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Baking a cake from scratch is a time-consuming but ultimately rewarding experience. Sometimes, though, the time element is a major hurdle. It’s times like these when cake mixes can save the day, allowing you creative control over your finished product while providing a handy shortcut through measuring and ingredient selection steps that make scratch baking a bit more of a process. Williams-Sonoma offers a variety of cake mixes for just these situations, providing you with an easy set of pre-measured dry ingredients you simply need to mix in with some wet ingredients to create a rich, thick, delicious cake batter in the blink of an eye.


Our selection of cake mixes covers a wide range of options, including several chocolate selections that result in crowd-pleasing classics such as chocolate cupcakes or molten chocolate lava cakes. You can put your own spin on these mixes by pouring the completed batter into a shaped cake tin or adding creative, artistic decorations to the finished product. If you plan to add icing or a dusting of powdered sugar to your chocolate cake, wait until the cake is cool to room temperature before adding your finishing touches. An oven-fresh cake or even one that is just a little bit warm to the touch can cause sugar to absorb into it invisibility and create melting issues with different kinds of icings and frostings.


For a seasonal treat, choose a cake mix with an iconic flavor such as pumpkin spice or summer blueberry. Options range from fluffy cupcakes to dense pound cakes and gorgeously textured Bundt cakes. You may want to use your seasonal cake mix to create a shaped cake that reflects the flavor you’ve chosen. For example, if you’re making a cake for Halloween, you can use pumpkin cake batter with a spooky skull- or ghost-shaped cake pan. You may want to play it safe by choosing a cake pan that approximates the size and shape of the cake the mix is intended for. A Bundt or pound cake mix, for example, may not rise the way a cupcake mix would in gravestone-shaped mini cake tins.


Our cake mixes are great options for special-occasion desserts or for weekend treat projects you whip up with your kids. Thanks to their simple instructions and easy process, these cakes are a great baking project to let older kids try on their own with just a little help from you. If you yourself are a novice baker, starting with a mix is a great way of getting a feel for the way a batter should look before you stop mixing and how to test a cake for doneness when it’s been in the oven for the recommended time. Just as cooking requires some intuition and experience-based know-how, baking is a process you can master through trial and error.


These cake mixes make great gifts, too, especially when they’re paired with a special bakeware piece that the gift recipient can use to create their cakey finished product. Choose a single mix or treat a friend or loved one to a variety of different mixes to try. Select from fruity flavors, caramel notes or classic varieties such as straight-up chocolate and unadorned vanilla. With so many options to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find something for everyone on your list. We even offer some gluten-free options so your friends with dietary restrictions can enjoy a mix-made cake without any discomfort. Keep a selection of these cake mixes in your home for last-minute dessert prep and unexpected celebrations that call for something special, even when you don’t have time to go all-in with a scratch-made cake.

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