One Cake – 5 Ways

Today’s recipe takes one super easy cake and shows you how to mix it up into five different flavors! Each is delicious and super moist. Pistachio, banana, lemon, coconut and vanilla – take your pick!

One Homemade Cake Mix - 5 different flavors! Easy to make and switch up!

So you may remember the Homemade Vanilla Cake Mix I shared with you a few weeks ago. Well, I expanded upon that today and added pudding mix to the batter!

Like most cake mixes you buy at the store that come with “pudding in the mix!”, I decided to add some pudding to the mix. It not only adds moisture to the cake that lasts for days, it adds some fun and different flavors without having to change your recipe. I’m loving it! I’ve also included a couple different frosting options that are easy to adjust to the cake flavor you choose. One is a more standard buttercream and the other is a cream cheese frosting.

So to start, we’ve got our standard vanilla cake. You could certainly leave out the pudding mix, but it totally amplifies the vanilla flavor and adds moisture that lasts and lasts. I paired it with a vanilla buttercream, but you could change it up for the cream cheese frosting – or add some flavored extract.

One Homemade Cake Mix - 5 different flavors! Easy to make and switch up!

Next up is the coconut. Again, so much amped up flavor and moisture. And with a coconut frosting – summer in a cake pan!

One Homemade Cake Mix - 5 different flavors! Easy to make and switch up!

I also tried one of the new JELLO “Simply Good” pudding mixes in the banana flavor. I considered using the regular banana pudding flavored mix, which would totally work too, but I loved the idea of a more natural banana flavor. It was perfect in this cake! And when paired with the cream cheese frosting – it’s the jam!

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One Homemade Cake Mix - 5 different flavors! Easy to make and switch up!

Another delicious option is the pistachio pudding. Such a great way to give a cake some pistachio flavor! I topped it with some cream cheese frosting with a little honey mixed in and some chopped up pistachios. I’d be lying if I said I’m not slightly in love with pistachios these days, and this cake just made them even better!

One Homemade Cake Mix - 5 different flavors! Easy to make and switch up!

And last, but not least – lemon! Citrus can be tricky when baked into a cake, so this is a great, easy way to make a moist and easy lemon cake. It’s perfect with a cream cheese frosting – yum!

One Homemade Cake Mix - 5 different flavors! Easy to make and switch up!

I did try a few other pudding flavors, but these were the ones I found to be most successful. One I really wanted to work out well was the butterscotch and sadly, even though it baked fine, the flavor didn’t come through. πŸ™

All five cake options are delicious and super easy to make! It’s such a great way to mix up a cake flavor without a lot of fuss. Plus, the cakes are super moist! I hope you have fun switching it up!

One Cake - 5 Ways

Yield: 12-16 slices

One cake recipe that is switched up with different pudding mixes and frosting options. Try out your favorite pudding flavor and choose from a buttercream frosting or cream cheese frosting.

Ingredients:

Cake Mix

2 1/2 cups (325g) all purpose flour
2 cups (414g) sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3.4 oz instant pudding mix*
1 cup (240ml) milk
1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 cup (240ml) hot water

Buttercream Frosting

3/4 cup (168g) butter
1/2 cup (95g) shortening
5 cups (575g) powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp flavored extract
3 tbsp (34ml) water or milk**

Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz (226g) cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup (57g) butter, room temperature
4 1/2 cups (518g) powdered sugar
2-3 tbsp (30-45ml) water or milk**

Directions:

To make the cake:

1. Preheat oven to 350Β°F (176Β°C) and grease a 9Γ—13 inch cake pan.
2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and pudding mix in a large mixer bowl.
3. Add the milk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and eggs to a medium sized bowl and combine.
5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
6. Slowly add the hot water to the batter and mix on low speed until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to make sure everything is well combined.
7. Pour the batter into the greased cake pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs.

To make the buttercream frosting:

1. Combine the butter and shortening in a large mixer bowl and mix until smooth.
2. Add about half of the powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
3. Add the flavor extract of your choosing (vanilla, coconut, etc) and the water or milk and mix until smooth.
4. Add the remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
5. Spread the frosting onto the cooled cake.

To make the cream cheese frosting:

1. Combine the cream cheese and butter in a large mixer bowl and mix until smooth.
2. Add about half of the powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
3. Add the water or milk and mix until smooth.
4. Add the remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
5. Spread the frosting onto the cooled cake.

* Feel free to use the pudding mix of your choice. I used Jello brand and found vanilla, coconut cream, banana, pistachio and lemon to work the best.

** The milk or water can be replace with another flavoring, such as honey, lemon juice or something else to add additional flavor to the frosting.

Enjoy!

One Homemade Cake Mix - 5 different flavors! Easy to make and switch up!