I like baking, but often don’t have the time… so I *love* using boxed cakes. Just like our favorite kitchen gadgets, they do all the work. All I need to do is dump and add a couple of other ingredients and viola. Cake.
Here are some cake tips of simple things that you can do to make your boxed cake taste like it came from the fancy-schmansy corner bakery.
1) 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.
2) 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 seccret!!
3) 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!
4) 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.
5) Add 1/2 cup of Angel Fools 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!
6) 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.
7) 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.
8) 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.
9) 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.
10) Combine flavors. You can mix two flavors 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!! As is French Vanilla Butter Pecan. Yum.
11) 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.
Bonus Cake Hack:
Don’t have a cake mix, but you still want an amazing cake? Or did you accidentally leave the icecream out on the counter till it became soup?
12) Here is a great recipe for Icecream Cake. You dump the melted ice cream along with 3 Cups of self-rising flour and bake. Perfect.
And if you are taking your cake to school or a party, you will need something to carry it in. We love these Pie and Cake Carriers….and they come in fun and colorful designs.
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Rachel Miller is the original Quirky Momma of Kids Activities Blog and co-author of 101 Kids Activities that are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! & The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments. Rachel can now be found blogging at One Crazy House.