Problems Making a Box Cake?

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Is it out of date?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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