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Pro baker shares tricks for making a cake mix in boxes gourmet

A professional baker shared three simple tricks for baking a cake mix that tastes like ‘gourmet’.

Karly Stoddard, who runs a cupcake company in Oregon, shared the smart hacks on TikTok last week, where it’s been viewed 7.4 million times.

“I know you all try quarantine bins, so I’ll show you all how to change this,” she says, holding up a box of Duncan Hines Classic White cake mix, “into gourmet cupcakes.”

Try it at home! Karly Stoddard, who runs a cupcake company in Oregon, shared some tricks for making the box cake mix better

Try it at home! Karly Stoddard, who runs a cupcake company in Oregon, shared some tricks for making the box cake mix better

Viral: She posted the smart hacks on TikTok last week, where her vide has already been viewed 7.4 million times

Viral: She posted the smart hacks on TikTok last week, where her vide has already been viewed 7.4 million times

Viral: She posted the smart hacks on TikTok last week, where her vide has already been viewed 7.4 million times

Easy: While Karly usually bakes all over again, she admits that sometimes someone doesn't want to collect all the ingredients needed to make a cake that way

Easy: While Karly usually bakes all over again, she admits that sometimes someone doesn't want to collect all the ingredients needed to make a cake that way

Easy: While Karly usually bakes all over again, she admits that sometimes someone doesn’t want to collect all the ingredients needed to make a cake that way

While Karly usually bakes from scratch, showing her process on TikTok and Instagram, she admits that sometimes someone doesn’t want to collect all the ingredients needed to make a cake that way.

So for those times when there’s less at hand – and less time – she suggests just using a cake and cake mix with a few tweaks.

While she favors Duncan Hines’ Classic White, she says any cake mix will do.

First, she says, refer to the ingredients on the back – then exchange new ones.

“Instead of water, you’re going to use milk,” she says, measuring herself in a later video.

First, she says, refer to the ingredients on the back - then exchange new ones

First, she says, refer to the ingredients on the back - then exchange new ones

Use milk instead of water, she says

Use milk instead of water, she says

Change it up: First she says, refer to the ingredients on the back – then exchange new ones. Use the same amount of milk instead of water

Then increase the number of eggs (she goes from three to five)

Then increase the number of eggs (she goes from three to five)

Finally, she exchanges butter for oil

Finally, she exchanges butter for oil

More swaps: Then increase the number of eggs (she goes from three to five) and exchange butter for oil

Other frequent bakers have suggested a similar trick, explaining that milk gives the cake a denser, richer texture than water.

“Instead of three eggs, you’re going to make five eggs,” she continues. More eggs add more fat, making the cake richer and more moist.

Finally, she says, “Instead of vegetable oil, double the amount and use melted butter.”

Other proponents of using butter instead of oil claim that it gives the cake a better flavor and also makes it denser – which can be especially useful for cupcakes when loaded with frosting. However, others say that exchanging one-to-one measurements is the way to go.

On the other hand, those who prefer oil say it makes for a more moist cake.

“Do this, mix it, bake it as normal, and I promise they’ll come out so much better,” says Karly

Quick Tricks: Her changes make for a denser, richer and more flavorful cake

Quick Tricks: Her changes make for a denser, richer and more flavorful cake

Quick Tricks: Her changes make for a denser, richer and more flavorful cake

Mix it up: She said it works for any cake mix, so home bakers can try chocolate or strawberry too

Mix it up: She said it works for any cake mix, so home bakers can try chocolate or strawberry too

Mix it up: She said it works for any cake mix, so home bakers can try chocolate or strawberry too

“Do this, mix it, bake it as normal and I promise they’ll come out so much better,” says Karly.

Several viewers who have already tested the swaps have comments to share their thoughts.

“I made the cupcakes with cake mix and I followed your instructions and Oh my god, they were deeeeeelicious! I’m definitely going there from now on, ”wrote one.

“We made this cake after watching your video. OMG! Our family ate in 2 days! said another.

‘I just made it, I also used strawberry cake mix, thanks for sharing !!! said a third.

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