Baby Shower Cake

As you remember from Monday, I made Care Bear cupcakes for a baby shower. Well, this was the other cake I made for the same shower! Needed to balance the 80s cartoon fun with a little elegance. I don’t really have much to instruct or say about this cake. It’s a simple square tiered cake, frosted with buttercream, and decorated with sugared roses and flowers (purchased from Vanilla Bean).

A common question that I get about the cake that I make is whether or not I make them from scratch. I don’t. If I’m going to spend hours and hours decorating and making frosting, I need to save time (and a little sanity) with the cake. Cakes using a box mix as a base are consistent, reliable, and predictable. It’s one less thing to worry about! I do, however, enhance the box cake mix by adding pudding mix and sour cream. This results in a more dense and moist cake. Here’s my doctored cake mix recipe!

Box Mix Cakes… Enhanced!
Recipe source: My Baking Addiction
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1 box cake mix
1 box instant-pudding mix (4-serving size) — be sure that you MATCH your cake mix and pudding mix flavors!
3 eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients together using an electric mixer. Mix until smooth. Pour cake mix into a well-greased pan and bake according to box directions. Though I would recommend watching the cake because I’ve found that it usually takes less time to bake than the box directions require.

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust - July 20, 2011 - 7:56 pm

    I love this idea for doctoring cake mixes. Thanks for the tip!ReplyCancel

  • Beth - August 14, 2011 - 10:24 pm

    That is the cutest cake! :)
    I was wondering whether your altered cake mix recipe would make scale that you can easily freeze before decorating? I really want to make vertical layer cake without too much fuss, but it has to be freezable in order to cut the “layers”. Please let me know!ReplyCancel

    • Annie - August 14, 2011 - 11:00 pm

      Not quite sure what you mean by make scale — but the cake will freeze just like any other :)ReplyCancel

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  • Jill - January 25, 2013 - 12:35 pm

    I’ve been using this cake recipe for the last year or so since I found it, really makes a difference when using box mix. Everyone always raves about how good it is. I do make buttercream frosting from scratch using wilton’s recipe. Excellent combination! Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

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