I was searching for an easy and moist yellow cupcake recipe when I happend to stumble upon a recipe called THE BEST Chocolate Cake. I'm not quite sure how moist yellow cake landed me on THE BEST Chocolate Cake, but, I am glad it did! Not only did I find a great recipe for dressing up just about any boxed cake mix, I also found another great blog to follow called Kevin & Amanda. They have tons of delicious recipes including these Creamy Chicken Enchiladas and Cheesy Chicken, Bacon & Avocado Quesadillas which my whole family absolutely loved!
This recipe is so versatile and you can use it to make cupcakes, a sheet cake, a bundt cake, or in two 9-inch round cakes. All you do is take a box of your favorite cake mix and dress it up with sour cream, instant pudding, oil, eggs, and vanilla and you place all the ingredients in one large bowl and mix them up. Just match any cake mix with instant pudding; some ideas are chocolate cake mix with chocolate pudding; white, yellow, french vanilla, or strawberry cake mix with vanilla pudding, or banana cake with banana pudding. The possibilities really are endless and will result in super moist, super rich, and oh so flavorful cupcakes or cake every single time. No one will ever know they came from a box! Give these a try and you won't be disappointed, I promise :)
Moist Yellow Cupcakes: (adapted from Kevin & Amanda)
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 1 small package Jello instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla exract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare cupcake tins with cupcake liners (this makes between 18-24 cupcakes); set aside.
Place all ingredients in a very large bowl. With an electric mixer, beat ingredients at low speed for 30 seconds and then at medium-high speed for 2 minutes. Batter will be thick. Divide batter evenly between prepared cupcake liners (about 2/3 full). Bake for 18-23 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool in pan for 10 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Frost as desired.