Make Boxed Cake Taste Homemade

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Sometimes I bump into a boxed cake mix on sale for SO cheap, I can't say no. Having it handy helps save precious time, but it just doesn't taste nearly as good as a cake made from scratch. Here are some tips on getting your boxed cake tasting homemade.

These are tips to make some swaps and changes from the instructions on the back of the cake mix box.

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  • Add an extra egg for richer flavour, or 1/3 of a cup of sour cream.

  • Swap out the water with the same amount of milk.

  • If you're making chocolate cake, swap out the water with the same amount of brewed coffee.

  • Replace any suggested oil with melted butter.

  • Add a teaspoon of vanilla and a 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the mix.
Try these tips, you will be pleasantly surprised!

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March 11, 20182 found this helpful

Wow, I'm going to try this the next time I bake a cake.....thanks for sharing!!

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March 11, 20182 found this helpful

You're so welcome! Let us know how it goes!

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March 11, 20182 found this helpful

Wow great tips! Can't wait to try.. Thanks!!

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March 11, 20181 found this helpful

You're welcome!

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March 11, 20181 found this helpful

I have to smile when I see your tips! My dad used to do these sorts of additions all the time when I was a kid, and my mom and aunt used to chide him for doing so -- follow the directions, they would say!

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But his cakes were better!! LOL

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March 11, 20181 found this helpful

I love that! I'm sure his were delightful!!! :)

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March 11, 20181 found this helpful

Do you do all these swaps to one mix?

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March 13, 20181 found this helpful

You can, just remember the milk can be used for white cake OR chocolate cake, but the coffee is suggested for just chocolate cake :)

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March 11, 20181 found this helpful

Oh my gosh, these are amazing tips. I too, don't like the commercial taste if you will and these are worth trying.
Thank you so much for sharing these ideas.

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March 12, 20181 found this helpful

You are so welcome! I hope you try these tips! :)

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March 11, 20181 found this helpful

These are great suggestions! I have several birthdays coming up & cant wait to try & see reviews that I get!

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March 11, 20180 found this helpful

Would love to know how the birthday cakes go! :)

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March 11, 20181 found this helpful

I baked a yellow cake the other day and after it came out of the oven i realized i didn't have any frosting so I grabbed a bag of chocolate chips poured about 1/4 cup on the hot cake and let it melt and them spread it around best lite frosting I have had in ages . It wasn't as sweet and as think as frosting it just sealed in the cake moisture .

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March 11, 20180 found this helpful

Yes! Sometimes that is all you need! :)

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March 11, 20181 found this helpful

Good ideas, every one.

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March 11, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you! I hope you try some :)

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March 11, 20181 found this helpful

The few times I've made homemade cakes, they were dry, so I prefer getting help from Betty and Duncan anyway. :)

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I do plan to use butter instead of oil from now on. The only oil I use is olive or coconut, and somehow I don't think olive oil would taste good in a cake.

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March 11, 20180 found this helpful

You're right.. olive oil would be overpowering. Coconut is a nice addition, as long as that flavour is welcomed. My mum is not a coconut fan, so I'd use butter in her case. Have fun playing with additions and let us know what you like! :)

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March 14, 20180 found this helpful

My mom always taught me to add tsp or so vanilla to any cake mix

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April 9, 20180 found this helpful

Even if you do just that and a tiny pinch of salt, it makes a world of a difference!

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May 22, 20180 found this helpful

I have done these for years. I also like to sift the cake mix. That gets rid of any lumps. If the mix calls for oil, I substitute melted, but not hot butter or stick margarine.

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Some mixes I add 1 t baking soda and use butter milk instead of regular milk.

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May 23, 20180 found this helpful

I was busy in March and missed this tip so I'm glad TF presented it again as I am not a big cake maker so starting from scratch is not for me and I have never liked the "boxed" taste of most store bought mixes so these tips gives me something to work with.

Sounds like good tips for "new" bakers too.
Thanks again.
Betty

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