Day 249 – Make a Boxed Cake Taste Like Homemade


I usually don’t feel too guilty about making boxed cakes. Most of them taste good, and they are so easy to make. i was intrigued when I saw this pin though. Was it really possible to make a boxed cake taste homemade?


1. Look at the directions on the cake mix. You should be able to apply these changes to any boxed cake mix.
2. Add one more egg (or add 2 if you want it to be very rich). I only added one.
3. Use melted butter instead of oil and double the amount.
4. Instead of water, use milk.
5. Mix well and bake for the time recommended on the box.

I wish I had two side by side cakes to compare. I can tell you that my cake was really moist and quite tasty. I used a yellow cake, so I would be curious to see how a boxed chocolate cake would turn out. Has anyone else tried this one?

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12 Comments… Share your views

  1. I do this all the time! I don’t know that it makes it taste homemade but it definitely improves it! Instead of replacing the water with milk, I use buttermilk because buttermilk makes everything awesome. You can also add sour cream and a box of instant pudding. Oh, and a little vanilla!

  2. I tried this the other day and my husband told me to always make my cupcakes like this. I guess that means they were a hit!

  3. I tried this today with a chocolate cake mix. When I took them out of the oven they “fell” in the center, but they tasted fine. Just more room for yummy frosting!

  4. I don’t know about chocolate but Strawberry is AWESOME!!!!!

  5. Tried this and the difference was amazing- all I could say was Mmmmmm!

  6. I love this recipe made awesome cupcakes, recieved great comments!!!;

  7. I tried this and ever since I don’t make a boxed cake any other way. The chocolate improves noticeably and definitely was a hit. I made both yellow and chocolate box mixes and they turned out awesome. Cupcakes turn out the best!

  8. I have used heavy cream instead of milk as well. It always seems to make it taste amazing. I haven’t followed this exact recipe with chocolate, but I have added extra eggs and used heavy cream. I usually use extra virgin olive oil which also seems to make the cake taste better and retain moisture than just vegetable oil.

  9. I used Almond milk in a Red velvet cake mix…awesome

  10. I’ve tried this too and it does make the cakes more rich tasting! I wouldn’t say more dense or the taste of homemade, but delicious for sure! Add fresh grated carrots and walnuts to a boxed carrot cake and it was hit!
    It also takes a little longer for the cakes to bake this way!

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