Monday, October 16, 2017


DISCLAIMER: This is not a sponsored post.

How did this blog post get started, you ask? Because I dislike box cake. It's bland, it's dry, it's not the best. And it always tastes like...well... box cake. But the last time I took the boys shopping for groceries with me (about 2 weeks ago), I made the mistake of cruisin' through the bakery aisle. BIG. FAT. MISTAKE. Because for the next 30 minutes they begged me to bake a chocolate cake.

I gave in. Got the stuff: Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge and Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge Frosting. I didn't buy these two products for any other reason than both of them swore up & down they were creamy and moist. "Is that right?! Let me put you to the test...", I thought to myself. And just like that, I got the stuff but couldn't bring myself to bake it. So two weeks passed and I ignored the box in the pantry. Finally, I researched the good ol' internet. And there it was on Pinterest -- tips & tricks from Budget Savvy Diva on how to make your cake taste like it came from a bakery!

This is SO EASY! All you have to do is follow the instructions on the back of your box cake mix with these adjustments to the ingredients:

1. Instead of water, add milk.
I'm sure whole milk will make your cake that much richer, but 2% is what I have on hand and it was just fine. I've yet to try it with almond milk, which is our other staple. Once I do, I'll report back!

2. Instead of vegetable oil, add butter.
Here at home, we use I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Vegan Spread and it made our cake taste beautiful (if beautiful was a flavor, this would be it). We've changed a lot of things in our diet (long story) and this little guy has been a blessing. And it DOES taste just like butter 😊 just without all the yuckies!

3. Add an extra egg (or two).
It adds unbelievable richness and makes the cake super fluffy. We only added one more and it was pure perfection 👌

4. Grease baking pan with butter.
I skipped adding flour to the pan and the cake came out super easy after it cooled down for 30 minutes.

The boys were so excited to help out in the kitchen, especially considering we were baking the cake they have been bugging me about for the past 2 weeks. Look at their little happy faces! 😍  They added, mixed, greased, poured, waited, decorated. They were so cheerful while doing it. And... Here is our cake!

For the decoration, I cut the cake in half (vertically). Then, I sliced the two halves horizontally once. I stacked all 4 layers on top of each other and added frosting in between the layers. I also added a bit of frosting to the top. Since I still had a 1/4 of frosting leftover in the container, I heated it in the microwave for about 25 secs and poured it on top. Just for garnish, the boys sprinkled some chocolate flakes cereal to give it some crunch and make it look cute.

Needless to say, this cake tastes un-be-lie-va-ble! It was so easy to make, very tasty and super fluffy. I'm telling you this as a non-baking mom who burns just about everything in the oven -- you need to try these tips. Whoever tastes your cake will sing your praises!

Elizabeth ♥