How to Doctor Up Box Cake Mixes

By Alice Post

Cakes from scratch can take hours to make and the taste or texture isn't always an improvement on a store-bought mix. A few minor additions to your go-to box cake mix can go a long way. Your creation will taste richer and moister than the typical cake from a box, which normally calls for just oil, water and eggs. It's easy to achieve reliably delicious results, as well as save time and money, by starting with a cake mix.

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Step 1

Add one extra egg to the amount called for on the cake box directions (typically, mixes call for two to three eggs).

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Step 2

Beat the eggs for two minutes in a separate bowl first, instead of tossing everything together and mixing at one time. Thoroughly beating the eggs first helps create a smoother batter with fewer air bubbles -- this gives your cake a more even, pleasing texture. After the eggs are a creamy, even pale yellow, blend them with the rest of the cake mix ingredients according to the instructions.

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Step 3

Mix 3/4 cup of sour cream into the cake mix. Stir thoroughly. The richness of the sour cream gives your cake a denser flavor and consistency, and keeps your cake moister for a longer period of time.

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Step 4

Add 1 small box of instant pudding or gelatin to the mixture. Choose any flavor you wish to complement your cake mix -- don't be afraid to experiment. If you are using a devil's food cake mix, for example, add a box of chocolate pudding. Vanilla pudding mix enhances the flavor of most boxed cake varieties. If you are using a white cake mix as your base, a fruity gelatin mix such as strawberry is a good choice.

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Step 5

Toss in 1 cup of either semi-sweet chocolate chips, chopped nuts or frozen pureed berries to your mix. Experiment with different combinations. Add pineapples or chopped almonds to a yellow cake mix, for example, or strawberries to a white cake mix.

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Step 6

Top your frosted cake with the rest of the chocolate chips, berries or nuts. Toss sliced almonds in a neat mound atop a doctored-up carrot or yellow cake. Arrange strawberries around the perimeter of a white cake. Decorate a devil's food or chocolate cake with chocolate chips.