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Great Recipes That Start With a Cake Mix

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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 recipes that use a cake mix including a bundt cake, mini cupcakes, pecan bars and whoopie pies.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can you make with a cake mix besides cake?

A cake mix is a great place to start for so many fabulous dessert recipes. You can turn a cake mix into really easy cookies, gooey butter bars, mini cupcakes, whoopie pies and so much more.

Can I make a vanilla cake mix into a chocolate cake?

Yes. If you want to turn a vanilla cake mix into a chocolate cake, just add 1/4 cup cocoa powder to the mix. Add the remaining ingredients from the box or recipe and bake as directed.

For the perfect in between, you can even make your own chocolate cake mix. Make a few at once and store them in your pantry for an easy dessert later.

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!

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Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Saturday 17th of August 2019

I love doctored up cake mixes!

Carlee

Tuesday 20th of August 2019

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

kitty@ 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.

Carlee

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

Carlee

Tuesday 20th of August 2019

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