What Can I Add To Boxed Cake Mixes?

Baking By jennybean7985 Updated 25 Aug 2009 , 10:25pm by Melchas

jennybean7985 Posted 28 Jul 2009 , 1:31pm
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im making my first "real" cake in a few weeks and im gunna do a few trial runs first i think... its for my boyfriends birthday and he wants checkerboard cake with white cake mix and chocolate cake mix... im gunna probably do a chocolate ganache for the filling icon_redface.gif

anyone add anything extra in boxeds mixes to tweak them a bit? i was thinking of adding vanilla to the white and maybe some chocpped up hershey pieces in the chocolate.. im not sure though

i cant do anything almond or almond flavored cuz hes allergic icon_cry.gif

any suggestions?

my friend suggested lindt balls in the chocolate sections (maybe cut into 4 pieces and putting a tiny piece in then chocolate squares... i dont want it to burn or run into the white section though....

help icon_redface.gif

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CanadianCakin Posted 28 Jul 2009 , 3:37pm
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Check out the White almond sour cream cake (AKA WASC) recipe it's amazing! You can easily omit the almond for vanilla, and you can use chocolate mix instead of white....it's the most versitile recipe ever!
Also it calls for a cup of water....well you can replace it with just about anything liquid.....
I definatly recommend this recipe!
I would just do the normal wasc for the vanilla just take out almond and use vanilla...then for the chocolate you can use a chocolate mix then use chocolate milk or straight choco syrup in lieu of the water....
Feel free to pm me if you have and Q's!!

HTH
~Ashley



http://www.cakecentral.com/cake_recipe-7445-The-Original-WASC-cake-recipe.html

Doug Posted 28 Jul 2009 , 3:53pm
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KHalstead Posted 6 Aug 2009 , 12:14pm
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just simply adding a box of pudding mix to your mix makes it taste soooooooooo yummy. Add chocolate pudding mix to the chocolate and add either white choc. to the white side or cheesecake pudding mix. Either one will keeep the batter white and doesn't really come across as a cheesecake or white choc. flavor...they're very mild, but it makes the cake mix more dense and so much richer and flavorful and moist.

4theloveofcake Posted 10 Aug 2009 , 9:09pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by KHalstead

just simply adding a box of pudding mix to your mix makes it taste soooooooooo yummy. Add chocolate pudding mix to the chocolate and add either white choc. to the white side or cheesecake pudding mix. Either one will keeep the batter white and doesn't really come across as a cheesecake or white choc. flavor...they're very mild, but it makes the cake mix more dense and so much richer and flavorful and moist.




I hope nobody minds me piggybacking on the OP but KHalstead, where can you find cheesecake pudding mix? I'm trying to do a variation of the WASC recipe but my boyfriend wants strawberry cheesecake. I was thinking of getting strawberry cake mix, but apparently that doesnt exist where I live haha. So i bought french vanilla and was hoping to use strawberry JELLO mix somewhere and cheesecake pudding mix instead of vanilla. I couldnt find any, so I ended up getting those "no bake" dessert kits which was a cheesecake one. the box said it includes "cheesecake mix" which i'm thinking would be the same thing as cheesecake pudding mix?

if you don't know then that is totally cool, just let me know and i can make a new post icon_biggrin.gif

as for the OP, you should definitely do the WASC. love love love it!

vww104 Posted 23 Aug 2009 , 1:57am
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Substituting whole milk for water and adding a tsp of vanilla will improve any cake mix.

Also, check out the Cake Mix Doctor by Ann Byrn for great doctored cake mix recipes. She's already done all the experimenting for you.

MORSELSBYMARK Posted 23 Aug 2009 , 2:08am
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I only use cake mixes and tweak them to obtain different flavors. I don't do just vanilla/white - I scrape a whole vanilla bean into the batter - delish! And I have customers who repeatedly order nothing but chocolate cake because mine is the richest and chocolatey they've ever had! My secret - a teaspoon of instant coffee powder (french vanilla flavor) per each box of mix. The coffee enhances the chocolate flavor.

Kandy4283 Posted 23 Aug 2009 , 2:20am
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I normally add vanilla and pudding mixes! They work great and spice it up! Another thing you can do is get the cake doctor book! This book is amazing, it gives you amazing tips and reciepes for cake box mixes!

kricket Posted 23 Aug 2009 , 2:23am
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I add a small box of instant pudding mix to a DH cake mix, plus 1-1/4 cups water, 1/2 cup oil, and 4 eggs. My chocolate cakes are both Devil's Food, with the addition 1/3 bag of mini chocolate chips. I, too, add cheesecake pudding mix to my vanilla cakes (DH French Vanilla). The vanilla pudding seems to add a lot of "yellow" to the cake, while the cheesecake keeps it more white, but adds the density I'm after.

Mommy2ThreeBoys Posted 23 Aug 2009 , 2:46am
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4thelove of cake, you can find cheesecake jello in the jello section, my kids love cheesecake and think it's almost as good.....it's one of their favorite puddings to eat, it does remind you of eating cheesecake.

jdelaney81 Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 10:16pm
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Has anyone tried adding pudding to the Pilsbury mix? I am kind of scared to since there is already puding in the mix.

Melchas Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 10:25pm
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I add pudding even if there is already pudding in the mix. Here's my recipe:

1 box mix
2 tbls pudding mix (compatible with box flavor)
1tsp of vanilla (for all mixes except chocolate)
Water/whole Milk (follow amount on box, but half milk half water)
Eggs and oil (follow box instructions)

I mix on low for one minute, then hip it on high for 10 minutes. It makes a delicious moist cake that is easy to carve and decorate. HTH

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