3 Betty Crocker Cake Mix Hacks That Take Boxed Cake to the Next Level

B[/drocpap]etty Crocker cake mix is a pantry staple for most of us. Need to whip up a cake or cupcakes quickly? Store-bought cake mix is there for you. And let's face it, while store cake mix like Duncan Hines, Betty Crocker, or General Mills is good, it can leave a little something to be desired. It provides a good starter base for baking, but with some tried and true hacks, you can up your boxed cake mix game. Sheet cakes might not be the healthiest fare in the world, but cake mixes are usually fortified with iron due to the flour, making them a good source of at least one of your daily values.

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Betty Crocker has so much variety when it comes to cake batters. They have devil's food cake mix, chocolate fudge cake mix, yellow cake mix, white cake mix, red velvet cake mix, and French vanilla cake mix. There are even gluten-free cake mixes. The special thing about Betty Crocker cake mix is that it's super moist. The Betty Crocker super moist line of cakes ensures a dry bite is never in sight.

Betty Crocker cake mix ingredients include: enriched flour bleached, leavening agents, baking soda, aluminum phosphate monocalcium phosphate, modified corn starch, fatty acid, monoglycerides, dicalcium phosphate, sodium sterol lactylate, natural and artificial flavor and cellulose gum. While that's quite a mouthful, most of those are stabilizing agents to keep it fresh in the box. In order to make your Betty Crocker cake mix taste more homemade, use these 3 hacks and unique recipes to put a spin on regular ole cake.

Make Your Boxed Cake Even Better

1. Swap out all water for milk. The milk adds extra density and flavor that water cannot provide.

2. Add an extra egg yolk or two to what the recipe calls for. For example, if It calls for 2 eggs, add 2 eggs and 2 egg yolks. The eggs add more fat and add moistness to the cake.

3. Replace the vegetable oil with butter. The butter gives it a better flavor than oil. Use the same amount and melt it down before adding it to the mix.

Betty Crocker Cake Mix Unconventional Recipes

1. Brownies

You can do all sort of varieties of brownies and blondies using Betty Crocker cake mix. For a birthday cake blondie, use Funfetti cake mix, oil, and eggs. Combine all ingredients, spread evenly in a pan and bake for 20 minutes. If you'd like a more traditional brownie flavor, use milk chocolate cake mix and add some chocolate chips to the batter.

Recipe here.

2. Cookie Bars

While Betty Crocker does make a specific cookie mix, you can use cake mix to create cookie bars. You'll need yellow cake mix, M&M's, and chocolate chips. Follow the recipe for the cake mix, but add in a packet of vanilla pudding. Combine all ingredients and bake in a 9X13 baking dish. The pan size matters, as you want to get a thin, even layer for these bars.

Get the recipe here.

3. Carrot Cake

Carrot cake is one of those cakes that's just made to impress. It can be quite complicated to make from scratch, so using boxed mix can significantly cut down your bake time. You can make this into one large bundt cake, or individual cakes if you use mini bundt pans.

Combine carrot cake mix, sour cream, pudding mix, eggs, oil, pineapple juice and shredded carrots. Bake for about 45 minutes. It isn't carrot cake without cream cheese frosting. Combine cream cheese, vanilla, butter, and powdered sugar and spread over cakes.

Get the recipe here.

4. Snickerdoodle Cookies

To make these cookies you'll use Betty Crocker super moist white cake mix as the base. Combine the cake mix, butter, and egg until it forms a dough. Take the raw cake batter, form it into balls and roll it in cinnamon and sugar. Bake and enjoy!

Get the recipe here.

While these recipes certainly are not low in total fat or cholesterol, they are delicious. When you feel the need to indulge, try these Better Crocker cake mix hacks!

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