I saw this on Facebook as I was zooming through posts of friends so I am not sure where the proper credit goes for this idea. What I do know is that we will not be making box cake according to the directions given on the box anymore.
The kids and I decided to to do a taste test. We chose a plain, white cake mix for the simple reason that we had two of those on hand and we wanted to compare cake to cake not one flavor to another. One was made business as usual and the other we used the steps from above.
The cake on the left is the bakery taste cake and on the right is the regular box cake. As you can see, they aren't even the same color. And the taste, well, there was more difference in the taste and texture than in the color. In fact, the bakery taste cake was so good that after our taste test, we scraped the non-bakery cake out of the pan and took it out to the chickens. They didn't get to taste the other one so they didn't know how bland it was. Sorry chickens!