WASC Cake Recipe

A doctored cake mix that is well-used by bakers all over the world that produces a delicious white cake that tastes almost like scratch. This recipe makes three 6"x2" cake rounds or two 8"x2" cake rounds
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Total Time: 40 mins
Serves: 24 servings
WASC cake recipe

A WASC cake recipe is a doctored cake mix that many bakers use as a no-fail white cake recipe

This WASC cake recipe is a tender and moist cake that is perfect for white wedding cakes. It’s firm enough to stack and cover in fondant but if you’re looking for something to carve, you might want to try my white cake recipe

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What does WASC stand for? 

WASC stands for white almond sour cream cake. WASC cake recipe has been used for years and adapted many times. I made this recipe many years ago back after reading a thread on Cake Central before I knew how to bake a cake from scratch. The funny thing is by adding all these ingredients, you’re basically making a cake from scratch! The only thing you don’t have to worry about is the mixing method which can be tricky at first but is easy enough to learn with a couple of tries.

The good thing about WASC is that it’s easy to make, is fairly mistake-proof and tastes pretty good and is an easy way to make a boxed cake taste more like a scratch cake recipe.

WASC cake is a tender cake and needs to be fully cooled before you ice it with buttercream.

What is the best box mix to use for WASC?

I prefer Duncan Hines classic white cake mix. Duncan Hines, in my opinion, has the best tasting box mix to start with. 

how to make box mix taste homemade

If you need more information on how to make your first cake, check out my full tutorial. In this tutorial, I show you not only how to make this WASC cake recipe, I also show you how to trim your cake layers, fill your cake evenly with buttercream and create a smooth finish. 

Other tutorials that might be helpful for you

How to get sharp buttercream edges

How to cover a cake in fondant

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WASC cake recipe

WASC Cake Recipe

A doctored cake mix that is well-used by bakers all over the world that produces a delicious white cake that tastes almost like scratch. This recipe makes three 6"x2" cake rounds or two 8"x2" cake rounds
4.99 from 83 votes
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Serves: 24 servings
Calories: 747kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 box (1 box) white cake mix I like duncan hines
  • 5 oz (142 g) AP flour 1 cup (spooned into cup, not scooped)
  • 7 oz (198 g) granulated sugar 1 cup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 9 oz (255 g) sour cream 1 cup room temp
  • 4 oz (113 g) melted butter 1/2 cup
  • 8 oz (227 g) milk 1 cup room temperature
  • 4 large (4 ) egg whites room temperature
  • 1 tsp (1 tsp) almond extract

Equipment

  • Cake Pans

Instructions

WASC CAKE INSTRUCTIONS

  • The instructions for this cake are super easy. Basically, put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix it on medium speed for 2 minutes!
    Voila! Cake batter is ready. Pour batter into two prepared 8" pans and bake at 350ºF for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. It's ok to bake your cakes for longer if you're using larger pans.

Notes

Don't worry about any of the ingredients on the back of the box, just use the ingredients listed in the recipe. 
This recipe makes enough batter for three 6"x2" cakes or two 8"x2" cakes (round). 
This recipe makes 40 cupcakes with about 1.25 ounces of batter per cupcake tin. 
You can replace 4 egg whites with three whole eggs if desired

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 747kcal (37%) | Carbohydrates: 120g (40%) | Protein: 8g (16%) | Fat: 26g (40%) | Saturated Fat: 15g (75%) | Cholesterol: 60mg (20%) | Sodium: 895mg (37%) | Potassium: 162mg (5%) | Fiber: 1g (4%) | Sugar: 70g (78%) | Vitamin A: 710IU (14%) | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 239mg (24%) | Iron: 2.7mg (15%)