If you are a cake lover, you’ve most likely made acquaintance with Betty Crocker Yellow Cake Mix. This box cake mix should save time and make baking easy, but that is not always the case. So, what are the instructions for Betty Crocker Yellow Cake Mix?
To ensure your Betty Crocker yellow cake comes out of the oven perfectly baked every time, follow the recipe on the back of the box. You should add water, oil, and eggs to the mixture and mix it for a couple of minutes. Bake the batter in the pan of your choice (9 x 13 inches, round 9 x 2, or round 8 x 2 inches), then check with a toothpick.
Betty Crocker yellow cake is a pretty basic dessert, yet it leaves room for creativity. That is, as long as you avoid some of the common baking mistakes. In this text, I will show you how to prepare Betty Crocker yellow cake, what not to do while mixing and baking the batter, and how to achieve that homemade taste you long for.
How to Make Betty Crocker Yellow Cake?
Each Betty Crocker Yellow Cake Mix comes with a recipe printed on the backside of the packaging. According to it, aside from cake mix, you will need 1 cup of water, ½ cup of oil, and 3 eggs.
Before mixing the ingredients, heat the oven to 350 °F and grease the pan. Choose a large (9 x 13 inches), round (8 x 2 or 9 x 2 inches), or bundt metal pan. And, if you wish to avoid cleaning the grease, use baking paper instead.
While the oven is heating up, set your mixer on medium speed and mix eggs, water, oil, and Betty Crocker mix them for two minutes. Pour the batter into a pan, and put it in the oven.
According to the recipe, the baking time depends on the pan you use, and it is within a range of 29-43 minutes. However, the toothpick test is the best way to know whether it’s time to get the batter out of the oven. Just poke it in the middle of the pan, and if it comes out clean, the cake is done.Jump to Recipe
Common Mistakes While Making Betty Crocker Yellow Cake
No matter how simple the recipe is, there are a few basic steps that are easy to omit while baking Betty Crocker yellow cake. Ensure your cake turns out beautifully yellow, spongy, and moist by avoiding the following mishaps.
Using Cold Ingredients
Let the ingredients, such as eggs, sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before mixing them. If you add them before they get a chance to warm up, a cake might become dense and dry while baking.
Measuring Ingredients Incorrectly
Estimating the amount of water, oil, butter, or any other ingredient you add to the mix instead of measuring can ruin the cake for good. The final result can be a dessert that is either too dry or too squashy. So, make sure to measure everything before adding it to the mixture.
Overmixing or Undermixing the Batter
Overmixing will activate the gluten in the flour and make the batter too dense. On the contrary, undermixing the batter will lead to a crumbly cake.
Opening the Oven Too Often
During baking, you will have to check the cake from time to time. Still, by opening the oven door you will cool it a bit. Since batter is temperature-sensitive, any change of the sort can mess it up.
Overbaking is probably the most common mistake when it comes to making Betty Crocker yellow cake. To avoid burning it down, check it out 10 minutes before the baking time in the recipe runs out.
How to Make Betty Crocker Yellow Cake Better?
By doing everything according to the instructions, you will produce a wonderful Betty Crocker cake. Still, if the homemade taste is what you are after, I have quite a few tricks that will make your dessert better.
Use Milk Instead of Water
To add more homemade flavor to the cake, replace the water with milk. It will not only improve the taste but the texture as well. You can also combine liquid milk with buttermilk, or even sour cream.
Use Butter Instead of Oil
Butter instead of oil will also affect the texture of the cake. It will add extra fat to the batter and the cake will become perfectly moist.
If you are tired of the yellow cake’s classic taste, you can always add some vanilla or lemon extracts. This will give the flavor a new dimension. Instead of extracts, you can also add a sprinkle of vanilla or cinnamon powder.
Add Lemon or Orange Zest
In case you are aiming to alter the flavor and texture of the yellow cake at the same time, you can add some lemon or orange zest to the batter. Lime can also do wonders in that regard.
Decorate Cake With Homemade Frosting
The thing that will make all the difference and give the yellow cake the ultimate homemade taste is a frosting you make yourself. You can cover it in chocolate ganache, vanilla cream, and even caramelized lemon slices. Whichever you choose, it will turn your Betty Crocker yellow cake into gold.
Betty Crocker Yellow Cake
- 15.25 oz Betty Crocker Yellow Cake Mix This is equal one box of cake mix.
- 1 cup Water
- 3 Eggs
- ½ cup Vegetable oil
- 2 tsp Lemon extract
- ½ tbsp Lemon zest
- 16 oz Betty Crocker Dark Chocolate Rich & Creamy Frosting This is equal one can of frosting.
- Preheat the oven to 350 °F and grease the pan.
- Choose a large (9 x 13 inches), round (8 x 2 or 9 x 2 inches), or bundt metal pan. Use baking paper to avoid sticking to the pan.
- While the oven is heating up, set your mixer on medium speed and mix eggs, water, oil, and Betty Crocker mix them for two minutes. If you want to include optional ingredients, now is the time to add them and mix them into the mixture.
- Pour the batter into a pan, and put it in the oven.
- The baking time depends on the pan you use, and it is within a range of 29-43 minutes. However, the toothpick test is the best way to know whether it's time to get the batter out of the oven. Just poke it in the middle of the pan, and if it comes out clean, the cake is done.