A yellow cake mix provides nearly limitless dessert possibilities when you add extra ingredients to put your own spin on the mix. Fruit, nuts and spices all add extra flavor to your cake and may change its appearance entirely. The most important thing to remember when jazzing up your cake mix is to try to keep the ratio of dry ingredients to wet ingredients the same. This will prevent the baked cake from being dry or so moist that it falls apart.
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Replace the water called for in your yellow cake mix with buttermilk to give the cake a richer flavor. The book “Hello, Cupcake!” recommends adding 1 tablespoon lemon juice to 1 cup of whole milk to use as a substitution for buttermilk if you do not have any available.
Add 1 cup of canned pumpkin and 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice to your cake mix to create pumpkin spice cake. Reduce the oil called for in the mix by half to prevent the cake from becoming too moist or soggy.
Chop nuts and mix them into the dry cake mix before you add the liquid ingredients. This will coat the nuts with the dry mix and prevent them from sticking together in the cake.
Replace the water called for in the cake mix with any type of soda to provide extra flavor for your cake.
Stir in a few teaspoon of citrus zest to give cakes a fresh flavor. You can use orange, lemon or lime zest. Add only the colored part of the peel as the white part is bitter.
Chop up candy bars and add them to the dry cake mix before the other ingredients to pepper your yellow cake with chocolate spots. You can also use chocolate chips for similar results.
Fold chopped, fresh fruit gently into the cake batter just before you pour it into the cake pan. Adding the fruit at the end will help prevent it from being crushed or smashed while mixing the batter.
References and Resources"Hello, Cupcake!"; Karen Tack & Alan Richardson; 2008
"The Cake Mix Doctor"; Anne Byrn; 1999