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slice of yellow cake with vanilla frosting and blackberry jam with more cake in the background on a light blue surface

Doctored Yellow Cake Mix

Learn how to doctor up a yellow cake mix! Add some homemade frosting and no one will ever know this cake started with a cake mix! Lots of tips and step-by-step photos teach you how to bake this cake mix recipe!

  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2- 8 Inch Cake Layers 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 - 15.25oz Yellow Cake Mix (I prefer Duncan Hines or Pilsbury)
  • 4 Large Eggs, at room temperature
  • 4oz (1/2 Cup) Vegetable Oil
  • 6oz (3/4 Cup) Buttermilk
  • 3oz (1/3 Cup) Sour Cream
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla

Homemade Frosting


  1. Preheat your oven to 350F/180C and spray two 8-inch or 9-inch round cake pans with non-stick baking spray, my preferences are Bakers Joy or Pam for Baking. Set the pans aside. 
  2. In a large bowl mix together all of the ingredients. You want to make sure you mix well enough that there are no traces of egg left behind but you don't want to overmix the batter. 
  3. Pour the cake batter evenly between the two prepared pans and bake. For 8-inch cakes I found they baked in the 25-30 minute mark as opposed to the longer times the cake box suggested.  Let the cake pans cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes before inverting the cake out directly onto a wire rack to cool completely. 
  • Author: Elizabeth Waterson I Confessions of a Baking Queen
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: yellow cake mix recipe, doctored up cake mix, cake mix from a box but better

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