Why extend the cake mix?
I teach cake decorating publicly and privately. One of the places I teach is the local community college. During the summer they have a program for kids, 3 hours a day, 4 days a week per class. I have 3 of these classes centered around cupcakes and sweet treats. Along with teaching them some decorating techniques, I also teach them how to bake the cupcake variety for the day. We split this between scratch mixes and box cake mix. My goal is to have them be able to go home and show off what they learned in class.
One question I get frequently from my adult students is how to extend a cake mix. A boxed cake mix will give you around 15 cupcakes after you factor in half of it being on the floor, counter, in the sink, and anywhere but the cupcake liner. I’ve carried this lesson over to the kids, of course they are thrilled to bake more and decorate more. This here is one of my favorites for kids but my favorite one for personal use would be one containing sour cream. I’ve learned from experience that the kids give me some seriously questioning looks when you whip out sour cream for a cake.
Lets extend the mix
Choose your cake flavor. I am not a fan of Pillsbury so I stick with Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker. In my vast years of professional cake decorating, I have found too many cake casualties when using Pillsbury. It just doesn’t seem to stand up to the ruggedness of professional decorating. So now that we have our flavor we can move forward. Tomorrow we will be using Strawberry and I have purchased Duncan Hines Strawberry cake mix. All the other ingredients are those you find in your normal pantry.
In a bowl mix together your dry cake mix along with flour, sugar, and baking soda. Give this a good stir with a fork to mix everything in. Cake mix has a different texture than flour and you don’t want clumps of either in the baked cupcakes. To this add your liquid and eggs and mix all together.
Time to bake!
Prep your cupcake liners, you’ll need a 24 capacity pan or two 12 capacity pans. I recommend filling only half full. You’ll get around 20 cupcakes by filling them this full. Pop them in a 350 degree oven and bake approximately 17 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool before icing.
The point of this recipe to twofold. You are aiming at getting a few extra servings by adding the extra ingredients. You may also be trying for a more home made flavor. This will give you both and doesn’t break the bank or have a list of ingredients that you don’t already have.