There’s absolutely no shame in using a boxed cake mix. I mean, it makes your life so much easier, especially because you have everything you need already mixed in a convenient box. But let’s face it. Boxed cake mix tastes like, well, boxed cake mix.
So, what do you do when you’re craving the flavor of a homemade cake but only have time to whip up something in less than five minutes? Don’t worry! We’ve put together a list of hacks to upgrade the simplest boxed cake mix into the divine, made-from-scratch cake you and your guests are craving.
Use Dairy, Not Water and Oil
Most boxed cake mixes call for plain water. But think about how good your cake would taste if you added something with a boost of flavor and richness? That’s exactly what happens when you swap milk for water. The milk also increases the cake’s denseness, giving it a more homemade texture.
If you want to take things to the next level, you can add buttermilk. Don’t have buttermilk in the fridge? Don’t sweat it! You can make it yourself by mixing a cub of whole milk with a tiny dash of vinegar. Let it sit, and voila! You have buttermilk. And of course, be sure to use butter instead of oil. Just make sure to melt the butter first.
Add Some Coffee
This next hack will leave your guests guessing which secret ingredient gave your cake that extra oomph. No, the coffee doesn’t make your cake taste like coffee. If you’re making a chocolate cake, a few tablespoons of strong-brewed coffee will bring out the richness of the chocolate.
I like to keep a small jar of espresso capsules on hand to quickly stir in some coffee into my chocolate recipes. If you are interested in having a more mocha flavor, feel free to go a little overboard with the coffee. Just make sure that you cut back on your other liquids so the cake can bake properly.