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Favorite Baking Hack: Make Your Favorite Store Cake Mix Taste Homemade

I enjoy baking, but I'm too intimidated by the "bake from scratch" life, which is how I stumbled upon this recipe somewhere on Pinterest. It really does make a simple box mix taste like it could've come from a fancy bakery.

When using it, completely disregard the instructions on the back of the cake mix box. Only follow the instructions below. This recipe works best for making two 8-inch cake rounds or 3 six-inch rounds.


1 Box Cake Mix (I recommend vanilla or yellow cake)

1 cup of flour

1 cup of granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon of salt

3 large eggs at room temperature

1 1/3 cup of milk at room temperature

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

1 cup of sour cream at room temperature

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract


-Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

-Grease and flour your cake pans, then line with parchment paper. (Bonus: These baking strips are incredible! I had no idea such magical things existed until my baker friend told me about them. They make your cakes come out perfectly smooth and symmetrical.)

-Whisk the dry ingredients together.

-Add the wet ingredients and mix until combined.

-Divide the batter and bake for approximately 50 minutes.

-Let cakes cool for 10 mins, then remove them from the pans and cool completely.

Bonus Hack: Make Store-Bought Frosting Taste Better

This one is more of an art than a science. Typically, store-bought frosting is just too sweet, which is why cream cheese and salt help to mellow it out, but you can add them more sparingly and according to your taste.


1 can of store-bought vanilla frosting

8 oz of cream cheese

1/2 teaspoon of salt

2 teaspoons of vanilla (optional for desired taste)

Add powdered sugar as needed (depending on your desired texture)

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