Here are some ways to help your boxed cake mix :
For a fluffier cake, add 1 tablespoon of meringue powder
Instead of water called for on the box use other liquids for added flavor:
Use milk instead of the water called for on the cake mix box. It makes a denser cake and it adds nutrition.
Use lemon-lime soda to enhance the citrus flavor in a lemon cake.
Orange juice always works well in an orange cake.
Chocolate milk or flavored soda works great with a chocolate cake mix
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 pound cake 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, remember to adjust cooking times accordingly.
Use homemade frosting instead of store-bought.
CAKE MIX FIX. To make a boxed cake even better (any boxed cake) just add three things: 1/4 cup butter, softened, 1/2 cup flour and 1 teaspoon baking powder. It really does make a superior cake.
Chocolate Cherry Cake
This great cake is made with a chocolate cake mix and canned cherry pie filling.
1 box Devil's Food Cake Mix (your favorite)
1 can cherry pie filling
1 teaspoon almond flavoring (optional)
1 cup granulated sugar
5 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup milk
6 oz package of semisweet chocolate chips
Mix cake mix, cherry pie filling, eggs, and flavoring by hand. Pour batter into greased and floured 13x9x2-inch pan and bake at 350° about 30 minutes, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.
For frosting, place sugar, butter, and milk in a saucepan. Bring to a boil stirring constantly. Boil for one minute. Remove from the heat and stir in chocolate chips until smooth. Pour over warm cake.
1 pkg. German chocolate cake mix
1 lg. pkg. chocolate chips
1 pkg. caramels
3/4 c. milk
1/2 c. margarine
3/4 c. chopped nuts
Make cake according to package directions. Pour 1/2 of mix in a 9 x 13 inch greased pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Melt caramels, margarine and milk together. Pour over baked cake while hot. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and nuts. Spoon rest of cake batter over top and continue baking at 250 degrees for 20 minutes, then at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Serve when cool.
Cherry Dump Cake
1 lg. can crushed pineapple
1 can cherry pie filling
1 pkg. yellow cake mix
1 c. pecans, chopped
2 sticks butter, melted
Dump pineapple, including juice, into a 9 x 13 inch pan. Spread evenly. Spread the cherry pie filling over the pineapple. Spread DRY cake mix evenly over all. Then sprinkle nuts over that. Pour melted butter over all. Bake 1 hour in 325 degree oven. Serve with whipped cream.
Neiman Marcus Cake
German or Swiss chocolate cake mix
1 stick oleo, soft
8 oz. cream cheese
1 lb. powdered sugar
Mix together cake mix, eggs and oleo. Grease and flour an oblong cake pan. Spread cake mixture in pan. It makes a very thick dough. Then mix cream cheese, eggs and powdered sugar. Pour this mixture over dough in cake pan. Even it out with spoon all around the edges and corners. If desired, sprinkle chopped pecans over the top. Place in preheated 350 degree oven for 35 minutes. Take out, let cool. Then cover until serving time.
Apple Pie Pizza
Start with a spice cake mix, add some oats, cheese, walnuts, and apple pie filling, and you end up with a fabulous dessert.
1 pkg. two layer spice cake mix
1 cup quick oats
1/2 cup shredded colby cheese
6 Tbsp. butter, softened
1/4 cup quick oats
2 Tbsp. butter, softened
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup brown sugar
21-oz. can apple pie filling
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 12" round pizza pan or 13x9" cake pan and set aside.
Combine cake mix, 1 cup oats, cheese, and 6 Tbsp. softened butter in large bowl and mix at low speed until crumbly.
Reserve 1 cup of these crumbs. Add egg to remaining crumbs and blend well. Press in greased pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes.
To reserved crumbs, add 1/4 cup oats, 2 Tbsp. butter, walnuts, and brown sugar and mix well.
Remove crust from oven and spread with apple pie filling. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture and bake 15-20 minutes longer until crumbs are light golden brown. 12 servings
Cookies from Cake Mix
Using a purchased cake mix to make cookies is a fun way to save time in the kitchen. This recipe will work with any flavor of cake mix. You can also use the Homemade Cake Mix recipe below.
18 oz. pkg. cake mix (any flavor)
1/2 cup butter, softened
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients at low speed until dry ingredients are moistened and dough is thoroughly mixed. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 2" apart onto ungreased cookie sheets
Bake at 350 for 9-12 minutes. Cool two minutes on cookie sheets, then remove to wire racks to cool..
If using chocolate cake mix, add 2 Tbsp. water along with egg. You can stir in chocolate chips, coated candy pieces, chopped nuts, or oatmeal. Frost the cookies, using canned frosting, or make sandwich cookies by spreading frosting between two cookies.
Aunt Judy’s Fudge Crinkle cookies
1 box of chocolate cake mix
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 c vegetable oil
Stir cake mix, oil and eggs in a large bowl, using spoon until dough forms. Dust hands with powdered sugar; shape dough into 1 inch balls. Coat with powdered sugar; place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes until set. 2 1/2 dozen cookies.
1 (18.25-ounce) package lemon cake mix
1/3 cup vegetable oil
Zest of 2 lemons
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
½ teaspoon lemon extract
1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
2. Pour cake mix into a large bowl. Stir in eggs, oil, lemon zest, lemon juice and lemon extract until well blended.
3. Place confectioner’s sugar in a bowl.
4. Drop heaping tablespoonfuls of dough into balls and roll in confectioner’s sugar until lightly coated and place on baking sheet.
5. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Cool for 2-3 minutes on the cookie sheet and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.