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Oct 19, 2007 10:00 AM

Adding dry pudding to pkg cake mix?

I can't seem to find the answer to this one. I want to make a birthday cake for my daughter that is better than the typical package cake mix. I really don't have the time to make one from scratch though...can't I add a pudding mix to a regular pkg cake mix (without pudding already in it). If I do, do I need to change the amount of oil etc? I'm just looking for shortcuts. It seems that everytime I make a cake from scratch it is dry and tasteless.....but I still plan to make that Elvis cake someday! Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. Check the Cake Mix Doctor recipes

    I use them all the time because like you every time I make a scratch cake its dry as heck. These work all the time for me and my kids love them. They especially like the Snickerdoodle cake.

    Good luck!

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    1. re: Cookiefiend

      Thanks so much-I just checked out the I want/have to buy the Cupcake Dr! Off to Barnes and Noble....I have to bring in cupcakes Monday for my daughter's b-day, the snickerdoodle sounds fantastic!

      1. re: chocchipcookie


        There are so many great recipes in the book, I make more cakes now than ever before:
        It's raining? Lets make a cake!
        It's too hot? Lets make a cake!
        It's cold? Lets make a cake!

        oops I gained 5 pounds? Umm... lets make a cake!

      2. re: Cookiefiend

        Great link, great cookbooks! Thanks for sharing!

        1. re: danhole

          You are so welcome!

          And I didn't even go into the frosting - it's the best.
          It's practically a cardinal sin to not have powdered sugar in the house these days!

          1. re: Cookiefiend

            I has always preferred powdered sugar for frosting. Man, I gotta get me these cookbooks!

            1. re: danhole

              You won't be sorry - unless you start making cakes like I have!

              I made a chocolate cake with whipped chocolate frosting the last time and ohmigosh was it good

              Have fun!

      3. 1 box cake mix
        1 small box instant pudding (pair flavor with cake)
        3/4 cup oil
        3/4 cup milk
        4 eggs

        Continue according to package directions. Delicious every time, especially chocolate.

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        1. re: Oh Robin

          I used this formula to make a cake at Christmas - everyone thought it was 100% homemade! I made white cake with vanilla pudding and it almost tasted like Tres Leches without the extra milk - I forgot where I found this tip on the Internet and when my daughter asked me for the recipe to make a birthday cake for my granddaughter I freaked out and finally found it! I wont lose it again - thanks Oh Robin for this recipe!

          1. re: Oh Robin

            So do u add milk to the pudding? Or do you just use the dry mix of the pudding and use the water, eggs and oil the cake mix calls for?

            1. re: Ambernikol

              No - you just add the dry pudding and the eggs and oil in the portions listed above (you do have to increase/adjust them) - if you bake a lot of cakes I would get the book the Cake Doctor, but otherwise this recipe, posted by Oh Robin, is great! Good luck!

          2. We just got back from the bookstore (found it!) and then just had to go to the grocery store for more ingredients, (I swear I am there everyday!) . Picked up some cake mixes and some powdered sugar and now I'll be up baking all night. Can't wait. I am going to try the chocolate malt cupcakes-will let you know how they turn out....:) thanks cookiefiend for the hints and thanks Robin for the pudding ratios-it makes me feel like I made it from scratch.

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            1. re: chocchipcookie

              Can you please post how it turned out. I am sooo curious to know

              1. re: vanity021

                The cupcakes were great!! Very moist...I had to wait a day before I tried them b/c I was overloaded by the smell of baking and my senses were outta whack. The frosting with the malt powder in it was excellent-I love that powder!! I can never find the Carnation Chocolate Malt powder anymore-just the regular flavor so I used Ovaltine. Excellent book!

                1. re: chocchipcookie

                  I think I'll try that next!
                  Thanks for letting us know!


            2. I agee with the cakemixdoctor recommendation. I made a cake mid-week for a meeting. I was suspicious of using jello (not jello pudding) for this lemon cake, but figured what the heck. Turned out great, and no one believed it came from a box (ok, a couple of boxes)

              1. I too use many of the recipes for cakes. I am a cooker and well, baker - not so much, but am learning. So, when I need a cake, I use her cookbooks.
                When I want a special cake, then I go scratch and use this website.