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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

Here’s one of my favorite recipes using a box cake mix!

Winning Box Cake Mix Recipe

chocolate cupcakes topped with cream cheese frosting

How to Make a Box Cake Taste Homemade

For super moist chocolate cake, try this doctored cake mix recipe that makes THE BEST chocolate cupcakes recipe around! 
4.08 from 105 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Kasey Schwartz
Servings: 24
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 15 ounce box devil's food cake mix
  • 3.9 ounce box instant chocolate pudding dry
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions 

  • 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 (linked above) to fill cupcake liners about 3/4 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

    Video

    Nutrition

    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
    Keyword: box mix, buttercream frosting, chocolate, cupcakes
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    Comments

    1. My cake fell after i took it out of the oven, I was shocked. I baked it at 325 for 80 minutes to be sure it was done since it had extra ingredients.

    2. Brenda D. McNair says:

      I read what you posted I want to know about a lemon cake what should I do to get that lemon taste for my cake.

      Thanks,
      Brenda

    3. Do you add plain or self-rising flour?

    4. Joy Hendrix says:

      5 stars
      I upgraded my boxed spice cake, as you suggested, with milk, extra eggs, extra flour, extra sugar, salt and vanilla. Added a little sour cream, ginger and nutmeg. Fantastic!

      1. Kasey Schwartz says:

        Good to know!!!

    5. I add 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour and 1 cup of sour cream, to a cake mix besides what the box directions call for. Plus extra vanilla, this makes a wonderful & delicious cake with any cake mix! It makes a 9×13 a full pan, several more cupcakes also!!

    6. Susan Trager says:

      5 stars
      I used one stick of melted butter in place of the oil. I used everything else you suggested. The cake was super moist and delicious.

      1. Can I make a round cake out of this rather than cupcakes?

    7. Michelle Olsen says:

      Does these changes make the cakes less stable if I am making a tall cake?? I just don’t want it to collapse.

    8. When making aWhite Cake can you use ANISE EXTRACT instead of Almond or Vanilla Extract and if you do how much Anise Extract would you use to get the flavor of ItalianCookies(Anise) and would you use the ANISE EXTRACT in the icing and how much would you use if so.?THANKS

    9. Can I add both the pudding and the sour cream to the box cake mix? Also I would like to add the extra egg I need milk instead of water is that possible? Please advise as I need to make a cake this weekend. Thank you so much,
      Kristen
      Kbgfeldman@gmail.com

      1. Margaret Eisenberger says:

        Did she reply to you? I don’t see any answers to any of the questions. I wanted to know if I could do more than one of the hacks on the same cake, like use milk instead of water but also add sour cream, or if I add the sour cream too do I also need to have more dry ingredients, like more sugar and flour. If she never answers I guess there’s no point in asking and I’ll just experiment.

        1. Margaret Eisenberger says:

          So I tried it with a lemon cake mix that had pudding mix in it already. Added 1/4 C each sugar and flour, 1/2 C sour cream, and used milk instead of the water. The texture was great but the lemon flavoring was so diluted that I wish I’d added lemon extract too. Maybe using pudding would boost the lemony flavor but it doesn’t make sense to me to add pudding mix AND extra sugar and flour, so I’ll try another cake mix with just pudding mix and not sugar and flour but still do the other add-ins.

        2. You can 100% use multiple hacks on one cake. I always sub water with milk (coffee for chocolate), add extra eggs, sour cream, sub oil with butter (and usually double the amount). This produces a very tender cake. Great for cupcakes, bundt cakes, and your standard 2 layer 8” round cake. If I need more stability I like to add a little extra flour+sugar to make tall layer cakes.

          Hope this helps.

    10. I do have a question is this going to be the same amount of ingredients for the yellow cake mix and the chocolate cake mix. Or is the chocolate different. Or is it going to be the same amount of ingredient.
      I’m making 2 11×15 yellow Duncan Hines cakes. and and 1 8inch round dark chocolate cake.
      2 for April 3rd and one for April 4th

    11. I do have a question is this going to be the same amount of ingredients for the yellow cake mix and the chocolate cake mix. Or is the chocolate different. Or is it going to be the same amount of ingredient.
      I’m making 2 11×15 yellow Duncan Hines cakes. and and 1 8inch round dark chocolate cake.
      2 for April 3rd and one for April 4th

      1. You can use all these hacks for any flavor cake, but if you make multiple boxes you modify each box of cake mix. Additionally, some hacks lend more to a specific flavor. Like for chocolate cake, adding whole eggs and coffee is amazing, but for a white cake I prefer to add egg whites + mayo and milk rather than coffee. You really just have to play around.

    12. Judy Whalley says:

      For a vanilla box cake could you add the sour cream and the extra egg yolks or would this be too much?

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