We all know that sometimes you need to use a store bought packet cake mix, but that’s no reason you can’t try to disguise it as homemade.
There is no doubt many packet cake mixes are delicious, but I love to make them just that little bit tastier. First of all it’s good to start with a well known and trusted brand as your base for the packet cake mix, my personal favourites are White Wings and Betty Crocker.
Today I have chosen chocolate cake but the same substitutions can be made with any vanilla cake – just substitute dark chocolate for white chocolate.
It’s fairly simple just make the following changes and additions!
#1 Switch oil to melted butter
#2 Use buttermilk instead of water
#3 Add one extra egg than the packet cake mix calls for
#4 Add half a cup of melted chocolate buttons. If vanilla cake, use white chocolate and if chocolate cake, use dark or dairy milk chocolate. Always remember that the chocolate should be of good quality
#5 Follow the packet cake method as outlined on the packaging, simply substituting ingredients as outlined above. Add the chocolate once all other ingredients have been mixed
#6 As your cake will have slightly more wet ingredients than the packet cake mix calls for, this will make your cake that much more moist and rich. Allow enough time to give the cake an extra 10 minutes to bake if it needs.
If you love rich and moist icing as I do, all you need to do is add 1 cup of good quality melted chocolate buttons to the packet icing mix. I think you’ll agree that it’s super simple and that much more delicious.
Here is the finished product, with a little grated white chocolate to decorate.
Look how moist and pretty that is! Don’t eat it all at once!