I feel like I’m always making cakes or cupcakes of some type between birthdays, class parties, holidays, even National Firefighter Appreciation Day. I’ve really taken a liking to it, and baking my own always is less expensive than buying from a bakery.
So in light of Ben’s birthday party this Saturday, I thought I’d collect all my favorite baking tips, tricks, and easy switcheroos on how to take any $.83 boxed mix and make it taste like its from a bakery.
Egg Whites– Remove the yolks from the eggs recommended on the back and use just the whites. Then replace each yolk removed with 1 tbs of melted butter. This makes the cake lighter and fluffier and also lightens the color of white cake mix.
Extra Eggs– For a richer denser cake, add one or two extra eggs.
Trade Oil for Butter– Butter obviously makes everything better, but its even more obvious with cake, and it improves the texture.
Instant Pudding– Add a package of instant pudding to the cake mix. This is where I sometimes get creative too. Have a white cake mix? Add a package of strawberry pudding mix. Play around with flavors a little bit and you might discover something you really like.
Switch Out Water for Whole Milk- This makes the cake taste denser like you would get from a bakery.
Switch Out Water for Brewed Coffee- To bring out the flavor in chocolate cake. Ive actually never tried this one before but I’m going to this weekend when I make Ben’s chocolate construction site cake. If you’re not into brewing coffee…
Use Hot Water- For chocolate cakes in the same amount recommended in the box directions. This will bring out the flavor.
Sour Cream- Adding 1/2c of sour cream adds richness.
People also rave about home made frosting, but personally I’ve never done it. Here’s a quick one from good old Betty Crocker.
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