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How to Make a Cake Mix Taste Like a Cake from the Bakery

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Just a couple of ingredient swaps is all you will need to make a cake mix taste like a cake from the bakery! Everyone always asks me why my cakes taste so amazing, so today I am sharing my easy hack with you!

If you have been around here for a long time, then you know I LOVE making cakes for people. In the past, I have made my hubby a delicious Strawberry Buttercream Cake (and it came from a box!), as well as a decadent Butterfinger Cake.

I have even made wedding cakes and birthday cakes for people. It brings me so much joy to be able to use a gift that God gave me to make cakes for others.

I recently made this fun Paw Patrol Cake for a sweet little boy that steals everyone's heart!

I don't make a lot of cakes from scratch though. They can be time consuming. But everyone thinks my cakes are from scratch.

My secret is taking a cake mix from a box, adding a few extra ingredients and the end result is that the cake tastes just like it was purchased from a bakery!

So — what's my secret? Here's what you need to do!

How to Make Any Boxed Cake Mix Taste Like the Cake Came from a Bakery

Step One —

Look at the directions on the back of the cake box.

Step two —

Add one more egg than what it calls for. So, for example, if the recipe calls for 3 eggs, add 4.

Step three —

Instead of using oil, use melted butter and double the amount. If the cake mix calls for 1/2 cup of oil, you are going to use 1 cup of melted butter.

Step 4 —

In place of water, be sure to use milk.

Then bake the cake as directed on the box!

When your cake comes out, your guests will be wowed with how amazing it tastes. They will swear up and down that you got the cake from the local bakery.

This has freed up so much of my time with cake baking and everyone truly loves my desserts!

Of course, if you are baking cakes, you are going to need some delicious frosting recipes. Strawberry buttercream frosting is my favorite, but everyone loves my homemade cream cheese frosting. If you want to go traditional, here is my Easy buttercream frosting.

My Favorite Cake Baking Supplies

If you love to bake cakes like I do, here are a few of my favorite cake baking supplies.

  • This set of 367 decorating supplies has pretty much everything you will need for making a cake
  • Food coloring dye set
  • I am a huge fan of the Fat Daddios cake pans. They make great cakes, cook evenly, and nothing ever sticks to them.

If you like making cakes for friends and family, then you will not want to miss this post!

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Saturday 30th of March 2024

Five Stars! I added the extra egg, substituted whole milk for the water, and 1 cup butter vs the 1/2 cup oil. I also added Nielsien-Massey madagascar bourbon pure vanilla bean paste!. I used the chocolate frosting recipe from Aunt Beaty's cake (Ina Garten) - it is not too sweet, which I like. My dinner guests (6) all went crazy and since they know I bake from scratch, they didn't believe I used your recipe to enhance the box mix! I could never get a satisfactory white vanilla cake from scratch, so I am definitely using your receipe from now on!

Jennifer Sikora

Sunday 31st of March 2024

I love hearing that Denise!! Thanks for sharing your subs to make it perfection :)


Tuesday 12th of March 2024

Is this the same for chocolate or any other flavor of cake mix?

Jennifer Sikora

Wednesday 13th of March 2024

Yes. Any cake mix you buy you can use this formula and works the same. I am not sure about angel food cake but all others this works well.


Sunday 19th of November 2023

I used a pudding in the mix chocolate cake mix and it was sooo moist and flavorful. It almost tasted like a torte, which was fine since it was a salted caramel chocolate ganache cake.

Jennifer Sikora

Monday 20th of November 2023

That sounds amazing! So glad it worked for you.


Monday 18th of September 2023

Hello, I have salted butter. Will that be okay to use?

Jennifer Sikora

Wednesday 20th of September 2023

That is what I have always used so yes it will be fine.


Saturday 2nd of September 2023

Can you use this method and use a Bundt pan instead of two round pans? Thanks.

Jennifer Sikora

Saturday 2nd of September 2023

I don't see why not? You would just need to adjust your time.

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