I am not a fan of cake mixes and canned frosting, but if doctored, I don't mind using them. With coupons, the Pillsbury cake mix was 50¢ and the frosting was $1. I like to have a dessert on hand most nights. My daughter loves to help in the kitchen, so we doctored a mix and a frosting today for a special treat.
I added a little cornstarch, powdered sugar, a pinch of salt, and butternut flavoring to the frosting and mixed it with the mixer. I added a teaspoon of butternut flavoring to the cake mix. The result is a more "homemade" flavor and texture.