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22 Ways To Make a Cake Mix Taste Like Homemade — 43 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. 🙂

  8. My granddaughter is wanting yellowcake cupcakes with chocolate frosting. What do you suggest adding to the boxed cake mix to make it more like bakery style? Thank you!

    • Hi Arlene, There are several ways to vamp up a cake mix. Sour cream, buttermilk, vanilla, yogurt and real butter to name a few. I think I would add a scraped vanilla bean or a teaspoon of vanilla extract and real unsalted butter.

  9. My daughter is turning 46 this week. She is a chocolate lover and I always bake her a Chocolate cake with chocolate icing with a box mix and canned frosting. I wanted to “vamp it up” this year. You have so many great ideas. I can’t wait to try some of them. Thanks so much!

  10. Thank you for your info it is very helpful, how can I make frosting taste home made chocolate by the way?looking forward to your answer thank you.

  11. Thanks for the fun suggestions! I have two questions. Does melted margarine work the same as melted butter? My son is allergic to milk, so butter is out. Also, I’m looking to enhance a vanilla flavored cake. Do you think cream soda could work instead of water? I didn’t see it listed among the soda suggestions. Thank you!!

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