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Vegetable oil vs Butter for cake mix

post #1 of 12
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Hello there,
I just wondering if the cake mix will taste better if I use butter instead of vegetable oil for all cake flavors. But I've seen a lot of doctored cake mix use only vegetable oil. Does pudding really important to be added? I feel like the cake's moist enough already. I usually bake from scratch so I am pretty new with the box. I just want to try since baking from the box soo much easier.
post #2 of 12
I use oil in my mixes, but I also add milk or even light cream instead of water, and I always put in pudding. the extra fat helps with texture and moistness. While a box cake with oil, water and no pudding can indeed be a tasty thing, a few little touches help make it more individualized. People rave about my cakes, and I NEVER bake from scratch. As to the butter, I have tried it in my mixes and personally I've never had anything but trouble. HTH. Good luck and feel free to ask any questions.
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post #3 of 12
i bake from box mix all the time, to me they both come out the same, i prefer to use oil because it's less expensive. i also doctor my cakes and add pudding plus the extra egg. i love the vanilla taste it gives it and the extra egg makes it more dense, which is good for larger or carved cakes.
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post #4 of 12
so many of you say you add pudding to a cake mix...how much pudding are you talking about for a typical 3 layer box mix?
post #5 of 12
oops, meant to say 2 layer not 3!
post #6 of 12
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Today I just bake a lemon cake. I used lemon cake mix, milk instead of water, added 1 extra egg, lemon zest and lemon juice and I used vegetable oil. Maybe it's just me, I still feel that it needed something in it. So I think about butter. I also think it might be better use regular yellow cake mix with lemon pudding.
post #7 of 12
I use the Cake Doctor cookbook. Her recipes are varied. My favorite white cake recipe has 1 stick melted butter. My favorite chocolate cake is oil and sour cream instead of milk. I think it really depends on the cake flavor and your preference.

I think the butter is wonderful in the white cake, but maybe chocolate already has so much flavor that it doesn't need that extra touch?

I ususally add 1 box of pudding to 1 box of cake mix. There's one brand that says on the box that it has pudding in the mix. I don't add extra pudding to that.
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post #8 of 12
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If I want to make more than 1 recipe, can I just double/triple everything? I think there's only 4 cups of batter for 1 cake mix.
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by lolobell

so many of you say you add pudding to a cake mix...how much pudding are you talking about for a typical 3 layer box mix?



I use one 4 serving box of pudding for every one box of mix.
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post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by vita752001

If I want to make more than 1 recipe, can I just double/triple everything? I think there's only 4 cups of batter for 1 cake mix.



I usually do and things work out fine. Try adding some good vanilla to your mix as well. I use about 1t per box. I also use white chocolate pudding instead of vanilla, I think it tastes better, I feel that the pudding ads such a subtle flavor that I wouldn't depend on it to actually flavor the cake rather to enhance that flavor. You could use a yellow cake mix and lemon pudding, and have you considered adding some lemon curd to enhance your flavor ( also the lemon zest and a bit of juice sound yummy) And what about lemon extract ( just a bit ) to punch it up if you need to?
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post #11 of 12
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Thank you soooo much for all your help. Next time I will add the pudding in my cake mix. I also consider to buy the Cake Mix Doctor Recipe Book, it sounds great.
post #12 of 12
I always use both. 1/4 canola oil 1/4 cup of butter, substitute milk for the water and use Watkins vanilla. YUM.
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