Store-bought cake mix can certainly save you time in the kitchen, but it doesn’t always taste like it comes from the heart. If you don’t have hours to spend making something from scratch, you might still be able to get that homemade taste from a box. You just have to put a little twist on the ingredients and present the final result in a straight-from-the-heart kind of way. Here are some tips to help you make a box cake mix taste homemade.
Add Custom Ingredients
You can use a boxed cake mix as a foundation for other ingredients you want to incorporate. You could add nuts to the cake for extra texture, or you could mix in candy, coconut, or even pretzels. Think about your favorite ingredients and blend them into the mix. Custom touches like this will make people think it’s a homemade recipe.
Note: If you are going to add nuts to a cake mix, you may want to add extra milk or water to the recipe. The nuts are absorbent, so they could turn an otherwise moist cake into a dry one. Test out proportions in advance before serving this at a big party.
Make Your Own Frosting
The frosting is the first splash of flavor that hits someone’s mouth. If you can make that from scratch, you might be able to convince someone that everything else is made from scratch. Get a really good frosting recipe and whip something up. This won’t take long, and it will take away that store bought aftertaste that no one likes in his mouth.
Put Thought Into The Presentation
If a cake looks homemade, it will taste homemade – theoretically. The ingredients will determine how successful that statement really is, but you will have a much easier time convincing someone if your cake looks like it came from your heart. Dirty ice the cake and add some homespun decorations to the top. Just make it look like you put some real time into its development.
You don’t have to be a professional pastry chef to make a great tasting cake, nor do you have to spend hours on end in the kitchen. Put some thought into customizing your store-bought cake in a box, and you will be able to get a great-tasting cake that people think you slaved away for.