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Old 03-31-2010, 05:08 PM   #1
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When using a cake mix

What do you do to make it taste more like homemade?

Sometimes I really don't have time to drag out all the stuff for a cake but would like it to taste more like homemade. Do you have tips to accomplish this?

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Old 03-31-2010, 05:39 PM   #2
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Depends licia.
I find some really good vanilla is great, putting a little zest in certain cake mixes helps.. adding some chocolate chips or shunks, nuts....And I love to mix frosting from scratch..it works wonders.
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Old 03-31-2010, 05:55 PM   #3
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licia, you might look at this site. I've got the book and the cakes really do come out wonderful.
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Because cakes are my hobby and my business, I don't use cake mixes very often (except for cookies but that's another story altogether ). Kades, your ideas make me WANT to make a cake from a mix to see how good it tastes.

If it is a chocolate cake, try adding melting a square of baking chocolate (or 1/2 cup of chips and stirring that in, or even some cocoa. For a white cake I agree with the vanilla. Experiment with things that will heighten the flavour of your cake without changing the structure of the mix too much (making it dryer or too moist).

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Old 03-31-2010, 07:59 PM   #5
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I have the cake mix doctor book and enjoy making some of those, but sometimes I just want a yellow or white or even chocolate cake that tastes more like homemade. I find that sometimes I need a cake in a hurry and don't want it to taste like it came from a box. I'll use the suggestions here when I next use a mix. Our neighbor just had surgery and it just happened I'd made a cake and could take them some, but otherwise I'd have to make one in a hurry. Thanks for the hints.
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I often add full fat, vanilla yogurt (or other flavor) to cakes to give them some snap. You could try this and swap it out for half the oil or some of the liquid.
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I've added pudding mix to cake mixes to make them moister. I also add instant espresso powder to chocolate to enrich the taste.
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Ditto to pudding mix. I also (GASP!) up the fat content. I often add 1/4 more butter to the batter and delete a bit of the other liquid.
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You can make Rhum Butter Cake or Frangelico Butter Cake using yellow cake mix and it turns out tasting homemade. I have the recipe somewhere if you want it...but I'm traveling right now so that will take some time.
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Old 04-01-2010, 11:43 AM   #10
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I'd love to have the recipe when you have the spare time. They sound delicious.
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