18 Tips How To Doctor A Boxed Cake Mix To Taste Like Homemade

18 Tips How To Doctor A Boxed Cake Mix To Taste Like Homemade

With a couple of substitutions you can make any boxed cake mix more moist and taste like it’s homemade!

Make a boxed cake mix taste homemade with these baking tips. sewlicioushomedecor.com

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Who says boxed cake mix can’t taste like homemade? With these alternatives, your boxed cakes will taste rich, moist, and homemade!

              Chocolate Cake Mix

mixer_02Hot Water– When the chocolate cake mix calls for water, add HOT water. It makes the cake CHOCOLATE-ier. The chocolate cocoa flavor “develops” more with hot water. Chocolate is a bean and the hot water brings out the chocolate cocoa flavor, just like it does with coffee.

White Cake Mix

Egg Whites– Omitting the egg yolks from a white cake mix makes the cake fluffy and whiter. Since taking out the egg yolks also takes out the fat, add one tablespoon of butter per egg yolk that you take out. So if you take out 3 egg yolks, add 3 tablespoons of melted butter.

Clear Vanilla Extract– Add extra flavor to a white cake mix by adding 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract.  Make sure it’s clear or it will effect the white of your cake.

All Boxed Cake Mixes


Melted Butter– Substitute melted BUTTER for vegetable oil for added flavor.

Instant Pudding-Add 1 (3.9 oz) box dry INSTANT Pudding mix. Use vanilla or the same flavor as your boxed cake mix for added richness flavor. Try adding chocolate pudding mix to a Red Velvet Cake Mix!

Sour Cream-Add 1/2 to 1 cup of sour cream in addition to the ingredients it calls for.


Milk– When a cake mix calls for water, add MILK instead. The milk adds density and fat, and makes it taste homemade.

Buttermilk-You will never go wrong with replacing all the liquids with buttermilk. Because buttermilk is thicker, you may have to add a little extra!

Coconut Milk-Replace the liquids it calls for with full fat coconut milk.

Yogurt– For white cake mixes, lemon, butter, yellow, or spice substitute for some of the liquid. Use 6 oz flavored yogurt, 2 T. oil and 2/3 cup water, milk or buttermilk, then add the eggs called for on the box. Use plain yogurt, 2 T. oil and 2/3 cup water, milk or buttermilk for any boxed cake mix.

Applesauce-Replace the oil with equal parts of applesauce.  If the recipes calls for 1/4 cup oil, replace it with 1/4 cup applesauce for extra moistness.



Coffee-For a chocolate cake mix or yellow cake mix, replace the liquid with brewed coffee.

Soda-To amplify the flavor replace the liquid amount with a dark soda such as coca-cola or dr. pepper.  For flavored cake use flavored soda, such as orange soda in an orange cake.

Mayonnaise-Add 2 Tablespoons of Mayo. It improves the texture and makes it taste homemade.



Eggs-For a thicker, moist cake add an extra egg.

Eggs + yolks– Add 2 Extra YOLKS. This adds more fat which gives the cake extra moistness and density and will takes like it came from a bakery! If the recipe calls for 3 eggs, add 3 eggs + 2 egg yolks.

Ice Cream-Replace the liquid for melted ice cream.  Use any flavor to compliment the flavor of your cake or vanilla to enhance the cakes flavor.  See my Strawberry Milkshake Poke Cake.

Jell-o Gelatin-Add flavored gelatin to your boxed cake for added flavor such as strawberry for strawberry cake.


Items needed to bake a cake:

vintage cake stand | cake stand | glass bowls | stand mixer | hand mixer | measuring cups | spatulas | cake server

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Doctor up a boxed cake mix with these baking tips. Make any boxed cake mix taste homemade. sewlicioushomedecor.com


  1. Great article! I added a link to it in one of my posts on Mama's Strawberry Cake, which begins with a mix. Thanks for sharing! I know my readers will enjoy it and they'll probably want to become your readers too!
  2. When i make boxed brownies i use coffee instead of water. Never thought to do that with chocolate cake. Guess I'llbe baking this weekend!
  3. I just read your alternatives and have a cake mix (which is rare) so I’m going to try a couple of replacements. The coconut milk sounds good and then I can make coconut cooked frosting. Yummy
  4. Hi , I Replaced water with coffee, added 2 egg yolks to 3 eggs, and butter for oil , don't know how it will turn out , but , thank you for the supper easy exchanges in ingredients , it is about time some with sense and understanding of non gourmet gals and gents how really want to show off thank you for the added knowledge and wisdom. I will always keep this on my home screen of my phone always, love you n God bless
    • Glad you like the exchanges! You kinda have to experiment with them until you find a substitute you like. You can substitute 2 or 3 ingredients in one recipe, but it takes a little experimenting to get it just the way you like it! :)
  5. Hi, there is only Blueberry cheesecake flavoured instant pudding available in my town. Can I use that in a Red Velvet box mix cake? Will it alter the flavor? Thank you.
    • Hello! Yes, if you use blueberry cheesecake instant pudding in a Red Velvet cake mix is will alter the flavor. You could try adding 1/4 to 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder OR reduce the liquid and add 1 cup sour cream OR I've even seen both cocoa powder and sour cream added. So you could try either one or both! I hope it turns out for you! :)
  6. I love these ideas. So my question is do you do just 1 idea at a time or can you do more ? Like use butter not oil. Milk not water. Add a box of pudding mix. Use more eggs. I am confused. Please help. Thank You Carol
  7. If the recipe cause for a 1/2 cup of oil how much butter do I use and if the mix already have pudding in it do I still put instant pudding mix in it

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