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How to Upgrade a Boxed Cake Vegan Style

You can take a basic boxed cake mix and turn it into something special with a few creative twists. It’s easy to keep it vegan by using plant-based additions if your boxed mix is vegan … and many boxed cake mixes, including gluten-free ones, are. Just check the ingredient label to be sure.

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I love using boxed cake mix with my own additions when I’m pressed for time or don’t have all the ingredients, although I also enjoy homemade cakes, like this super simple Chocolate Orange Depression Cake, and Strawberry Rhubarb Jam Cake.

Here are some ideas to upgrade a boxed cake, vegan style:

1. Use Just Egg in Place of Real Eggs for Authentic Cake Flavor

Just Egg, a plant-based egg substitute, can be seamlessly incorporated into cake recipes to upgrade a boxed cake mix. Just Egg’s liquid form offers moisture, structure, and binding properties, perfect for vegan or egg-free baking. It adds authentic “eggy” flavor as well as the lift needed in cakes. Try these suggestions for how to replace real eggs with plant-based Just Egg in cakes, cupcakes, and more.

2. Flavor Enhancements

Add plant-based extracts: Enhance the flavor with extracts like vanilla, almond, or citrus.
Spices: Incorporate spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom to create a unique flavor profile.
Instant coffee: Add a teaspoon of instant coffee to intensify the chocolate flavor.

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3. Plant-Based Mix-ins

Vegan chocolate chips: Stir in chocolate chips or chunks to add pockets of gooey deliciousness.
Nuts: Chopped nuts such as walnuts, pecans, or almonds can provide texture and flavor.
Dried fruits: Incorporate dried cranberries, raisins, or apricots for a burst of sweetness.

4. Add Vegan Richness to Any Boxed Cake Mix

To enhance the richness of a boxed cake, substitute melted vegan butter for vegetable oil, use almond milk instead of water, and add an extra dollop or two of Just Egg for a denser texture. Incorporate a half-cup of plant-based sour cream or yogurt for moisture and depth of flavor. Real vanilla extract can replace artificial flavoring, and you can mix in a box of complementary instant pudding (many are vegan, check the label). For chocolate cakes, use strong brewed coffee instead of water. Fold in chopped nuts or plant-based chocolate chips, brush with simple syrup after baking, and opt for a rich homemade frosting or ganache to further intensify the flavor.

5. Fruit Additions

Fresh fruit: Layer slices of strawberries, blueberries, or peaches between the cake layers.
Fruit puree: Mix in pureed bananas, applesauce, or berries for added moisture and flavor.
Jam and Jelly: These are just sweetened fruit purees. Mix in or swirl into cake batter for added color, flavor, and sweetness. Or add jam or jelly between layers for a bit of concentrated flavor.

How to Upgrade a Boxed Cake Vegan Style Plant Based from Planted365

6. Fillings and Frostings

Homemade frosting: Opt for a homemade plant-based buttercream or vegan cream cheese frosting instead of store-bought.
Fruit curd: Spread a layer of vegan lemon curd or raspberry curd between cake layers for a tangy surprise.
Almond butter or peanut butter: Swirl these spreads into the batter before baking or use as a filling.
Layering and Presentation:
Multi-layer cake: Bake multiple cake layers and stack them with various fillings and frostings.
Crumb coating: Apply a thin layer of frosting to seal in crumbs before applying the final frosting layer.
Decorations: Use fresh fruit, edible flowers, chocolate shavings, or sprinkles to decorate the cake.

7. Alcohol Infusion

Boozy soak: Brush layers with a flavored syrup infused with liqueur like rum, amaretto, or Grand Marnier.
Replace Liquid with Alcohol: Replace a portion of the liquid in the cake recipe with the alcohol of your choice.

How to Upgrade a Boxed Cake Vegan Style Plant Based from Planted365

8. Layered Flavors

Checkerboard: Create a checkerboard or marbled effect by adding different colors or flavors of batter.
Half and Half: Use half of one cake mix for one layer of a cake and half of another flavored cake mix for another layer to create alternating flavors.

9. Healthier Options

Replace oil with applesauce for a lower-fat option.

Use plant-based yogurt and/or vegan sour cream for added protein and creaminess.

10. Textural Additions

Cookie crumble: Sprinkle crushed cookies (e.g., Oreos) between layers for a crunchy element.
Caramel drizzle: Drizzle vegan caramel sauce over the cake for a sweet and sticky touch.
Coconut Flakes: Their sweet, nutty crunch adds a tropical twist to any cake, making each bite a delightful sensory experience

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Remember, you can mix and match these ideas to create a custom cake that suits your taste preferences. Get creative and have fun experimenting with different combinations!

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How to Upgrade a Boxed Cake Vegan Style Plant Based from Planted365
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