How To Hack A Boxed Cake (Again!) Mix Like Your Favorite Baker

I love a good hack, kitchen or life, it doesn’t matter.

How To Hack A Boxed Cake (Again!) Mix Like Your Favorite Baker

Hit me with your best hack…fire awaaaaaay!

Apologies to Pat Benatar.  Love ya!

The original hack involved a boxed cake mix and added ingredients not included in the box instructions.

A hack that I’m pretty sure I miswrote on a sticky note (and then found in a pile on my desk), yet still came away with a win.

My resulting delicious cake was a happy accident, in spite of my goof. (Huh, I’m in good company. Sir Alexander Fleming, a Scottish researcher, is credited with the discovery of penicillin in 1928. We didn’t intent on discovering something AH-mazing, but we did. That’s good hacking 101.)

Here’s what was originally written down:

Whole milk = H2O

1-2 more eggs (“more” was underlined cause I’m precise like that ~eye-roll~)

water doubled for oil

Okay then.

That’s exactly what I did.

And the resulting cake was OHMOMMASOGOOD.

3 outta 3 of my guinea pigs agreed.

When I found the actual hack (silly me), I wanted to try again. No stone left unturned and all…

Where did I goof exactly?

Instead of using water (doubled) for oil, I was supposed to use butter (doubled) for oil.

So, this cake hack was made like this:

Whole milk = H2O (so, to be clear – whole milk was used instead of water, in the same quantity)

1-2 more eggs (“more” was underlined cause I’m precise like that ~eye-roll~)

butter doubled for oil

Sheesh. That’s a big difference, right?


I’m honestly confused at this point as to what the substitutions should be, but I’m charging on.

If I miss the mark, I’m only out a boxed cake mix and a few other items.

Most delicious experiments, evah!

As I endlessly discussed my options with Garry, cause, gosh darn it, someone has to listen to me ramble on about this stuff, I couldn’t decide: cupcakes or an actual cake.

I decided on a fun fall-themed cake.

How To Hack A Boxed Cake (Again!) Mix Like Your Favorite Baker

Oh, let’s be real:

Fall Schmall. I’ll eat this cake any day of the year.

Even twice in one day.

Chocolate cake with an orange-flavored whipped cream filling and topping (I was going for the flavor combo of a Terry’s Chocolate Orange Ball – linked below). Fun-themed candy was optional, but NOT optional.

It was so….

How To Hack A Boxed Cake (Again!) Mix Like Your Favorite Baker


To be completely honest, I think I preferred the cake from the 12th.

This one was equally bakery-esque, but personal preference can’t be quantified.

I can’t explain it, and it even surprised me because I will choose a chocolate cake ever danged time over a white cake.

Life is crazy, yo!

My suggestion to you is to bake both. Eat both. Decide for yourself.

How To Hack A Boxed Cake (Again!) Mix Like Your Favorite Baker

To review:

This Cake Hack Recipe – or – Cake Hack #2:


1 box cake mix – your choice

Whole milk substituted for water

1-2 more eggs (I used 2 more than the box suggested)

butter doubled as the substitution for oil


Mix and bake as directed on box.

Fill with Orange Filling


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  1. Cracking Up!

  2. So funny! Not sure if I got the recipe right but super hilarious to read!

  3. Oh my goodness, your cake does look good! You’ve definitely improved on the original, and I enjoyed reading your post as well. Thank you for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving, and that you will pop by and share with Hearth and Soul again this week!


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