The Best Boxed Cake Mix Recipe You'll Ever Eat

05/14/2015 10:16 am ET | Updated May 14, 2015

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Welcome to Family Recipe Hacks, a HuffPost series dedicated to those really weird family recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation because they taste unbelievably delicious and are almost too easy to make.

Every family has at least one bizarre "famous" recipe that guests come to expect at every occasion. Typically, that recipe involves a few odd ingredients that, when combined, end up tasting unbelievably delicious. Take the marinade made with barbecue sauce and Italian dressing, or the brisket made with ketchup and onion soup mix: These are the instant classics that we share with our friends and neighbors, that we crave when we're feeling nostalgic.

The Orange Cake falls into this very category as it involves nothing other than boxed cake mix, orange juice, and a few additional ingredients. We know the best way to make a cake is from scratch, but every now and then, even the most avid baker finds herself in a pinch and needs something quick and easy that will taste just as good as something that's more elaborate to make. The Orange Cake exists for those moments.

The recipe requires only seven ingredients -- eight, if you count water -- and is incredibly easy to make. You mix all the cake ingredients together and bake them in the oven. Next, you mix all the glaze ingredients together, poke the freshly baked cake with a fork, and pour the glaze on top. It's that simple.

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Orange Cake


1 package of instant lemon pudding
1 box of yellow cake mix
3 eggs
3/4 cup of oil (canola or vegetable)
1 cup of water

2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons of orange juice

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2) Mix all the cake ingredients together. Stir well and pour into a 13-inch by 9-inch cake pan.
3) Bake for 35-40 minutes. Be careful not to brown the top of the cake.
4) While the cake is baking, mix all the ingredients for the glaze together.
5) Remove cake from oven and poke all over with the tines of a fork.
6) Pour the glaze all over the cake.

Eat warm or cooled for breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea time.

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