So you aren’t that confident in your baking skills or maybe you’ve got a lot on your plate. You need a little help. Want to know how to make an awesome cake from a cake mix? This recipe is the answer. Make it a few times and a cake from scratch won’t seem so hard. Or use it like I often do, when I’m in a hurry or have a million things to do for a party on top of making a cake. It whips up super fast and tastes like a cake made from scratch. Basically, any flavor cake mix can be used with a few extra ingredients and you will have an awesome cake to share with friends and family.
Cake mix? I know what you are thinking. That is cheating, Kiki! It’s really not, though. When I was looking for a good recipe to “doctor” a cake mix one day, I came across all these posts about WASC Cake. WASC is short for White Almond Sour Cream. The original recipe can be found here.
It caught my interest because there were just so many variations of the recipe and post upon post about it plus it’s used by many bakers and cake decorators. After reading a ton of these posts and comments on them. I came to the conclusion that it is not so bad. Simply put, a cake mix is the perfectly measured dry ingredients part of a cake mix, a shortcut similar to using self-rising flour. I don’t use it all the time but it’s a big help and makes a fantastic cake.
What also caught my interest is the addition of sour cream. If you’ve checked out some of my other cake recipes, you know I use this already. It changes the texture of cake mix cake from soft and crumbly to sturdy and firm but still moist.
BUT before we get down to business, you must solemnly swear-cross your heart-stick a needle in your eye promise- that you will not use frosting from those plastic tubs on a cake! Check out some of my yummy frostings in my recipes section.
I have adapted the original WASC cake slightly to my own tastes. You can use whatever cake mix flavor you want. I normally only use chocolate or vanilla and boost the flavor with the fillings and buttercream but this recipe would also be great with lemon, strawberry or confetti cake mix. This recipe yields enough for three 8-inch by 2-inch round cake pans or about one and half times what a regular cake mix would.
This Easter candy cake wowed everyone with its delectable chocolate decorations and delicious layers of vanilla buttercream, chocolate ganache, vanilla, chocolate, and caramel cake inside. Guess what? It was made from a mix.
It also makes great cupcakes. These chocolate cupcakes were fantastic. For a chocolate cake, I add a teaspoon of instant coffee to the wet ingredients. The coffee boosts the chocolate flavor.
This recipe won’t disappoint. Now go grab a cake mix and get your cake on!