I have to be honest with you, I am not much of a baker. My kids got those skills though and can bake pretty much everything, I’m a “from the box” type of gal in most cases. So this TikTok hack for using boxed cake mix to make cupcakes was quite a find for me!

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I pretty much always have a boxed cake mix on hand, they usually only cost about a $1, and can come in super handy! I usually keep Chocolate for those cravings that seem to appear out of nowhere, when you have a house with so many females it is important to be prepared!

Chocolate cupcake from boxed cake mix

In this TikTok hack, Karly Stoddard shows you how to take a box of cake mix and turn it into wonderfully delicious cupcakes. There only a few tweaks to make it happen! She happens to have her own baking business, so she knows what she is doing.

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Karly Stoddard

All that you have to do is swap out the called for ingredients of water and oil and change them to milk and butter. Also, we will increase the eggs called for. That’s it! Easy peasy! Karly says this will give you that bakery-style cupcake!

Boxed Cake Mix Upgrade To Bakery Style Cupcakes!

So it’s really this simple! Remember, we are just swapping water to milk, oil to butter, and increasing the eggs!

cake mix hack
Karly Stoddard


  • Box of cake mix
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 5 eggs
  • ⅔ cup butter, melted
  • Frosting (maybe sprinkles too!?)

Follow the instructions for mixing and baking that are on the box. Once they are finished baking, try to calm yourself and let them cool down! When they have cooled down, then you can get to decorating these babies up!

Test Kitchen Tip: Kasey jumping in here. I was excited to see this cupcake hack go viral because I have so many cake hacks posts – our top post is turning a box mix taste homemade. You can get all those tips here –> How to Make a Box Cake Mix Taste Homemade

cupcake hack from box cake mix

You can watch Karly’s TikTok video below! Maybe give her a follow and see what else she has been baking up at home lately! I’m fixing to make everyone think I am the best baker in town!


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♬ original sound – mrskarlystoddard


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About Kasey Schwartz

For over 15 years, Kasey Schwartz, the mastermind behind All Things Mamma, has been the ultimate go-to for mouthwatering family recipes. Her work has been featured on Today.com, Buzz Feed, Better Homes and Gardens, and more, making her your go-to mom next door for all things delicious and family-friendly.


  1. Jan Mager says:

    Made this yesterday for my birthday cupcakes.. DELICIOUS! Cupcakes had more body. Family devoured them!

  2. LaDonna Horejsi says:

    Didn’t turn out.. was like a rubber sheet. Going try another. What a b waste of food

    1. Stacy Birnell says:

      Try mixing batter less, just until it’s combined. That’s what worked for me 🙂

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