How to Make a Box Cake Mix Taste Homemade | 12 tricks to take those box cake mixes to the next level. These make all the difference and are so easy!
No matter how long you’ve followed this blog, even if it’s only been a little while, you know I like easy and quick. I don’t usually bother with projects that involve a lot of steps. This applies to recipes as well. My desserts use basic pantry ingredients and almost all of them are simple to make. One of my favorite ways to bake a cake is to take the semi-homemade approach. There are so many ways to make a box cake mix taste homemade and that’s what I’m sharing today. I put together twelve tips…ten box cake mix hacks and then two bonus tips that I had to throw in.
How to Make a Box Cake Mix Taste Homemade
Add an extra egg: Adding an extra egg will help hold the ingredients together. Some cakes have more air than others and the extra egg adds denseness…and therefore the cake is more moist.
Substitute milk for the water: Using milk instead of water makes for a richer taste. It also thickens the batter just a bit which results in a moister cake.
Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla: Vanilla is an ingredient that can be added to all baked goods with amazing results. My best tip is to buy good quality, pure vanilla extract…or even better, make your own. Just combine vanilla beans and vodka, let set for a few months and you will have the best vanilla ever!
Substitute melted butter for the oil: Substituting butter for the oil works miracles and makes the cake taste like it was made from scratch. Make sure to double the amount. For example, if your cake mix calls for 1/3 cup oil, use 2/3 cups melted butter.
Substitute applesauce for the oil: Substituting applesauce (equal amounts) for the oil will drastically cut down on the fat and calories. Although I wouldn’t consider cake a healthy food, using applesauce instead of oil or butter is a good way to make cake less of a splurge!
Use one can of coconut milk as a substitute for ALL listed ingredients: To make a gluten-free/vegan cake, just use a gluten-free cake mix and substitute one 13.5 oz. can of coconut milk for all other ingredients. Bake according to package directions.
Use one can of diet soda as a substitute for ALL listed ingredients: To make a very low calorie, low fat cake, all you do is combine any SUGAR FREE cake mix with one 12 oz. can of diet soda. Make sure to beat it on medium speed for the designated time…it’s usually two minutes. This will make a 9 x 13 sheet cake. Divided into ten pieces, each piece calculates out to 130 calories or about 4 Weight Watchers points.
Turn a box cake mix into a batch of cookies in no time! All you have to do is combine
- cake mix
- 1/2 c. melted butter
- 2 eggs
Mix ingredients until well combined. Drop rounded teaspoons onto cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 – 12 minutes.
The sky is the limit so feel free to add other ingredients. Some ideas are:
- Chocolate cake mix, butter, eggs, 1 cup chocolate chips: make 1 inch balls and roll in powdered sugar before baking.
- Yellow cake mix, butter, eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 cup oven roasted nuts: walnuts, pecans or almonds.
- Lemon cake mix, butter, eggs, zest of one lemon. Drizzle with powdered sugar glaze after cookies cool.
Add lemon zest: Lemon zest brightens the taste of just about anything. Adding one or two teaspoons of fresh lemon zest to a box cake mix will add freshness and will bring out the taste of the other ingredients. It would be especially good in a yellow, white or lemon cake mix.
Add a box of instant pudding: Adding a 3.4 oz box of instant pudding to any box cake mix will add extra moisture and give it a denser texture.
- When you take your cake out of the oven, let it cool for about five minutes…then cover it loosely with a piece of wax paper. This will keep in the moisture and the cake will melt in your mouth!
- Mix a can of store bought frosting with half of an 8 oz. container of whipped topping. It will be light, fluffy and super easy to spread.
Way back in January, I talked about losing some weight and even shared a bran muffin recipe. Then my mom died and I was eating anything I wanted…mostly peanut butter sandwiches with a hefty side of potato chips! It all caught up with me and I finally decided to join Weight Watchers online. It’s very easy and I am finally losing those unwanted pounds. (No…I’m not getting paid to say that.) Anyway, one thing that has literally saved me is a two-ingredient cake that has just a few points. I featured a big piece in the top picture…and when I was finished with the photos I ate the whole thing!
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