Boxed cake hack. Vegan. GF.

Does anyone make cakes from scratch anymore?  I mean seriously.  Who has the time unless you’re a baker by choice.  I have to admit 2 things.  I hate baking – now I don’t mean muffins, bars or granola.  NOT that.  Cakes in particular which then leads me to revelation number 2 about me… I hate cake.  I don’t know what it is but if I never saw another one the rest of my life I wouldn’t be sad.  Some times, on rare occasions, cupcakes are fine but they honestly leave me despondent.  I don’t know… maybe there is something wrong with me.  And apparently this cake-hating is genetic or something.  My kids are the same.  They’ve always asked for cookie cakes or ice cream cakes to celebrate their birthdays.  Even my husband…. it’s a no-go!  But today is my dad’s 79th and he LOVES cake.  So I suck it up & make one.  Well, a box one but he doesn’t know.

So I instal-story a lot.  I asked my watchers if they would be interested in my hack for the boring box cake and within 1 hour I had received over 100 DM’s letting me know they were interested so here it is!


1 box of GF cake mix
1 cup unsweetened applesauce (I used Honey crisp but any will work)
3/4 cup water + 1 tbl
2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract


I sprayed my pan of choice (I used a bundt pan for nostalgia purposes) with coconut oil and set aside.  Preheated my oven to 350 degrees.  Into my stand mixer, paddle attached, I blended all of the ingredients listed until just incorporated.  AVOID over-mixing.  Pour the batter into your prepared pan and bake for about 28-32 minutes or  until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and the edges are slightly golden.  I was closer to the 32 min mark for reference.  Remove your pan and allow the cake to completely cool.  This is critical with any gf baked goods!  Then ice or sprinkle with powdered sugar prior to serving.  Enjoy!

Still home sans car so lots of running/training from home.

Sunday: 8 outdoor miles/2 dog walks
Monday: 4 outdoor miles/HIIT session in my basement/nice long dog walk
Tuesday: 8 outdoor miles/dog walk

— Knead to Cook

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      1. Thanks! I’ve been meaning to look into ways of making a vegan cake from a box mix. This just saved me some searching πŸ™‚

  1. Robin, recommendation on a GF Box brand? Also, did you add the sprinkles in the mix? And what type of icing?