White Cake – Box Cake Mix Made Lighter

This is my spin on classic white cake in attempts to reduce the high sugar and fat content in most recipes.  My recipe short-cut starts with a package of store-bought white cake mix and includes healthier ingredient substitutions.  The recipe started out as an experiment and after several tries, I think I’ve perfected it!  The results–a healthier-version of scrumptious classic white cake which is still moist and fluffy.  If you want to reduce the fat calories even more or don’t like sour cream, use nonfat plain Greek yogurt.  I love that this cake is not super-sweet.  It is perfect with a cup of coffee in the morning.  Who says you can’t have cake for breakfast?  🙂

Lighter Classic White Cake | recipe from runawayrice.com

White Cake – Box Cake Mix Made Lighter


15.25 oz white cake mix
1 heaping cup all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 1/4 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup light sour cream, at room temperature
4 eggs, at room temperature
non-stick cooking spray
1 Tbsp powdered sugar for dusting on top


Preheat oven to 350 F (177 C).

Combine the cake mix, all-purpose flour and baking powder in a large bowl. Sift the dry mixture twice. (Don’t skip this step. This is what makes the cake fluffy and light.)

In a large mixing bowl, add water, vegetable oil, sour cream and eggs and beat lightly on low speed until combined. Add the flour mixture gradually and beat on Medium speed until smooth, approximately 3 minutes.

Coat a bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the batter into bundt pan and spread evenly around the pan. To remove air bubbles in the batter, lift the pan about 1-inch off the counter and let it fall back on the counter. Repeat this a few times.

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Before serving, dust cake with powdered sugar.

Yields: 12-16 servings

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6 Responses to White Cake – Box Cake Mix Made Lighter

  1. Wendy January 18, 2020 at 6:42 am #

    Can this cake be frozen?

    • Trang June 28, 2021 at 3:54 pm #

      Yes, it freezes nicely. Be sure to wrap it well to prevent if from drying out.

  2. Lily August 16, 2017 at 4:39 pm #

    Hi. My family loves this cake version. It is now my go to birthday cake recipe. Just wondering, which store-bought white cake mix do you used? Iused Betty Crocker brand.

    • Trang August 25, 2017 at 1:38 pm #

      Hi Lily,
      I am glad you like this shortcut recipe. I like Pillsbury Moist Supreme White or Duncan Hines Classic White. Hope that helps!

      • Lily September 15, 2017 at 11:50 am #

        I’ll give that a try next time. Thank you so much for sharing with all of us your recipes! Looking forward to try many more.

        • Trang September 18, 2017 at 12:02 pm #

          My pleasure Lily! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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