First, let me say that I love cooking from scratch. I love to know what is going into my body. From-scratch food is generally better; however, I have found very few cake recipes that can stack up to a doctored boxed cake mix in flavor and moistness. Plus, it’s easy and can be really cheap if you can find the boxed mixes on sale.
Brand names really don’t matter. I tend to buy whatever is the cheapest at the time. In general, you want a boxed cake mix and a boxed instant pudding mix. If you want to really have fun with it, mix the flavors. Butterscotch pudding would be really good with vanilla cake mix. My plain vanilla cake mix had a definite vanilla pudding flavor to it. It was delicious. I stick to traditional flavors (vanilla and chocolate) when doing a sheet cake for a party. Although, I will say that I prefer German chocolate cake mix as opposed to regular chocolate cake. It just has a richer flavor. If I’m going to eat chocolate cake, I want it to be good.
Originally, I used vegetable oil in this recipe, but I now use coconut oil instead because I’m trying to get away from processed vegetable oil. You will probably need to heat the coconut oil slightly to get it in it’s liquid form. Coconut oil has a very low melting point, so it won’t take much. Don’t get it hot, or it will cook your eggs. Mine is usually a liquid just at room temp in the summer. I’ve seen people suggest butter in place of the oil. The only problem you may have with using butter is that butter has a higher moisture content than oil. It may not be enough to really make a difference, but your batter will definitely be thinner. If unrefined coconut oil has too much of a coconut flavor for you, try refined coconut oil.
Add the cake mix, pudding mix, egg and vegetable oil to the bowl, plus all ingredients listed on the back of the cake mix (usually water, oil and eggs). Beat the ingredients together until well combined, about 2 minutes.
Bake according to the directions on the back of the cake mix box.
Note: If you have concerns about the ingredients in boxed cake mix and instant pudding, Thrive Market has some great organic and gluten free options.
Doctored Cake Mix
I have found very few cake recipes that can stack up to a doctored boxed cake mix in flavor and moistness. Plus, it's easy and can be really cheap if you can find the boxed mixes on sale.
- 1 box Cake mix
- 1 box Instant pudding mix
- 1 extra Egg
- 1 oz extra oil I use coconut oil
- Add the cake mix, pudding mix, egg and oil to the bowl, plus all ingredients listed on the back of the cake mix (usually water, oil and eggs). Beat the ingredients together until well combined, about 2 minutes.
- Bake according to the directions on the back of the cake mix box.
Calories and cooking times are approximate. Actual times and calorie content will vary depending upon ingredients used. Follow baking times and temperatures recommended on the cake mix package.