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  • Added or last updatedAugust 16, 2019

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These 6 Duncan Hines recipes are so delicious…

… 3 million women bake them every month!

Dessert recipes below:

  • Fast fixin’ chocolate chip cake
  • Lemon supreme pound cake
  • Double pineapple upside-down cake
  • Cinnamon streusel cake
  • Cake mix chocolate chip cookies
  • Sock-it-to me sour cream pound cake
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Duncan Hines' Fast fixin-chocolate chip cake recipe

Yield: 16-20 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

This easy cake recipe was intended to compete with the popular Snackin' Cake mixes from Betty Crocker -- right down to the way you could mix, bake and serve it from the same pan.

Ingredients

  • 1 package Duncan Hines Deluxe II Devil's Food Cake Mix
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1 package chocolate instant pudding (4 serving size)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (6 oz. package)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Pour oil into a 13x9x2-inch pan. Tilt pan until bottom is covered with oil.
  2. Put remaining ingredients into pan; stir with a fork or spoon until blended (about 2 minutes).
  3. Scrape sides and spread batter evenly in pan.
  4. Bake at 350° for 35-45 minutes; until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.
  5. Cooled cake may be sprinkled with powdered sugar.
  6. Use a knife to loosen cake from sides; cut and serve directly from pan. Store leftover cake loosely covered.

Notes

ALTERNATE - CHOCOLATE CHERRY CAKE: Prepare pan as directed above using 1/4 cup oil. Add cake mix, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup water and 1 can (20 to 23 oz.) cherry pie filling. Mix, bake and serve as directed above.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 20Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 181Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 221mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 2g

Click Americana offers approximate nutrition information as a general reference only, and we make no warranties regarding its accuracy. Please make any necessary calculations based on the actual ingredients used in your recipe, and consult with a qualified healthcare professional if you have dietary concerns.

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ALSO SEERemember Snackin' Cake - the '70s dessert you could mix, bake and serve in 1 pan?

Duncan Hines lemon supreme pound cake

(Makes 12 to 16 servings)

1 package Duncan Hines Deluxe II Lemon Supreme Cake Mix
1 package lemon instant pudding mix (4 serving size)
1/2 cup Crisco oil
1 cup water
4 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 F. Blend all ingredients in a large bowl; beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Bake in a greased and floured tube pan, 10-inch or fluted at 350° for 45-55 minutes, until center springs back when touched lightly. Cool right side up in pan for about 25 minutes, then invert onto serving plate.

GLAZE: Blend 1 cup confectioners; sugar with either 2 tablespoons milk or 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Drizzle over cake.

AT ALTITUDES OVER 3500 FEET: Stir 1/3 cup flour into mix. Mix as directed using 1 package lemon instant pudding mix, 1/3 cup oil, 1-1/4 cups water, and 4 eggs. Bake at 375° for about 40-45 minutes.

ALSO SEELadybird Johnson's classic lemon pound cake recipe (1966)

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Double pineapple upside-down cake

(Makes 12 to 16 servings)

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
1 cup brown sugar
1 can (1 pound 4 ounce) pineapple slices, drained
Maraschino cherry halves
1 pkg. Duncan Hines Deluxe II Pineapple Supreme Cake Mix
Whipped cream

Preheat oven to 350 F. Melt butter in a 13x9x2-inch pan. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly in pan. Arrange drained pineapple slices and maraschino cherry halves on the sugar mixture. Mix cake as directed on the label with 1-1/3 cups water and 2 eggs. Do not substitute pineapple juice for water. Beat as directed. Pour batter over fruit.

Bake at 350° for about 50 minutes, until tests done with a toothpick. Let stand 5 minutes for topping to begin to set. Then turn upside down onto a large platter or a cookie sheet. Serve warm with whipped cream.

AT ALTITUDES OVER 3500 FEET: Stir 1/4 cup flour into mix. Mix as directed using 1-1/2 cups water and 2 eggs. Bake at 375° until done.

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Cinnamon streusel cake (coffee cake) recipe

(Makes 12 to 16 servings)

1 pkg. Duncan Hines Deluxe II Yellow Cake Mix
1 pkg. vanilla instant pudding mix (4 serving size)
2 tbsp. Crisco Oil
1-1/3 cups water
2 eggs

STREUSEL

1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp. butter or margarine, melted

Preheat oven to 375 F. In large bowl, blend cake mix, pudding mix, oil, water and eggs. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Spread 3/4 of batter evenly in greased and floured 10-inch tube pan. Combine streusel ingredients. Sprinkle 2/3 cup of mixture over batter in pan. Spread remaining batter over streusel; top with reserved streusel.

Bake 40-50 minutes at 375° until done. Cool right side up in pan 25 minutes, remove from pan and glaze streusel side up.

GLAZE: Blend 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar with about 1 tbsp. milk: drizzle over cake.

ALTITUDES OVER 3500 FEET: Stir 1/4 cup flour into mix. Mix as directed using 1-1/2 cups water. Bake at 400° for 35-40 minutes.

ALSO SEETwo classic cranberry-nut coffee cake recipes - just like they used to make for a weekend breakfast

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Duncan Hines cake mix chocolate chip cookies

(Makes about 3-1/2 dozen 2-1/2-inch cookies)

1 pkg. Duncan Hines Deluxe II White Cake Mix
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 cup (6 oz. pkg.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped nuts
3/4 cup oil
1 egg

Preheat oven to 375 F. In a large bowl, stir all ingredients together until well-mixed. Drop from a teaspoon onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes, until centers of cookies are golden brown. (Edges will look darker.)

Cool on cookie sheet for about 1 minute, then remove to rack to finish cooling.

ALSO SEEThe original Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe (1939)

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Sock-it-to-me cake (Sour cream pound cake)

(Makes 12 to 16 servings of delicious sour cream pound cake)

1 package Duncan Hines Butter Recipe Golden Cake Mix
1 cup (8 ounces) dairy sour cream
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
4 eggs

FILLING

1 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 F. In a large bowl, blend cake mix, sour cream, oil, 1/4 cup sugar, water and eggs. Beat at high speed for 2 minutes. Pour 2/3 of the batter in a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan. Combine filling ingredients and sprinkle over batter in pan: Spread remaining batter evenly over filling mixture.

Bake at 375° for 45-55 minutes, until cake springs back when touched lightly. Cool right side up for about 25 minutes, then remove from pan.

GLAZE: Blend 1 cup confectioners sugar and 2 tablespoons milk. Drizzle over cake.

WHEN BAKING AT HIGH ALTITUDES: Stir 1/2 cup flour into mix. Mix as directed above using the sour cream, 1/3 cup oil, 2 tablespoons sugar, 2/3 cup water and 4 eggs. Bake at 400° until done (40-50 minutes).

ALSO SEEChocolate Intrigue Cake: The delicious Bake-Off winning pound cake recipe from 1962

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ALSO SEERetro recipes for cake mix desserts: Coconut-pecan cookies, Caramel layer choco-squares & Lemon-orange cake

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  • Original publication date: March 1978
  • Added or last updatedAugust 16, 2019
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FAQs

What happens when you use milk instead of water in cake mix? ›

Baking tip #2: adding milk to your box cake mix in place of water adds a dense texture to your dessert leaving it moist and flavorful like a homemade cake. Or, if you prefer, you can add buttermilk, giving your cake a tangy flavor to balance out the sweetness.

What does adding butter to cake mix do? ›

Melted butter serves the same purpose as oil, while also adding richness and depth to the cake. Unsalted butter is the best choice, unless you have a salt tooth, like me, and prefer desserts with a little extra salt to balance out the sweetness.

Can I use butter instead of oil in a Duncan Hines cake mix? ›

Just replace the oil with an equal amount of melted butter, and you'll get a drastically better cake with a more complex flavor.

Is it better to use butter or oil in cake mix? ›

The spongy texture and moist flavor that oil creates can be a boon to certain recipes. Not to mention oil is cheaper and easier to work with. Butter will always provide superior flavor and that melt-in-your-mouth texture. In many recipes, combining the two gives the best of both worlds.

What happens if you add an extra egg to cake mix? ›

Add an Extra Egg

Most cake mixes call for two to three eggs. Just one more egg will add extra moisture, fat, and a little protein, which means the cake will be softer and less likely to overbake and dry out in the oven.

Should you beat eggs before adding to cake mix? ›

Martina says, “Late in the mixing stage, eggs will incorporate better if you lightly beat them before adding to the batter. The finished cake may be slightly shorter than expected, but its flavor and tenderness shouldn't be affected.” For egg-leavened cakes, the eggs are crucial.

How do you perk up a box cake mix? ›

Other ways to improve your box cake mix
  1. Use coffee instead of water for chocolate cakes. ...
  2. Sour Cream is perfect for adding moisture and rich flavor. ...
  3. Pudding adds moisture and flavor. ...
  4. Vanilla & Salt give the cake a more homemade taste. ...
  5. Butter instead of oil. ...
  6. Mix-Ins can both personalize your cake and add flavor.

How do you doctor up cake mix? ›

Enhance With Extracts

Pure vanilla extract and pure almond extract are great options, but you could also try lemon extract or orange extract paired with fresh citrus zest. Although more expensive, vanilla bean paste or fresh vanilla beans will provide even richer flavor to a boxed mix.

What does adding pudding to cake mix do? ›

Put some pudding in the mix: Add a small box of pudding mix in with the cake mix. (Don't make the pudding.) The mix adds additional flavor, moistness, and a denser texture.

What is a secret ingredient for cakes? ›

Mayonnaise: The Hidden Gem in Cake Recipes

Made up of eggs and oil, mayonnaise acts as an emulsifier, adding creaminess and moisture to your cake.

What happens if you add an extra egg? ›

Eggs are responsible for giving baked goods structure, which means the amount you use directly affects the resulting texture. Using too few eggs will make your desserts dense, but using too many will make them rubbery. The explanation for this lies in the fact that eggs are made up of protein.

How to make a box cake taste homemade? ›

Try adding a few of these tips to your box cake mix taste better!
  1. Use milk instead of water. ...
  2. Add extra eggs. ...
  3. Add sugar and flour to the dry mix. ...
  4. Use coffee instead of water for chocolate cakes. ...
  5. Sour Cream is perfect for adding moisture and rich flavor. ...
  6. Pudding adds moisture and flavor.

What happens if you replace oil with butter in cake mix? ›

Most cake mixes call for oil, but butter will bring in amazing flavor. To substitute butter for oil in baking just melt the butter, measure it, let it cool, and add it as you would the oil. Compared to oil, butter will create a cake with a firmer, cakeier texture.

Is cake better with milk or water? ›

“Cake Mix can usually be used with either water or milk. When using milk, however, you can probably expect better results because it can make the cake become more moist and rich in flavor.

What is the best oil for baking a cake? ›

Canola oil is, without doubt, one of the best types of oil for baking. It's preferred in many recipes since it has the most neutral flavor compared to other types of oil. It also tends to be lighter in flavour, so it will not negatively affect the baked product's flavor and texture.

What does milk do to a cake? ›

One of the main roles of milk in baking is to provide moisture. It can help to keep baked goods from becoming too dry and crumbly, and can also add tenderness to the texture. In addition to adding moisture, milk can also help to create a softer crumb in breads and cakes.

What is the difference between water and milk in a cake? ›

The milk has fat, protein, and sugars. The fat and sugars improve flavor and texture, the protein provides some structure. Water has none of these, and will have too much moisture.

Can you use milk instead of water in Betty Crocker cookie mix? ›

With Betty Crocker's new Batchables Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, that's exactly what you can do. Whether you're craving 4 or 24 cookies, simply measure the mix, add milk or water and bake!

Is water better than milk in cake batter? ›

In a pinch, if milk is not available, water may be substituted. To replace 1 cup of whole milk in a cake recipe, you can use 1 cup of water and 1 1/2 teaspoons of butter, according to Colorado State University Extension.

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