How to Doctor a Boxed Cake Mix:

The Ultimate Guide

Looking for tricks to make boxed cake mix taste homemade? Dying to know how to make box cake better? You really can make a box cake taste like a bakery cake!  We’ve got you covered with all of the cake hacks, tips, and tricks.


Decide in advance how many cake mixes you will need for your project. Knowing how many people you can feed with your cake is key.

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If I’m building a tiered cake, I use Pillsbury because it’s a denser cake. Duncan Hines is lighter and does well for layered cakes but I still prefer Pillsbury.

Know your cake brands & how/when to use them


This might not seem like a "beef up the mix" suggestion, but I promise you’ll feel so much better about your finished product if it has straight edges and is presented on a cake board.


Here’s a simple little trick: Most boxed mixes call for 3 whole eggs. Instead, use 4 whole eggs and don’t be afraid to go big.

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If you’re making a wedding cake reverse what I said above. Instead of using whole eggs, go with four egg whites. This will keep the color bright white.

Wedding cakes call for a different approach

Chiffon your cake

You can take the egg whites to a whole new level by whipping them separately until they form soft peaks, then gently folding them into the cake batter. You’ll end up with a cake that’s super light and fluffy.

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