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The Best Doctored Up Cake Mix Cake

Honest-to-goodness, this doctored up cake mix cake is BY FAR better than any from-scratch chocolate cake I've ever eaten. It's fudgy and moist (it seriously doesn't dry out!). Your friends will be clamoring for this recipe!

I’m not a super cake-y person. I tend to lean more towards brownies and cookies… and pancakes (if we’re being honest here). But when it comes to this doctored up cake mix chocolate cake…. I. just. can’t stop.

Funny thing is I hear a lot of people talking about how dumb and awful and gross cake mix is. The backlash of comments I get on a typical recipe that uses a cake mix always seems a little crazy to me. I have to say that I just don’t see what the problem is!

Frankly, you don’t even have to doctor up a cake mix for me to be on board with it. I like how much softer and fluffier they are than a typical from-scratch recipe (although, don’t get me wrong, I like from scratch too! This Homemade Funfetti is seriously 10 thumbs up). And I just can’t understand why people get so up in arms about using a mix!

Honest-to-goodness, this doctored up cake mix cake is BY FAR better than any from-scratch chocolate cake I've ever eaten. It's fudgy and moist (it seriously doesn't dry out!). Your friends will be clamoring for this recipe!

The fact of the matter is that this doctored up cake mix recipe is ABOVE AND BEYOND better than any from-scratch cake I’ve ever tried. You can do it with any flavor cake mix, but chocolate is my favorite. It’s incredibly moist and fudgy thanks to the added sour cream and pudding mix. It seriously never dries out and tastes fresh for dayyyyyyyyyyssssss.

I used my favorite go-to Best Ever Chocolate Frosting Recipe which was seriously just the cherry on top. Because this frosting is about as fudgy and decadent as the cake is, making it a killer combination! You could, of course, use any frosting recipe you’d like (Vanilla Bean Buttercream would be awesome), but chocolate on chocolate is my favorite.

Honest-to-goodness, this doctored up cake mix cake is BY FAR better than any from-scratch chocolate cake I've ever eaten. It's fudgy and moist (it seriously doesn't dry out!). Your friends will be clamoring for this recipe!

Honest-to-goodness, this doctored up cake mix cake is BY FAR better than any from-scratch chocolate cake I've ever eaten. It's fudgy and moist (it seriously doesn't dry out!). Your friends will be clamoring for this recipe!

I’ve seen variations of this recipe all over the place, but I first saw it over on Kevin and Amanda, where they have LOTS of delicious recipes– so be sure to swing by and check them out if you haven’t already!

Be sure to have your cake and eat it too :)

The Best Doctored Up Cake Mix Cake

This doctored up cake mix recipe is better than any from-scratch cake I've ever tried. You can use any flavor cake mix, but chocolate is my favorite. It's incredibly moist and fudgy thanks to the added sour cream and pudding mix. It seriously never dries out and tastes fresh for days.

Ingredients:

18.25 ounce devil’s food cake mix

3 oz pkg instant chocolate pudding mix

1 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt (fat free or regular for both works fine)

1 cup vegetable oil

4 eggs

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla

pinch of sea salt

2 cups semi-sweet mini chocolate chips (optional)

 

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Beat together all of ingredients until smooth batter forms, reserving the chocolate chips if using.

Mix in the chocolate chips with a rubber spatula.

Divide batter into two 10-inch round baking pans (you can use other pans and baking times according to the directions on the cake mix box). Bake for 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Let cool before frosting with Best Ever Chocolate Frosting or Vanilla Bean Buttercream.

 

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Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

4 comments on “The Best Doctored Up Cake Mix Cake”

  1. Seriously, long live the cake mix. I LOVE IT!

  2. I’m all about the simplicity that those boxed cake mixes bring, and I love that they basically guarantee success every time I bake…so 2 thumbs up from me!! :) I absolutely love this doctored up way…my mouth is watering for a giant slice! 

  3. Simple and delicious! Love it!!!

  4. I enjoy baking from scratch and using mixes also. When making wedding cakes I most always use doctored cake mixes.

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