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. 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.


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