This year my husband requested a lemon cake and my older boys very strongly suggested chocolate cupcakes for my three year old! Now, I love to bake but you know what I never do? I never make cakes from scratch! Occasionally I get a wild hair and make my icing from scratch but honestly over the years I have perfected how to make box cake mix and premade icing taste soooooo good that I don’t see the point in doing it from scratch.
How to Make Boxed Cake Mix to Taste Homemade
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 extra large egg
- 3.4 oz box instant pudding in a similar flavor to cake mix
IN ADDITION TO LISTED INGREDIENTS ON CAKE MIX BOX, add the above ingredients. Mix in well and bake according to package instructions.
I promise this will make your store bought cake mix turn out so dense and moist you won’t be able to stand it!!
How to Make Store-Bought Icing to Taste Homemade
- 8 oz package of cream cheese OR 8 oz container whipped cream
Choose either cream cheese or whipped cream to add to the mix. I usually prefer the cream cheese, especially with lighter frostings but the cool whip is great too and lighter on the calories! With the cream cheese mix well in a stand mixer or using an electric mixer until light and fluffy, then add in premade frosting and continue to mix until blended. If you are adding the whipped cream I suggest mixing your premade icing in the mixer first until fluffy then add the whipped cream and mixing until blended.
Do you have any hacks for store bought cake mix or premade icing? I’d love to hear your methods in the comments and PLEASE let me know how you like my versions if you try them!