Why use a boxed cake mix?
- It will turn out perfect every time. There’s a science to the measurements of ingredients in a cake mix.
- It’s convenient. No fuss, no muss. Just add the ingredients they say – which you usually have on hand.
- It’s faster. Maybe just milliseconds faster, but enough that it will get us off the chair and bake. Let’s face it – making the cake batter and baking it is the drudgery part of a cake. We just want to get on to the fun of adding our little touches.
How to make a box cake mix taste homemade:
- Add an extra egg. Always.
- If the cake box calls for water, substitute with milk
- Use homemade icing to frost the cake
How to make a box cake taste like a bakery cake:
- Add an extra egg
- To make cake fluffier: separate the eggs, beat the egg whites and then add whites and yolks to cake mix batter
- Substitute milk when cake mix calls for water
- Add a box of pudding mix to the cake mix – it keeps additional ingredients in the batter (like chocolate chips or shredded coconut) from sinking to the bottom. Choose a flavor that matches the flavor of the cake mix
Then add one of the following:
- Add 1 tsp vanilla extract or – my personal favorite – almond extract
- Add mix-ins to the cake batter: chocolate chips, shredded coconut, nut pieces, dried or fresh fruit, lemon or lime zest
- Put a filling in the center layer(s):
- a layer of different flavor of cake
- a fruit layer, pie filling or jam
- different flavor of icing than the cake frosting
- cream cheese with 5 c of icing sugar, or 3 c mascarpone cheese with 3 1/2 c icing sugar
- layer of you choice: nuts, shredded coconut, chocolate chips, caramel, Oreo cookie crumbs
- custard or curd
- marshmallow creme
- whipped cream
- Use homemade buttercream icing or ganache, or fondant, or sprinkle with icing sugar (using a stencil makes it look even more professional)
- Add toppings that reflect the theme or flavor of the cake
- Decorate with a flourish – don’t forget the side of the cake with drips, sprinkles, embellishments