22 WAYS TO MAKE A CAKE MIX TASTE LIKE HOMEMADE | I realize that not everyone has the time to whip up a cake from scratch or has a supply of flour and sugar on hand. But everyone can have a few cake mixes in their pantry. They have a long shelf life and are inexpensive. Here are some great ways to improve your cake mix.  I added some links to recipes I’ve created using some of the ingredients listed.

22 Ways to Make a Cake MIx Taste Like Homemade

1.  Softened butter instead of vegetable oil

TROPICAL MANGO GOOEY BUTTER CAKE

22 Ways to Make a Cake Mix Taste Like Homemade

2.  Jelly

CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY CUPCAKES

22 Ways to Make a Cake Mix Taste Like Homemade

3.   Flavoring (lemon, vanilla, almond etc.)

CHEWY BANANA PECAN COOKIES

22 Ways to Make a Cake Mix Taste Like Homemade

4.   Pumpkin

CARAMEL PUMPKIN TORTE

22 Ways to Make a Cake Mix Taste Like Homemade

5.   Jello

MAI TAI CUPCAKES

22 Ways to Make a Cake Mix Taste Like Homemade

6.   Beer

CORONA LIME CUPCAKES

22 Ways to Make a Cake Mix Taste Like Homemade

7.   Lemon Lime soda instead of water

LEMON TRUFFLE CUPCAKES SURPRISE

22 Ways to Make a Cake Mix Taste Like Homemade

8.   Orange juice for orange cake instead of water

9.   Chocolate milk instead of water for a chocolate cake

10.  Dark soda (Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Root Beer) instead of water for chocolate or white cake

COCA COLA CUPCAKES

22 Ways to Make a Cake Mix Taste Like Homemade

11.  Chocolate syrup for some of the liquid

12.  Chocolate Chips

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE CAKE MIX COOKIES

22 Ways to Make a Cake Mix Taste Like Homemade

13. Chopped nuts

SEMI HOMEMADE CARROT CAKE SQUARES

22 Ways to Make a Cake Mix Taste Like Homemade

14.  Margarita Mix (alcohol free) instead of water plus lemon zest

15.  Apple juice or cider instead of water (spice cake)

APPLE CIDER MAPLE SPICE CUPCAKES

22 Ways to Make a Cake Mix Taste Like Homemade

16.  Brewed Coffee instead of water (chocolate cake)

17.  Kahlua instead of water (chocolate cake)

18.  Add zest from a lemon, lime or orange

MINI COCONUT LIME BUNDT CAKES

22 Ways to Make a Cake Mix Taste Like Homemade

19.  1/4 cup mayonnaise, for a super moist cake

20.  Flavored chips: peanut butter, cherry, mint etc.

CHERRY LIMEADE PETIT FOURS

22 Ways to Make a Cake Mix Taste Like Homemade

21.  Toffee Bits

CARAMEL APPLE PIE CUPCAKES

22 Ways to Make a Cake Mix Taste Like Homemade

22.  3.4 ounce box of pudding

BLUEBERRY LEMON PIE CUPCAKES

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22 Ways To Make a Cake Mix Taste Like Homemade — 29 Comments

  1. Great suggestions, thanks. I enjoy your web site, can’t wait to see what you you post everyday. Thanks again!

  2. I am looking to make a birthday cake for our little girl who turns 10 today. We can’t afford a bakery cake as we would like so I am using a boxed cake mix. Thank you for being considerate of others and sharing your wealth of knowledge of cooking. I am sure your ideas will make her cake extra special for her special birthday. Thank you so much and may God bless you.

    • You’re welcome Peggy. I myself use boxed cake mixes more then making it from scratch. Very rarely do I make it with out adding my own touch. 🙂

  3. You have such a great website with great tips and ideas. Thank u for that! I’m gonna try yr chocolate recipe by adding the buttermilk and vanilla. Will the buttermilk make it taste different?

  4. Hi thanks for sharing these great ideas. My question is: how many of these tips can you use at once? For example if I use butter and coffee in a chocolate cake could I also use the mayo?

  5. Thanks for this list! We are celebrating my husband’s birthday today and I was planning to do the “too much chocolate” bundt cake (cake mix, oil, sour cream, pudding mix and chocolate chips) but I didn’t realize I was short on sour cream and chocolate pudding mix until I was ready to bake and had no time to run to the store. I substituted milk for water and added mayo and chocolate chips and baked it in a bundt pan. After it cooled a bit, I used a canned frosting and warmed it up for 25 seconds in the microwave and then did a poured over glaze. It was wonderful and much easier (and lower fat!) than my original plan.

  6. I use a lot of substitutes to make a cake mix to have as close to home made taste.
    I have a sweet tooth and so does the rest of the family. I was thinking of adding sugar in my milk substitute. Do you agree or have a better suggestion.

    Icing is not the answer I want the cake texture sweet. I am trying this today and will let you know but await any of your suggestions.

  7. Hi! I bought a yellow cake mix for my birthday, and I was wondering if adding hazelnut coffee in place of the water is a good idea? Any suggestions? My birthday is 2 weeks away. 🙂

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