Boxed Cake Mix: Oh, the Possibilites!




I love being a part of the Cake 101 group. Not only do I get to see the wondrous cake creations of moms who are much more talented bakers than myself, but I also get to read about discussions like this one:

How do you doctor a boxed cake mix to make it more flavorful (must be a member to view post)?

Even serious bakers don't think there's any shame in using a boxed cake mix now and then. Moms had tons of ideas of things you could add to a boxed cake mix to make it taste better:

  • Pudding mix
  • Sour cream
  • Flavorings (like vanilla, almond, etc.)
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Mashed strawberries or other fruit
  • Espresso or coffee
  • Coconut milk

I've also heard of adding orange juice, flavored liquors, chocolate chips or other chocolate candy, peanut butter, chopped nuts and buttermilk. Good places to find boxed cake mix recipes include online at All Recipes or in the The Cake Mix Doctor Cookbook.

What do you add to boxed cake mixes to make them more exciting?


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qtmomof2 qtmomof2

i've done a soda cake. Found it in the Crock Pot Moms group. It's a box of cake mix and a can of soda - any flavor. You cook it in the CP for 4 hours on low. It was pretty good.

Dr.Mo... Dr.MomPh.D.

I've added pulverized candy cane to chocolate cake mix - great way to use left over Christmas candy.

Karee... KareemsMami

Well not to make it taste any different but I usually put in mayo instead of vegetable oil because it keeps the cake nice and moist! Yum. Nothing worse then a dry cake bleck! :]

auror... aurorabunny

Add only 1 egg and a can of pumpkin (make sure it's NOT pumpkin pie filling!) instead of the oil and you'll come out with a yummy, healthier cake that's super low cal.  It takes on the flavor of whatever mix you're using, promise you can't taste the pumpkin.

Emmy_... Emmy_Dollface

1 box of chocolate cake mix. Bake according to directions and while still warm poke holes in it and pour over a can of sweetened condensed milk. Let cool. Then top with cool-whip and toffee bits. The. Best. Cake. EVER.

tha-h... tha-hawt-mommie

i make cookies ... they're really good lol

Twint... Twintrapbreak

I take a lemon cake mix and bake it, when its done while cooling I pour over an undiluted can of lemonaid, gives great flavor.

mrsbr... mrsbriggs

i take a strawberry cake mix and just add chopped fresh strawberries it makes it really really moist i also had fresh strawberries to the frosting ...peolpe just love it

MrsFa... MrsFancyPants

I'm going to post my ideas without reading others posts, so Hopefully there isn't repeats !

My favorites to do with a boxed cake mix are

1. Add 1 can of soda to a box cake mix - do not any other ingredients but the soda, and it's 1 full regular size can, cook according to box directions. Let cool and eat. If you use diet soda, it helps reduce the calories by alot and you can end up with a snack cake for 2 or 3 weight watcher points.

2. Instead of adding in oil to a box cake mix you can substitute Real melted butter. This makes the cake mix unbelievable tasty and moist ! Also to help lighten the reciepe up if your watching calories, substitute applesauce for the oil. Turns out great also.

3. One more idea that I like to use is to make a apple crisp using a yellow cake mix as the topping.

Cut apples into slices and layer in a baking dish (9x9)

In a bowl mix together a half box of cake mix , 2 tbls cinnamon, 1 tbls apple pie spice, and 4 tbls of butter. Mix in the butter until the mixture turns into a coarse crumbling mixture.  Spread this over the top . Pop in a oven at 350* and cook for 40 mins. Take out and let cool , or eat warm. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Nanna22 Nanna22

 One thing that I do to doctor a cake mix is - make Oreo cookies, and the other is a cake that I call My -BETTER THAN SEX cake.

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