How to Make a Cake Mix Taste Homemade

How to Make a Cake Mix Taste Homemade

I love making homemade cake.

But there are just some days that I don’t feel like going to all the effort – so a boxed cake mix has to do.

Fortunately, over the years, I’ve learned a few tips for making a cake mix taste homemade. Whenever I use these tips, people often are surprised to hear that the cake was made from a box!

How to Make a Cake Mix Taste HomemadeThe first step is picking a high-quality cake mix. I personally like Duncan Hines the most – however, when I was preparing for this post, I used Miss Jones Organic Cake Mix, and it turned out really good. But for the most budget friendly option…Duncan Hines works well.

Anyways, here are seven other tips I use for my cakes – it helps make the cake moister, a little less sweet, and just so much more homemade tasting!

  • Applesauce instead of oil

A lot of people recommend using melted butter instead of oil – which you can do, and it does help. However, I opt to use applesauce in place of any kind of oil or butter, and I LOVE the results. It definitely makes the cake moister (and maybe a *little* healthier 😉

How to Make a Cake Mix Taste Homemade

I do a 1:1 substitute ratio, and it always works great!

  • 3 eggs instead of one

I think this helps with the texture of the cake – it does seem to make a difference.

  • Add a small pudding mix

This just makes the flavor a little better, and I think it makes the cake a little more moist and richer. I also like it for making fun flavor combinations. For instance, on Easter, we made a bunny cake. I used a vanilla cake mix, but then I used a coconut pudding mix, and I loved the results.

For my most recent cake, I started with a vanilla cake mix, but then I used a chocolate pudding mix. It was really yummy!

  • Use milk instead of water
  • Add vanilla extract

Just a teaspoon will do! I also really love vanilla bean paste, as well.

  • Use lemon juice

I use just one Tablespoon – it helps cut down on the sweetness of the cake mix 🙂

  • Use homemade frosting/glaze

When all else fails, use a homemade frosting! I think it makes a big difference and homemade frostings are not hard at all. Here are a couple that we love:

Applesauce Frosting

Best Buttercream Frosting

Marshmallow Frosting

How to Make a Cake Mix Taste Homemade / Cake Mix / Homemade Cake / Kitchen Hacks / COoking Hacks / Baking


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