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post #1 of 37
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Strictly speaking cupcakes, what is your favorite vanilla box mix and why? I did try the doctored method for a box mix and was unimpressed. So I'd like to try a couple of mixes just as they are out of the box.

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post #2 of 37
I usually make my cupcakes from scratch but if you want to use a mix, undoctored, then I would recommend Duncan Hines for a grocery store mix. I find DH is more fluffy and better tasting than either Betty Crocker or Pillsbury. If you want to spend more, then the mixes by Ad Hoc, of Thomas Keller fame, are really exceptional in my opinion - with the price to boot.
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post #3 of 37
I usually take a white cake mix and add flavoring to it. For instance, tonight I'm working on a practice cake and I made if from white BC super moist cake mix and I added 2 fresh bananas to each batch and it's absolutely delish! The banana is not overpowering, giving it a slight banana bread taste. Since I really don't like plain white cake, I always try to add something to it to give it a different flavor unless the project is for a plain white cake. There are so many things you can do with cake mix though. I personally prefer DH cake mix but since BC was one sale, that's what I bought. You just have to try until you come up with something you like. This mix would make great cupcakes though.

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post #4 of 37
I prefer duncan hines, big time. I think they taste better AND I like that they are consistently less clumpy. .. which makes them MUCH easier to sift.
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post #5 of 37
Definitely Duncan Hines.
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post #6 of 37
Duncan Hines as well icon_smile.gif
post #7 of 37
Ditto on Duncan Hines!
post #8 of 37
Die hard DH fan here!
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post #9 of 37
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Thanks all,
I will definitely try the DH icon_smile.gif
post #10 of 37
The whole topic is subject to personal preference. Something is only "the best" in one's opinion. I've used Betty Crocker for 30 years because I find DH too "fluffy" for a good sturdy cake. and when I'm flipping 14" cakes, I need firm and sturdy, not light and fluffy.

All cake mixes can be used for cupcakes, so the final choice is just personal preference.

It's funny because I can relate to a previous post on here. I can tell a DH cake a mile away because of the yucky "chemical" taste in it. I don't taste it in BC. But I'm sure it's all because of what I'm used to and my personal preference and not because one is "the best" over the other.
post #11 of 37
I buy whatever is on sale!
I have never really noticed a huge difference in taste, but am def. going to see which brand holds up best now for carving... Fluffy carved cakes = danger icon_razz.gif
post #12 of 37
I agree with Indidebi - BC all the way - I have been using BC for over 20 years.
post #13 of 37
I have always used DH Butter Recipe until lately.
I now use Betty Crocker and doctor it. It's better then DH and cost less too.

And of course the only BC recipe I use is IndyDebi, my family RAVES about it, they eat it out of the bowl and complain if I don't leave enough for "licking the bowl"

I shop at Publix, but I stopped in Walmart on way home from work one day.
The cake mixes were 1/2 the price they are at Publix! So, I stock up when I go to WallyWorld.
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post #14 of 37
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Originally Posted by MommaDukes

The cake mixes were 1/2 the price they are at Publix!

You can ask walmart to order you 1 or more cases of cake mix. They'll happily do it for you. (Less work for them .... they don't have to fill the shelves just to have me come along and take them all OFF the shelf! icon_lol.gif )
post #15 of 37
I prefer DH or BC. I don't like PB.
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