Hello Pinterest Friends,
We have all seen this pin numerous times- make a cake box taste like it’s homemade. For this pin test, I decided to make 2 cakes: one following the box instructions and one following the pin’s instructions. I was able to draw upon that biology major I so rarely use from college (sorry mom and dad) to conduct this very scientific experiment. I used the same mixer, pan, oven, and temperature for making both cakes keeping the variables the same (mom and dad- I did learn something from that biology degree!). For a quick test, I tasted both the batters and definitely liked the pinterest recipe better. After baking, I was surprised that the pinterest recipe did not rise as well as the box (that could have been my error though). For the results portion of the experiment, I conducted a blind taste test for my lucky and enthusiastic participants. The results were unanimous in favor of the pinterest recipe cake box. The participants thought the pinterest recipe tasted more moist, had a better flavor and a better texture than the cake box recipe.
Here is the recipe from Fabulessly Frugal (the only change I would make next time is not to double the butter):
Look at the directions on the cake mix box and make these changes:
-add one more egg (or add two additional if you want it to be really rich)
-double the oil amount, but substitute melted butter instead of oil
-use milk instead of water
Ratings: (out of 5 daisies)
Ingredients Needed: Easy to find
Total Time: No difference in time between the cake box and pinterest recipe
Difficulty Level: Easy
Recommend to Friends? Yes
Overall Rating: Tastes better than the box but not quite homemade
Pinterest Friends- have you tried this recipe with different results? Would you try it in the future?