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pink layer cake on a cake stand

Box Cake Mix Hack

  • Author: Pattymac
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Turn a Box Cake Mix into a Bakery Confection! And a bonus Strawberry Frosting Recipe



For the Cake:

  • Box Cake Mix
  • Evaporated Milk
  • 3 Eggs
  • One stick (115 grams) of melted Butter
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla

For the Frosting

  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • One Stick (115 grams) room temperature butter
  • 420 grams (4 cups) Powdered Sugar
  • 17 grams freeze dried Strawberries (half the bag)
  • 2 tsp vanilla


For the Cake:

*Substitute milk in the same measurement as the water listed on the box.
*Add an extra egg.
*Take the oil part of the recipe and double it. Most people use melted butter for this part, so that’s also what I did. But you could use a vegetable oil. Using oil in cake baking is a fairly standard thing, so I don’t see any issue in using a good quality oil. But this was as experiment to see how this thing worked, so I followed the instructions I have seen in other videos.

*I also added an extra  vanilla, because that is always delicious.

*I combined all the wet ingredients first. Milk and butter, then one egg at a time and then vanilla.

*Add the cake mix all once to the mixed wet ingredients.

*Mix on medium high following the instructions on the box. Mine called for 2 minutes, so that’s what I did.

*Bake following the box instructions. Everybody’s oven and climate is different. So, start with the box time and then check your cakes to see if they are baked.

*I buttered and floured my cake pans so the cakes would pop right out.

*I chilled the cakes in the fridge over night, and frosted them the next day with my homemade strawberry frosting.

For the Frosting:

*Allow butter and cream cheese to come to room temperature.
*Beat butter and cream cheese together on medium high for 3 minutes.
*Add the vanilla somewhere at the 2 minute mark.
*Pulverize strawberries in food processor to a fine crumb. Combine this with the sugar.
*Add sugar and strawberry mixture to butter and cream cheese mixture in two additions. The first just the sugar and the second, put the strawberry powder on top of the sugar and sift in together.
*Combine the sugar with the butter and cream cheese using the paddle before returning to the mixer. It will cut down on sugar going everywhere.
*Mix on medium high for 3-5 minutes.
*Use immediately.

Keywords: box cake mix hack