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46 Easy Cake Mix Desserts


These easy cake mix desserts are unique and so tasty! From decadent chocolate desserts to fruity dump cakes this collection of recipes using cake mix are perfect for people who love sweet treats but hate baking from scratch.

A collage of images of desserts that can be made with cake mix.
These cake mix desserts are DELICIOUS!

These easy box cake desserts are perfect for family get-togethers and a simple way to make tasty recipes that still count as homemade.

Why make desserts with cake mix

Using a boxed cake mix as a dessert base is a quick way to make lots of sweet recipes without having to bake from scratch.

It’s easy to amp up a boxed cake mix by adding other ingredients. Whether you’re trying to add moisture or come up with unique flavors, a cake mix helps create a delicious dessert every time.

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It cuts down on the number of ingredients you need to prep for your recipe and also gives you a consistent flavor to work from.

Box cake mix desserts allow you to get really creative and create all kinds of different desserts that take very little effort.

There are tons of different things to do with chocolate cake mix and recipes using white cake mix that you’ll love!

Desserts with Cake Mix

What can I do with boxed cake mix? Everything! This collection of quick and easy cake mix desserts will help you think outside of the box and make simple homemade desserts. These box cake mix hacks can help you make not just cakes but unique recipes that will make your mouth water.

Desserts Using Yellow Cake Mix

There are a bunch of easy desserts using yellow cake mix that you're going to want to cram in your mouth. These quick recipes will have an easy cake mix dessert on the table in no time.

Things to Make with White Cake Mix

There are some delicious things to make with white cake mix! The vanilla flavor is versatile and I like to use it in recipes that have a unique flavor that I really want to shine through.

Gluten-Free Cake Mix Desserts

Since I'm not on a gluten-free diet, I only have one recipe that uses a gluten-free cake mix. The cake mix is made with almond flour and has a delicious graham cracker-like taste!

Desserts Using Angel Food Cake Mix

Looking for desserts using angel food cake mix? These recipes have a delicious flavor that you will not soon forget. And boxed angel food cake mix using only needs to have water added!

Desserts to Make with Chocolate Cake Mix

I love decadent chocolate desserts! These desserts to make with chocolate cake mix are easy to put together with just a few ingredients. Taking a chocolate cake mix and making it into something even more scrumptious? I can get behind that! A doctored up cake mix is better than any regular old cake mix any day! 

Bundt Cake Recipes from Cake Mixes

I love a good bundt cake don't you!? These easy recipes start with cake mix and use other flavorings to add moisture and tons of great taste! These are great for entertaining! And best of all, they usually don't require frosting!

Things to Make with a Cake Mix


Whether you’re sticking to a basic sheet cake or jazzing it up by making a moist poke cake, a boxed cake mix makes a simple dessert that has a consistent taste every time.


Plain or infused with alcohol, boxed cake mix is a great place to start when you need to make a batch of these delicious handheld treats.

Dump Cakes

Delicious dump cakes use the dry cake mix which, when mixed with melted butter, creates a super sweet and tasty crust.

Bundt Cakes

Bundt cakes start with a batter made from box cake mix and add things like dry pudding or even wine to add more flavor.

Cake Mix Cookies

Cake mix cookies have a fluffy consistency and a flavor, unlike traditional cookies.

Cookie Bars

Cookie bars let you really play with unique flavor combinations and make a baked dessert that you can eat with your hands or serve on a plate.

And you can still call these cake mix desserts homemade, which makes me happy! 

And you can also do some fun things with a boxed brownie mix. Make Beer Brownies for game day. Or stack them up like a Brownie Cake!

Tips for using boxed cake mix

  • The dry boxed cake mix (that hasn’t been turned into batter) has that cake flavor you love which makes it a great ingredient to add to all kinds of cake mix desserts even when they aren’t baked .
  • Instead of using water or milk to create one of the above cake mix desserts, consider using lemon juice, orange juice or other flavored liquid to add even more flavor.
  • If adding nuts to a boxed cake mix, toss them in some of the dry cake mix first. This will help keep them from sinking to the bottom of the batter.

Frequently asked questions

How many cupcakes does a box of cake mix make?

Recipes using cake mix typically make around 24 cupcakes, but it will depend on how much you fill the cups.

What to add to cake mix to make it taste more homemade?

If you want to use a boxed cake mix and make a cake that tastes more homemade, add an extra egg than what the back of the box calls for. Also swap out the water for milk and use melted butter instead of the oil.

What can I add to cake mix?

Cake mix is super versatile and you can use all kinds of ingredients to make them. As you saw in my list above, you can use soda, you can use may, and you can use yogurt, sour cream and even melted ice cream to add more flavor! Cake mix desserts can be made all kinds of ways!

More easy dessert recipes

Top your cakes and cupcakes with a tasty Cool Whip Frosting. Or try a Russian Buttercream.

If you love angel food cake you need to browse my list of Angel Food Cake Desserts! Even the ones that want you to make the angel food cake from scratch can be subbed with boxed cake mix!

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  1. I’m so happy these cake mix desserts are so straightforward. Sometimes I just want to make something fast to fix my sugar cravings, and these are perfect!

    1. It seems like we always have a boxed cake mix on hand which makes making a quick dessert possible whenever you want one.

  2. I love making cake mix desserts. I have made the cream cheese and cake mix dip before, it was a hit. I think the rose cupcakes would be so cute for a bridal shower or bridal brunch!

  3. Recipes made with cake mix are so convenient and time saving. I didn’t realize just how many recipes it could be used in though!

  4. I have to make Christmas dessert, and I’m still not sure what to make, LOL, so I am glad I found this post! I have a bunch of cake mix in the pantry–I love the idea of doctoring up what I already have with these cake mix desserts!

    1. Same! There always seems to be a few boxes of cake mix in the cupboard. But I love that you can do so many things besides just making cake!

  5. I’ve always known of various recipes made with cake mix but I’ve never thought of using it on popcorn! You have such wonderful ideas, thanks for sharing!

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