Baking with Cake Mixes
Tips for Jazzing-Up Your
With today's very busy lifestyles, not everyone
has time to make a cake from scratch. I find myself using more
cake mixes. Why not? My husband sells food to restaurants and
bakeries, and he sells a lot of cake mixes. The point is not
that you use a cake mix, but what you do
with that cake mix.
Here are some ways to jazz-up your cake mix
- For a fluffier cake, add 1 tablespoon of
- Instead of water called for on the box
use other liquids for added flavor. Some examples:
- I almost always use milk instead of
the water called for on the cake mix box. It makes a
denser cake and it adds nutritional value.
- Use lemon-lime soda to enhance the
citrus flavor in a lemon cake.
- Orange juice always works well in an
- Chocolate milk or flavored soda works
great with a chocolate cake mix.
- Exchange some of the liquid with
- Instead of vegetable oil use melted and
cooled real butter for a richer cake.
- Enhance the cake flavor with
extracts.Adding a teaspoon of vanilla or other coordinating
flavored extracts to the cake mix won't make your cake
batter overly wet. If more extract is desired, exchange it
for some of the other liquid used in the mix.
- If changing from a scratch poundcake
recipe to one using a cake mix, be sure to add 1- 3/4 ounce
package of instant pudding (in a coordinating flavor). Up
the eggs necessary to 4. Also be sure to include a total of
1 cup of liquid and 1/2 cup of oil or melted butter.
- If adding cut fruit, chocolate chips or
nuts to a cake be sure to adjust cooking times accordingly.
- Use homeade frosting instead of