Making a cake from a box mix is easy! I love how simple it is to make something already pre-mixed, all you add is water, eggs and vegetable oil. To make it MORE yummy, you need to substitute a couple things, but don’t worry, it’s easy!
To start off, we have a ton of almond milk on hand here at our home. My daughter and I don’t drink cow’s milk so we use almond milk for everything. We use it in place of cow’s milk for my cereal in the morning, our fruit/green smoothies, and for baking. I will sometimes use cow’s milk but it is only if I have it on hand and I’m running low on almond milk. I use almond milk in place of water when I make boxed cake mix and it makes it creamier.
We also don’t use vegetable oil for our cooking, only extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil. Coconut oil is my favorite though! My mother in law introduced me to coconut oil about 6 years ago, and I’ve never gone back to using vegetable oil. If you buy unrefined coconut oil, it will have a coconut flavor. If you buy refined coconut oil, it will not have a coconut flavor. I have purchased both, and have used both in most of my baking recipes. For my boxed cake mix recipe, I used refined coconut oil. I melt it down so it mixes better with the batter. For my bread mixes, I do not melt down the oil when I cream it with my sugar and eggs. It has the consistency of shortening in this case.
I add 1 tsp of vanilla extract to the mix and it makes the cake have a more vanilla flavor to it! If you like almond extract, you can add it instead of vanilla, I would just put 1/2 tsp because it has a stronger flavor.
For my recipe, I used a Bundt cake pan! I got this as a present from my in-laws years ago 😂 When you use a Bundt cake pan, you need to spray it with nonstick baking spray prior to filing it with the cake mix. The baking spray has flour in it, so there is no need to flour the pan after spraying it. Nonstick cooking spray has compressed oil, so you would need to lightly flour the pan after spraying it with the oil. You also need to put a small baking sheet underneath the Bundt pan while the cake is baking so that it will hold the mold correctly and prevent spilling onto your oven racks. One time I didn’t use a pan underneath and it tipped over while baking because the Bundt pan lost balance. Let’s just say, I had smoke coming from my oven and my cake was ruined. Lots of cleaning in my oven after it cooled down 😢
This was the best white cake I have ever made from a box mix! It was so fluffy and moist, and definitely a crowd pleaser ❤️