White Velvet Cake

I got this white velvet cake recipe from a friend who also does cakes.  I know it’s from a box, but it is so good.
1 box white cake mix
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/3 cups water
3 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
Mix the water,eggs, sour cream, and vanilla with paddle attachment then add the other four ingredients. Beat slowly for 30 seconds and then on high for 2 minutes. Makes about 7 1/2 cups batter to fill two full 8″ rounds.
Bake as directed by box instructions. 


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  1. Added to Cake Week 2012! can’t wait! Thanks for contributing

  2. Hi Jodi. I was wondering since I don’t have the box, what tempature do you cook it at and for how long? I appreciate it. Thanks. Love your blog

  3. Hi,
    I made this cake for my daughter’s birthday on May 15th. It came our great. I baked it in a 9×13 dish with the wet strips and it came out perfectly even. I have never had that happen. No leveling required. My husband loved the cake and even said he could eat it by itself. I plan to use this recipe from now on. Thanks for sharing.

  4. So you just mix the wet ingredients – you don’t beat them?

  5. May I ask what size cake box.. as in how many grams of mix? I’m in Australia and I am not sure if it is just the standard? the cake look amazing and I’d love to make it but I don’t usually use cake mix,. I make things from scratch :-)

    • I know – I generally make things from scratch too, but I love this cake. So many people have tried it and love it, so I just stick with what works. The cake boxes here are 18.25 oz (1 lb 2.25 oz) or 517 g. I hope that’s helpful. Let me know how it turns out.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hey Jodi!

    I can’t wait to try this recipe, but I have a couple of questions. Is there no butter or oil in this recipe? Also, what kind of flour is used, cake flour, all-purpose…?

    • Thanks for asking, and I’m so glad you are going to try this recipe. It has not butter or oil. The sour cream provides the fat needed, I guess. I just use all purpose flour. For some of my other cake recipes I use cake flour, but I’ve never needed to try it with this one. I don’t think this cake can disappoint. Let me know how it turns out.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hi there! Can you say which kind of box mix you use? I’m hoping to find one that doesn’t have any dairy or egg products already in it. I have a really moist white cake recipe I like, but it has a large crumb and I found it’s not as pretty for layer cakes as one with smaller crumbs, which hold a better, crisper shape (mine kind of crumbles a bit and looks sloppy when you cut it–it’s really a cupcake recipe, and is great for that, but is not . Yours looks pretty great, so I’d love to try it!

    • You know, I just buy whatever is on sale. I really have wanted to have a taste test between the different brands because I’d be curious. It’s seemed to taste great no matter which one I’m using. I hope you enjoy.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thanks so much for your reply! I think I’ll give it a try this weekend!

  8. Tried your recipe and it turned out great, I don’t usually like cake but this was delicious!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    • I’m so glad you tried it and had success. It really is a great recipe. Your daughter’s party looked fabulous. I’m so happy that my posts were helpful, and I really appreciate you linking back. Thanks so much!

  9. Hi i was just wondering how many boxes you used for the rain bow cake?? :)
    thanks so much :)

  10. Anonymous says:

    I am also wondering how many boxes you used for the rainbow cake and what size pans?

  11. Hi, would something like the Wilton food gel coloring work or only use the liquid? Thanks!

  12. Oops, I meant to post this on the rainbow cake post, but I just saw you did use the Wilton gel. Sorry! :)

  13. Hi, How do you use wet strips to make the cake even? And what are they? Thanks!

  14. Hi Jodi,
    I’m in Australia and saw your recipe here and would love to try this recipe to bake a cake for my niece 2nd birthday. For the cake mix we have here generally ask for vegetable oil, do I not need to add any additional ingredients requested on the box but instead just add the additional ingredients you suggested? (In this case, like you mentioned in one of the post, sour cream replaced oil/butter?) Thanks!!

  15. I made this recipe for my daughter’s first birthday. I made six 8″ rounds – one in each color of the rainbow. I also had some left over for cupcakes (taste testing!) and it is delicious. So glad I found the link on Pinterest. Thanks!

  16. What a beautiful cake, I want to make it for my daughter’s fifth birthday party. Could you give me the recipe for your fondant? What a great idea!

  17. Nadiya paulino says:

    I made this for our Easter gathering and the cake was delish! I will be making this again for my daughter’s upcoming birthday!

  18. Have you tried using a box chocolate cake mix instead of the vanilla? curious !

  19. Your recipe says 1 boxed cake mix, the cake mix i have is betty crocker and it’s 16.25oz. I know betty crocker has downsized from 18.25oz. how many ounces does this recipe call for?

    • So interesting! I just checked the boxes I used, and they are 15.25 oz. I hadn’t paid attention until now. I wonder why there is a discrepancy. My Betty Crocker is 15.25 too. I have both Betty Crocker and Pillsbury. I hope that’s helpful. It’s odd though.

  20. What kind of flour? All purpose or self rising?

  21. i’ve used this recipe with a chocolate mix and i added cocoa powder and it worked fine. problem is i can’t remember how much i used. start with 1/4 cup but i wouldn’t go past 1/2 cup. you’d end up with a dry cake.

  22. What if all I have is a hand mixer and don’t have a standing one with a paddle attachment?

    • Hey there. Just use the hand mixer and mix it until it is completely combined. It will be fine with what you have. Let me know what you think! It’s funny, my birthday was last week, and my friend made it for me for my birthday. I said, “Wow, this is really good cake.” She said, “I hope so. It’s you’re recipe.” I hope you like it as much as I do.

  23. Ailish Dullaghan says:

    Hello there,
    Thank you for all your tips. They are brilliant. I am making a cake for my brothers wedding soon (first wedding cake aaagh ). The top tier is 8 inch but my middle tier is 10 inch. How would I change ingredient quantities for this please

    • Hi! Ooo – a wedding cake. Have fun! I hope it goes really well. I’m actually a pretty bad person to ask about this. I always just double or triple the recipe without adjusting…especially since it is calling for a full box cake in this recipe. Since I freeze cakes and cupcakes, I just freeze the extra for later use. So, for an 8 inch and a 10 inch, I’d triple the recipe. The extra batter I’d throw into cupcake tins or a six inch and freeze. I wish I had better numbers for you so you could be more exact, but I’d just be making it up, and I don’t want to do that – especially since it is a wedding cake. I hope it goes really well. I don’t think you’d be disappointed in this recipe. Thanks!

      • Ailish Dullaghan says:

        Apologies for late reply. I only saw it now. Thank you for your advice. I will give it a go and let you know how I get. Thanks again

  24. clare O'Halloran says:


    Iam making this mermaid cake for my daughters 6th birthday and found you! I am in NZ and just curious. Do you just use any old cake mix in a box? I thought it had all the ingredients ready inside you just have to add wet mix. Do you still have to add the flour etc that you stated on the recipe above?

    • Hello, Yes – You use any old white cake mix. You then add all the ingredients in the recipe. I know it seems weird and counter-intuitive, but it’s a great cake I’m sure you will enjoy. Let me know how it goes.

  25. I have been making this recipe since last December, yummy! So easy and fool proof. I am not a baker but this cake has WOW’d my friends and nobody knows it comes from a box lol. I call it semi-homemade cake.

    I linked to your blog on a post I made: http://www.craftinginthenight.com/

    • Thanks so much for linking back. I’m so glad you like this cake. My birthday was in January, and a friend of mine made me a cake. I said, “This is really good cake. I love it.” She said, “Well, you should. It’s your recipe.” Ha! I’m glad you have had so much success.

  26. Hi
    I am going to attempt to make the rainbow cake for my daughter’s first birthday and was going to use this recipe. I’ve heard great things about it. However I am confused about the size cake mix needed for the listed ingredients in one comment I see 18.25 and another 15.25 . I bought the 18.25 size are the ingredient amounts listed correct for this cake mix size? Thanks so much I just don’t want to mess it up.

    • Umm…Interesting…I just went and looked at the three box cake mixes I have on hand and they are three different sizes. I had no idea. None of mine are 18.25 oz though. All are smaller. I am not quite sure. I would just go for it. I’ve never really paid attention to the size and have never had problems. If you do try it, will you report back with the results? I really hope it goes well!

  27. Just stir together ingredients? No need to beat for 2 minutes as box says?

  28. Do I not need to beat for 2 minutes as directions on bos says?

  29. I am going to make this tonight, can’t wait! I’m in Scotland and our box cake mix are 230g, so I am going to try using 2 packs.


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