How to Bake an Eggless Cake With a Store-Bought Cake Mix

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Cakes need a leavening agent like eggs to make them rise properly, giving you a light and fluffy dessert. However, if you’re baking for someone on a special diet, substituting eggs in a store-bought cake mix is simple – and sometimes it eliminates the need for other ingredients like butter or oil that contribute to a higher fat content that you can really do without in most cases. Many of the items in your pantry can be used instead of eggs in your store-bought cake mix, with very few adjustments.

Things You'll Need

  • Store-bought cake mix
  • Cake pan
  • Cooking spray
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Measuring spoons
  • 1 can of regular or diet soda
  • 1 cup of no-sugar-added applesauce
  • Flaxseeds
  • Coffee grinder
  • Water

Substitute Soda Pop

  • Combine 1 box of store-bought cake mix with 1 can of diet or regular soda in a large mixing bowl. Lemon-lime soda is the most versatile kind of soda and mixes well with most cake mixes. Use orange, grape, strawberry or pineapple soda with white cake mix to give the cake color and a hint of fruit flavor. Root beer or cola-flavored soda works best in chocolate cake mixes.

  • Mix the cake mix and soda together, eliminating any eggs, oil or water called for on the box. The soda will give the cake a light, spongy texture like eggs and plenty of moisture that is normally supplied by the oil.

  • Pour the mix into a greased cake pan of your choice and cook according to box directions.

Adapting a Cake Recipe for Applesauce

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the store-bought cake mix with 1 cup of no-sugar-added or unsweetened apple sauce. Do not add water, eggs or oil. Applesauce is best in yellow or white cake mixes since it gives the cake a light, fruity taste.

  • Mix the ingredients together according to the directions on the box.

  • Pour the mix into a greased cake pan of your choice and cook according to box directions.

Substituting Flaxseeds for Eggs

  • Measure out 2 1/2 teaspoons of flaxseeds and place them in a coffee grinder.

  • Grind the flaxseeds to a very fine powder.

  • Mix 1 tablespoon flaxseed powder with 3 tablespoons of water until the combination takes on a gelatinous texture. This replaces 1 egg. Multiply as needed for the number of eggs called for on the box.

  • In a large bowl, combine store-bought cake mix, flaxseed mixture and other ingredients called for on the box. Be sure to include any water or oil listed in the ingredient list.

  • Mix ingredients and pour into a greased cake pan.

  • Bake according to box directions.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a toothpick to test your cake for done-ness. When inserted into the center of the cake, it should come out clean when the cake is finished cooking.
  • Some store-bought cake mixes include dairy products in the dry mix. If the reason you are eliminating eggs is to make the cake vegan or vegetarian, be sure to check the ingredient list on the box to avoid hidden dairy products.

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