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Durable Cake for 3D and Wedding Cakes

This cake is moist yet very durable and will hold up to many shapes and designs. It is light in taste and stays moist if making a day or two ahead.

Durable Cake for 3D and Wedding Cakes


  • 1 Duncan Hines Yellow (or White) cake mix
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 small pkg of instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup sour cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Incorporate all ingredients together one by one on low speed.
  3. Make sure to mix thoroughly between each ingredient.
  4. Once all ingredients are mixed turn mixer to medium and mix for approximately 2 minutes.
  5. Bake at 350 for 30 - 35 minutes

Comments (269)

Is this supposed to be very thick batter? How does this cake taste?
it is thick, but i've had rave reviews on cake. I also have done to make flavors of cakes by using different flavor mixes of pudding and cake :)
This was a great recipe - especially for a beginner like me! :) I used it to make a red velvet cake for my brother. He really liked it. I covered it with mmf and it held up very well. Thanks for sharing!
Everyone loves this cake! It is very moist and tastes like scratch! My "go-to" recipe for sure. Very durable.
I'm making my first baby shower cake and it's going to be worried about how it will look when we cut into it, how does this cake cut??
Happy1mom how did you turn this recipe into red velvet? I love red velvet!
Donnamariep - II "cheated" using DH red velvet mix. Also added a little red food color and a little cocoa powderl to get a richer red color. The cake I did was a "Zombie" theme, so the inside had to be that color. This recipe was great, cut really nice too. Not crumbly at all.
This cake is delicious. Moist and rich. I used it to build a baby shower cake and it held up to the weight of a cake bear on top of the main cake very well. Got lots of complements. Will definitely use again.
I used this for the first time last week and will use it often. The cake was moist and delicious and it's a versatile recipe. I'm using lemon flavored pudding with a lemon cake for my daughter's birthday. It's also got a nice dense (but not too dense) composition. Awesome!
Every time I make this cake it gets rave reviews. I have heard over and over: "This is the best cake I have ever tasted". And I agree. It is a very thick batter and makes a dense cake, but it is super moist. It cuts beautifully -- very smooth interior, not crumbly. I have covered it in fondant, buttercream and ganache, all with superior results. I have stacked it as high as three tiers with no problems -- you just need to support it well because it is a heavy cake. I often make a chocolate version of this using Duncan Hines chocolate fudge mix with chocolate pudding. It's wonderful! Just the perfect amount of chocolate flavor without being overpowering.
What size pan should one batch fit into? I have to make a double layer full-sheet cake. I have a half-sheet size pan, so I have to make four cakes. Would four batches be enough?
Have used this cake for a couple of years as my base for many cakes. It holds up well to tiering, sculpting, and it always get's the best comments----try mix/match flavors of pudding/mixes. Yum!
Hi, i'm living in Australia and we don't have Duncan Hines' cake mix here...sobs! Does it really matter if it's of a different brand?!? Thanks!
johoko, I have also used Betty Crocker cake mix, and it turns out just as good. You could do a small test cake to see what you think, but I think any cake mix that you normally enjoy would be great.
just made this one tonight, a small 6in round, as a test. Perfect! Tastes great, good texture, and heavy! 1 recipe made 2 -6in rounds, 1 -8 in round, and 2 recipes will make 1 -10in round.
Just want to make sure i make this right....this is not a cake mix extender? You don't add these ingredients along with the ingredients on the cake mix instructions? Instead you replace them with these?
Has anyone tried this with cupcakes?
Hi Anna, I've made this too - you replace them, so you'de use the actual mix, then the following listed ingredients - ignore the box instructions and just follow the instructions that Heartsfire lists. :)
Thanks Shannellr!! I will give this recipe a try this weekend!
This recipe is wonderful. I made it for a baby shower. I used strawberry mix and vanilla pudding. Everyone loved it. Thank u so much!
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