The Cake Mix Doctor

The Cake Mix Doctor is in! And the prescription is simple: By doctoring up packaged cake mix with just the right extras – a touch of buttermilk here, cocoa powder there, or poppy seeds, vanilla yogurt, sherry, eggs, and grated lemon zest – even the least experienced baker can turn out luscious signature desserts, time after time. This is The Cake Mix Doctor’s first book and a must for every kitchen shelf. These 175 fast, foolproof recipes have transformed how America bakes cake.

Why I wrote this book

I was a from-scratch baker until the birth of my second child. Life got busy with birthday parties and school bake sales. Having a cake mix in the pantry helped, and I was not ashamed. So I wrote a story in The Tennessean, Nashville’s morning paper, on how to doctor up cake mixes so they taste better. I shared family-favorite recipes like the Darn Good Chocolate Cake and Apricot Nectar Cake. The story was a huge hit. I thought it might make a great cookbook, and after five months recipe testing, The Cake Mix Doctor was born.

My favorite recipes:

  • Darn Good Chocolate Cake
  • Susan’s Lemon Cake
  • Stacy’s Chocolate Chip Cake

Recipes my kids love:

Recipes my friends love:

  • Almond Cream Cheese Pound Cake
  • Kathy’s Cinnamon Breakfast Cake
  • Strawberry Cake


“Anne Byrn tells readers how to turn mixes into masterpieces”—People Magazine

“Her books offer great ways to enhance mixes to make them as good—or better—than cakes made from scratch”
—Southern Living magazine

The Cake Mix Doctor can make your baking quick and delicious”
—The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Cake Mix Doctor is likely to become a favorite of every cook who wishes he or she had more time to make yummy family treats or send something to the school bake sale”
—Arizona Republic

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Anne’s Deep Dark Chocolate Cake Mix

Anne’s Deep Dark Chocolate Cake Mix

Chocolate cake - warm fudgy layers topped with a creamy frosting - this is the cake I love most of all.