Now for the cake. This can be done ahead of time (up to one month and frozen. My secret to making cakes taste homemade is use a box mix, with the following substitutions: replace the water with milk, replace the oil with coconut oil or melted butter. Some people add an extra egg, I have found this not to work as well at higher altitude. (We are at 6,600 ft). I also add a teaspoon of vanilla–even to chocolate cake. For the King Cupcakes, I added 2 t of cinnamon per cake mix (dry) and 2 T of lemon juice to the mix.