Favourite ways to alter box mix

Posted on 04/23/2009 by alexandria_t
Hey everyone,

My brother's birthday is this weekend and I honestly can't be bothered making anything from scratch. I'll be making two cakes and have in the cupboard chocolate, vanilla and plain butter cake box mixes.

Normally, I use buttermilk instead of water, oil and add an extra egg to box mix. But I know people use other things like sour cream, applesauce etc...

So my question is: What's your favourite way to alter a box mix? Do you have any great recipes that use box mix as a base a la last months theme post?

And to make this more than just a boring recipe request:

chocolate and lemon curd cupacakes
Hershey's "perfectly chocolate" cupcakes and basic lemon cake filled with home-made lemon curd cupcakes

caramel cupacakes
Caramel mini cupcakes with white chocolate flakes I made when I was PMSing
anthylorrel 23rd-Apr-2009 09:11 am (UTC)
The two most common ways I alter box mixed is to add extract, or swap out the water with flavored coffee creamer for a touch of extra richness and flavor.
trishawisha 23rd-Apr-2009 09:59 am (UTC)
cake pops! not really altering the cake itself, but i like looking at it as more of enhancing the "cake" :D
alexandria_t 23rd-Apr-2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
Can I just say, I LOVE your icon! It's so cute!
trishawisha 23rd-Apr-2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
haha thanks! i wish i can take credit for it, but it was made by someone who isn't on LJ anymore :(
karebear82 23rd-Apr-2009 12:26 pm (UTC)
For chocolate cake mix my favorite is to just add a can of cherry pie filling, 2 egg, and some vanilla. Mix it all together and toss it in a 350 degree oven until it is done.
Voila, chocolate covered cherry cake that couldnt be any easier to make!
karebear82 23rd-Apr-2009 12:26 pm (UTC)
doh, thats 1 egg, not 2.
maloussii 27th-Apr-2009 08:01 am (UTC)
That sounds lovely!! Do you omit anything or just had the Cherry and Vanilla along with everything else listed on the box?
karebear82 27th-Apr-2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
You omit everything else. I originally heard of the recipe from The Cake Mix Doctor.

I found a recipe online, and it turns out it is 2 eggs.
http://www.cookingcache.com/dessert/chocolatecoveredcherrycake2.shtml?rdid=rc1

Ive never made the glaze before, but that makes it sound even more delicious.
des_akazim 23rd-Apr-2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
I really like swapping applesauce for the eggs (esp in brownies!)
or, we've had AWESOME results with a packet of pudding (vanilla, lemon, or chocolate) in the mix, and adjust the levels of oil and water.
divinemadness7 23rd-Apr-2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
I read that you're supposed to swap the applesauce for the oil. I did it a few weeks ago and hated the texture. The taste was different too but I didn't mind that as much as the smushy texture. The pudding packet sounds like it has some potential, though.
des_akazim 23rd-Apr-2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I thought that too, but we found out it was a substitute for eggs (we were out), and they came out ridiculously moist and yummy, even a few days later.
divinemadness7 23rd-Apr-2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I always put extra eggs in my brownies because I prefer cakey so I'm not sure if I would like it with brownies. Might improve the texture of the cupcakes, though.
the___heartfall 23rd-Apr-2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_make_Pio_Quinto_--_Nicaraguan_rum_cake

i made this the other day, and it was pretty delicious! i liked that it was a glazed cake instead of frosted as well. and yum, rum! this calls for yellow cake mix, but i'm sure your vanilla would do fine. i'd also suggest topping it with some cinnamon sugar and/or custard if you can, which is how it's traditionally done, but i just went with the glaze and bit of cinnamon and it was great that way.
trly_g0n_fishng 23rd-Apr-2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
I do the following, and it makes a dense and yummy cake:

1 box of cake mix (whatever flavor you want)
1 8 oz. container sour cream
4 egg whites
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup water
1 package instant pudding mix (whatever flavor goes with or compliments the cake mix flavor)

mix like a normal batter, and bake like a normal batter. This is very thick by comparison to regular box mix batter, but the results are wonderful and dense, great for adding a filling to. Jell-o's Cheesecake flavor pudding goes really well with strawberry cake mix, and Devil's Food flavor makes a knock out choco-chocolate cake. I haven't experimented with the instant puddings with pieces in them like the oreo one or the mint chip one, but I bet you'd come out with something tasty that way too. Possibilities are endless. :-)
cweb 23rd-Apr-2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
I like to take orange cake mix and combine it with a 14 oz can of pumpkin, 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots and 1/2 cup chopped pecans. Bake as cupcakes at 300F for 30 minutes. Glaze with icing made from orange juice and icing sugar.
Moist and delicious.
whenidance 23rd-Apr-2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
oh yum!!! I haven't done pumpkin + orange ...I usually do pumpkin + spice cake or butter pecan. I'm going to have to try that.
ayuh Cheesecake!23rd-Apr-2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
Cheesecake

1 package (18.25 oz) plain white cake mix
4 TB butter, melted
4 lg eggs
2 pkgs cream cheese, 8 oz each, room temp
1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 c sour cream
2 TB fresh lemon juice
2 tsp vanilla

topping, one cup sour cream and 1/4 cup sugar

Rack goes in center slot of oven, grease and flour 9x13 pan.

Measure out 1/2 c cake mix and set aside for filling. Place remaining cake mix, butter, and one egg in large bowl. Mix on low for 2 minutes. Scrape bowl, batter should make a ball. Pat batter evenly over the bottom of the 9x13, including 1 inch up the sides.

Filling: place cream cheese and milk in the same bowl that you made the crust in. Use the same beaters and blend on low until just combined (~30 sec). Add cake mix, 3 eggs, sour cream, lemon, and vanilla; beat on medium 1 minute. Scrape bowl. Scrape filling into crust, spread to seal. Bake until it looks shiny and the center no longer jiggles when you shake the pan. This takes 35 to 40 minutes at 325F.

Topping: Mix sour cream and sugar in small bowl, stir well. Pour topping on cheesecake and return to oven for 7-10 min, or until top sets. Remove from oven, cool on rack half an hour. Cover pan with wrap and chill for at least an hour, preferably 24.


I totally stole this recipe from the Cake Mix Doctor book.
amyrebeccah chocolate orange cake23rd-Apr-2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
I like to take a chocolate cake mix and add orange zest, substitute cold brewed coffee and a dash of vanilla extract for about half the water, and add white and dark chocolate chips to the batter. Bake (bundt pan for me, usually), glaze with powdered sugar with a couple drops of orange juice.

It always disappears.
thecitylightss 23rd-Apr-2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
i replace the water with cold brewed coffee, add a little bit of creamer & throw in some chocolate chips for good measure. simple !
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