Category: Cake Recipes
You can make very fine cakes with standard box mixes, but most of the box mixes are so light and moist, they make very fragile cakes.
And if you’re cutting a cake into a special shape, gluing it together with frosting and then applying frosting to the entire cake, fragile is problematic.
But that doesn’t mean you have to bake a cake from scratch or that you have to sacrifice a nice moist cake for ease of cutting. You just need to modify the cake mix to make a denser (but still moist and delicious) cake.
- 1 Betty Crocker SuperMoist White Cake Mix
- 4 egg whites
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 White Chocolate (or Vanilla) flavored Jell-O Instant Pudding & Pie Filling (1 oz size)
- 1-1/4 cup milk
- Combine all ingredients and mix for 30 seconds on lowest speed.
- Mix for another 30 seconds – 2 minutes at medium speed.
Baking times vary.
How Long to Bake Modified Mix
Baking times vary greatly. Use the bake times listed on the box as a guideline, but keep an eye on your cake. For example, in the picture to the left, the top layer was removed from the oven when I thought it was done. The second layer was removed eight minutes later when the timer buzzed.
Even though I’ve tested my oven with an oven thermometer (and it appears to be accurate), everything cooks too quickly. Why? My kitchen has two ovens, but they are smaller than average ovens. Which places cake pans closer to the heat source (and oven walls) than in average size ovens.
Both layers are fully baked and taste fine. But the cake I removed “early” does taste better than the one baked to a set of preconditions that don’t consider my small ovens. So pay attention to the baking times provided, but consider that they’re more guidelines than rule book.
Both cakes are thoroughly cooked.
Tags: cake mix, dense cake, modified, white cake