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Maggie Achorn Recipe shared by:
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For the moistest and most delicious cake you've ever made from a box follow this basic formular in place of the box instructions...I swear to you that no one but you will know it is a boxed cake...unless of course you can't keep a secret.

  • Hands-On Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 Hour
  • Servings: SAME AS BOX
  • Rating:

Ingredients

  • using Duncan Hines All Butter Recipe (Yellow or Fudge) your choice.
  • 1 stick of softened "unsalted" butter (the real stuff no margarine)
  • 4 large eggs (INSTEAD OF 3 EGGS)
  • 1 cup whole milk (INSTEAD OF WATER)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • optional: if using yellow cake add 2 teaspoon grand marnier or 2 teaspoons orange juice with grated zest of orange.
  • if using fudge cake mix you can add 2 teaspoons of coffee liquer like tia maria OR rasperry liquer.

Baking Instructions

  1. PREHEAT OVEN TO 350 OR 375 AS DESCRIBED ON BOX,
  2. SPRAY CAKE PAN OR PANS WITH PAM BAKING SPRAY.
  3. cream butter in mixer using whisk
  4. add eggs one at a time beating to incorporate with butter
  5. add milk
  6. add cake mix
  7. remember to scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl to ensure all ingredients are full blended.
  8. TURN MIXER TO HIGH now add vanilla extract and any optional additional flavorings you want. MIXER SHOULD REMAIN AT HIGH FOR ABOUT 5 MINUTES
  9. POUR IMMEDIATELY INTO PANS. BANG PANS ON COUNTER TO RELEASE AIR BUBBLES AND BAKR USING BOX TIMR CHART.
  10. ALLOW CAKE TO COOL FOR ABOUT 15 MINUTES THEN REMOVE FROM PAN. COOL COMPLETELY WITH FAVORITE DUNCAN HINES FROSTING.
  11. YOU CAN SEE THE DIFFERENCE THE EXTRA EGG MAKES... CAKE IS HIGHER AND FLUFFIER (LIKE A SCRATCH CAKE)
  12. THE MILK MAKES IT MOISTER AND RICHER. THE VANILLA MAKES IT TASTE FRESH NOT BOXED.
  13. DON'T FORGET TO LET ME KNOW HOW YOU AND YOUR GUESTS ENJOYED IT. REMEMBER ITS A SECRET.
  14. NYC2ME

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Tips

Fresh Boiled Icing

Fresh Boiled Icing

To keep boiled icing from hardening, add a small amount (1 teaspoon) of white vinegar to the water while it is cooking.


Less Batter Problem

Less Batter Problem

I live in Alaska and everytime I baked a box cake mix in an electric oven, the cake would come out dry. After I did much searching on the internet, I found out that sugar can help hold moisture in the cake. So...for Duncan Hines Devil's Food Cake mix, I always add at least 1/4 cup of white granulated sugar to the mix and they have come out perfect everytime. I wonder if the differences between the old box weight 18 oz and the new box weight is a reduction of sugar?





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