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How to Make Box Cake Better

How to Make Box Cake Better: a few simple tips and tricks to make your semi-homemade cake taste like it came from the bakery! Use any cake mix flavor you'd like and top with your favorite frosting.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: boxed cake, easy, sweet
Servings: 12 pieces
Calories: 128kcal
Author: Jennifer Debth


  • 1 (15.25 oz) package cake mix any flavor (yellow cake mix is pictured)
  • 1 (3.4 oz) package instant pudding mix any flavor (vanilla pudding mix is pictured)
  • 1 cup buttermilk room temperature
  • 5 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter melted and cooled slightly
  • 1/3 cup sour cream room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 batches vanilla frosting for topping, if desired


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mix, buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, sour cream, vanilla extract, and salt.
  • Pour into the prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for 30-40 minutes (mine was perfect at 38), or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool completely before topping with frosting of choice!
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Frosting not included in nutritional information.
This recipe is based off of a cake mix that originally calls for 3 large eggs, 1 cup water, and 1/3 cup vegetable oil.


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 193mg | Potassium: 69mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 324IU | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg