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How to Make a Chocolate Box Cake Mix Better

Published: Jun 17, 2024

Transforming a simple chocolate cake box mix into a decadent dessert is easier than you think! With a few creative tips and tricks, you can add lots of delicious flavor and texture to create a cake that tastes like you made it from scratch.

chocolate cake batter being poured into cake pans

Add Moisture to the Box Cake Mix

Adding moisture to a chocolate cake box mix can make a significant difference in how rich your cake will become. We’ve got some simple yet effective tips to ensure that your cake stays delectably moist and extra flavorful!

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Add an Extra Egg

Adding another egg to your chocolate box cake mix can enhance its moisture and results in a richer, more velvety texture. This easy modification helps your cake hold more moisture while baking, resulting in a better taste and preventing dryness.

hersheys chocolate syrup being poured from bottle

Brush on HERSHEY'S Chocolate Syrup

Coating your cake in HERSHEY’S Chocolate Syrup once it's cooled is another great way to add in some moisture while boosting the flavor profile! Not only does the syrup seep into the cake, making each bite more and more delicious, but it also creates a finish that will leave your cake glossy and gorgeous. This would also work well with other syrups like HERSHEY’S Caramel Syrup and HERSHEY’S Strawberry Syrup.

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Substitute Oil for Butter

Using oil instead of butter in your chocolate box cake mix can greatly add to its moisture level. Oil provides a consistent, liquid fat that keeps the cake soft and tender, even after it cools. This substitution adds a delightful moistness and makes each bite of the cake super smooth.

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Use Sour Cream or Greek yogurt

Incorporating sour cream or Greek yogurt into your chocolate cake box mix is a smart way to keep it moist while also boosting the amount of protein in your treats. Both options have a creamy texture and flavor that can complement the richness of your chocolate cake.

Try Doctoring Cake Mix Ingredients

Exploring creative ways to add to the ingredients of a chocolate cake box mix can transform a basic dessert into something gourmet! By making the right substitutions and additions, you can customize the taste, texture and overall quality of your cake that will have everyone wanting a second slice.

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🍫 Add HERSHEY’S Chocolate Chips or REESE’S Peanut Butter Chips

Make your chocolate cake box mix extra sweet by adding in HERSHEY’S Chocolate Chips or REESE’S Peanut Butter Chips. These delectable morsels add bursts of sweetness throughout the cake and add lots of yummy texture. Whether you opt for rich dark chocolate, creamy milk chocolate or in between with semi-sweet, each bite will be better than the last.

🥜 Add ¼ to ½ Cup of Nut Butter

Don’t be afraid to get a little nutty with your cake! It’s easy to elevate your chocolate cake by incorporating 1/4 to 1/2 cup of REESE’S Creamy Peanut Butter or your favorite nut butter into the batter before baking. Incorporating this will give the cake a rich, nutty flavor that perfectly complements the chocolatey goodness. The peanut butter adds a little extra sweetness and moisture, resulting in a sweet, decadent treat that's hard to resist.

🍒 Add Nuts or Dried Fruit

Everybody likes a little texture here and there, so make your chocolate cake box mix more exciting by folding in some chopped nuts or dried fruit. Whether you prefer the crunch of walnuts or the chewiness of dried cherries or craisins, these extra ingredients provide delightful taste and texture throughout the cake.

🍋 Add Extracts or Fresh Citrus Zest

Add a twist to your chocolate cake box mix by adding your favorite extracts or the zest of fresh citrus fruit. A touch of vanilla or orange zest can make each bite really pop, creating a refreshingly unique dessert.

Swap Water and Milk for New Flavor Profiles

Instead of using water or regular milk, try using hot, strong brewed coffee for a mocha-inspired dessert. You can also get creative with fruit juices like cherry, orange, and pomegranate, or try a stout beer or soda. There’s no limit on experimenting when it comes to swapping out water for your liquid of choice in a chocolate cake mix!

Add Pudding to the Cake Mix

Looking to take your chocolate cake box mix to the next level? Consider incorporating pudding mix into your next batter for a moist and tasty dessert that's sure to impress. With a few simple additions, you can transform that basic chocolate cake mix into a decadent treat that will taste right out of a real bakery.

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Make Homemade Chocolate Icing

You might have opted for a ready-to-bake boxed cake mix, but you can add your own homemade icing for the perfect first bite! Making homemade icing is simple, easy and tastes a whole lot better than tub frosting. Give these recipes a go!

Chocolate Cake Box Mix Recipes

Instead of baking a cake or cupcakes, turn that box mix into something else entirely! Whip up cookies, brownies and more with simply delicious recipes. We’ve included some of our favorites, with chocolate cake mix, vanilla cake mix and more.