Whisk and batter boxed cake comparisons  Sydney Kim

  • Duncan Hines is a favorite cake mix among chefs.
  • Two chefs, however, prefer Pillsbury’s Funfetti cake. 
  • Many chefs update boxed cake mix by adding ingredients like vanilla beans or cocoa powder. 
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Though no one denies the greatness of a cake made from scratch, a boxed cake can be just as delicious and is much easier to make.

With the addition of just a few ingredients and an hour or so of your time, you can have a ready-made cake for any celebration. But how do you know which cake mix to choose? 

INSIDER asked chefs from across the country what their favorite cake mix was. Here’s what they had to say.

The classic yellow cake with chocolate frosting combination brings back childhood memories for one chef.

“Like a lot of people, I grew up eating Duncan Hines classic yellow cake mix with chocolate frosting,” Donald Moore, chief culinary officer & EVP kitchen operations at The Cheesecake Factory told INSIDER. “Who didn’t love that? My mom used to make it for me every year for my birthday and it reminds me of my childhood and my childhood birthday parties.”

Pillsbury Funfetti is a favorite among two chefs.

“My favorite box mix is Pillsbury Funfetti. I like to add strawberry Jell-O mix to it as well — it adds a fruity punch and a bouncy texture,” said Tara Lewis, pastry chef at Hi Neighbor Hospitality Group.

Daniel England, corporate chef with OMG Hospitality Group, agreed saying, “I have a thing for sprinkles, so Pillsbury Funfetti is the only store-bought cake mix I ever reach for.” 

This chef called Duncan Hines cake “easy” and “delicious.”

“As long as it’s Duncan Hines and as long as it’s butter golden or classic yellow. They are reminiscent of my childhood and what is not to love about an easy, delicious, and nostalgic dessert? Make your own chocolate frosting at home to really make it stand out,” Adam Biderman, chef/owner at The Company Burger, told INSIDER.

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