As if boxed cake mix wasn’t ALREADY a thing of beauty to satisfy any sweet craving — we have found 8 super simple ways to make it EVEN BETTER!!
If you know me at all, you know my philosophy on baking. Take the easiest thing possible, add to it, and make a masterpiece. I am Team Cut Corners all the way when it comes to baking!
Case in point, my 2-Ingredient Muffins. They taste like heaven, but they are a total cheat. Also, my Cheaters Spaghetti Sauce starts as something store bought, and with a couple added ingredients, turns into a masterpiece. Ha!
That being said, did you know you can start a PLETHORA of things with a BOXED CAKE MIX, add a few ingredients and — VOILA!! People will think you bought the thing at a high-end store. Just a few ingredients can take it from ordinary to EXTRAORDINARY!!
My Granny K left me her legacy of baking. I have a box CHALK FULL of her recipes and tips. I’ve already shared with you her substitutes for baking, let’s get into some cheats for Boxed Cake Mix!
This is for all my coffee lovers out there. Get your chocolate boxed cake mix — ANY cake mix will do. Substitute brewed coffee for the water in the ingredients list, and then make the cake like normal. Boom — coffee flavored chocolate cake!!
Add Applesauce To Give It A Fluffy Texture
This is a Granny K special. She would take a boxed cake mix (the cheaper the better), and when it called for 1 cup of oil, she would trade the oil out for 1 cup of applesauce. Not only is it more healthy for you, it makes the cake light and fluffy. You will love it!!
Add Sour Cream — Because you can
Start with, literally any boxed cake mix (do you see a theme here?). Dump all the ingredients into a mixing bowl, but before you mix it all up, add in 1/2 cup of sour cream. You will NOT believe how creamy this makes it! It will change the flavor slightly, but it sort of ENHANCES the flavor of the cake! Trust me. Just try it!
You have not lived unless you have tried adding pudding to your cake mix. You will SWEAR it was bought at a high-end bakery. You can totally lead people to believe that — I’m not here to judge!
Start with a boxed cake mix. By now, you know you can use any cake mix you feel like getting. Mix in 1 package of instant pudding powder, 1 cup milk, 4 eggs, and 1/3 cup vegetable oil.
Make it according to the package direction, and VOILA!!
p.s. I know the pictures are all of chocolate cake, but you could TOTALLY make this a vanilla cake as well. Just add vanilla pudding to a vanilla or yellow cake mix.
Kicked Up Lemon Vanilla Cake
You can turn any vanilla cake mix into a lemon flavored slice of heaven. Just make the cake mix according the the package, but include 1 Tablespoon of real lemon juice, and then the zest from that lemon. You won’t believe how good this turns out!
Dr Pepper Cake
My cousin actually taught me this one. You take a boxed cake mix. Chocolate tastes the best. Add in 1 package of chocolate pudding, 4 eggs, and a can of Dr. Pepper. I have heard of people adding in 1 teaspoon of vanilla, but she doesn’t add it.
Bake cake just like you normally would. Top it with a chocolate cream cheese frosting. YUMMMM! My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
Don’t wrinkle up that nose!! Think about it — mayonnaise is basically oil and egg that has been combined. I swear, it turns your cake into a masterpiece. Make the boxed cake recipe like normal, but instead of adding in oil, add in 1 cup of mayonnaise. Dude, just try it.
We got this crazy substitution on TikTok, courtesy of Mrskarlystoddard.
You start with a boxed cake mix — again, ANY cake mix will do the trick. You are going to trade out the water for milk, add 5 eggs instead of 3, and use melted butter instead of vegetable oil — and then double it. So, you make the recipe like normal, but add 1 Cup of Milk, 5 Eggs, and 2/3 Cups Melted butter. — THANK YOU for the amazing idea, Karly!!
What other crazy cake hacks do you know? Let us know in the comments! We always LOVE a good hack.