In the last few months, I have gotten a few requests for a recipe to make CAKE MIXES taste better.
And after 28 attempts (yup… seriously!), involving various brands, flavors, addition and replacement of ingredients … I am delighted to share a MIND-BLOWING revamped cake mix recipe!
You guys must be thinking: “What the hell is wrong with Abeer? She has a blog called “Cakewhiz” and instead of sharing a cake recipe that’s made from scratch, she’s showing us how to make cake from a box?!”
Then, I covered it in crushed candy canes and topped it all off with a CUTE candy cane heart.
These candy cane hearts are sooooooo EASY to make and they are such a NICE way to use up leftover Christmas candy cakes.
Perfect romantic cake for Valentine’s day…Don’t ya think?! 😀
It’s pink, minty and choco-licious!
To make a cake mix taste better, you will need the following ingredients:
1 box Pillsbury chocolate cake mix or vanilla cake mix (get the box without pudding)
1 cup whole milk
4 large eggs
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp cup melted unsalted butter
1 tbsp vanilla extract or vanilla emulsion oil
1 snack pack pudding (3.25 oz)
Notes: – Use chocolate pudding if you are making a chocolate cake and use butterscotch pudding if you are making a vanilla cake.
– Play around with different extracts and spices to come up with different flavors of cakes. Here are a few that I have made.. Spiced vanilla cake: Use a vanilla cake mix and all the same ingredients as above. But also add 1 tsp cinnamon powder, 1/2 tsp nutmeg powder, 1/2 tsp allspice powder. Lemon cake: Use a vanilla cake mix and all the same ingredients as above. But, add lemon pudding, 1 tbsp lemon zest and 1 tbsp lemon flavored emulsion oil. Orange cake: Use a vanilla cake mix and the same ingredients as above. But, add 1 tbsp orange zest, 2 tbsp orange marmalade and 1 tbsp orange flavored emulsion oil. Chocolate orange cake: Use a chocolate cake mix and all the same ingredients as above. But also add 1 tbsp orange zest, 2 tbsp orange marmlade, 1 tbsp Orange flavored emulsion oil. Spicy chocolate cake: Use a chocolate cake mix and all the same ingredients as above. But, also add 1 tbsp chilli powder, 1/2 tbsp paprika. Use more or less according to your preference.
– You can always throw in some nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds) or dried fruits (cranberries, raisins, dried apricots, dried pineapples, dried mangoes) or even chocolate chips into your cake. Add about 1/2 cup of add-ins and always remember to coat them in some flour so that they don’t sink to the bottom of your cake.
And here are the steps:
Step 1: In a deep bowl, add butter and eggs. Mix until they are combined.
Add the cake mix powder, pudding, milk, vanilla extract or emulsion oil and mix until everything is combined properly.
Pour this batter into a greased/floured 8×2 round cake pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
This step is optional but it makes the cake SUPER MOIST! I highly recommend it. Let this cake cool down and come to room temperature.
Remove the cake from your pan.
Then, wrap it up in saran wrap multiple times and place it in the freezer overnight.
The next day, let your cake come to room temperature and then cover it in chocolate frosting!
And you are done!
This cake is going to be phenomenal… I guarantee! 😉
Well, that’s all for today!
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