I have tried a couple of the other enhanced cake mix recipes on here, and for some reason none of them really did it for me. Most contained sour cream, and my cake just didn’t seem to have the flavor I wanted. So I kind of mixed a few together to see what I could come up with, and this has been my winner for a while. It’s dense enough to stand up to the weight of buttercream and fondant, but still has a nice light feeling when you eat it.


  • 1 Box Cake mix (preferably Duncan Hines)
  • 1 Box pudding mix*
  • 1 stick softened butter (1/2 cup)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 c. vegetable oil
  • 1c. whole milk
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla

  • *Flavor suggestions: With any chocolate mix, add chocolate pudding. Yellow cake mix, vanilla or banana work well. White cake mix, you can get away with just about anything. Strawberry, vanilla, banana… they all create light flavors without being too overpowering.


    Combine Pudding and cake mix. Stir until powder is all mixed together. Add butter, eggs, oil, and milk, and combine until batter is smooth and even, almost a pudding like consistency. Bake as directed on box.


Mkanz Says... 12 Jun 2011 , 10:57am

Can this recipe be used for a topsy turvy cake???

spiffy39 Says... 27 Jul 2011 , 6:07am

You can use a Duncan Hines Devil's Food & add 1/2 cup Kahlua, plus 1 cup buttermilk. If you like coffee flavor, it's fabulous!

bzmom2-4 Says... 1 Aug 2011 , 11:17am

I had to make a Bridal Shower cake for a friend and decided to try this recipe. Everyone loved it they said it was mosit and held together super well. I have a Family Reunion this weekend and I am going to use this again!

Chef_Dad Says... 1 Aug 2011 , 11:07pm

Cake was really difficult to measure doneness but the final taste was EXCELLENT!!

singsing Says... 4 Aug 2011 , 6:00pm

What size pudding mix?

TheCakePrincess2 Says... 7 Aug 2011 , 8:34am

I wanted to know if this cake recipe can be modified to add chocolate chips? If I grate the semisweet chips and fold them in would that constitute a chocolate chip pound cake?

46Sis Says... 28 Aug 2011 , 7:09am

I found the cake tasted like a cake mix it did not have the density, flavor or the crumb you get with the WSAC

lou79 Says... 6 Oct 2011 , 1:35am

I'm sorry but what is pudding mix? i usually make fruit cakes so new to this, so looking for a fantstic and moist recipe.

kculley Says... 13 Nov 2011 , 6:44pm

This is a GREAT recipie as I have made it many times before but it DOES NOT work at high altitude. Your cake will fall 9 out of 10 times.

Sassafrassquach Says... 19 Nov 2011 , 2:10pm

I live at 5900" and I just added 1/3 cup flour, no falling cake! Looks beautiful! Thanks for the great recipe!

dollyandme Says... 27 Dec 2011 , 10:07pm

Is the pudding mix instant or the other one that is cooked?

dlsdvm Says... 3 Jan 2012 , 11:10am

I tried this recipe and it was delicious! I used a Jello instant vanilla pudding mix...the small box size.

robecki Says... 1 Aug 2012 , 4:36pm

I've used this recipe a few times now and all I've recieved were rave reviews. Nobody knows its a cake mix just enhanced. Everyone thinks I've spent hours baking and I think I'm going to let everyone keep thinking that too!! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

t8ergrl Says... 25 Aug 2012 , 11:05am

I want to use white or yellow cake mix instead of chocolate. Should I do anything different?

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