You can use cake mix with an additional ingredient to make it taste moist and homemade: pudding. Adding an instant-pudding mix to your cake mix and altering the other ingredient amounts and bake time will produce a delicious cake--and no one will detect that it started with a mix.
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Things you need
- Cake mix
- Instant-pudding mix (four-serving size)
- Mixing bowl
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup water
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup sour cream (optional)
- Electric beater
- Cooking spray or butter
- 9- by 13-inch cake pan
Select identical flavours of cake mix and instant-pudding mix, such as chocolate cake mix and chocolate pudding. If you want a more complex cake flavour, select complementing cake and pudding mix flavours, such as yellow cake mix and lemon instant-pudding mix.
Preheat the oven to 176 degrees C.
Grease the cake pan with non-stick cooking spray or butter.
Combine the cake and pudding mixes with a spoon in a large mixing bowl.
Add four eggs, 1 cup water and 1/3 cup vegetable oil. If you wish to make a denser cake (similar to a pound cake) add 1 cup sour cream.
Beat all the ingredients until combined with an electric mixer on medium speed. The batter will be much thicker than regular cake batter.
Pour the batter into the greased cake pan and bake it for approximately 50 minutes.
Insert a toothpick in the middle of the cake and remove it. If the toothpick comes out clean with no raw batter, the cake is done.
Tips and warnings
- Disregard the instructions on the back of the cake mix box; you are altering the recipe by adding the instant-pudding mix.
- Baking time is approximate and depends on your oven, so keep an eye on the cake while it's baking.