However, while reading the instructions is important, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to scrap the whole thing if you happen to make a small mistake. “Cake mixes are generally pretty forgiving,” Nelson assured us, although “for best results, it’s important to follow the instructions on the mix.” Two of the most important things to pay close attention to are the mixing time and ingredient measurements. “Mixes generally have times listed for how long to mix,” said Nelson, and although many people may simply guess how long they have been mixing the batter based on feel, she recommends “actually using a timer to make sure you’re not mixing for too long or short of a period of time.”
Furthermore, it’s generally not a good idea to simply ballpark the ingredient quantities, as adding the wrong amounts can impact the cake’s texture and consistency. Instead, Nelson recommends bakers “carefully check the ingredient measurements when you are adding the liquid to the cake mix,” adding that “brands vary with how much water, oil/butter, and eggs are needed, and their instructions can change from time to time.” Following these simple tricks will help ensure a moist and tasty finished product.