Chocolate “Bakery” Like Cake?

Choclate Bakery Cake

I LOVE to cook.  I like mixing things together and making them taste amazing.  Trying different combinations until it is just what I know my family will like.  I don’t bake often.  It is not something I enjoy.  You have to be so exact in your measurements and there is not quite so much room for experimentation as there is in cooking.

I have looked at this recipe at least one hundred times on Pinterest.  Many blogs have the same recipe posted and finally I thought why not give it a try.  I am craving sweets and I really don’t feel like making a cake from scratch today.


Meh.  Really.  All the recipes I saw said it was the best thing – ever.  Easy?  Yes.  Tasty? It was okay.

The cake was lighter and you can see the air pockets in the cake pictured above.  But, it lacked that richness I was really looking for.  We actually ended up throwing away about 1/4 of the cake and that almost NEVER happens in our house.

Would I make it again?  Maybe, but to me it seemed a waste of really good ingredients to make an okay cake.  Next time I will make one from scratch.

Here is the recipe I used in case you want to try it for yourself:


  • 1 Boxed Cake mix, any flavor
  • 3 eggs
  • Melted butter, double the amount of oil called for in the recipe and substitute the melted butter for it
  • whole or 2% milk substituted for the water on the box recipe


  1. Preheat oven to 350 or temperature cited on cake mix box.  Grease and flour a 9×13 pan with butter and flour.
  2. Melt the butter in a large bowl.
  3. Add cake mix, eggs and milk to the bowl and beat until smooth.
  4. Pour cake mix into prepared pan.  Bake as directed on box.
  5. Allow to cool completely before frosting.


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