Hack a Box Cake Mix to Taste Like it Came From a Fancy Bakery

Bakery-Style Cake From Boxed Cake Mix

yield: 10 SERVINGS

prep time: 15 MINUTES

cook time: 28 MINUTES

total time: 43 MINUTES

Ingredients

  • 1 box of cake mix, around 15 oz., any brand & flavor
  • 5 eggs
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup milk

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9"x13" baking dish.

2

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, butter, and milk.

3

Use a mixer and beat the mixture on medium speed for 1-2 minutes.

4

Pour the batter into a 9"x13" greased cake pan, and spread it evenly.

5

Bake for 23-28 minutes, or according to box directions. Cake is done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

6

Let the cake cool and frost cake as desired. Try this homemade buttercream recipe - it's delicious!

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Try swapping these ingredients in for some store-bought box cake hacks!

slice of yellow cake with chocolate frosting and duncan hines box

Want to get that made-from-scratch taste from boxed cake mix?

Grab a store-bought cake mix and let’s get baking! Today I’m sharing a few easy tips on how to enhance a cheap box of cake mix to have it taste as if it came from a bakery. The best part? No one will be able to tell your cake started out with a $1 boxed mix that came from your pantry!

testing boxed cake hacks 2 seperate cakes

I love baking cakes in general, whether it’s from scratch or with a little help from the store-bought mixes. Sometimes it’s convenient and makes life easier to grab the cake mix. I am definitely a fan of keeping them on hand for quick cakes and easy dessert recipes!

ingredients to enhance a boxed cake mix

I tested out these 3 common tips that are supposed to enhance a box of cake mix to make it taste more like a high-end bakery, inspired by this article from Insider.com. To really give these tips a fair test, I decided to also make one cake using the exact ingredients and directions from the box without doing anything additional.

Let’s just say my results were AMAZING using these simple box cake hacks!

Moving forward, this is definitely how I’ll be baking boxed cake! I was so excited about this that I even created a short video for ya.

Can’t see the video above? Check it out on YouTube!


big slice of chocolate cake with sprinkles

Must-Try Box Cake Hacks:

    • Instead of using water, use milk.
    • Instead of using 3 eggs like the box calls for, use 5 eggs.
    • Instead of using vegetable oil, use melted butter and double the amount suggested on the box.

Hip Tip: If you want it even moister, try adding a tablespoon of mayo!

mixing up cake mix from boxed cake to taste like a bakery style cake

pouring cake batter in a pan

On the cake with the enhancements, I noticed these differences:

    • The cake’s batter was thicker in texture before baking.
    • After baking, the cake was taller and fluffier.
    • It had a noticeably softer and moist texture that was not crumbly at all in comparison.
    • The taste was richer and honestly overall much BETTER and tastier.

two cakes side by side comparing box cake hacks

homemade chocolate frosting

Hip tips to consider when trying these box cake hacks:

  • I love a yummy box of yellow cake mix and that’s what I used for my testing, but you can try this on any flavor or brand you have on hand.
  • Want to bake round cakes or cupcakes? I used the same suggested bake times on the box, so just reference it for other bake times.

putting chocolate buttercream frosting on cake

spreading chocolate icing on a cake

chocolate cake with slice gone

up close slice of boxed cake slice using hacks


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Bakery-Style Cake From Boxed Cake Mix

yield: 10 SERVINGS

prep time: 15 MINUTES

cook time: 28 MINUTES

total time: 43 MINUTES

Simple recipe swaps that will make your store-bought cake mix taste like it was made-from-scratch at a fancy bakery.

Ingredients

  • 1 box of cake mix, around 15 oz., any brand & flavor
  • 5 eggs
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup milk

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9"x13" baking dish.

2

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, butter, and milk.

3

Use a mixer and beat the mixture on medium speed for 1-2 minutes.

4

Pour the batter into a 9"x13" greased cake pan, and spread it evenly.

5

Bake for 23-28 minutes, or according to box directions. Cake is done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

6

Let the cake cool and frost cake as desired. Try this homemade buttercream recipe - it's delicious!

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woman with a piece of cake

These small changes make a big impact on boxed cake results!

I was honestly kind of surprised that these little tweaks would result in such a great-tasting cake and one that would be noticeably better than the basic cake!

I did a taste test using my family by providing them a bite of each cake to tell me which one tasted better. Everyone picked the one using these cake hacks! My very favorite type of cake is a yellow cake with chocolate frosting, and this one won’t disappoint! Enjoy!

Boxed Cake Mix Hack

My team member and taste-tester extraordinaire Jenna had this to say:

“The differences you listed are all true! This had a nice, thick batter, and it was tall & fluffy, it was super soft and moist too, and not at all crumbly. And the best part? It was so rich and delicious! What an easy and fun hack! I used a yellow cake mix and I made two kinds of frosting. Half Old Fashioned Brown Sugar Frosting and half Vanilla Buttercream – YUM!”


Try this yummy strawberry cake next – it actually uses a box of cake mix, too!


About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.


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  1. Jen

    I actually made this recipe twice today, because I questioned myself, thinking I must’ve forgotten to add one of the ingredients. But no, I made it for the second time, following precisely. It was HORRIBLE! The cake looked good when cooking, but fell to. About 1.5 inches high when cooling! The cake was so dense. I feared it would lay like a rock in my guest’s stomach! Threw both cakes out. Mad I wasted all of those eggs, milk and butter!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh no. Sorry to hear that Jen. How frustrating. hmm when myself and another team member tried it was great. I wonder what happened. Curious if you used the same mix? We’ll have to take a look at it again.

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