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How to make a Cake Mix taste Homemade

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Most of the time, when I bake cupcakes, I use a boxed cake mix. Although, I do add some extra ingredients to make it taste homemade. And yes, I know baking from scratch is the best, but a lot of the time we are all just too busy.

I often have readers ask what I add to the cake mix, and although I always share in each recipe what to add, I thought it would be good to have a special post giving you the recipe.

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes Recipe

Sometimes I add other ingredients to change the flavor a bit, but by starting with a cake mix, it’s super easy. I created a short video for you…

How to make a Cake Mix taste Homemade

  • Cake Mix
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk {or amount of water on box}
  • 1/3 cup oil {or amount on box}

Fun Birthday Cupcakes


  • To bring eggs to room temperature quickly, place in bowl of hot water and let set a couple minutes
  • To make your own buttermilk, add a splash {about 1 tablespoon} of vinegar to measuring cup, fill with milk and let set for a couple minutes

 Neapolitan Cupcakes Recipe

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  1. says

    I prefer using a cake mix since it is easier and people usually rave over how well it tastes. I haven’t watched your video yet (will after commenting) but I always use the mix that calls for oil instead of butter and I strictly following the mixing and cooking times and it turns out fabulous every time 😉 Looking forward to seeing how you do it 😉
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        • says

          Hi……when I make a strawberry cake from scratch, I usually use my regular yellow cake recipe but substitute half strawberry milk for the milk ingredient and add fresh strawberries to the milk as well in the amount that your recipe asks for. So mixing the whole milk, strawberry milk and strawberries together to make, let’s say 1 cup of milk (if that’s what your recipe calls for). It works out well and has great strawberry flavor. I also add a little strawberry extract but not much because it doesn’t really taste like real strawberry to me.

          • Dawn says

            My box mix strawberry cake is as follows:

            1 box strawberry cake mix
            applesauce to equal oil or butter on box
            4 eggs
            1 small container frozen strawberries, thawed, juices well strained and saved ( I drain for about a half hour to almost dry out he strawberries. You don;t want them real juicy. This adds to your liquid measure and affects the cake.

            Measure the strawberry liquid to up to the amount of water needed on the box. If there is not enough, add water to make up the difference.

            Mix your ingredients per the box instructions
            Add strawberries in last to not crush them anymore than you need to. I don’t always use the whole container. usually about half. Use your judgement.

            Bake at 325 until done (this depends on your pan). It will take longer than the box instructs since you are using a lower temp.

  2. Jessica says

    I love to bake but whenever I attempt to get creative I just end up messing up the recipe. I love that you had just a few easy to follow steps and they made a huge difference in how the cake tastes! Your video was perfect and I appreciated the side tips on the eggs and how to make buttermilk. I used this recipe with a box of Pillsbury strawberry cake mix along with a banana frosting I found a recipe for to bring into work and it was a huge success! Thanks so much! I’ll definitely be coming to your site again!

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