How to Make a Box Cake Mix Taste Homemade

Have you ever wondered how to make a box cake mix taste homemade? I have 12 tricks that will take a simple box cake mix and turn it into a delicious cake that tastes homemade. Cake mix recipes included!

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.

After all, simple is best.

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. How to make a box cake mix taste homemade is easy, and there are so many different ways. That’s what I’m sharing today, along with some easy cake mix recipes. I put together twelve tips…ten box cake mix hacks, and then two bonus tips that I had to throw in.

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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.

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Add lemon zest: Lemon zest brightens the taste of just about anything. My favorite hack is to add a heaping tablespoon of lemon zest and a tablespoon of lemon juice to a white cake mix. (Pictured below in this post.) I serve it topped with Cool Whip and extra lemon zest. Yum!

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.

Bonus idea from a reader:

  • Any flavored cake mix (other than white cake, angel food cake or pound cake)
  • Add 4 eggs – regardless of what it says on the box
  • Add 1 cup of buttermilk – replacing liquid amount on the box
  • Add oil – the exact amount on the box
  • Mix all together until we’ll blended. Bake per instructions on box.

Easy Cake Mix Recipes

Make Cookies!

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.

Bonus Tips!

  • 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.
  • If you have any cake mix recipes of your own, please share in the comments!

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If you are dieting, counting calories, or simply watching what you eat, try the “can of pop” recipe mentioned above. It has literally saved me many times when I’ve been on a diet!

Here are more yummy recipes that start with a cake mix!

Thank you for stopping by…I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it. I’m in a bit of a slump where pageviews are concerned, so I don’t take your visit here for granted. I am grateful for every single one of you!

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  1. Lucy Todd says:

    Love these tips. Thank you, I have been using cake mixes since your post several years ago.

  2. 5 stars
    One thing I do is make the box properly but make my own glazes. For a lemon cake recipe I make a glaze of limoncello and powdered sugar, drizzle it allll over the cake, and then sprinkle some lemon zest on it.

    I’ve also always wanted to try to make a 3 layer brownie cake… but I literally mean to make three cake pans of brownie mix, and then put some kind of ganache in between the layers. If my husband and I ever renew our vows, I would love to turn this into a 3 tiered cake covered in powdered sugar. :)

  3. Your posts never disappoint, Ann—I look forward to reading each and every one of them! You asked to share recipe ideas for cake mix, so here’s a favorite I’ve served to a group (of mostly ladies, but they guys loved them too). They are Strawberry Lemonade Cookies. This makes a lot (a double batch), but any extra cookies can be frozen for another time. Basically, you prepare two batches of cake mix cookie dough using a strawberry cake mix and a lemon cake mix. Then when portioning them out you use a bit of each dough, taking care not to mix them together too much so that both the yellow and pink doughs remain somewhat distinct. So pretty and so tasty as well!

  4. It is usual to have a slump after the excitement of moving into a new house. Just keep on keeping on and it will pass. I enjoy your columns very much because you keep it real. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Jayne Knight says:

    Hi Ann
    I have a few questions regarding the ‘how to make a boxed cake mx taste like homemade’ tips.
    * Making my own vanilla. What is the ratio of vanilla beans to vodka?
    * What is the US term ‘soda’ known as in the UK and what flavour?
    * What is instant pudding?
    * What is the difference between a white cake mix ad a yellow cake mix, apart from
    the obvious, colour?
    Many Thanks x

    1. Jayne Knight says:

      What is cool whip?

    2. Deborah Solovan Mihalik says:

      I love the Lemon Cake 🍋 using these tips. It was a big hit at my Card Club night.

      1. Jayne Knight says:

        I love anything Lemon but especially cakes and desserts.

    3. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Jayne! The ratio to make your own vanilla is 4 beans to 8 oz. vodka. In the U.S. we also refer to soda as pop or a soft drink. Brand names are Coke, Pepsi, 7 Up, etc. Instant pudding here in the U.S. is in the baking aisle, brand name Jello. Not much difference between a white and yellow cake mix. White cake mixes usually only call for egg whites, while yellow cake mixes call for the whole egg. Cool Whip is a type of whipped cream. It’s in the frozen food aisle in U.S. grocery stores. Regular whipping cream could be substituted.

  6. Cheryl Mangano says:

    Thanks for the great ideas with a cake mix. I just bought a cake mix yesterday and I am going to try some of your ideas. I also love your blog!

  7. You can use a slight variation of the cake mix, 2 eggs, and butter. Swap the butter for 1/3 cup of olive oil. Add white chocolate chips and dried cranberries to the batter before baking. Or any chip or nut ingredients you wish.

  8. I can’t wait to try some if theses alternatives!!!!!!! We seem to have a “birthday season” in our family, so many birthdays all close together. I am the designated cake baker, so I can’t wait to try these substitutes out!! Thank you, Ann, love your blog!!! Simple and easy is the way!!!

  9. Thank you for sharing baking secrets!

  10. I’m eager to try these ideas to improve box cake mixes. I don’t make “from scratch cakes” but would be happy to easily make my cakes taste like they are. Thanks for sharing your good ideas.

  11. WOW ~ Thanks a bunch !!! My Mother is going to love these hints & tips, too !

  12. Great tips. I use cake mixes for cookies quite often, jazzing them up with nuts, almond extract, chips, jimmies, etc. I’ll make a batch of cookies with numerous different toppings for the variety. Adding crushed pineapple, chopped apples, or mandarin orange sections to a plain cake also jazzes it up. I have also been known to add cream cheese to canned frosting for a richer flavor!

  13. 5 stars
    Ann, I sure appreciate your hints at jazzing up a cake mix. I never liked to cook and even less so as I age. I am like you in that I use few ingredients in recipes that are easy to prepare. I make a lot of casseroles. I try to make wholesome food. Health is always a consideration.
    Keep up the good work. I enjoy your posts.

  14. 5 stars
    Excellent ideas. Thank you!

  15. Jan Brown says:

    5 stars
    I’m thinking if you add almond extract instead of vanilla, the cake would taste like a wedding cake!!

  16. Thanks for these great tips, Ann! I love the idea of coconut milk in a GF cake mix. I have several friends who eat GF, and they are probably tired of my same old frozen fruit salad as a GF dessert. :)

  17. Bonny M Eicher says:

    5 stars
    Here is another cake mix hack:

    Any flavored cake mix (other than white cake, angel food cake or pound cake)
    Add 4 eggs – regardless of what it says on the box
    Add 1 Cup of Buttermilk – replacing liquid amount on the box
    Add oil – The Exact amount on the box

    Mix all together until we’ll blended. Bake per instructions.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Thank you so much! I just added this to the post. Sounds delicious…especially the buttermilk!

  18. 5 stars
    Thanks for all the tips. I will have to try the diet soda cake. If I understand correctly I just need to add the soda & nothing else.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Yes…just 2 ingredients!

  19. I’m always on the lookout for fast and easy tips. These recipe ideas look wonderful and I plan to try the “pop” recipe first. (BTW, I know you are in the mid-west referring to diet soda as POP. I grew up in Michigan and pop was all I knew as a kid.) Thank you so much for your wonderful ideas for today’s real-life and hectic schedules.

  20. Melba Hanska says:

    5 stars
    Love these tips! I have never used any of the boxed mixes except for using them exactly by the instructions on the back of the box. I know, not very imaginative, but I went for speed rather than taste. After I got sick of using a boxed mixes, I started buying ready made cakes from the grocery bakery, expensive, but one could always count on them for a quick dessert. Now I’m going back to using boxed mixes, and will be using your hints. I especially liked your tip for using lemon juice and zest to perk up the flavor as well as the appearance. My sincere thanks to you. I will also try the sugar free version. I didn’t even know they made a SF version!

  21. This is wonderful information thanks sooo much. I cant wait to try this, another great and helpful post!!! Thanks

  22. Jennifer Churchill says:

    I’m currently renting an apartment that is being renovated and I cannot wait to start cooking and baking again.
    I seldom delete your emails as they have the pretties designs, helpful decorating, fun crafts, I can’t wait to try recipes.

  23. Ann, thank you so much for sharing these wonderful tips!
    Your blog is a delight to me and a breath of fresh air. I look forward to reading your posts. :)

  24. Jane Howard says:

    I’m sorry you’re in a “slump.” I want you to know when I see “On Sutton Place” in my mailbox my spirits are lifted. I save it til last to read so I can take my time and enjoy it. :-)

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Thank you very much for taking the time to leave such a nice comment…I appreciate it more than you can know!

  25. Amy Kaminski says:

    I’m a baker and have tried many of your recipes Ann. These are great tips! Thanks!

  26. Thank you for all these tips and tricks! We’re a dessert loving family so any shortcuts are appreciated! I’m definitely going to try! Thank you, Ann! And Happy Easter to you and your family!

    1. Great tips, can’t wait to try them!

  27. Lou E Gipson says:

    5 stars
    Dear Ann~ thank you for consistently delivering wonderfully diverse and beautiful posts!
    I’ve followed you for years as one of my most favorite bloggers!
    My life has been enriched in so many ways..
    each post seems as tho I’ve just enjoyed a coffee break with a dear, dear friend!
    (and i do have my morning coffee while reading you posts! !!!)

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Thank you for leaving such a wonderful and kind comment…I appreciate it so much!

  28. Thank you, I have loved all your baking ideas – so easy to do and so yummy!

  29. Karen Smith says:

    I look forward to your posts each time. You are down to earth and practical-with a bit of class-just my style!! Please continue what you do. I wish I could plant peonies like you do, but they don’t do well in central Texas.

  30. Great ideas, Ann! Thank you for always keeping it simple. If I see a recipe that is intimidating, no matter how delicious it sounds, I will always look for a simpler version.
    Btw, I like to add blueberries to almost anything lemon, especially lemon bread and lemon cake.
    Love your blog! Have a nice day!

  31. Wendy Williamson says:

    5 stars
    Thanks Ann. You’re the best.

  32. Ann,
    Perfect timing. I was asked to bake a confetti cake for my son’s BD. This will be very helpful to make it homemade taste. One question….can you add the box of instant pudding mix to all the other suggested ingredients ( milk, extra egg, butter, vanilla,etc) ?
    I love reading all your ideas and help tips. Thank you.

  33. Love your ideas for jazzing up a simple cake mix. I like Dump Cakes, too. They’re also very easy as you just “dump” the ingredients into a pan in layers, bake and enjoy. One of my favorites is
    Ingredients –
    1 box cinnamon swirl cake mix 21 oz. (Krusteaz works well)
    1/2 c butter melted
    1 can pie filling apple, 21 oz
    1/2-3/4 c walnuts chopped, optional
    Spray a 13×9 baking pan.
    1) Pour apple pie filling on bottom and spread out evenly.
    2) Sprinkle cake mix on top of the apple pie filling and spread out evenly.
    3) Melt the butter and pour evenly on top of the cake mix.
    4) Open the brown sugar bag that came with cake mix box and sprinkle out evenly.
    5) Sprinkle nuts on the top if desired and put into preheated 350 degrees oven.
    6) Bake until golden brown on top and the middle starts to firm up (approx 50 minutes).

    1. Ann Drake says:

      This sounds delicious…thank you so much for sharing! Would you mind if I featured this on my blog? OSP readers will love it.

      1. Go right ahead. Ways to enjoy life simply, enjoyably and tastier are meant to be shared. :0)

          1. As a side note to the above recipe, the brown sugar cinnamon topping may seem overbearing and very crumbly after baking. I have also used only half of the bag of topping in the last prep step. It depends on one’s taste.

  34. We’ve been working on losing that “COVID 15” we put on 😁 so I’m going to try that ‘can of pop’ cake you posted. What’s your favorite combination?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Susan! My favorite combination is diet ginger ale and a white cake mix. Sometimes I add lemon zest to the batter and that adds a lot of taste. Good luck!

  35. 5 stars
    Thanks so much for all these hacks! I will use them.

  36. Love the cake mix hints! Thank you. 😊

  37. Katherine Rivenbark says:

    5 stars
    Great ideas! I have a granddaughter with egg and peanut allergies. I’m always looking for eggless recipes!

  38. Thanks for the great ideas to zip up a box cake mix. We seem to do spur of the moment pot lucks at work lately, and a quick dessert idea is exactly what I need. I love the 130 calorie cake idea, and plan to try it at home this weekend! Thanks for sharing yourself with us, Ann. I feel as if I have chatted with a good friend after I read your blog. Happy Saturday.

  39. with so many facing the battle of the budge. glad to hear you are taking action against it. the very best of luck with WW. as for your site, i simply love it it. look forward to it, its like visiting with a friend. keep it going! thanks

  40. carol bittner says:

    Thank you Ann for these box cake tips; and the cookie recipe. They all sound so simple and I’m sure will make the ‘ordinary’ taste ‘outta this world special’.

  41. Tracey Dudek says:

    I made the single serve brownie in a mug. It was just the right portion size to eat and not feel guilty. I have both milk and dark fans in our house, so we made everyone’s cup to their specifications. All four of us were fans. Thank you for the idea. I really enjoy your posts.
    Sincerely, Tracey

  42. Maureen Provost Ryan from L.I., NY says:

    Ann, I enjoyed today’s posts, as always, and am inspired to conquer the cabinets in the kitchen. Thank you for the example and the sources. We’ll all benefit so much from added organization. As always, I love the blog and your enthusiasm and sense of order and can-do spirit.

  43. Greetings Ann~ Love your writing style, decorating and recipes. Always look forward to seeing your email in my box! Sadden to read about your mom……..never easy and a hug for you here (YOU)……get it? the parens are my arms hugging you………. =-) Here’s a cool way to handle a cake and have done this several times………1) take crushed chocolate cookies or Oreos (with the cream) and add them to a chocolate cake mix following cake mix directiosn and bake. Delish!! 2) Add cherry Solo filling to a chocolate cake mix and it will taste like BlackForest cake! Follow directions as on box……..3) you all know there is a red velvet…….there’s blue velvet cake too and I’ve done BLACK! OMG what an awesome contrast to see black cake against white cream cheese frosting! Truly stunning…….. try it and ENJOY!!

  44. Jill house says:

    Dear Ann,
    Just wanted to let you know that you are by far my favorite blogger. You are so real. I appreciate your honesty and all of your tips that help me make my life easier.
    Bless you,

  45. Genny Parker says:

    Love Love Love your blog! I cannot count the ideas I have copied and modified from you! I host a small ladies group and will be doing the “slim cake” this month.
    So thankful for you and the special friendship we have!

  46. Love the make your cake homemade taste. Will definitely save this. Your blog is such a delight. After the kind of rush through all the info yours is there quiet and non rushed.
    I save you for the end. You say what you say in a gentle way. I want to read your recipes. I want the gardening hints. That picture I will save to print out. I appreciate you. And mom has been gone 5 years already and she is always on my mind.

  47. Ann I am so very sorry about your mom. I hope and pray sweet memories bring you peace and comfort. Your BLOG is so very inspiring and is my favorite of all that I read. I hope those page views skyrocket! Thank you for bringing a little pretty and inspiration to my day.

  48. Losing a mom is simply hard….my mom had Alzheimer’s for 10 years and was not functioning in any way…blessing yes….extremely difficult still…..and we all have to grieve in a way that works for US!! Kind thoughts your way.

  49. JaLea Corte says:

    i am so sorry to hear that you recently lost your mother. I lost my mom in November to an extended battle with Parkinsons Disease.
    People say things like, ‘she’s better off now, she’s not suffering’, or ‘she would have never wanted to linger like that’, or ‘you knew it was coming and she knows how much you loved her’… Fact remains though, none of us are really ever ready for our moms to go. A good friend who lost his mom to a stroke was very candid and told me that losing our moms leaves a void that never will be filled.
    My thoughts are with you. . . One day at a time.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      You are so right JaLea. I became a different person on the day my mom died. I am adjusting and beginning to remember her as she was when she was healthy…and trying to focus on the good times we had. I agree though, nothing can fill that void. My thoughts are with you as well as my prayers.

  50. So sorry for your loss Ann. Thank you sharing the cake mix and diet soda looking forward to trying it . With Thanks Linda

  51. I’m a newbie to the blog and I think I have learned more life hacks in the month or so I’ve been reading Sutton Place then I have from blogs I have followed for years! This post in particular … I had no idea box cake mixes were so versatile …. cookies?? Soda vs other ingredients?!??? Genius! I’ve adding pudding mix and it works, but love the ideas here much better — have also added mayo and it gives it a fabulous moistness as well.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      I’ve never tried mayo but it makes perfect sense. Thank you so much for sharing!

  52. Linda Sonia says:

    I wish you would share some info on the blue & white dinnerware you showed in this blogpost I love it.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Linda…the blue and white dishes are called Liberty Blue. The pattern is Staffordshire china and was made during the Bicentennial. It was originally given away to customers at a bank in Oregon. Later it was sold/given away in grocery stores as an incentive to buyers. Spend $50, get a place setting sort of thing. It can still be found on eBay, Etsy, and at antique malls. I collected my set over a period of about a year. I love it too!

  53. Barbara Warner says:

    I am flying out to the kitchen to try your “diet soda” cake recipe. Oh, heck, I need a SF cake mix. Will have to go to the grocery. Thanks for sharing all these great recipes for using cake mixes! Sounds great.

  54. Those are great tips thanks

  55. Rush marshall says:

    Love your blog

  56. Marguerite says:

    I love your blog! It is something I look forward to daily — I re-read 😊! Condolences regarding your mom, these are tough days I know. Thank you for sharing with us, good luck with WW, would love to hear more about the on line. Good self care!

  57. Thank you for all the tips ! I have made red velvet cupcakes with the mix and Diet Dr. Pepper, then made cream cheese frosting ( with light cream cheese) and they were great. I can’t wait to try some of your recipes. Good for you and good luck with WW…it is so hard to lose when you like to cook/bake/entertain…that is why I appreciated this post. Have a great weekend !

  58. Ann,
    I just love all of the ideas you have given us for the cake mixes! I will definitely try them!!

    My lunches are just like you used to eat.. A peanut butter sandwich with a side of chips! The other day I even tried a flutter nutter, for the first time. IT was delicious. Not healthy, I know, but what a splurge!

    I’m not to, to much overweight, but I would like to eat healthier!

    Thank you so much for all of your posts and blogs, ideas and inspiration! I love it all!


  59. LindaSonia says:

    Wishing you love, light and peace too. I appreciate every post you write. :-)

  60. I rarely make cakes because our family has 2 diabetics, our son is a Type 1, insulin pump, the whole awful nightmare Type D. He calculates carbs/insulin so am wondering if you know the carb count in your sugar free version. Mom, who will be 90 this summer, loves cake but she developed Type 2 D as an adult so she is limited with sweets. However, I want to make a birthday party for her and have been wondering what to do about a cake. So thank you very much for this sugar free version!

  61. Cheryl @The Creative Me and My McG says:

    Thanks for the hacks. I’m definitely going to try the one with the diet pop!

  62. Isn’t it amazing how a person can transform a cake mix! Thank you for sharing your tips and tricks with us at TOHOT!

  63. Hi Ann. Thanks so much for your emails and blog posts. I’m so sorry about your mother’s death; it’s such a hard loss to bear.
    Any time I use a lemon I grate the peel or cut it into strips before cutting and juicing it. I store toe peel in the freezer and I always have fresh frozen lemon peel available for baking or espresso that doesn’t involve cutting into a lemon. I’ll definitely try these tips.

  64. jeannette says:

    Sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing Ann. An emotional time for sure…
    I am also a WW and have reached goal. The program does work, so keep it up.
    Take care

  65. Who knew? I’ve never heard of these tips! Will definitely try!

    I have experienced a lot of loss and am having trouble digging out emotionally. You are proving inspiration to push through the pain. It’s hard! Thanks for sharing your lovely blog.

  66. Thanks for sticking to the Quick and Easy!

  67. What fantastic ideas. Thanks Ann.
    I so appreciate all your ideas and your lovely blog. It always makes me smile. Every time you talk about your Mom, I think of my Mom and smile.

  68. Ann, you are a blessing to all of us. So sorry to hear about your mother. My Dad passed away in March of this year and I still have my mom. He was 90. I was his caretaker and my mom’s now. I love your blog. I have learned so many ways to keep myself busy with the creative things I love to do. Thank you again and please keep on….

  69. Cheryl Johnson says:

    So sorry to hear about your mom’s passing Ann. That is a hard time. I remember when mine passed 10 years ago…and though it’s a blessing that she no longer suffers from her cancer, I still deeply miss her. Many days I think of her & even talk to her asking advice. Somehow this is comforting and I can move on knowing that I will see her again. I tell my children & grandchildren stories about her when the occasion merits and it makes me feel good to know that she is not forgotten. Blessings dear friend and be gentle with yourself…

  70. Dear Ann,
    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I will keep you in my prayers. I love every post you write. I hope you will continue. Your photography is beautiful and I feel I always gains something in reading. Your posts.

  71. Thanks for the tips Ann!! Just in time , too, since I’m making cupcakes for the 4th! Love your blog, and the many great ideas, thanks for sharing!

  72. I love your site, it’s not only pretty to view, but always full of good information. I am anxious to try these cake mix hacks. My grandchildren love cake!

  73. Nothing better than good tips. I have a bunch of baking to do for Monday.. Will take a look. Thanks

  74. Thinking of how nice you are and your blog is for me. I enjoy reading anything you write. Remember life without a mother is hard. One day at a time. Smiles

  75. I just liked your Facebook page. You do such a fine job with your FB, I can see why you might see a slump in page views. Kind of a catch 22. I will keep continue to watch both, hope that helps.
    I love your style and content. I don’t want to see you go anywhere!

  76. Kathleen G says:

    Good morning Ann, losing your mom is so emotional, anything can happen. Bless you and for getting back on track. Simple desserts are wonderful and delightful!
    I have been at my mom’s for a month ( health scare) and going back home soon. The days have been very precious to me.
    I’ve been reading your blog for years:)
    Kathleen in Az

  77. Could you clarify how it can be gluten free if I use a box mix. Isnt it made with flour? thank you

    1. Oh my gosh thank you for catching that! I forgot to add that the cake mix has to be gluten-free. Quite an oversight…so thanks again!

  78. Mickey Wood says:

    I always read your emails, in fact, I look forward to them. It’s my favorite of all & I love your recipes.

  79. Karen Brown says:

    My mom died on Apr 30th and I can so relate. I stopped running and exercising and started eating foods I hadn’t eaten in years, like french fries! I just wanted comfort foods. The thought of veggies would actually gag me. So that put on the pounds, needless to say. Then about a month later, I decided that just wasn’t helping anything so I started running and exercising again and eating healthier. Still have a ways to go but it’s better than it was. Still very hard to accept that I can never talk to mom again. :'(

    Thanks for your blog Ann!

  80. you are the best!!!! thanks for always sharing with us….. so glad you do what you do…

  81. Love those tips – thank you! I am an avid baker but every once in awhile I’ll cheat and use a cake mix as a base because I just get too busy. This weekend is one of them, because in Canada we celebrate July 1st which is equivalent to your July 4th and I’m always asked to bring dessert and we have two barbecue’s this weekend so I will definitely be using your tips. P.S. I’ve done WW too and it does work!!

  82. Stay strong Ann! This is a busy time of year with kiddos out of school and families cramming in vacation time before school starts in the fall. I’m guilty of not commenting due to shear lack of time! Love your blog and I too have been trying to shed some pounds unsuccessfully (sad face). But still trying which is the key! Best wishes on your weight loss journey and you are valued out here!!!

  83. Thanks Ann great ideas! Have a wonderful 4th!

  84. I’m excited to try the can of diet soda addition, my husband loves cake, but doesn’t need the calories. Hopefully this will tickle his taste buds! Thanks!

    1. Seriously it has saved me. I use fat free Reddi Whip or Cool Whip Free. The Reddi Whip has 0 points!

  85. I had no idea! These are great tips….I’m going to try a few! Thank you Ann! Do you have a favorite one? ;)

    1. When I make a box cake I always add the extra egg and use milk…and I always lay a piece of wax paper over the pan after it comes out of the oven. The cookies are really good too! I love the lemon ones.