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How to Make Boxed Cake Mix Fluffier and Lighter

author image Julie Christensen
Julie Christensen is a food writer, caterer, and mom-chef. She's the creator of, dedicated to family fun and delicious food, and released a book titled "More Than Pot Roast: Fast, Fresh Slow Cooker Recipes."
How to Make Boxed Cake Mix Fluffier and Lighter
You can use a box mix to make a delicious cake all your own. Photo Credit: artoleshko/iStock/GettyImages

Cake mixes cost less and might come together slightly faster than a homemade cake, but their flavor and texture can leave something to be desired. By making a few ingredient changes, you can manipulate a cake mix so it tastes homemade.

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A light, fluffy texture comes from the addition of egg whites, as well as the use of a light hand during mixing. Adding real vanilla or almond extract to the batter disguises any "cake mix" taste.

Step 1: Pre-Heat

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, or to the temperature indicated on the box, for at least 15 to 20 minutes before you put the cake in the oven.

The cake begins rising immediately in a properly heated oven, which encourages a light, fluffy cake.

Read more: How to Dense Up a Cake Mix

Step 2: Separate Your Eggs

Separate five eggs, reserving three of the yolks. Place five egg whites in a clean metal bowl. Use a stand mixer or hand mixer to beat the egg whites into stiff peaks.

Step 3: Combine Cake Mix, Oil, Water, Extract and Yolks

Combine the cake mix with butter and water as directed on the package, plus a teaspoon of vanilla extract and three egg yolks. Using butter instead of oil will give your cake a much richer flavor.

Mix the ingredients on low for 30 seconds or until just combined. Beat the batter for an additional one to two minutes on medium; be careful not to over mix it or the cake will be tough.

Read more: How to Flavor Cakes

Step 4: Add Your Egg Whites

Fold the whipped egg whites gently into the cake batter, until just combined. If you beat or stir the cake batter too vigorously, the egg whites deflate. Pour the batter carefully into greased and floured pans.

Read more: How to Improve a Box Cake Mix for Cupcakes

Step 5: Bake and Enjoy!

Set the timer for five minutes before you think the cake will be done. Insert a toothpick in the center of the cake. It's done when moist crumbs appear on the toothpick.

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