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Today I am showing you how to turn a box cake
into what will taste like a homemade cake,
you liar and you cheater.
And if there's one thing Jonny from "Is It Cake?" knows,
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So let's get going.
Today I'm starting with a box
of Betty Crocker strawberry cake.
Now Betty and I have a long history.
We're both in the cake industry.
We bump into each other at social events.
She's kind of a (beep), if I do say so myself.
Did I start a public feud with Betty Crocker?
Betty, you know what you did,
and I will never forgive you.
At the Christmas party,
at the cake people Christmas party last year
I know you were drunk, but that is not an excuse.
She slapped me. She slapped me.
But I'm gonna put our feud aside today and use her.
Also for legal purposes, this is all a joke.
All right, so here's what we're gonna need
to enhance our boxed cake.
Obviously we need a box of our favorite cake mix.
I use sour cream, milk, or oat or almond milk,
or whatever milk you like.
We're going to use oil and eggs, which is pretty normal,
but we're gonna do something special with them.
And then a little bit of butter.
So I'm gonna show you the swap-outs I do
for each item listed on the back of this box cake mix.
So the recipe calls for three eggs.
I'm going to add an additional egg, do four eggs.
This adds more structural integrity to the cake
and it also makes it taste a little bit more homemade
'cause there's more fresh ingredients in it.
So now I'm gonna swap out the cup of water the box calls for
with a cup of milk.
It's just a one-to-one swap-out.
I think milk adds a richer flavor to the cake.
And I'm actually using almond milk
'cause I'm lactose intolerant.
You can use oat milk, whatever you have.
Next I'm going to add the oil.
The box calls for a half of a cup.
I've reduced it to a fourth of a cup
because I'm swapping out
that additional fourth of a cup with butter.
They do basically the same thing in the cake recipe,
it's just that butter is better.
It's just better. It is.
It's rich. It's delicious.
It's gonna add the fat that the oil would add,
but it's gonna also give it a flavor.
The reason I'm not totally swapping out the oil
with only butter is because oil adds a better moisture
to the cake.
So I've melted this butter
so it's able to incorporate into our mixture.
Just be careful that you're not putting really hot butter
in this mixture 'cause it could curdle the eggs.
Okay, so we've swapped all of our ingredients out,
and now we're gonna add one addition
that the box doesn't call for, and that is sour cream.
Sour cream is like the best thing you can add
to box cake mix.
It adds a little bit of a tangy flavor.
It adds a delicious moistness to the cake.
And if you're gonna do one of these steps,
I recommend it be the sour cream.
It cuts that chemical taste of boxed cake a little bit.
The sour cream you can measure with your heart.
If you don't wanna measure with your heart,
I say add a fourth of a cup.
So that may have been a little bit more
than a fourth of a cup, but I measured with my heart,
and my therapist said that's okay.
My cardiologist says it's not okay,
but I say (beep) you.
I'm here for a good time, not for a long time.
Also, I think Daisy's last name might be "Brand."
It's in fine print, so she might not be proud of it.
When you add sour cream to this mix
you're gonna notice lumps and bumps.
Okay, the final step is adding the contents of the box cake,
and I add this last so that I don't overmix it.
So we're gonna fold this in.
Folding is different than whisking
because you're a little bit more gentle, right?
So I circle around the bowl
and then I cut through the center.
Circle around, cut through the center.
So this is a little bit thicker
than a traditional box cake batter looks,
and that's because we've swapped out
so much of the, like, liquidy, wet, watery ingredients
with a more hefty ingredient.
So the batter's ready.
Now we have to prepare our cake tins.
Top tip, I like baking with six-inch cake tins.
First of all, it makes for a taller cake
because the batter is not being spread out,
and that gives just like a little bit more
of like an elevated bakery-style cake.
But you're making it at home. How fun is that?
There's a million ways that you can prepare a cake tin.
Some people like to cut out parchment rounds.
I like to coat the whole tin with some vegetable shortening
and then dust it with flour.
All right, so we're gonna fill our tins with cake batter.
You can measure this out.
You can use a scale.
Why? Like, why?
You know what I mean?
Do they have to be exact? No.
My trick here is filling the pans about halfway full.
So we wanna get these as even and level as possible.
There's two ways to do that.
One is starting now we just have to spin the pans,
get all the batter sort of like as even as possible,
and then give 'em a quick tap
to release any, like, excess air bubbles.
Another tip I have for getting more flat, even baking
is to reduce your oven temperature by a little bit.
So most box cake mixes asked to be baked at,
they ask, "Please, sir, can you bake me at 350?"
I bake my cakes at 325.
This will increase how long it takes to bake,
but the cake will rise more even.
All right, we're gonna pop this into our 325-degree oven
for about 25 minutes.
We'll check on it at 20 though.
Sleep well, little babies.
All right, it's time to take our cakes out.
So the cakes are pretty even on top.
There's a little bit of browning.
That's just some caramelization. That's natural.
The sugar is cooking and that's happening.
If you don't like that, you can trim it off
or you can just, like, deal with it.
You know what I mean?
I take a butter knife, release it sort of from the sides.
And then little trick.
To keep all the moisture locked into this cake,
take a piece of Saran wrap
and drop the cake out onto the Saran wrap.
I like to freeze my cake layers
while they're wrapped in Saran wrap.
That locks in the moisture
and it makes for a much more delicious cake.
So there you have it.
A delicious, moist, but structurally sound cake
that's ready for stacking, frosting, carving,
and it just tastes so much better
than a traditional, like, Betty Crocker box cake.
It's so good.
It's moist and light and fluffy.
Mm! Try this yourself.
Let me know how it goes.
Sorry for talking with my mouth full.
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and we'll see you next time.
I'll just be here shoveling cake into my face.