Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A Simple Improvement to Cakes Made with Mixes

While NOTHING beats a homemade cake, we don't always have time to make a cake from scratch. That doesn't mean you have to settle for the weird texture of a boxed cake mix. An easy trick you can use is to add a small package of instant pudding mix to the mix to make the cake denser. Just follow these easy steps:

The first step is to decide what kind of cake you want to make. The reason this is an important step is that you will need to purchase an instant pudding mix that matches the flavor of your cake mix. You can find a pudding to match almost any flavor. For example, there are instant puddings available in lemon for lemon cake mixes. Some flavors require a bit of thinking. If you're unsure of what to pair with your cake mix remember that vanilla works with almost any flavor. It even adds a creamy background flavor to many varieties, such as strawberry or orange.​

For a cake mix that makes a 9x13 inch cake or two 8 inches round cakes, you will need:
one 4 serving package of instant pudding, 
4 eggs 
1 ¼ cups of water
2 tablespoons of oil. 

I was originally instructed to use 1 tablespoon of oil, but found that the final product was too dry. You may want to play around with the amount of oil you use to get the texture and moisture you're looking for.​

I suggest combining the cake mix and pudding before adding the wet ingredients to ensure that the pudding is evenly distributed. You can then add your wet ingredients and stir the ingredients together
as normal. As for baking, some people recommend reducing the temperature to 250 degrees and baking the cake for one hour. Personally, I follow the package directions, but again, this is something you may want to play with. One note I will make is to ensure your pans are thoroughly greased. This batter is heavier and I found that mine stuck the first time after only a gentle spray of cooking spray.​

Once the cake is done remove it from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Once the cake is completely cool, you can frost as normal or you can choose to shape your cake for more extravagant decorating.​

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