Pimping boxed cake mix

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Posted on 12/18/2009 by hinehmatov
So, I'm normally pretty hardcore about making everything from scratch but Kroger recently had a sale on all Duncan-Hines cake mix for a dollar a box. Which was way too awesome a deal to pass up so I grabbed a few in hopes of being able to modify them from acceptable to OMG delish. Duncan-Hines mix requires the addition of: 1/3 c vegetable oil, 3 large eggs, and 1 1/3 c water.

I thought I could try this instead: 1/3 c melted butter, 2 large eggs, 2 oz cream cheese, and 1 1/3 c milk.

Do yo think this would work? Or would it just result in some bizarre mutant cake thing? My trial run is going to be with the lemon supreme mix, which I am making lemon cupcakes with black raspberry cream cheese frosting. Lemon and raspberry gets me all sorts of happy. Doing this trail run is really important, as I will be applied the same modification to the yellow cake mix I got for my boyfriend's bday cake. His mother used to cook everything out of a box so sometimes he prefers box to homemade from scratch. His is going to be a classic yellow cake with rich chocolate fudge frosting and a chocolate ganache filling and chopped reese's on top. I can't wait to see him eat it!

Moving past the rambling, any advice on altering a box mix would be great and if my idea would work.

Thanks!
moonseternity 18th-Dec-2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
I typically buy the cake mixes and I play with them all the time with good results. I typically add the number of eggs it says, but add milk and applesauce over the oil and water. I also sometimes like to add a pudding mix to it.
I haven't had one come out horrible yet. The cake is typically more dense and moist when I've done it. I like to play around with them and see how they turn out.

edit because o just doesn't want to work right.

Edited at 2009-12-18 10:35 pm (UTC)
dyingscene 18th-Dec-2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
The most I've done with playing with cake mixes is making strawberry cookies from the strawberry cake mixes.

I'd love to see if your alterations work, though. :]
fallenthropy 19th-Dec-2009 01:49 am (UTC)
Pumpkin pie filling instead of the other wet ingredients.

I use it with spice cake mix and it is amazing.
absolutelyfatal 19th-Dec-2009 02:27 am (UTC)
Well what you're subbing is going to make it more dense, so it will turn out more brownie like I would assume. Sounds good though.
innostrantsa 19th-Dec-2009 02:28 am (UTC)
I add a good-sized dollop of Greek yogurt, which helps make the cake crazy moist.
von_holmes 19th-Dec-2009 02:30 am (UTC)
there's a cake doctor recipe book that i've seen at the library. i also like to collect the recipes on the boxes of cake mixes. i made a peppermint poke cake that was soooo good last year.
you could go on various websites like duncan hines, betty crocker, etc... and they should have doctoring recipes.
have fun!!! :)
nowherelander 19th-Dec-2009 03:38 am (UTC)
I don't have any advice on your specific question(though I have to say, lemon and raspberry combo fills me with joy also!). But we had a doctored box mix theme earlier this year, here is the master post, maybe it can help you get some ideas?
bubblebobble 19th-Dec-2009 05:32 am (UTC)
i usually swap the water out for some other liquid, like juice, liquor (kahlua is my favorite for chocolate cakes) etc.
aimealamort 19th-Dec-2009 06:17 am (UTC)
Cream cheese may mess it up a bit, you want to stay with about the same amount of additions volume wise, other wise you'll probably change the consistency of the cake like someone else said. But hey, it was cheap, I'd say go for it.

I've always found boxed lemon to be sooo sweet, I'd probably try to add lemon juice to it, but I'd be scared of something reaction related with the added acidity.
teacrumpets 19th-Dec-2009 06:56 am (UTC)
white or yellow cake mix. orange soda. stick it in the oven for the time on the box. i swear to god, you won't regret it.
teacrumpets 19th-Dec-2009 07:17 am (UTC)
(just a can of orange soda will do it!)
gemcitytiffany 19th-Dec-2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
I always use 4 eggs and throw a spoon full of plain yogart and half a package of pudding in. lol. No rhyme or reason I suppose... just something I did once and it came out awesome. Now I do it every time.
jess3686 20th-Dec-2009 01:53 am (UTC)
I always use melted butter in place of the oil with boxed cake mixes, and sometimes milk in place of water. It comes out great!
3ducker1culter4 21st-Dec-2009 07:50 am (UTC)
Oops, forgot to elaborate. This is sooo delicious! I make them all the time, and there are so many possible flavor combinations.
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