How is Duncan Hines cake mix supposed to taste?

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On a whim I made a cake for the first time ever, in this case a Duncan Hines Triple Chocolate cake.

Process was pretty straightforward. I used an electric mixer to mix the batter powder, eggs, oil and water. Used store-brand corn oil. Baked it in 2 9-inch pans for 30 mins.  

The results were okay - tastes pretty good. However the basic texture isn't like a store-bought cake. By that I mean it's kind of dense, chewy compared to a store-bought which I would describe as typically being more light, fluffy.  

Is there a way to make it more like store-bought?

Thanks.

Re: How is Duncan Hines cake mix supposed to taste?

snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com;1928378 Wrote:  
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Should be pretty light textured. Did you follow the directions on the
box?




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bigwheel

Re: How is Duncan Hines cake mix supposed to taste?
On Monday, May 5, 2014 1:03:56 PM UTC-4, bigwheel wrote:
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Yes. I used corn oil, the recipe says "vegetable oil". Should corn oil work?

Re: How is Duncan Hines cake mix supposed to taste?
On Monday, May 5, 2014 1:03:56 PM UTC-4, bigwheel wrote:
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Yes. The instructions say to use vegetable oil, I used corn oil. Should that work?

Re: How is Duncan Hines cake mix supposed to taste?

snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com;1928994 Wrote:  
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Yep corn oil should be just fine. I'm thinking maybe you might not
should have used the mixer on it. I went and got a Duncan Hines cake mix
out of the cabinet. It says to "stir" it. I would try stirring next time
and leave off with the mixer. Bet that might help. I know with cookies
it really messes with the texture to use a mixer on it once the wet and
dry comes together.




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bigwheel

Re: How is Duncan Hines cake mix supposed to taste?
On Thursday, May 8, 2014 4:04:30 PM UTC-4, bigwheel wrote:
  
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Okay, I'll try again. What's considered the optimum stirring tool? Wood spoon?

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