White Velvet Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting

If you’re in the habit of enhancing cake mix with pudding, sour cream and butter, you won’t be surprised to know that along with additions to make cake mix taste better, there are things you can do to make the mix serve a few more people. This is especially handy if you’re making cupcakes for a group of 22 to 32. Rather than double a recipe or make two boxes of cake mix cupcakes, you can just extend the boxed mix with a few simple ingredients.

Caramel Frosted Cupcakes

While perusing Cake Central, I found dozens of ways cake decorators had extended boxes of cake mix, including this Velvet White Cake which calls for the addition of cake flour, sugar, salt and vanilla along with the usual eggs and fat you’d add to cake mix. I made it as cupcakes and got 30, though I could have gotten up to 32. My tasters (one adult and two kids) gave them a big thumbs up! The artificial flavor was covered up by the extra sour cream and vanilla, and the dairy and cake flour made the cupcakes very tender.

Cupcake with caramel frosting

Because I’d been looking for an excuse to make the Cake Mix Doctor’s caramel icing, I used that. It’s been a while since I’ve made it, and while this batch tasted great, the top was a little mottled. Still, the kids liked the novelty of the candy-like icing, so I’m looking forward to trying it again or maybe finding myself a new caramel icing.

Here’s the cupcake version of the recipe, plus I’ve included a few other changes such as a tad bit more salt and vanilla. The Cake Mix Doctor’s Quick Caramel Icing recipe can be found on Food TV’s website. That is, if you don’t have the Cake Mix Doctor book!

White Velvet Cupcakes

1 box (18.25 ounces) white cake mix
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (4 ½ ounces) cake flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups water
3 large eggs
1/2 cup unsalted melted butter
1 cup sour cream, room temperature
1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line 30 cupcake cups with paper liners.
Mix the dry ingredients (cake mix through salt) in a mixing bowl. Add everything else (water through vanilla) and stir to blend. With an electric mixer, beat on medium-high speed for 2 minutes. Batter will be slightly lumpy, but that is okay.
Spoon batter into cups and bake for 25-28 minutes or cupcakes spring back when touched and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool completely and frost with white or caramel icing.

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  1. says

    Do you know what I can substitute for pudding mix in cake recipes? I don’t always have that on hand and would like not to have to run to the store for it.

  2. says

    This is probably a dumb question, but what makes a cake a ‘velvet’ cake? I know what red velvet cakes are made of, and I’ve seen blue velvet cakes, but this is the first white velvet cake I’ve ever heard of!

  3. says

    Rebecca, a lot of cake mixes are so moist they don’t really need the pudding. In fact, this is one of them. You can use any brand of cake mix you want.

    Mary, I think it just means the cake has a very soft, tender, crumb.

  4. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    Yum! These are gorgeous. I could eat all the frosting before it hits the cupcakes.

  5. says

    Thanks! I actually didn’t know why the term ‘velvet’ became popularized–although I agree with Dorothy about the caramel frosting!

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