Pro baker shares tricks for making boxed cake mix taste gourmet

A professional baker has shared three easy tricks for baking boxed cake mix taste like ‘gourmet.’ 

Karly Stoddard, who runs a cupcake business in Oregon, shared the clever hacks on TikTok last week, where it’s already been viewed 7.4 million times. 

‘I know all of you are attempting quarantine baking, so I’m gonna show you all how to turn this,’ she says, holding up a box of Duncan Hines Classic White cake mix, ‘into gourmet cupcakes.’

Try it at home! Karly Stoddard , who runs a cupcake business in Oregon, shared some tricks for making boxed cake mix better

Try it at home! Karly Stoddard , who runs a cupcake business in Oregon, shared some tricks for making boxed cake mix better

Try it at home! Karly Stoddard , who runs a cupcake business in Oregon, shared some tricks for making boxed cake mix better

Viral: She posted the clever hacks on TikTok last week, where her vide has already been viewed 7.4 million times

Viral: She posted the clever hacks on TikTok last week, where her vide has already been viewed 7.4 million times

Viral: She posted the clever hacks on TikTok last week, where her vide has already been viewed 7.4 million times

Easy: While Karly typically bakes from scratch, she concedes that sometimes, a person might not want to gather all the ingredients involved in making a cake that way

Easy: While Karly typically bakes from scratch, she concedes that sometimes, a person might not want to gather all the ingredients involved in making a cake that way

Easy: While Karly typically bakes from scratch, she concedes that sometimes, a person might not want to gather all the ingredients involved in making a cake that way

While Karly typically bakes from scratch — and shows off her process on TikTok and Instagram — she concedes that sometimes, a person might not want to gather all the ingredients involved in making a cake that way.  

So for those times when there’s less on hand — and less time — she suggests simply using boxed cake mix with a few tweaks.

Though she favors Duncan Hines’ Classic White, she says that any cake mix will do. 

First, she says, refer to the ingredients on the back — and then swap new ones in. 

‘Instead of water, you’re gonna use milk,’ she says, showing herself measuring it out in a later video.

First, she says, refer to the ingredients on the back — and then swap new ones in

First, she says, refer to the ingredients on the back — and then swap new ones in

Instead of water, she says, use milk

Instead of water, she says, use milk

Change it up: First, she says, refer to the ingredients on the back — and then swap new ones in. Instead of water, use the same amount of milk

Then increase the number of eggs (she goes from three to five)

Then increase the number of eggs (she goes from three to five)

Finally, she swaps in butter for oil

Finally, she swaps in butter for oil

More swaps: Then increase the number of eggs (she goes from three to five) and swap in butter for oil

Other frequent bakers have suggested a similar trick, explaining that milk gives the cake a denser, richer texture than water.  

‘Instead of three eggs, you’re gonna do five eggs,’ she goes on.More eggs add more fat, which makes the cake richer and moister.

Finally, she says, ‘instead of vegetable oil, you’re gonna double the amount and use melted butter.’

Other proponents of using butter instead of oil argue that it gives the cake better flavor and also makes it denser — which can be especially useful for cupcakes if they’re being weighed down with frosting. However, other says that swapping one-to-one measurements is the way to go.

On the other hand, those that favor oil say it makes for a moister cake.  

'Do this, mix it, bake it as regular, and I promise you they will come out so much better,' Karly says

'Do this, mix it, bake it as regular, and I promise you they will come out so much better,' Karly says

'Do this, mix it, bake it as regular, and I promise you they will come out so much better,' Karly says

'Do this, mix it, bake it as regular, and I promise you they will come out so much better,' Karly says

‘Do this, mix it, bake it as regular, and I promise you they will come out so much better,’ Karly says

Quick tricks: Her changes make for denser, richer, and more flavorful cake

Quick tricks: Her changes make for denser, richer, and more flavorful cake

Quick tricks: Her changes make for denser, richer, and more flavorful cake

Mix it up: she said it works for any cake mix, so home bakers can try chocolate or strawberry too

Mix it up: she said it works for any cake mix, so home bakers can try chocolate or strawberry too

Mix it up: she said it works for any cake mix, so home bakers can try chocolate or strawberry too

‘Do this, mix it, bake it as regular, and I promise you they will come out so much better,’ Karly says.

Several viewers who have already tested out the swaps have comments to share their thoughts.

‘I made the cupcakes with cake mix and I followed your instructions and Oh My God they were deeeeeelicious ! Definitely my go to from now on,’ wrote one.

‘We made this cake after watching your video. Omg! Our family ate in 2 days!’ said another.

‘I just made it, I used strawberry cake mix too, thank you for sharing!!! said a third. 

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