Cake Tip





Introduction: Cake Tip

Get bigger cakes or more cupcakes from a box cake mix and make it taste more like homemade!
Start with one boxed cake mix. You will follow the directions but you'll be adding more ingredients. Baking temperature and baking time will be on the box. I used a Betty Crocker cake mix for this tutorial but any cake mix will do, just follow the directions and add the extra ingredients.

Step 1: Extras

In a bowl add your cake mix.
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
Use a whisk to stir all dry ingredients together.

Step 2: An Extra Egg

Following the box directions add:
1 1/4 cups water
1/3 cup oil
3 eggs + 1 EXTRA egg = 4 eggs
Beat for time indicated on box.

Step 3: Bake

The box said I would get 24 cupcakes (although this is often small cupcakes) and I was able to get an extra 7 large for a total of 31 large cupcakes.  If you were making a cake you would get a bit bigger cake.
Bake for 18-23 minutes at 350 degrees.

Step 4: Icing

After baking I like to inject icing into the centre of the cupcakes, they travel much better in my kid's lunches and make for way less mess.



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    17 Discussions


    7 months ago

    can a box mix replace dry ingredients in a cake made from scratch ( using your method here ) for all cakes ?

    These were wonderful. Used chocolate cake mix and your recipe. Only change I made was to use hot water instead of tap water as another site says that intensifies the chocolate flavor. My husband says these were the best ever! Very fluffy and moist!!! Thank you!

    the cake box mix is already too sweet, can I just add the extra egg, flour and baking powder?

    1 reply

    Sure, it would probably work.

    If you're adding extra flour, sugar, baking powder, water, oil and eggs - why not dispense with the box of cake-mix altogether?


    6 replies

    No, it's not box cake mix.
    Have you ever tried to make fresh fluffy homemade pancakes? Were you successful? I don't know anyone who can recreate the magic of boxed (just add water) pancake mix.
    I'm sure the difference is all the chemicals and processed ingredients that make the store-bought kind so delicious.
    But the same thing goes for cake mix. It would probably just as easy to just buy two boxes of cake mix from the store. But sometimes you just want a wee bit more cake batter than what the box will give you.
    Also, there are plenty of professional cake makers who start with a box, and add to it. Pro's secret.

    The water, oil, and 3 of the eggs you have to add anyway, so realistically you are only adding extra flour, sugar, baking powder, and one egg, and minimal amounts. You can do this with any cake mix so if I were to make a Betty Crocker carrot cake or something similar it's a lot easier to start with a box that already has most of the ingredients. There's no mixing the wet and dry ingredients into separate bowls eliminating some of the cleanup and if you have kids this is much easier for them. Even I find it much easier to dump a box of cake mix into a bowl, add 1/2 cup flour/sugar, powder, egg... but I keep all my baking supplies together so it's not a big deal for me. :)

    I meant that flour, sugar, baking powder, water, oil and eggs is cake-mix, isn't it?


    It's the start of a cake mix but what if you want to make chocolate or carrot or confetti (all available as a box cake)? You would need to melt chocolate, peel carrots, add sprinkles, along with butter, salt, soda, vanilla, etc. It's much easier to just start with a mix and add to it. I get cake mixes on sale 10 boxes for 10 dollars and starting with a mix with most of the ingredients already included makes it quite easy. If you look at any cake recipe made from scratch you would see a lot more steps and ingredients involved. To me this is a time saver not only in making the cake but also the cleanup... one bowl, two beaters, a measuring cup and spoon.

    Yes I suppose so.
    I think you'd probably make some really good cakes without a box of cake-mix, it seems a shame to have it in there, but I get what you are saying. And I'd think you'd probably do it cheaper?


    It's cheaper for me to start with a box because I live a half hour one way from any grocery store so running out and buying stuff to make a cake from scratch is a bit of a hassle for me. But I do always have the staples and fresh eggs (my chickens lay everyday). If I don't have to run to town I've saved myself a ton of time. :)

    Trying this tonight