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Better Boxed Cake


For those of us who are not great bakers—hi, hello—pulling off a cake can be daunting. Most boxed cake mixes nail the chemistry of cake, but they tend to be a little bland. We amp up the flavor by adding extra salt, vanilla, apple cider vinegar, and coconut milk.

Serves 8

1 box chocolate or vanilla cake mix (we like Mrs. Jones)

3 eggs

½ cup melted vegan butter (we like Miyoko’s)

½ cup coconut milk

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon vanilla or ½ teaspoon almond extract

½ teaspoon salt

1. Follow all the box directions, swapping in coconut milk for cow’s milk and vegan butter for regular butter. Once combined, add the extra salt, vanilla or almond extract, and apple cider vinegar. Bake according to box directions.