5 Ways to make Cake Mix Better

The recipe on the back of a box of Cake Mix is lackluster.  You don’t have to follow box cake mix recipes exactly, you know…  Janine LaTulippe shares how she takes a box of cake mix and makes it into several different desserts or just a more fun cake.

Plus, here are 5 ways to jazz up a box cake mix!

5 fun recipes for boxed cake

5 fun recipes for boxed cake

1.  More Fat in Your Box Cake Mix!

If you want a better box cake mix you need to substitute butter for the oil and double the amount your recipe calls for.  If you are on a diet, use applesauce instead of the extra oil or butter.  It won’t be as flavorful, but it will help it stay moist.

2.  Make it Eggcellent!

Add an extra egg or two to make your cake mix recipe extra rich and fluffy.

Use milk instead of water in a boxed cake recipe

Use milk instead of water in a boxed cake recipe

3.  Water Strike.

Water is drying out your cake!  Use milk (chocolate milk?) or soda instead like this Strawberry Soda Pop Cake.  What flavor of soda pop cake will you make?

4.  Be Adventurous!

Throw stuff in there!  Here are a few ideas.  Try adding one or more to your box cake mix!

  • Extra vanilla, strawberry, or almond flavoring.

  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter or nutella.

  • Your favorite candy bars

  • Chopped fresh fruit!

Poke Cake from Box Cake Mix

I like to make Poke Cake and fill the holes with Jello or pudding.

Poke Cake with Icing

Poke Cake with Icing

5.  Make Cake Mix Cookies.

Pre-Baked Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies

Pre-Baked Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies

You can make any cake mix into cookies!  Think of the possibilities; double chocolate chip, chocolate peppermint, rocky road.  Can you tell I like chocolate?  Just follow this simple recipe:

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You can make any cake mix into cookies! Think of the possibilities; double chocolate chip, chocolate peppermint, rocky road. Recipe modified from Pillsbury
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 15.25oz box cake mix
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • ½ cup mix-ins like chocolate chips (optional)
  • frosting (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Stir cake mix, eggs, oil and milk until combined. Stir in mix-ins.
  3. Make 1inch balls with spoons or a cookie scoop and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet or parchment. Flatten slightly.
  4. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until golden around the edges.
  5. Cool for 1 minute before removing. Frost immediately if you are using frosting or making sandwich cookies.

made from boxed cake mix

Funfetti Box Cake Mix Cookies

Try one or more of these alterations to your cake mix recipe and never eat a nasty, dry, flavorless boxed cake again!

Kelli’s Boxed Cake Mix Recipes:

Cinnamon Banana Bread Cake Mix Recipe

Blueberry Cobbler from Yellow Cake Mix

Zucchini Bread Easy Cake Mix Recipe

More Ways to Use Box Cake Mix:

Janine LaTulippe is a Mother of 3 blessings under the age of 5.  She also has an in-home preschool and is currently teaching 3 other children.  She blogs at True Aim where you will find simple parenting tips, exciting learning activities, and ways to instill Christian values in your children.  If you have a preschooler, make sure you check out her advanced preschool curriculum.

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  1. says

    ooo fun ideas! Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays! love it! Really appreciate you stopping by my blog! I’m trying to keep in better touch with my linkers/readers… If you already follow me, please let me know I will find your blog on Bloglovin (I’m transferring my follows there)if you don’t follow in any way, would you consider following via GFC or other method?
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  2. says

    Love these great tips…I always add Vanilla to EVERYthing almost but never thought to use any of the others you speak of.
    Over from Miz Helens

  3. says

    All good ideas – my daughter swears by putting more oil in brownie mix, too…hey, it isn’t diet food! I made a cake for Easter that was pineapple flavored and added a small can of crushed pineapple to it to amp up the flavor. it was moist and wonderful! Pinning this post – thanks!

  4. Kandy says

    Great ideas. One more. . . When making pineapple upside down cake, use the pineapple juice in the cake instead of water. So much more flavorful!!!

  5. says

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  6. Melissa Duet says

    You ought to try Vanilla Butter Nut flavoring by McCormick instead of just plain vanilla.

  7. says

    I use olive oil instead of the regular cooking oil or butter. It makes the most moist and delicious cakes I have ever tried!


  1. […] 2. Keep the cake simple. Kelly suggests picking up a cake from the grocery store bakery or baking some cupcakes at home. I totally agree. I did make my Punkin’s cake(s) this year but that’s because I have a neighbor who owned a bakery so she loaned me her cake decorating stuff. My mom used to be a cake decorator so I have a slight level of skill in the decorating field. And finally, I just wanted to for the sake of doing something fun and creative. I made two, actually. One for him and one for the guests. Admittedly, my pal Betty Crocker made it a bit easier. So, case in point: Cake from a box is okay. […]