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Old 08-08-2017, 01:41 PM   #1
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Boxed Cake Mix Add-ons

I've found several web site's that mention adding extra ingredients to boxed cake mixes to get more of a "homemade" cake.
An extra egg, milk or buttermilk instead of water, butter instead of oil, mayo, etc.
Question...How many or how few of these add-on should/could you use in a boxed cake mix? I don't think adding 7 or 8 items would work, but what about 2-3?

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Old 08-08-2017, 02:15 PM   #2
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Yeah, I don't think trying to substitute too many ingredients would not work very well. The boxed mixes are designed to use the ingredients they call for, of course, so if you add too much liquid or increase or reduce the amount of fat too much, the chemistry may not work.
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Old 08-08-2017, 02:35 PM   #3
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The thing I've been seeing a lot online lately is the 2 ingredient cake. 1 Box cake mix and 1 can of soda that's it.
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I agree with GG.
I prefer to add in like, mini chocolate chips, or rainbow sprinkles or better yet, add after with toppings.

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Old 08-08-2017, 03:25 PM   #5
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Yeah, I don't think trying to substitute too many ingredients would not work very well. The boxed mixes are designed to use the ingredients they call for, of course, so if you add too much liquid or increase or reduce the amount of fat too much, the chemistry may not work.
Have you made yogurt in your IP yet? It's so good. I'm making some now.

After I strain it I'm going to try using the whey to replace liquid in a cake recipe.
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Yeah, I don't think trying to substitute too many ingredients would not work very well. The boxed mixes are designed to use the ingredients they call for, of course, so if you add too much liquid or increase or reduce the amount of fat too much, the chemistry may not work.
If there is any cake you would use to fiddle around with it would be a boxed mix. They try to make them as fool proof as possible. I have no idea how they do it, but it seems like people mess around with them online all the time and somehow come up with an acceptable product.

But a scratch cake, I totally agree with you on, these can be very finicky, just a small change in its ingredients can mess up its chemistry.
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If there is any cake you would use to fiddle around with it would be a boxed mix. They try to make them as fool proof as possible. I have no idea how they do it, but it seems like people mess around with them online all the time and somehow come up with an acceptable product.

But a scratch cake, I totally agree with you on, these can be very finicky, just a small change in its ingredients can mess up its chemistry.
I'll take your word for it, since I don't bake (sweets) much and you have the word in your user name
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I have used a Duncan Hines vanilla cake mix to make sugar cookies. They were all right, but I would still rather make them from a recipe. If I had thought of it, I would have added some extra vanilla to it. No flavor.
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They actually have cookbooks as well for fiddling with boxed mixes. There are at least 2 versions of "The Cake Doctor." Stepmom got me 1 years and years ago because she had 1 and had made a cake while I was visiting out of it. I was flipping through it and made a comment about how I was going to have to get 1 as there were lots of interesting recipes. She must have ordered it while I was there because it came within a couple of days of me getting home. You'd be surprised at what you can do and there are lots more hacks than a can of soda.
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I agree with GG.
I prefer to add in like, mini chocolate chips, or rainbow sprinkles or better yet, add after with toppings.

This one was a real winner!
https://mykitcheninthemiddleofthedes...-one-to-share/

... best after a coupla days sitting on the counter
Oh sure... Like that can happen in my house..

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