Monday, January 26, 2015

FOOD: How to DOUBLE Boxed Cake Mixes (and make them taste homemade!)

I believe some of the best recipes and dishes (heck, even stuff outside the kitchen!) are the happy results of mistakes. The other day I was doing my weekly target wander (ya know, Starbucks in hand, looking for nothing in particular) and grabbed one of their Archer Farms brand (LOVE!) cupcake mixes- I really wanted something sweet but didn't want to go to the trouble of making something from scratch.

Queue the mistake. I love my measuring cups and decided to use my four cup one so I wouldn't have as many dishes to wash. Buut instead of pouring in one cup of oil, I poured in two.


I was in one of those moods so dangit, I was going to have cupcakes! Since I accidentally doubled the amount of oil, I added in roughly the same amount of flour as there was cake mix.

Since it was a chocolate cake, I needed to add in something so the flavor wasn't compromised by all the extra flour. I knew I didn't want to use cocoa powder since it's dry-that's what the flour is for! Enter in Nutella.  Yumm.

I added in Nutella to taste-it was probably about a quarter of a cup. If it was a white cake mix, I would have added a touch of vanilla (or how good would some Biscoff taste??)

The end result? Instead of 12 cupcakes, I ended up with 24 and THEY TASTED HOMEMADE. The Nutella added an extra flavor that took the chocolate to the next level. Add on some peanut butter frosting and instead of taking these babies to work like I had planned, they stayed right here!

The bottom line?

-Double the amount of oil the recipe on the box calls for
-Use roughly the same amount of flour as there is cake mix
-Use a wet ingredient to act as a binder (Nutella, peanut butter, Biscoff, a little bit of vanilla) and add back in the flavor that the flour takes out

Note: I decided to not add in extra eggs. The result? Cupcakes slightly denser in texture which I love. If you prefer lighter cakes, go ahead add more eggs!

Here's to happy mistakes!


  1. OMG - those look amazing... you must have inherited your grandma's passion for baking - that's a good thing :-) Love you! Aunt Sally