I’ve been trying to make an effort recently to make some of the recipes I’ve been pinning to my recipes to try pinboard. That way I can either move them to my recipes tried and loved pinboard for keeps, or remove them. The other night, I decided to try a recipe for making a boxed cake mix taste like professional made from scratch cake. It was really easy, and tasted great.
First you start with your boxed cake mix. I just grabbed one I had in my pantry. It happened to be Pillsbury Devil’s Food Cake Mix, but you can use whatever kind of cake mix or flavor you want.
Put the mix in a bowl, and then look at the ingredients list. The ingredients list on this box of cake was 1-1/4 cups water, 1/2 cup oil, and 3 eggs. Now, we’ll make some simple changes to those ingredients.
- Replace the water with milk
- Replace the oil with butter and double the amount
- Add one more egg than the recipe calls for (2 if you want really rich cake)
So I did all of that. I only added the one egg because I was already using jumbo sized eggs. That’s all I use in baking, I think it helps with the moistness and flavor.
When I got it all mixed together, my batter was a lot thicker than normal cake mix. But, I think that made it easier to work with. I put all my batter into my bunt pan, and put it in the oven according to the box directions.
The instructions I found said to bake the cake the same amount of time as the package said, but I ended up having to bake the cake another 10 minutes of so to get it to set. But that may have been more to do with the bunt pan I was using than the recipe.
Once the cake was done, I let it set about 10 minutes before I flipped it over onto my cake tray. I let it cool some more while I made a simple ganache for the top.
This cake not only looked pretty, it cut well, had a great texture and tasted amazing.