is to take a spice cake or a chocolate cake and simply add a can of regular (not pie filling) pumpkin, nothing else. The batter will be rather thick but the cake is wonderful. Bake at 350 degrees F and use Cool Whip for frosting, if you like. Hope this helps. (09/04/2010)

By newlifeat49

Improving Boxed Cake Mixes

Making a cake from scratch is not that hard. All that is in a box mix is the flour, baking powder, sugar and oil plus a whole lot of preservatives that you don't need in your body. Get a good cake recipe that is simple to start. has every recipe you will ever need. Make the cake and you will see it isn't much different than making the mix. (09/04/2010)

By Ann Parker

Improving Boxed Cake Mixes

Actually, what you mention about adding an extra egg and a box of pudding (instant) sounds much like a recipe I use for an easy version of pound cake. You take the box mix and add: 4 eggs, 1 small box of instant pudding, 1 cup water, 1/3 cup oil. Beat it all together, pour into greased and floured bundt pan, bake 40 minutes at a 350 degree F oven. Cool and turn out on rack as any other cake in bundt pan. Its very moist and the pudding adds a smoothness to the texture. I usually match the pudding flavor to the cake flavor but not always. Lemon cake with banana pudding is very good. Make sure it's the instant kind of pudding. The other measurements are close but not exact to those on the box, so ignore those. Enjoy! (09/04/2010)


By marinewife5

Improving Boxed Cake Mixes

3 eggs, 1/4 to 1/3 cup vegetable oil such as canola. Then any other mix ins you would like. (09/04/2010)

By fresca03

Improving Boxed Cake Mixes

From an old posting I submitted some time ago...

"To make a boxed cake taste more "homemade", add 2 Tbsp. of plain all-purpose flour along with an extra egg and 1 Tbsp. of sugar. The cake is a little heavier and more dense than it would have been. You can barely tell it was a boxed cake mix to begin with. (I would not add the sugar if I were making a cake today. The cake mixes all taste too sweet to me now, but that could just be my "taster". I would also make that 2 HEAPING Tbsp of AP Flour)

It never hurts to add a Tbsp. of sour cream to any chocolate cake mix. It ends up being so different, although I can't tell you why. Utterly delicious.

When you use a store-bought container of frosting, you can scoop it all into a bowl, add a Tbsp. of butter, and 6 Tbsp. of powdered sugar, then beat it all really well, to get a much better flavored and more stable frosting. Feel free to add 1/2 tsp. of flavoring such as orange, lemon or almond.

If you're using a chocolate frosting, you might want to add a Tbsp. of Hershey's Cocoa along with a tsp of butter to deepen the flavor of chocolate.

Add a Tbsp. of instant coffee to a Tbsp. of hot water, mix coffee and water, then pour it into chocolate frosting in a bowl, and add 6 Tbsp. of powdered sugar and 1 Tbsp. of Hershey's Cocoa to the chocolate frosting to get a rich mocha flavor. You might need an extra Tbsp. of butter to keep it soft enough to spread. Stir it all in first. All canned frosting are not created equal. "

Today, I would add to those suggestions:

Add 1 mashed up ripe banana or 1/3 cup applesauce to a yellow cake mix. This just adds a bit more moisture as well as flavor.

Hope this helps. Good Luck. Never be afraid to try your own ideas in the kitchen.


By PookaRina

Improving Boxed Cake Mixes

I often buy a box of white cake mix and substitute juice for the liquid if I am making a flavored cake. For example, if I want to make a strawberry cake, I add strawberry juice. I also add about 1/2 cup of chopped strawberries. You can do this with most any fruit. I also use juice as the liquid in the icing. I've had no complaints, and I have given these cakes to others, and they all want my simple recipe. (09/05/2010)

By Stngray

Improving Boxed Cake Mixes

A friend just gave me this low fat recipe which is great!

  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 can mandarin oranges
  • 1 box sugar free vanilla pudding
  • 1 can crushed pineapple
  • 8 oz lite cool whip
Mix the box of cake mix with the applesauce and mandarin oranges that have been blended. Juice and all. Pour into greased 9x13 Bake at 350 degrees F until done and let cool. For the frosting, mix the cool whip and vanilla pudding together then add the crushed pineapple, again juice and all. Spread on cooled cake. (09/09/2010)

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