We all have those moments where we whip out a boxed cake mix from our pantry. The reasons are endless – convenience, time crunch, that lovely fluffiness you can’t make from scratch. And yet, cake mixes are pretty much all the same in the sense that they generally lack a lot of flavor.
Thankfully, there are ways to make them taste better, fresh, bakery-made, even. And, trust me, they won’t even add a minute to the time you take to make your cake.
So let’s dive right in.
- Add one more egg. This makes your cake a whole lot richer, and, come on, who doesn’t like that?
- Use melted butter instead of oil and double the amount. Again, this adds an extra richness and flavor that oil alone just can’t.
- Use milk instead of water. Or use another kind of liquid such as fruit juice (but only substitute it partly; fruit juice can overpower the cake with sweetness), heavy cream (which, conveniently, can be made with melted butter and milk!), chocolate milk, lemon lime soda, brewed coffee, coconut milk, etc. The possibilities are endless.
- Add zest from a lemon, lime, or orange. Tip: orange zest on chocolate cake. You’re welcome.
- Use extracts like almond, lemon, peppermint, or vanilla, depending on what type of cake you are making.
- Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1-2 teaspoons of fresh-squeezed lemon juice to yellow or white cake mix. Most cake mixes are very sweet so this will help balance out the flavors. And while you’re at it, why not add some zest, too?
- Add 2 teaspoons of mayonnaise. I’m sorry for the horrifying mental image I just evoked in your mind. This tip is not a joke, trust me. Mayonnaise consists of eggs and oil, which both add richness!
You don’t have to feel guilty bringing Betty Crocker to your neighborhood pool party anymore. Just make sure you dress her right.