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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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Thursday 29th of November 2018

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April J Harris

Tuesday 27th of November 2018

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!

Patti Tucker

Tuesday 27th of November 2018

It was delish! Thanks!


Wednesday 21st of November 2018

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

Patti Tucker

Wednesday 21st of November 2018

ha! Glad you got a laugh outta it!

Christine Gowing

Monday 19th of November 2018

Cracking Up!

Patti Tucker

Monday 19th of November 2018

~my life~ lol!