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Doctored Cake Mix


Doctored Cake Mix- Dress up a regular box of cake mix and create a cake that is worthy of a local bakery. This recipe will work with any flavor cake mix and gives you a moist cake that is too good to pass up.

Doctored Cake Mix- Big Green House

Just a short time ago, I shared a recipe for homemade yellow cake mix. While I do love that recipe, I do still purchase a box of cake mix, especially when they are on sale.

This recipe will dress up that box of cake mix and give you one amazing tasting dessert.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Dry cake mix
  • Instant pudding mix
  • Sour cream
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Salt
  • Oil

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Will this Work for Any Flavor Cake Mix?

  • Yes. Any flavor will work with this. Just remember to use a standard size (15-18 oz) box.

Instant Pudding: Make sure your pudding is instant, not cook and serve. Also, you will only be using the dry pudding mix, not preparing it.

Sour Cream: If desired, you can replace this with plain Greek yogurt.

Oil: Use a neutral tasting oil (canola/sunflower/vegetable, etc). If you wish, this can be replaced with melted butter. Let the butter cool for about 5 minutes before adding it to the batter.

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What About Frosting?

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Yield: Serves: 8

Doctored Cake Mix

Doctored Cake Mix- Big Green House

Doctored Cake Mix- Dress up a regular box of cake mix and create a cake that is worthy of a local bakery. This recipe will work with any flavor cake mix and gives you a moist cake that is too good to pass up.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes


  • 1 box, standard cake mix
  • 3 oz box instant pudding dry mix
  • 1 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup neutral tasting oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • dash of salt
  • splash of vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2- 9 inch round cake pans. 
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat together dry cake mix, dry pudding mix with oil, sour cream, milk, vanilla and salt.   Beat well to combine.  Then, add in eggs.  Mix in each egg completely before adding in the next egg.
  3. Divide the batter evenly into the two prepared pans. Bake 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  4. Let the cakes cool completely before frosting. 


  • If desired, you can use this batter to make a 9 x 13 cake or 24 cupcakes. Refer to the cake mix box for baking times.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 624Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 113mgSodium: 593mgCarbohydrates: 59gFiber: 1gSugar: 31gProtein: 9g

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  1. I make this often with a chocolate fudge cake mix. I also add some chocolate chips, coconut, and nuts if you like. I usually use plain yogurt (works as well as sour cream) and I also use applesauce in place of the oil. It is wonderful. I use a canned dark chocolate frosting. Put into microwave and drizzle over. I also use a bundt pan. This is one delicious cake!

  2. Elisebeth says:

    Just want to mention you list 1/2C milk in recipe but it isn’t in the directions. I’m a seasoned baker who loves a good box mix hack so I’m able to figure out when to add the milk (room temp btw with a bit of room temp coffee for chocolate cakes). You may want to update your step by step. Otherwise, recipe reads well. Am making it as I type.

    1. Thanks for the heads up Elisebeth! I have updated the recipe card. Hope you enjoyed the cake 🙂

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