This Secret Ingredient Makes Boxed Cake Mix Taste Homemade

We discovered it totally by accident.

Recently, my roommate's boyfriend lost a bet (we were trying to cut down on our dessert consumption, but he caved on vacation), and, somewhat ironically, we decided that the loser had to bake the rest of us a cake. It didn't take long for us to pick our preferred flavor: the super-sweet, sprinkle-studded deliciousness that is Funfetti.

Off he went to the store, only to return to find that we didn't have the vegetable oil the box instructions required. Instead of going back out, I suggested he trycoconut oil. As someone who dislikes the flavor of coconut, he was skeptical,but I reassured him he wouldn't taste it. He warmed it in the microwave until it was liquefied, measured the specified amount, added it to the mix, and proceeded as usual.

The cake, however, was far from average. It was exceptional, especially since it came from a box. It was moist,extra light and fluffy, and—dare I say it—tasted just as good as a homemade vanilla cake. We couldn't stop eating it straight from the pan, dipping pieces into the tub of Funfetti frosting we'd opened and left beside the cake. It was, hands down, the most delicious cake from a box I've ever had.

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If you want to try this hack, it's easy: Simply replace the vegetable oil called for with melted coconut oil. I suggest using refined coconut oil, which doesn't have a coconut-y flavor. Unrefined (or virgin) will also work, but you'll be able to taste it in the cake. Try it with any flavor cake, not just Funfetti. And don't save your coconut oil for cakes alone. Try it in dark chocolate chip cookies, almond butter cups, or even pie crust.

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