10 Cake Tips to Bring Baking from Box to Amazing

I love the thought of making a box cake mix better…much better!

I like baking, but often don’t have the time.

So I *love* using boxed cakes because all I need to do is dump and add a couple of other ingredients…

…and viola. Cake!

Let’s turn that box cake mix into a yummy bakery tasting cake!

How to Make Box Cake Mix Taste Like a Bakery Baked Cake

Here are some cake tips of simple things that you can do to make your boxed cake mix taste like it came from the fancy-schmansy corner bakery.  I love bakery cakes, but don’t have the time to scratch bake most of the time.  I also love the ease of using a boxed cake mix.

Cake Baking Tips 

How to Make a Moist Box Cake

To make a box cake mix a more moist baked cake, add an extra egg. Adding an extra egg to your cake mix will make your cake slightly more dense, more moist and less likely to crumble.

Tasty…and moist!  

Another way to make sure your box cake is moist is to substitute any oil required with butter. Real butter makes your cake SO moist!  Check out the recipe – 1 Batter, 10 Cupcakes.  

Real butter is the secret!

How to Get the Cake out of the Baking Pan

Create a Non-stick surface so cleaning pans is easier.  After greasing your cake pan, dust it lightly with flour.  

Cleaning your cake pan will be a lot easier!

How to Make a Box Cake Mix Healthier 

If you are looking for healthy fats, or for less fat, consider replacing the oil in your recipe with either applesauce or a mashed avocado.  

You now have a healthier cake. 

I also think this makes it surprisingly moist!

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Easy cake tips to make box cakes taste better…and be more moist!

How to Make Your Box Cake Springy – What to Add to a Box Cake Mix

Add 1/2 cup of Angel Food Cake Mix, and 1 tablespoon of water, to any other cake mix.  Your cake will become a lot more fluffy and spongy. And I just love the hint of a flavor the angel food cake gives!

How to Save an Over-baked Cake

Pudding. It will cure any dried out cake.  Did you bake your cake too long? Or a day earlier than you needed it?  

Poke a BUNCH of holes into the top of your cake.  Whip up a batch of pudding and as the pudding is still warm, pour it over your cake.

Refrigerate for a couple of hours and you will have a super rich cake.

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Let’s make what tastes like scratch cake from a mix!

Thanks to Ginny for the image!

How to Make a Box Cake for One Person

2 Minute Single Servings of Cake – All you need is two boxed cakes (this Hot Chocolate Cake uses Chocolate and Angel Food), water and a microwave.

It is perfect when you only are making for one person.

How to Make Sure Your Cake Bakes Evenly in the Oven

Drop your pan before you bake it.  Not a big drop, just a half inch or so.  The act of dropping the cake batter will force all the air bubbles out of your cake batter and your cake will bake more evenly now.

How to Prevent Splatters When Mixing a Cake Mix

When whisking your cake mix, don’t wear it. Poke your electric whisks through a paper plate before turning it on.

The plate will block the splatters.

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Mix two boxes of cake mix together for fun and yummy homemade results…

How to Make the Box Cake Mix More Flavorful

Combine flavors. You can mix two box mixes together by layering the batter, or by simply mixing the two flavors of batter together.  

We did that recently with two boxes of Betty Crocker Cakes.  Strawberry chocolate is tasty! 

Try French Vanilla Butter Pecan cake mixes together too!


How to Decrease the Time Needed to Bake a Box Cake Mix

Make a boxed cake into cookies.  Super easy to do! Somewhat Simple lets you know how she made hers.

We usually add a tablespoon of flour when we mix up a batch of cake cookies.

Don’t Have a Cake Box Mix, But Need Easy Cake?

Don’t have a cake mix, but you still want an amazing cake?  Or did you accidentally leave the ice cream out on the counter till it became soup?

Here is a great recipe for Ice cream Cake.  You dump the melted ice cream along with 3 Cups of self-rising flour and bake. Perfect.

How to Carry a Cake

And if you are taking your cake to school or a party, you will need something to carry it in.  We love these (affiliate) Pie and Cake Carriers….and they come in fun and colorful designs.  Just like our favorite kitchen gadgets, they do all the work.

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OK, this might be the best part of making cake batter…

More Cake Tip Fun from Kids Activities Blog

  • Make homemade pancake mix – it is way easier than you might think!
  • Let’s say you decide you don’t have time to make a box cake mix, check out our information on Costco cakes…shhhh, we will never tell!
  • Use all these box cake mix tips to transform your cake into one of these many Star Wars cake ideas!
  • Box cake mix can be used for these fun rainbow cupcakes too!  Or what about mermaid cupcakes?
  • You can also make your own homemade cake mix…we promise we found an easy way!
  • Looking for some more cake mix recipes?  <–We got over 25 of them right here!

Mmmm…have fun baking cake!  And eating cake!  <–that is my favorite part!

If you have a cake mix tip or trick, please leave it in the comments below…


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