Turn Box Cake Mix to Gourmet Quality Cake

Annette W. Recipe

By Annette W. greeneyez


This is the easiest way to turn your plain box cake mix into gourmet quality cake in an instant. The great thing about it is you don't have to buy anything extra because everything you need, you most likely have in your refrigerator and pantry.

By following these easy steps, you will make your cake taste as if you just payed top dollar at a popular bakery.

Try it just once the next time you use a box cake mix and wait to see how many people ask you where you purchased your cake. Then watch their face when you say "no where, I made it myself"!


1 box
any flavor cake mix
melted butter
1 extra egg
splash of vanilla or almond extract

Directions Step-By-Step

When preparing the cake mix, replace the oil with equal parts melted butter. Replace the water with equal parts milk.
Add one extra egg then the recipe calls for and add a splash of vanilla. You can also use almond extract if you prefer.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Annette W. greeneyez
Mar 15, 2015
LOL! I love it. I love cake too! The difference though is I LOVE almond flavoring. God I could eat almond paste right out of the tube..lol I have used lemon peel in my yellow cakes before and I love it but that is most likely because lemon cake is my favorite cake right next to fresh banana. I am also a true white cake lover. Wedding cake with homemade cream cheese mints and a handful of mixed nuts and I'm in heaven.
K Wynn Katwyn100
Mar 14, 2015
Annette - coffee doesn't get a chance to get cold around me. I make real coffee fresh by the cup with a French press or a Melitta #2 cone filter, so I keep a mini-jar of instant coffee and one of instant espresso stashed in the refrigerator exclusively for baking, and especially for making chocolate frostings. It's easy to control the amount of flavor with the instants too, when I want more or less flavor sometimes & for certain things I dissolve it in a couple Tbl spoons of hot water. With yellow or white scratch cakes (9x13 or layers), I've found that adding the finely grated peel of 1 small lemon along with the vanilla can really brighten the flavor of those cakes and is amazing for upgrading scratch cake recipes too, so I would think that might work to help overcome the boxed-mix taste of white & yellow cakes, also. I love vanilla, but am not such a fan of adding Fiori di Sicilia, Princess, or Almond flavorings in white & yellow cakes. Took years before I'd figured out I'd needed a bit of lemon with the vanilla to get the flavor I'd been craving for the scratch cakes. A whole lemon peel grated sounds like a lot, but gives just a hint of brightness to a 9x13 cake--it would take 2 lemons for a distinct lemon flavor and about 3 for a strong lemon flavor. People can experiment with grating just a half lemon peel if their lemon is rather large, though, or if uneasy about using a whole lemon peel. Can you tell cake is my favorite thing and I got really excited about finding your upgrade tips???
Annette W. greeneyez
Mar 14, 2015
K Wynn thank you for that putting that advice here. I actually do that as well and didn't think about adding it to the 'upgrading' a box mix. You are right, coffee def makes a difference. I often use cold day old coffee as well if not instant.
K Wynn Katwyn100
Mar 13, 2015
I had often thought about experimenting with doing this, but never got around to trying it, so thanks for posting! I had stopped using mixes several years ago, but will buy another to try this. I didn't read all the comments, so this might be a duplicate tip, but I usually add 1/2 to 1 tsp. of instant coffee to (scratch) chocolate cakes (or brownies or fudge) to boost the chocolate flavor to gourmet level and would also add that to a chocolate cake mix for a richer chocolate taste too.
Annette W. greeneyez
Jun 11, 2013
Ellen you are most welcome. Thank you so much for the compliment. This is one of the GREATEST tips ever. Trust me!