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doctoring boxed cake mix

So, I have been gifted 10 boxes of Duncan Hines boxed cake mix. I have a baby shower coming up on Sunday and we have decided to make a plethora of cupcakes. Any hounds have any ideas how to doctor up just plain old cake mix into something a little more non-boxy?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. What flavor? I used to, many moons ago, doctor up Duncan Hines butter cake with an extra egg and maybe buttermilk. It's been so many years I'm not sure about the buttermilk, but I do distinctly remember adding the extra egg. It made the cake extremely moist. Good luck!

    1. Perhaps vanilla bean? I've "stewed" brown sugar and crushed pineapple together and put it over yellow or white cake before and it makes it very moist, but I'm not sure that it would work for cupcakes.

      1. Isn't instant pudding the classic addition? Along with extra eggs-- I think 4 all together per box. Sour cream... the pudding and eggs gives you a moist pound cake texture instead of a light crumbly texture. And of course there's always chocolate chips.

        1. There's a cookbook called the Cake Mix Doctor. You can hit a bookstore and check out some recipies. I also have a copy (a gift), so with a little more direction on flavors, I can pass on some ideas from the book. Just let me know!

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          1. re: jenhen2

            I think there's a website too for Cake Mix Doctor. (I don't recall if that was it exactly, but it sounds right.) I made one from there that was fabulous -- it used a yellow cake box mix and then added bananas and banana liquer. Fantastic. It had recipes for doctoring icing too, if I recall.

          2. Check out this blog... it's incredible and inspiring!

            http://cupcakeblog.com/

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            1. re: Emme

              Wow, Emme, what a site!

              chelleyd01, I also recommend Cake Mix Doctor or Cupcakes from the Cake Mix Doctor (the Warm Chocolate Cupcakes are especially good) or the Eagle Brand, Kraft Foods websites.