I found this recipe awhile ago and have used it for so many cake decorating projects that I kind of know it by heart. Everyone loves it and it’s easy enough for me to work with and stable to decorate on and stack.
Amount Ingredient 1 box Cake mix (I’ve used different brands and flavors) 1 cup white flour 1 cup white sugar 1 tsp salt 3 Tb vegetable oil 1 1/3 cup water 1 cup regular full-fat sour cream 3/4-1 cup egg whites (from carton, depending on how think you want. I’ve used 3/4 cup before and didn’t notice a difference) 1-2 tsp vanilla- optional
Combine dry ingredients in mixing bowl and mix until well combined. Add wet ingredients and mix until well incorporated. I normally mix it on high a little to get some air into the batter and to make it nice and fluffy with the egg whites. Pour into pans sprayed with cooking spray. I bake at 350 for 20 minutes for cupcakes and start at 25 minutes for any other cakes and add time as needed. Cool completely before taking out of pan.
Sometimes I forget the salt or vanilla and don’t really notice a difference so I just put it in if I remember. I’ve also tried different brands of cake mix and don’t really like one over the other so I just use what is on sale or what I have on hand. Everyone loves this! What I love about this recipe is that for me, it always bakes up even on top so I don’t have to level off my cakes before using them- saves time!