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Delicious Doctored Up Cake Mix Recipes

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Sometimes baking from scratch just isn’t in the cards,  but that doesn’t mean you can have delicious home baked treats. These recipes start with a cake mix but are doctored up to make them extra good!

collage of cakes made with doctored up cake mix recipes

Super fun bakery worthy treats do not have to be out of reach. These fun recipes start with a cake mix  but include extra or different ingredients than what the box calls for to make them extra good.

These twists and tricks will result in extra yummy treats and nobody will have to know you started with a shortcut!

I love to bake from scratch, there is something fun about starting with a collection of simple ingredients and ending with something fabulous. But sometimes my brain is overworked, I’m tired, or there just aren’t enough hours in a day.

We’ve all been there. In fact I think I live there most of the time! I kid… kind of!

In times like these, it’s hand to have a few tricks up your sleeve and a few cake mixes in the pantry! Here are some fabulous recipes that start with a box and end with something amazing.

black and white cake on a cake stand with several pieces removed to show the filling.

Black and white cake from the Itsy Bitsy Kitchen is just waiting to knock your socks off.  Just look at that chocolate filling. It is beautifully simple and begging to be eaten.

Fork piercing through ganache on top of vanilla buttercream coated chocolate and cherry black forest cake.

Black forest style sheet cake is another layered beauty. You don’t have to know how to do fancy frosting decorations either. The cake mix has cherry pie filling in it making it extra moist and flavorful. And the layers of German buttercream and ganache on top make it sinfully good!

Twinkie Bundt Cake

Twinkie bundt cake from Mighty Mrs. is a super fun treat! Just look at those tunnels of fluffy filling!

Angle view of a plate with pumpkin cake and topped with a scoop of ice cream caramel and nuts

Have you ever made a cake in the slow cooker? I haven’t but that is about to change. Check out this 3 Ingredient pumpkin crock pot cake from Dizzy, Busy and Hungry.

fluffy white cupcakes with white frosting and sprinkles on top

In may family wedding cake reigns supreme. Given the choice they pick white cake and white frosting.  These cupcakes are like the perfect single serve version of that. The best white cupcakes start with a cake mix and end up being super soft and flavorful.

cake filled with banana pudding mixture

Banana pudding conjures up images of summer in the south. This banana pudding cake from The Kitchen is my Playground takes that to the next level of amazingness!

cupcakes topped with a swirl of frosting and cute little candy cupcake toppers shaped like popsicles

Sweet summertime cupcakes take a cake mix and a rainbow and combine them to make a fun and colorful dessert. Make the mini candy popsicle toppers to take them to the next level with almost no additional effort.

A slice of homemade lemon poppy seed cake on a plate.

I am a sucker for layers, so this Lemon poppy seed cake from Salt and Baker is calling my name. Tweaking a cake mix can really result in something special.

Pineapple cake is the stuff dreams are made of, especially if you are looking for a low calorie, low fat dessert option! Only two ingredients are required to make this angel food cake with pineapple. You can skip the crushed pineapple topping and enjoy this light cake with chopped fresh fruit or a dollop of whipped cream. So many possibilities! This pineapple angel food cake recipe is only 160 calories and 5 Weight Watchers SmartPoints when eaten plain.

2 ingredient pineapple cake from Oh My Sugar High! is begging for us to take a bite. It doesn’t get any easier than two ingredients and see how good it looks?!

chocolate pumpkin cupcake topped with smooth white whipped sweetened condensed milk frosting.

Fall flavors can get a helping hand from a cake mix too. Chocolate pumpkin cupcakes have just a hint of cinnamon, plenty of pumpkin and of course lots of chocolate goodness.

Your family won't be able to resist this red velvet bundt cake with cream cheese filling. Wow guests with this beautiful red and white cake that is easy to make and absolutely delicious. Make it for Christmas dessert or a special Valentine's Day sweet treat!

Well bless this southern belle’s heart! Red velvet bundt cake from Finding Zest is going to win over your taste buds (and eyeballs too!)

pulling out slice of cherry chocolate bundt cake.

Chocolate cherry fudge bundt cake has been a favorite in our family for years. It comes together super easily and is loaded with cherries and chocolate chips.  A drizzle of chocolate glaze completes the beautiful bundt with very little skill or effort.

piece of lemon cream cheese bars on plate with pecans and slice of lemon.

These fun cream cheese and lemon cake bars are a fun mix of flavors and textures. They are almost like a lemon gooey butter cake and they are fabulous with pecans mixed in!

tray of mini cupcakes with lemon frosting swirls or sprinkle coated white frosting

Or just use a cake mix to make fun mini cupcakes. They are two bites of absolutely cute goodness!

Cutting board filled with chocolate gooey butter cake bars, ready to serve.

A chocolate cake mix can easily be turned into these chocolate chip gooey butter cake bars. They are ooey gooey and oh so good!

So now that you’ve seen all of the fabulous doctored up cake mix recipes, which one are you planning to try first?

Sometimes baking from scratch just isn’t in the cards,  but that doesn’t mean you can have delicious home baked treats. These recipes start with a cake mix but are doctored up to make them extra good!

Thanks for sharing!


Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Saturday 17th of August 2019

I love doctored up cake mixes!


Tuesday 20th of August 2019

Me too! It makes getting a fun dessert on the table super easy!

[email protected] Kitty's Kozy Kitchen

Friday 9th of August 2019

I want to try each cake, too. Carlee! I have made the Chocolate Cherry one, and I know it’s good, but oh my, do many choices. I don’t mind using a mix, either! Thank you for being empathetic for my daughter. She is having a hard time. I’m glad that she has three other kids to keep her busy.


Tuesday 20th of August 2019

Don't they all look fabulous? It's hard to let them spread their wings. I am sure I'll be a mess with Little Dude flies the coop, so I definitely feel for her.

Andrea Nine

Wednesday 7th of August 2019

What a great idea for a post! Now, I want to make every single one of these! Have a fabulous day! xo


Tuesday 20th of August 2019

Me too! How about you make half and I make half and we can meet to exchange!