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Here’s How to Upgrade Box Cake Mix for a Superior Experience

Cupcakes with light yellow and pink frosting on a cake stand.
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Not all of us are bakers, but there’s good news for those of us who can’t tell a spatula from a spoon. A TikTok baking video is showing users how to upgrade boxed cake mix to taste like the real thing.

Typically, boxed cake requires water and oil to become the cupcakes or birthday treat you’re aiming for. However, TikTok user Karly Stoddard explained that by substituting those ingredients for milk and butter instead, you can make that cardboard box cake taste like it was made at a homemade bakery.

Using a Duncan Hines cake mix, Stoddard explains that at-home bakers can use equal amounts of milk as a substitute for water, five eggs instead of the recommended three, and double the amount of oil but use melted butter instead. “Do this, mix it, bake it as regular, and I promise you they will come out so much better!” she says before ending the video.

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The next time you need a whip up some cupcakes and just can’t be bothered to make them from scratch, Stoddard’s TikTok baking hack can help out.

[Via Better Homes & Gardens]

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Shea Simmons is an Atlanta-based writer who has written about everything from whether Crisco is a good moisturizer to how to KonMari your space. Her work has appeared in Bustle, My First Apartment, and Make It Grateful. Read Full Bio »
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