Sometimes it is so much quicker and and easier to bake a cake from a box. I do it quite often. Today I am going to share with you how to make a boxed cake better.
My cakes from a box fool my husband who loves my cakes from scratch. He rarely knows the difference now unless he see me bake it.
How to Make a Boxed Cake Better
The great things about these tips for making a cake from a box taste homemade is that you can just do one or two things and it makes a world of difference. You don’t need to swap every ingredient.
Swap Milk for the Water. Most boxed cake mix wants you to add water. Swap the water for milk. The milk has extra fat that makes the cake moister.
Add Flavoring. You really have no idea how long that boxed cake has been sitting in production and on the store shelf. The ingredients can lose their punch. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla to most cakes. If you are making a flavored cake like orange or lemon, use their respective extracts.
Add an Extra Egg Yolk. Add one more egg yolk than what the recipe on the back of the box calls for. The added fat gives the gave more spring and makes it so much more moist.
Swap Melted Butter for the Oil. If the recipe calls for 1/2 cup vegetable oil, melt a half a cup of butter. Butter is a richer and less processed ingredient. This only works if you are using real butter. Margarine includes water and may make the cake drier.
Add Baby Food. I know this may seem odd but the baby food adds richness and moistness to the cake. If you do this, don’t add an extra egg yolk.
Add Mix-ins. Add chocolate chips, fruits, or nuts. You can also swirl in jam or chocolate hazelnut butter.
Ditch the Canned Frosting. Frosting in a can is a very dead giveaway that the cake is boxed. I am sharing with you a recipe my friend, Sherri, shared with me. She worked at a bakery for a long time decorating cakes and it is her recipe.
- 1/2 Cup Crisco
- 1/2 Cup Butter
- 1 TBL Karo Syrup
- 1 tsp. Vanilla
- 1/2 TBL Milk more can be added to obtain the correct consistency
- 1 LB Powdered Sugar
Mix together butter and Crisco until blended.
Add Karo syrup, vanilla, and milk.
Slowly add in powdered sugar. Until blended well. You want the icing to be a little stiff. Add a little more milk if too stiff.
If you are looking for cake decorating tips and online classes check out Craftsy. Sometimes they offer free cake decorating classes. I am working on my skills but have so much to work on at this point.