To answer this question, we chose a handful of quick bread and cake recipes with different mixing techniques and varying ratios of ingredients: angel food cake, chiffon cake, banana bread, cornbread, carrot cake, devil’s food cake, and a yellow layer cake. Add cake mix to a medium or large mixing bowl. Thanks for the info and the links, chloebud! Get FREE ACCESS to every recipe and rating from this season of our TV show. How to Use Chocolate Chip Muffin Mix to Make Cookies, How to Preserve Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookies. How Can I Make Melting Chocolate With Cocoa Powder? Converting Cake Batter to Cupcakes or Muffins Can you make cupcakes/muffins with your favorite cake batter? For a sweeter muffin, try blueberry or cherry pie filling in a white or chocolate cake mix, or use apple pie filling in a carrot or spice cake mix. Cake mix muffins don't need butter or margarine, but you can add it if desired. All the quick breads turned out very nicely. I've been tasked with making some muffins for church, and I have a box of spice cake mix, and I have a box of carrot cake mix. The most common way to make them is to use applesauce as an easy alternative to oil and eggs. I figured someone here might have actually done this in real life, so there would be the T & T aspect :O). I've been tasked with making some muffins for church, and I have a box of spice cake mix, and I have a box of carrot cake mix. You can make a more dense cake by using milk instead of water so probably just doing that and maybe adding things like nuts and berries etc would make a more like a muffin texture out of a cake mix. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Get FREE ACCESS to every recipe and rating from theis season of our TV show. So don't frost them! You can also use paper liners if you prefer. Learn real cooking skills from your favorite food experts, The iconic magazine that investigates how and why recipes work, American classics, everyday favorites, and the stories behind them, Experts teach 200+ online courses for home cooks at every skill level, Kid tested, kid approved: Welcome to America’s Test Kitchen for the next generation. Add cake mix to a medium or large mixing bowl. Mashed banana is an excellent option in a yellow or chocolate cake mix. FROSTING! What's a good T & T way to make the cake mixes into heartier muffins? I'd think it would be a heck of a lot easier to make muffins from scratch, with a nice recipe, especially if you want healthy muffins rather than cakey muffins. YW! The results were a mixed bag. Sounds familiar, no? I did some googling before I posted the question, and the info I found was that some websites suggested adding 2 T of flour and 1 tsp baking powder. Try additions like cinnamon, chocolate chips, walnuts, pecans, blueberries, apples, raisins or pineapple. Cooks use muffin pans, also known as muffin tins, to create both muffins and cupcakes. Bake for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out clean. Good flavor, nice little "lift' to the rounded tops! Muffins are sometimes glazed, but a mound of frosting might keep them out of the "not as sweet as cupcakes" category, too. Sooz, I'm not sure at all if the links below will help, but I wondered if they could be a starting point. © 2020 America's Test Kitchen. Very helpful! Divide your batter into a greased 12-cup muffin tin (use paper liners for tender layer cake batters) and bake the batter until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few crumbs attached, about (or a little less than) half the time called for in the original recipe. Rotate the muffin tin halfway through baking. But I’m definitely not opposed to throwing in a cake mix every now and again. Spray a muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.