11 Best Hacks to Making Boxed Cakes Taste Homemade | Can Food Professionals Tell the Difference?
– I’m gonna show you 11 tricks to make your box cake mix taste homemade. At the end, we’ll see
if professional tasters can tell the difference between a homemade cake and box cake mix. But first, if you haven’t
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these exciting videos. (lively music) When you start with a box cake mix, you usually have to add
oil, eggs and water. Those are our first three. Number one, in place of water, use milk. This is going to add some richness and just make it a little more moist. Number two, instead of
oil, sub melted butter, the same amount. We all know that butter equals flavor. Number three, eggs. The box cake mix usually
calls for about three eggs. You can just increase
the egg by one or two. It’s just gonna add a little
more richness and fluffiness. If you don’t wanna add a whole egg, you can just add the egg yolks
for a little more richness, or just fold in some extra egg
whites to make it fluffier. A fourth tip is to use different liquids in place of water. So you can use something
like soda, coffee, stout beer; that adds great flavor. You can even add juices like orange juice to boost the freshness. Number five, increase the vanilla. A lot of the cakes come
with artificial flavoring or a little bit of vanilla any way. So to just add some real vanilla extract would really take it up a notch. Tips six, seven and eight are all about adding great richness
and moisture to your cake. The first of those is sour cream. This will add some great tang. A lot of homemade cakes
are made with buttermilk, so if you add something like sour cream, you’re gonna get that
same, sort of tanginess, but also a lot of richness. Next, add dried instant puddings. We all know how creamy these
can be once they’re made, so it’s gonna deliver the
same results into a cake. You’ll want to mix this
in to the dry ingredients And don’t frown your nose on the next one. Add a little mayonnaise,
just a couple tablespoons. Think about it. Mayonnaise is only eggs and oil. This is going to deliver one
of the most moist cakes ever. Tip number nine, customize your cake. If you want to add any
sort of dried fruit or nuts or extra spices like nutmeg
to your cake mix, go ahead. What’s stopping you? Number 10 and this is a
lot easier than it seems, make your frosting from scratch. You’re already taking a shortcut
by using the box cake mix. Use the real butter
and some powdered sugar and you’ve got a delicious buttercream. And finally, be creative with your layers. You can brush them with a simple syrup or a flavored syrup using some liqueur or why not use some store bought curd. This is delicious. Now that I’ve told you
the 11 ways that you can make your box cake mix taste homemade, I’m gonna put a few of those to the test. I’m gonna take this basic vanilla cake mix and I’m going to make
a few of the changes. Now look, we’re not gonna
do every single one of them. If I add pudding, mayonnaise, sour cream, extra eggs and toppings,
we’re gonna create a disaster. But I’m gonna pick a few smart hacks and see if I can fool
some professional tasters. I’m gonna start with my cake mix. Instead of my one cup of water, I’m going to do one cup of milk. Instead of my 1/3 cup of oil, I’m going to do a 1/3
cup of melted butter. Butter is just, mm, so good. All right, I’m going to
use the egg tip as well. This calls for three regular eggs. I’m going to do three eggs and then, I think I’m gonna add one extra egg yolk. Okay, what else? I’m gonna add a little more vanilla and I think I’ll do one more for richness. The homemade cake I’m
using does have buttermilk, so I think I’m going
to do a final addition with some sour cream. So you can also do this with plain yogurt. You’ll wanna use 1/3 to about 1/2 a cup. Okay, I’m going to divide this
into two 8 inch cake rounds that I’ve already greased and floured. Gonna pop these in the oven and then, we are going side-by-side
next to a regular box cake mix and then, a homemade cake. And we’re gonna see who
can tell the difference. All right, take a look. We have three, what seem
like, all the same cake. But they’re not. Only I know the difference. – They look the same to me. They’re beautiful. – Callie is a portfolio manager here at Meredith Food Studios. She also is a professional taster. – I do taste a lot of food, every day. All day, every day. – All right, so I’ve got three cakes here. – Okay.
– I just need you to tell me which one is homemade. – Okay.
– Which one is homemade? – Can do, can do. – They all have the same
homemade buttercream frosting. – Okay, so it’s the cake
part that I’m analyzing. – The cake is what you’re analyzing. – I can do that. I can do that. That one looks very tender, Nicole. Are they all vanilla? – They’re all just vanilla. – In flavor.
– Straight up vanilla. – Okay, oh vanilla. Looks like it has flecks of vanilla bean. – Vanilla bean.
– Okay. – And let me get you a fork.
– Okay, now I need a fork. I do need…I might. – Now do you wanna see ’em all, and then. – I might, I might wanna
look at the texture before I dive in.
– She’ll be able to tell. – I might, but without even
tasting it, but that’s okay. That one looks tender, too. – [Nicole] So what does tender mean? It’s just like, that’s good.
– I don’t know, it’s just sort of soft. You can tell, like the
structure of the cake. You see how, you see how crumbly it is and how, when you slide the
knife through the frosting, it sort of compressed. – So that’s not great, right? – No, it’s good, it’s
good, but cake mixes tend to be extra tender. – I should’ve done a blindfolded text. – You should have because I– – Because she kind of knew. – I, well, no, no, no. That’s okay, it’s okay. (laughing) It’s okay, let’s see. Number one, number one. – [Nicole] I’m gonna blind
fold the next tester. – Okay. Mm, that’s good. I do think it’s made from a box. I do taste some of that
artificial, sort of, vanilla flavor that is
often in a box cake mix Enhanced by these lovely
vanilla bean flecks. – Well, should I put this out that I used vanilla bean paste
so we know that I intended on having flecks.
– Yup. – In all three.
– In all three, to make them appear homemade. That was a good trick. It was a good trick. This one, too, I’m guessing is a cake mix, based on the crumb, like we
were talking about earlier. I do, I do think that’s a cake mix. But it’s interesting how different
these two cake mixes are. Do you see how that one’s so much firmer? – I’m learning something. Okay, y’all, she already knows. Why don’t you just go ahead and say that. – I do, I do already know. Number three is our homemade cake. Am I correct?
– You’re correct. – It is delicious. All three are delicious. – These are both made from a box. Of the two boxed cakes,
which do you think is better? – Oh, I’m gonna have to go back again and let’s try one more time.
– Okay. – I’m gonna taste just the cake part. – Which boxed cake tastes more homemade? – Mm, mm-hmm, let’s see. All right, I think number
one is closer to a homemade. – Okay, I’ll take that. – On texture and flavor,
in texture and flavor, I think it’s a little bit
closer than number two. – You win!
– Yay! – You win nothing.
– Do I get the cake? – You win nothing.
– A piece of cake. – You can have whichever–
– Two more bites of cake? – Yes, so would you like
this, the homemade one? – I’m good. – All right, next. All right, I’ve brought in a second professional taster, Meredith. So because I just learned
that you can just tell the difference in a box
cake and a regular cake, we’re not gonna let you
really look at them. – Okay.
– So she’s not studying them. – No, not looking at them. – We’re gonna even do a
blindfolded taste test to see if you can do this. – Okay.
– Which, I feel pretty confident you’re gonna do this. – Well, I don’t know. I’m not a super, super sweet
pallette taster like Callie. She’s the baking side. – Well, some people can
just tell by texture, so… Only one of these three are homemade. So if you can just pick
out the homemade one. – Oh, okay. – Okay, I’m gonna put the fork–. – I’m a lefty.
– Okay. – That would make it
harder than it already is. – Okay, there you go.
– Oh god. – Yeah, that’s kind of a big bite, but, there you go, you got it. – Okay.
– That’s cake number one. – It’s egg-y and I don’t know, the crumb seemed pretty
universal, so, I just. I can’t make it, but
let me have another one. – Okay.
– To be fair. (laughing) – Okay, that’s a little smaller. – Okay, all right. Okay, that one just pretty much
disintegrates in your mouth. – Which leads you to think what? – That it’s a–
– It’s definitely homemade or definitely not homemade. – Not homemade. Okay.
– Here’s your final one. – I’m going on texture. That one’s the most dense. Okay, I’m gonna say two is definitely box. – Yup.
– It’s between one and three. I’m gonna say, can I try one again? – Yup, but hold on. She’s going back in to number one. I think number three is homemade. – Okay, you can undo your blindfold. – Did I win?
– You win! – All right!
– You also win nothing! – That’s okay.
– But, except, you have a great reputation
for taste testing even blindfolded, so– – Well, that’s good.
– So you kind of win. – I can keep my job? I can keep my job. – So at the end of the day, real connoisseurs gonna be
able to tell the difference in a homemade verses a regular. But that really wasn’t the goal here. We were just trying to make a box cake taste more homemade, which is number one. – Oh, so this one was the blend? – Yes!
– Oh yeah! – That was box cake, jazzed up to taste a little more homemade. Would you agree that…
– Yeah, no, I think– – Those tricks kind of worked.
– Absolutely, absolutely. – Okay.
– It’s a good substitution. – Okay.
– And I would be pleased with that and knowing that it would not be as hard to do, to make– – Then we’re good.
– A birthday cake.. – I think, mission accomplished. Yeah, I mean the hacks work, okay? And for our final trick,
we have brought in not so much a professional taster. – Professional eater. – But you do enjoy some cake. – I do enjoy cake. – I’m going to let you
guess which one of these which one of these is homemade. – Okay, all right. – You have three to choose from. So here’s your bite number one. – Okay. All right. That’s very good. I feel like I’m getting
married again, by the way. – Well, I don’t have to feed you. – No, it’s okay, I kind of like it. – I kind of liked it. – Okay, so I’m guessing
which one is homemade. – Is homemade. – Okay, well, crap. – Final, final selection. – Okay, I’m gonna go with number one. – Are you?
– Mm-hmm, am I wrong? (laughing) – You are wrong and I love it! Thank you!
– Wow, so which one is it? – Number three is homemade.
– You’re kidding me! Okay, no, I went with number one. Is that good? – Number one is a box cake that we hacked to taste more homemade. – So you jujjed it? – So I wanted you to
think it tasted homemade. – And it did.
– Thank you. – You’re welcome. – Now, I think I win. (laughing) Just call me Betty. When it’s all said and done,
nothing beats homemade, but you can definitely
trick the average person into thinking your box cake is homemade if you try one of these 11 tricks. For more great videos like this, don’t forget to follow us on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook, and click the bell so you’re notified every time
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able to tell the difference between a box cake and a homemade cake when you try these 11 tricks. Blah. Why is this part always so hard for me? (dramatic music)