Bakery Cake from a Boxed Mix

26 Feb

We had a birthday this month! Five years old and I wasn’t a bit surprised when she asked for a ‘Frozen’ cake! It was a mad scramble to find Anna and Elsa dolls, let me tell you! Everyone and their dog is sold out of pretty much everything ‘Frozen.’ But, a gazillion stores later, we got a hold of them both! Because the skirts are the actual cake, I couldn’t do anything too fancy with the cake flavors – no filling or good stuff like that. But I had seen a recipe floating around: “Make any boxed cake mix taste just like it came from the bakery.” So, we gave it a go! The first cake got scrapped because we discovered after the first ‘skirt,’ that the pan needed two cake mixes – it doesn’t work well if the cake only makes it to the dolls’ knees. šŸ™‚ The second run was better, but then my mom remembered that the pan came with a metal dowel that you are supposed to put in the middle to help it cook, so we plugged that into the third. Yeah…the cake overflowed a little. And when I say a little, I really mean a lot! And a huge sink hole deflated the middle. But, I figured that just made it easier to get the doll’s legs in. šŸ™‚ We cut off any burnt parts of the lava cake, and had to improvise a little with fondant (scary! I’ve decided I need to take a class because after my first attempt I’ve concluded that, frankly, I stink at fondant) to make it all the way up to Elsa’s waist since the cake shrunk a little, what with 1/3 of it over flowing. My mom said that now she remembers why she was so happy when all us kids grew out of dolly cakes.

All in all, I’m kind of ridiculously proud of how my cakes turned out! Even Olaf, who fell over a couple of times and required major cake rehab, turned out pretty cute. You can’t tell from the pictures too well, but Elsa’s dress has edible glitter on her skirt, so she sparkled – Olaf got a little pinch on him too. I had to close my eyes and make my husband cut into them at the party. So much work, just to hack them to pieces! But it was worth it. My daughter loved it – she told me, “Mom, I just love my cake. I’m crying!” Can you tell what I do when I’m super happy? šŸ™‚ And it tasted great too! I liked the chocolate more than the white, but that may be because I just like chocolate cake better anyways!photo 2



Step 1: Look at the directions on the cake mix.
Step 2: Add one more egg (or add 2 if you want it to be very rich).
Step 3: Use melted butter instead of oil and double the amount.
Step 4: Instead of water, use whole milk.
Step 5: Mix well and bake for the time recommended on the box.



Frosted with Buttercream Frosting

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photo 1

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10 Responses to “Bakery Cake from a Boxed Mix”

  1. Cheriena March 11, 2014 at 7:17 am #

    I am so doing this for my daughter’s birthday, thank you!

    • seden2003 March 11, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

      Aren’t birthday cakes fun! :)I am extremely limited on my cake decorating skills (I have a total of 4 tips and who knows what I would do with more!) but there’s a lot you can do with the basics. šŸ™‚ And you can always make it taste great!

  2. Laura July 11, 2014 at 5:21 am #

    Thanks for the fun idea! What type of pan did you use?

  3. Jen March 14, 2015 at 2:09 am #

    what color food coloring did you use for Anna’s skirt? Thanks!

    • seden2003 March 14, 2015 at 3:08 am #

      Honestly, I have no idea :). I used all kinds until I got the closest I could to the doll’s skirt. I used red, blue, and I think I had a turquoise and pink (they are in the neon set of dyes). I’m sorry that’s not more help, but if you do just a little at a time and be patient, you’ll get it!

      • Jen March 14, 2015 at 3:10 am #

        Thanks for the quick response! I’m making the Anna cake tomorrow. I have all those colors so hopefully I can get it right!

      • seden2003 March 17, 2015 at 8:54 pm #

        How did it turn out? Post pictures! šŸ˜Š

  4. samah March 17, 2015 at 8:34 pm #

    hi where did u get the dolls from??

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