What to do if you add too much water to your boxed mixes

Updated on July 20, 2016
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Alexandria is an amateur baker and cook who loves making things from scratch and experimenting with flavors.

Fix your mix

I usually prefer baking things from scratch but sometimes using boxed mixes is just easier. Boxed mixes come with all the dry ingredients already combined perfectly for you and you just have to add the wet stuff, normally eggs, oil and water in no particular order.

Sounds easy but what if you mess up and add 4 times as much water or any other wet ingredient for that matter? The easy 1,2,3 instructions don't tell you what to do if you stray from their recipe and it can cause a panic. Never fear, from personal experience I've discovered some tips to make sure that your baked goods come out perfectly even with a little extra ingredients added.

Too Many Eggs

First thing once you've realized your baking blunder (hopefully they haven't made it to the oven yet!) assess the situation. If you've added an extra egg then your baked goods will probably just come out more cake-y. When you've mixed everything thoroughly check the consistency of your batter. It most likely should be thick but runny enough to pour out of the bowl by itself without much aid when tilted. If it seems a bit too runny (like if you added two or three extra eggs for instance) then add a tablespoon of flour and mix and repeat until it has the consistency you want.

Extra Oil or Water

If you've added to much oil or water to your mix then you'll need to compensate with extra dry ingredients. You'll need to add some additional flour to even out your mix. Just eyeball how much you need or add it by tablespoons to be cautious until the texture is right.

Depending on how much extra wet ingredients you added, perhaps 3x as much needed or more, you should also add a dash of flavoring to complement your mix. If it's brownies or chocolate cake, add cocoa powder. I recommend Nesquik flavored powders because they have sugar already mixed in to help keep the ingredients leveled out. About a tablespoon per unit of flour you added should do. Check the consistency to make sure it's not too runny and then bake them.

Bake a Bit Longer

Bake your tasty treat according to the instructions on the box. If you added extra water or oil then you will want to bake them an extra 5-10 minutes to make sure they aren't soggy in the middle. Use a toothpick or clean knife and insert it into the middle and two far ends of your baking pan every 5 minutes past the instructed cook time to see if they're done. The utensil should come out clean when they're done or with traces of fluffy crumbs or fudge-y streaks if there's chocolate morsels in there but nothing resembling uncooked batter!

The reason I say to check the sides as well as the middle is because sometimes ovens don't cook evenly (like mine :P). Also If you haven't mixed or poured the ingredients into the pan evenly (sometimes we're in a rush and it happens) then some places may cook more quickly than others. Leaving your dessert in for a few minutes longer will normally allow all of it to get cooked splendidly without any of it getting burnt, you just have to be diligent about checking the oven frequently.

If you've accidentally strayed from the instructions on the back of the box don't panic and hopefully with these tips you're treats will come out well with no trace of your little mistake!

Nestle Nesquik Chocolate Powder 41.9 oz
Nestle Nesquik Chocolate Powder 41.9 oz

Nesquik is perfect for a glass of chocolate milk but if you've flubbed up your brownie mix it can help level out the sweetness and flavors too.


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        Nessa 9 months ago

        Bobs redmill gf chocolate cake called for 2/3 cup of water plus 2/3 cup milk. Batter very runny !

        I wonder if it was a typo?

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        Alexandria Taberski 11 months ago from Loveland, CO

        I'm glad these tips helped. It's tough to get boxed mixes to taste perfect if you add too much water but they can be salvaged!

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        Rosemary lane 11 months ago

        added by accident an extra cup of liquid to a cake mix. kept wondering why the batter was so watery...... anyhow I added about 6 tbs of flour and 4 of chocolate milk powder ( a chocolate cake) and baked the cupcakes about 5 minutes longer.... tasted OK and looked great!

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        Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

        Alexandria, I've been trying to make brownies last year and haven't managed them to turn out what it looks like in that photos. In September, they were more like brownie bites from leaving it on the counter. Then last week, it was half-soft, half-hard, when I put them in the fridge. This is useful for when I try it again this spring, hopefully with better luck.

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        Miranda Ricks 2 years ago

        Thank you so much, I thiught my brownies were a bit too runny, then I found out that I put 1 3rd cups instead of 1 4th! A bit of flour foxed it right up.

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        Alexandria Taberski 2 years ago from Loveland, CO

        You're welcome, I hoped this helped:)

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        alexa 2 years ago

        Thank u so much my mom would of gotten mad! Haha