Take your box cake mix to the next level by using my 10 Tricks To Make A Box Cake Mix Taste Homemade. If you’re ever wondering how to make your box cake mix taste better, this post is for you!

There’s just nothing like a big piece of homemade chocolate cake with creamy, chocolate frosting, and a tall glass of milk.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t always have time to make a recipe from scratch. And If I do have time, will it turn out awesome every time? So, I have a little trick up my sleeve on How To Make a Box Cake Mix Taste Homemade!

I turn to a doctored up cake mix to get the best cake and cupcakes around!

10 Tricks to Make A Box Cake Mix Taste Like Homemade

How To Make a Box Cake Mix Taste Better

Did you know that most professional cake makers use boxed cake mixes? They do!

I had no idea until I saw one of our town’s biggest wedding cake bakers checking out at the store with powdered sugar, butter, eggs, and several boxes of Duncan Hines White Cake Mix!

I could have sworn her cakes were homemade! Nope. They are all about how to make boxed cake mix better when they’re creating a wedding cake.

If you’re ready to learn how to make a box cake taste like a wedding cake – you’ve come to the right place!

Come to find out from a trusted friend that is known for her amazing cakes, that they even teach bakers in classes that you really can’t beat a Duncan Hines and Betty Crocker Cake mix these days! It really is the best box cake mix.

Apparently, the box mixes include the perfect mix of ingredients for a perfectly finished cake – every time! So, you HAVE TO TRY IT! It’s the best way on how to make a box cake mix better!

box cake mix, eggs and oil

I decided it was time to put this little hack to the test and I pulled out a box cake mix, added in some ingredients that made it taste a little more “homemade”, baked it, and added my homemade buttercream frosting. (See me make buttercream frosting below! )

Yep! It tasted just like it was made from scratch! I was sold.

There is definitely a time for a homemade, from scratch cake – but there is also a time for doctoring up a boxed mix to make it taste just like homemade. If you want to figure out just how to make a box cake moist and fluffy, these tricks are just what you need.

So today I’m sharing the best cake mix hacks on how to make box cake taste better that you’ll definitely want to try!

 Here are THE BEST Tricks On How To Make Box Cake Better!

Make A Box Cake Mix Taste Like Homemade

Try adding a few of these tips to your box cake mix taste better!

  1. Use milk instead of water.
    Use whole milk instead of water. It gives it a denser texture like homemade with an improved taste. You can also use buttermilk in place of whole milk.
  2. Add extra eggs.
    To get an extra rich and moist cake, stir in two extra egg yolks along with the eggs the recipe calls for.
  3. Add sugar and flour to the dry mix.
    Add 1/4- 1 cup sugar and flour to your cake mix.
  4. Use coffee instead of water for chocolate cakes.
    For chocolate cakes, use strong brewed coffee instead of water to deepen the flavor.
  5. Sour Cream is perfect for adding moisture and rich flavor.
    Add in 1/2 cup sour cream to add a more dense, rich flavor. Or use mayonnaise and make Copycat Portillo’s Chocolate Cake!
  6. Pudding adds moisture and flavor. 
    Add a small instant pudding box to the mix to add moisture and flavor.
  7. Vanilla & Salt give the cake a more homemade taste.
    Add in a teaspoon of vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon of salt the mix.
  8. Butter instead of oil.
    Use melted butter in the place of vegetable oil for a richer taste. For an extra decadent cake, add two tablespoons of mayonnaise.
  9. Mix-Ins to personalize and level up the flavor. 
    Add a handful of chocolate chips, fruit, or nuts to personalize your cake.
  10. Homemade Frosting is a game changer!
    Make homemade buttercream frosting! This is a MUST for cakes. Either vanilla buttercream or chocolate buttercream will make all the difference in the world!

That’s it! Try a few of these tricks the next time you’re wondering how to improve boxed cake mix. I have a feeling you will be reaching for a box mix more often!

If you want to see some of these tricks in action, check out this video where I make this cake LIVE on Good Day Marketplace HERE

Winning Box Cake Mix Recipes

chocolate cupcakes topped with cream cheese frosting

Chocolate Cupcakes (From a Doctored Cake Mix)

For super moist chocolate cupcakes, try this Chocolate Cupcakes (from a doctored cake mix) recipe. It really does make the absolute best chocolate cupcakes! Top with my homemade buttercream frosting and chocolate shavings.
4.14 from 219 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes


  • 1 15 oz. ounce box box devil’s food cake mix
  • 1 box instant chocolate pudding (dry)
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup canola oil
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Preheat the oven to 325℉. Place cupcake liners in cupcake pans.
  • Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and beat with a hand mixer for 2 minutes.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to fill cupcake liners about ¾ full.
  • Bake about 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool completely before frosting.
  • Pipe on frosting with a large star tip for a swirl or just by hand!

Butter Cream Frosting



    Calories: 96kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 34mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 112IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
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    1. If you sub the oil for butter, do you have to double the amount? I have read that elsewhere, but am unsure of what to do.

    2. 4 stars
      Thanks for sharing this article.
      All box cake mix are so delicious. My favorite one is Air Head Candy Cupcakes.

      1. Oh good! I’m glad you liked it!!

    3. Big Momma says:

      Can I print some of your ideas/lists? I have tried but not luck. You have so many GREAT ideas.

      1. There is a printable for this post – look above to find the printable with all the tips. 🙂

    4. One thing I like to do is to sift the cake mix so there is a more even texture throughout the ‘crumb’. It will reduce your listed mix time so watch your batter and don’t over mix or else the crumb will compact.

    5. 5 stars
      I have a question regarding the tip about adding sugar and flour, is it equal parts of each from 1/4 of a cup to 1 cup?

    6. 5 stars
      I put chocolate milk in my chocolate cakes, and Greek yogurt., but I did try the coffee tip and I love it. Thanks for the great tips!

    7. 5 stars
      please note and I’m telling everyone! I keep a box of white/yellow cake mix in a seal tight container. cake mixes are no longer 18.25. So I add 2/3 cup to one of the newer scant cheapie cheater cake mixes and then continue to use as required. This is for dump cakes, cake mix cookies, etc I am SO ANGRY. but I figured out a way around them!

      1. Well Cait thanks for the heads up! I’ll be putting a new sealed container in my cupboard!

    8. Today I’m making a chocolate cake and am adding coffee. However I’m using some coffee that is chocolate/raspberry!! Mmm I’m not sure if the raspberry will come thru enough to taste, any ideas? Also I add cinnamon to my chocolate cakes everyone loves them and can’t figure out the “special” ingredient! LoL I love it
      Also think I should also use cpl other add ins to make it great? It’s for my daughter in-law so I have to make sure it’s good or I’ll hear about it.

      1. 5 stars
        Please any ideas? I’ve got to make it today as tomorrow I have surgery and won’t be able. Would greatly appreciate any ideas

    9. 5 stars
      So I am home in the snow today and craving something sweet. I googled things to do with a box cake mix and came across this site. I used a box yellow cake mix and added 1 c skim milk (all I had), 1/4 flour, 1/4 sugar, vanilla, salt, chocolate chips, Heath bar bits and then put crumbled Oreos on top. All things I had from caramel apple party I had in October. Best cake ever. I could not believe how those few extra ingredients with no frosting at all, made such a great difference in the texture and taste of my sheet cake. Thanks for making my craving so satisfying.

    10. Three failed attempts yesterday. Substituted milk for water. Added and extra egg and doubled the butter substituting the oil. They keep overflowing, then flat and shrinking. I didn’t overbeat and followed the box directions and temp. Any insight.

    11. chickensherri says:

      5 stars
      split your mixed batter into 3 or 4 bowls. make them each a different,vivid color with food coloring (about 15 drops per bowl), pour each colored bowl of batter one after the other into cake pan. Bake according to instructions.,, WOW WOW WOW! CRAZY COOL!

    12. Roger Frank says:

      salted or unsalted butter

      1. Either is fine. I always bake with unsalted but add in salt. If you do not add in salt, salted butter is fine.

    13. 5 stars
      I am making a white chocolate cake, using a mix and Hershey’s white chocolate instant pudding. It will also have raspberry and cream fillings. I am looking for a moist, dense cake that will stand up to the fillings. What would be the most helpful add-ins? Extra eggs and milk or cream instead of water? Thanks for any/all suggestions!

      1. I always add 1/4 – 1/2 extra of flour and sugar, an extra egg and milk instead of water. I really like the results! 🙂

    14. 5 stars
      I am going to make a white chocolate raspberry and cream filled cake for a dear friends 95th birthday. I plan on using a white cake mix (or two-want three tiers) and Hershey’s instant white chocolate pudding mix. Would the best options be extra eggs and milk instead of water? I want a moist, DENSE cake that will stand up to the fillings.

    15. RUTH MESSENGER says:

      Hi, I am Ruth from Western Pennsylvania!

    16. 5 stars
      I tried something and it turned out so fluffy soft and moist.
      First you sift the cakemix and pudding mix and combine. Make sure your ingredients are room temperature milk, eggs and butter. Add and extra 1/4 cup of milk than it calls for, add same amount of butter it says on box and and exrta egg than it says on the box, add one egg at a time after mixing the milk and butter. Then add 1 1/2T of mayonaise.

    17. Suzanne Ucci says:

      So , after reading all these emails I just want to make sure I’m not over adding things. I want to make dense moist chocolate cupcakes. Is it too much to add in all these extras to the Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines box mix: add 1 extra egg yolk, replace the oil with melted butter- but use a little less than double the amt ( ex: if recipe calls for 1/4 cup oil… I would replace that by adding a little less than 1/2 cup melted butter instead) , 2 tsp vanilla, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup flour and replace water alone with both water and heavy cream. Does this sound alright? Is there something listed above I should not add??

    18. I just bought the BabyCAKES CUPCAKE Machine. It makes 12 full size cupcakes in as little as 10 minutes. I can’t wait to make my funfeti cupcakes. I am going to try some milk instead of water. Thanks for the tips. Alot of people like applesauce instead of eggs. Never tried it thoigb.

    19. Barbie Taylor says:

      I want to make delicious frosted cupcakes for my grand daughters outdoor wedding. I would appreciate any suggestions that you may have on the brand and type cake mix to use for red velvet and chocolate cupcakes. Also, please suggest to me which additions from your list to use with the each of the cake mixes to make them special. Thank you so much!!

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