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Easy Boxed Cake Mix Recipes

Discover the convenience and creativity of easy boxed cake mix recipes, perfect for busy bakers of all skill levels!

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Easy Treats That Start with Cake Mix

If you’re short on time but still want to make amazing tasting treats at home, then boxed cake mix recipes are your friend! They are fast and practical and they offer a foolproof starting point, so you can count on consistent results every time.

Additionally, the versatility of cake mixes allows for endless customization, from adding unique mix-ins to creating a variety of dessert recipes even cake mix cookies, making them perfect for all baking skill levels!

Best Tips to Elevate a Boxed Cake Mix

Take your boxed cake mix to the next level with these handy tips and tricks!

  • Swap liquids: Use milk or buttermilk instead of water for a richer taste.
  • Extra egg: For a denser, richer cake, add an extra egg.
  • Butter over oil: Substitute melted butter instead of vegetable oil for better flavor.
  • Pudding mix: Add a box of pudding mix (matching the cake flavor) for added moisture and flavor.
  • Add extras: Enhance the flavor by adding chocolate chips, nuts, or fruit.
  • Frosting: Aim to use homemade frosting, whether for a single or double-layer cake, for a more authentic flavor.
  • Make your own cake mix. You can also make your own cake mix to have on hand for when a craving strikes. Check out my recipe for vanilla cake mix if you want to make your own mix.


How to make boxed cake mix better?

Enhance your boxed cake mix by replacing water with milk for a creamier texture and using melted butter instead of oil for a richer flavor. I also love to add 1/4 cup sour cream for cake.

Stirring in a teaspoon of vanilla extract or folding in your favorite mix-ins like nuts, sprinkles, or chocolate chips takes the flavor up a notch as well.

How to make a white cake mix chocolate?

To transform a white boxed cake mix into a chocolate delight, simply incorporate about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder into the dry mix. Alternatively, you can blend in 4 to 6 ounces of melted chocolate of your choice for a richer flavor.

What can be added to box cake mix to make it taste homemade?

To make a boxed cake mix taste homemade, start by substituting water with milk for added richness and melted butter in place of oil for a deeper flavor.

Adding an extra egg can make the cake more moist and dense, similar to a homemade cake. Lastly, a touch of vanilla extract or a spoonful of sour cream can enhance the flavor and texture, giving a box mix birthday cake a from-scratch taste.

How can I add a unique flavor to a basic boxed cake mix?

Experiment with adding different extracts like almond extract, coconut, or lemon extract to give your cake a unique twist. Spices like cinnamon or nutmeg can also add interesting flavors, especially to vanilla or spice cake mixes.

Easy Cake Mix Recipes

Perfect for when you’re short on time but craving something sweet, these simple yet irresistible recipes transform boxed cake mix into everything from luscious cakes to brownies to cake pops.

Sliced pumpkin muffins made with a cake mix on a white plate.
  • Easy Cake Pop Recipe: You can use your favorite cake mix flavor to make these fun bite-sized treats on a stick.
  • Cake Mix Brownies: Brownies are my go-to treat when I want something extra chocolatey. These fudgy brownies are made using a box of Devil’s Food cake mix.
  • Pumpkin Muffins with a Cake Mix: Enjoy the flavors of fall with these easy muffins made with just 3 ingredients – yellow cake mix or spice cake mix work best!
  • Cake Balls: Again, you can use any cake mix flavor your heart desires! I’m a fan of vanilla or funfetti to make these crowd-pleasers.
  • Pistachio Bread. This vibrant bread is made with cake mix and pistachio pudding for a fun colored bread for spring or Christmas!

Cake from Box Mix

Boxed cake mix recipes are ideal for busy bakers and they offer the perfect blend of convenience, consistent quality, and room for creativity! I like to use this baking shortcut to make hassle-free cakes or cupcakes anytime!

Chocolate poke cake on a white plate with chocolate chips.
  • Best Chocolate Cupcakes (from Cake Mix): These cupcakes are deliciously soft and moist and full of deep chocolate flavor thanks to the devil’s food cake mix.
  • EASY Vanilla Cupcakes: Sometimes simple is best! These cupcakes use a box of vanilla cake mix plus dry vanilla pudding mix to create a soft and fluffy texture.
  • Tres Leches Cake Recipe: So much easier than baking from scratch, I like to use French Vanilla cake mix to create this classic milk cake.
  • Jello Poke Cake: This recipe combines vanilla cake mix and strawberry jello to create a sweet and refreshing summertime treat.
  • Better Than Anything Cake!: Use a devil’s food cake mix, a can of sweetened condensed milk, and caramel sauce to create this sinfully delicious poke cake.
  • Death by Chocolate Poke Cake: One of my all-time favorite poke cake recipes, this cake is made with devil’s food cake mix, sweetened condensed milk, and sour cream.
  • Strawberry Sheet Cake: Strawberry lovers will rejoice when they try this simple sheet cake made with a box of strawberry cake and vanilla pudding.
  • Lemon Poke Cake: Pucker up with this light and airy cake that starts with a box of lemon cake mix and lemon jello.
  • Rainbow Cupcakes: Fun and festive, these colorful cupcakes just scream ‘celebration’! Start with a box of vanilla cake mix, and some vanilla pudding mix, and then add food coloring.
  • Neapolitan Cake: This is a layered cake with 3 different flavors of frosting, so to make things easier, I usually start with a chocolate cake mix.

Yellow Cake Mix Recipes

Yellow cake mix recipes are one of my favorites because the base flavor is so versatile! You can easily transform its classic flavor into a range of delicious treats. These cake mix recipes will impress your friends and family and you’ll love how easy they are to make!

Spoonful of dump cake.
  • Dump cake: You can’t get much easier than a dump cake! Especially if you’re using a cake mix. Just dump everything into your baking dish and bake!
  • Gooey Butter Cake Recipe: This classic dessert is made super easy with a box of yellow cake mix – the ultimate timesaver!
  • Cake Mix Banana Bread: Simplify the whole process by using a box of yellow cake mix to make a loaf of this delicious banana bread with chocolate chips.
  • Pumpkin Crunch Cake: This is basically another dump cake recipe that starts with yellow cake mix as the base and then we add some cozy Fall flavors.
  • Apple pie cupcakes: Save time by using a cake mix for these apple stuffed cupcakes and spend more time enjoying them!
  • Cake Mix Cookie Bars: Moist and chewy, these chocolate chip cookie bars are a kid favorite!

Making cookies from cake mix is super easy and the kids in your life will love to help out! This clever hack allows for a wide range of creative possibilities, from chocolate chip to red velvet cookies, all with minimal effort and maximum flavor.

Cake mix cookies on parchment paper.

The Full List of Boxed Cake Mix Recipes

Click on the links below to find the recipes for all of the delicious recipes mentioned above.

Bite taken from cake pop.
Cake Pop Recipe
Easy homemade cake pops covered in a sweet chocolate coating. The perfect bite-sized party treat or favor for any occasion! 
Total Time: 1 hour
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Stack of cake mix brownies.
Cake Mix Brownies
These cake mix brownies are the easiest brownie recipe made with 4 ingredients in under 30 minutes. Rich, fudgy and chewy, this is a crowd pleasing dessert anytime!
Total Time: 27 minutes
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Pumpkin muffins made with a cake mix in muffin pan.
Pumpkin Muffins with a Cake Mix
These pumpkin muffins with a cake mix make the perfect fall treat. This recipe is made with only 3 ingredients and so easy to make!  
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
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Cake balls with sprinkles and a bite of one taken.
Cake Balls
This cake balls recipe is easy to make with cake mix, frosting and chocolate melting wafers. The perfect bite-sized dessert for parties and special occasions yet simple enough for everyday!
Total Time: 1 hour
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Cake mix banana bread on counter.
Cake Mix Banana Bread
Quick and easy banana bread with cake mix takes only 5 ingredients and minutes to prep! Moist and flavorful with the best fluffy texture.
Total Time: 55 minutes
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Sliced pistachio bread.
Pistachio Bread Recipe
A quick pistachio bread is less than an hour away! Made with yellow cake mix and pistachio pudding mix, it's an easy sweet treat for breakfast or dessert.
Total Time: 55 minutes
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sliced cookie bar
Cake Mix Cookie Bars
Cake mix cookie bars are an easy dessert recipe with spectacular results! Moist, chewy, and decadent bars loaded with gooey chocolate chips all made with just 5 ingredients! The perfect quick dessert for those irresistible cookie cravings!
Total Time: 27 minutes
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chocolate cupcakes
Best Chocolate Cupcake Recipe
If you're looking for the best chocolate cupcake recipe that is moist, rich and chocolatey, try this easy chocolate cupcake that is packed with chocolate flavor – it's the ultimate chocolate lover's cupcake and sure to become your new favorite.
Total Time: 30 minutes
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Easy vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting.
EASY Vanilla Cupcakes
These easy vanilla cupcakes are simple to make with a boxed cake mix and instant vanilla pudding which makes them moist and fluffy with a creamy, tender texture!
Total Time: 30 minutes
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jello poke cake with whipped cream and strawberries
Jello Poke Cake
A super moist jello poke cake topped with whipped cream and fresh berries. Takes only 5 ingredients to make and can be used with any flavor or gelatin!
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
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Chocolate poke cake on a white plate with chocolate chips.
Chocolate Poke Cake
This chocolate poke cake is filled with ooey gooey caramel sauce and topped with even more chocolate. This recipe is super easy, quick and a chocolate lovers dream!
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
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sliced strawberry cake
Strawberry Sheet Cake
Strawberry sheet cake is made with vanilla cake batter, a few pantry staples, sour cream, and fresh strawberry purée for a light cake with a beautiful pink hue. Top it with a strawberry version of my cream cheese frosting or strawberry buttercream for the ultimate strawberry-flavored dessert!
Total Time: 35 minutes
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Better than anything cake
Better Than Anything Cake Recipe
This better than anything cake has a rich chocolate base and is infused with caramel and sweetened condensed milk. To top it all off, you'll add some whipped topping and toffee bits. 
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
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slice of lemon cake with fork
Lemon Poke Cake
This lemon poke cake is easy to make with lemon cake mix and lemon jello then topped with whipped cream. It's a moist dessert with a refreshing and flavorful taste for spring or summer!
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
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Rainbow cupcakes on cake stand.
Rainbow Cupcake Recipe
These rainbow cupcakes have layers of vibrant rainbow colors and are topped with buttercream frosting. Easy to make with doctored cake mix, they are festive for St. Patrick's Day or any party!
Total Time: 30 minutes
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Cake mix chocolate chip cookie on parchment paper.
Cake Mix Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cake mix chocolate chip cookies are chewy and delicious, and take quick and easy cookie recipes to another level using just a boxed mix, oil, eggs, and loads of chocolate chips!
Total Time: 20 minutes
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Neapolitan Cake... so much fun to make, and so easy!
Neapolitan Cake
Neapolitan cake with layers of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry buttercream frosting. A classic ice cream flavor turned into a delicious and beautiful cake!
Total Time: 1 hour
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Slice of tres leches cake with strawberries on a white plate.
Tres Leches Cake Recipe
This tres leches cake is SO much easier than making from scratch and tastes equally as delicious! It's perfectly light and refreshing with the best sweet flavor.
Total Time: 55 minutes
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Spoonful of dump cake.
Dump Cake Recipe
This easy dump cake can be made 4 different ways and calls for just 4 simple ingredients. Such a classic dessert and the perfect recipe to have in your back pocket! 
Total Time: 40 minutes
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snickerdoodle cake mix cookies stacked
Snickerdoodle Cake Mix Cookies
Snickerdoodle cookies with cake mix are the same thick, soft, and chewy cookies they've always been but with half the ingredients and made in a fraction of the time! 
Total Time: 1 hour
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Funfetti cake mix cookies on the counter.
Funfetti Cookie Recipe
Soft and chewy funfetti cake mix cookies are made with 3 ingredients and fun colors sprinkled throughout. The classic cake mix batter flavor is irresistible.
Total Time: 20 minutes
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Gooey butter cake in baking dish.
Gooey Butter Cake Recipe
This easy gooey butter cake is made effortlessly with cake mix and a delicious cream cheese topping. This classic dessert is a beloved favorite.
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
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apple pie cupcake with caramel sauce on top
Apple Pie Cupcakes
Moist and fluffy cupcakes stuffed with a sweet apple filling and then topped with cinnamon buttercream. These apple pie cupcakes are the perfect fall dessert to try this season!
Total Time: 32 minutes
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Stacked pumpkin cake mix cookies with chocolate.
Pumpkin Cookies with Cake Mix
These pumpkin cookies with cake mix are made with only 3 ingredients in just 20 minutes! They are so soft and fluffy. They are the perfect easy dessert to make this fall.
Total Time: 20 minutes
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A piece of pumpkin cake on a plate with ice cream on top
Pumpkin Crunch Cake
This pumpkin pie crunch cake is perfect for pumpkin lovers everywhere! Delicious layers of brown sugar crumb cake and pumpkin pie filling baked together. Top with pecans, vanilla ice cream and salted caramel for the best ever fall treat.
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
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lemon cake mix cookies on pan
Lemon Cake Mix Cookies
Easy lemon cake mix cookies made with just 5 simple ingredients. These delicious Spring cookies are bursting with fresh lemon flavor! 
Total Time: 20 minutes
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Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cookies ...made with only 3 ingredients! These make the perfect Valentine's Day treat!
Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies
Chocolate dipped strawberry cookies made with only 3 ingredients! These make the perfect Valentine's Day treat!
Total Time: 20 minutes
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red velvet cookies with white chocolate chips
Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies
Soft and delicious red velvet cake mix cookies are loaded with white chocolate chips in every bite. Ready in less than 30 minutes with only a handful of ingredients, they will become a new holiday favorite!
Total Time: 25 minutes
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chocolate rolo cookies with caramel oozing out
Rolo Cookies
Soft and fluffy chocolate rolo cookies filled with rich gooey caramel. Only 5 simple ingredients and so easy to make!
Total Time: 50 minutes
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