9 Sweet Treats You Can Make From Box Cake Mix

Up your dessert game and make entertaining a breeze with these easy-yet-delicious cake mix recipes you can whip up in minutes.

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Photo By: Debbie Wolfe

Photo By: Debbie Wolfe

Photo By: Debbie Wolfe

Photo By: Debbie Wolfe

Photo By: Debbie Wolfe

Photo By: Debbie Wolfe

Photo By: Debbie Wolfe

Photo By: Debbie Wolfe

Photo By: Debbie Wolfe

Photo By: Debbie Wolfe

Goodness in a Box

With its endless flavor varieties and low price tag, box cake mix is easily one of the most versatile items in your pantry. Of course it's perfectly fine to use it to just make cake, but it has way more potential. Check out a few of our favorite ways to transform the humble box of cake into delicious sweet eats.


What's not to love about pancakes? Use your favorite cake flavor to make this breakfast staple even tastier! Stir together one box of dry cake mix (we used red velvet), 2.5 cups milk, 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup of oil and 2 eggs. Cook on a griddle as you would any pancake and serve with whipped cream and fruit.

Lemon Bars

This zesty cookie bar is a delicious addition to your brunch or lunch party menu. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix one box of lemon cake mix, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, 1/2 cup butter (melted and cooled) and 1 egg. Pour batter into a greased 9x9-inch baking dish and bake for approximately 25 minutes. Top with powdered sugar. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.


This is possibly the easiest cobbler you will ever make! Pour two, 21-ounce cans of pie filling into a greased casserole pan. Sprinkle one box of yellow cake mix over the pie filling then top with one cup melted butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Cake Dip

The tanginess of sour cream and cream cheese balance the sweetness in this kid-friendly dip. Mix togehter 8 ounces of room temperature cream cheese, 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup cake mix (any flavor), one cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Garnish with colorful sprinkles and serve with graham crackers.

No Churn Cake Ice Cream

Look out ice cream cake lovers, this one's for you! Crumble half of a 9x13 prepared cake (baked and cooled) and mix with one, 12-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk and a 16-ounce tub of whipped topping. Pour the mixture into a pan and freeze for four hours (or overnight). Scoop and serve.


This cake doughnut does require a doughnut pan, but it's worth the purchase. Add 1/4 cup oil, one large egg and one cup of water to a box of cake mix. Spray doughnut pan with oil. Fill each cup with batter about half full. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Cool doughnuts on a rack and make a glaze with one tablespoon of softened butter, 1.5 cups of powdered sugar and three tablespoons of milk. Dip cooled donut halfway into glaze and top with sprinkles.


Turn your favorite dessert into a mouth-watering breakfast treat. Combine one box cake mix (any flavor), 1-1/3 cups water, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, 1/2 cup flour and 3 eggs. Pour mixture into a waffle iron and cook as you would a regular waffle. Top with powdered sugar, fruit or a drizzle of chocolate syrup.


If you love soft, chewy cookies, you can make a myriad of custom flavors from box cake. Simply mix one box of cake mix (any flavor), two eggs and 1/3 cup vegetable oil. Drop by the spoonful on to a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Two-Ingredient Soda Cake

Don't have eggs or oil? No problem! Preheat oven to 350 degrees, then mix one, 12-ounce can of soda with one box of cake mix. Bake in a greased 9x13 pan for 25-30 minutes until done. Keep several flavors of box cake mix on hand for when you need to whip up a quick dessert.

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