27 Things to Do With Cake Mix

The best cookies, bars and cakes that start with a cake mix.

When I first got married, I didn’t know how to cook, but I did know how to follow directions on a cake mix.   I’d fix a lousy dinner with a 9×13 cake for dessert.

Jim and I would still be hungry after the pitiful dinner, so we’d eat half the cake.  No kidding.  It wasn’t healthy, but it was cheap.  It worked for us then, since we were college students.

I’ve come a long way since then, but I still love a cake mix.  It’s a fast way to make all kinds of cookies, bars, cakes of all types…  The possibilities are endless.

Cake Mix Cookies and Bars

Pina Colada Cookies

Lemon Pineapple Cookies with Pineapple Glaze

Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies

Spiced Chai Cookies with Vanilla Cream Frosting

Butter Brickle Pecan Cookies

Strawberry Lemonade Cookies with Pink Lemonade Frosting

Gooey Turtle Bars

Apple Pecan Toffee Bars

Tuxedo Bars with Buttercream Frosting


Streusel Cake

Maraschino Cherry Cake

Butter Pecan Crunch Cake

Apple Cider Cake

Cherry Coffee Cake

Double Chocolate Bundt Cake

Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Glaze

Coconut Cake

Pudding Cake

Old Fashioned Spice Cake with Caramel Glaze

Caramel Pumpkin Cake

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cake with Strawberry Icing

German Chocolate Upside Down Cake

Apricot Pound Cake

Peach Pound Cake with Peach Nectar Glaze

Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate Cake with Cappuccino Frosting

Pound Cake from a Mix and 10 Ways to Top It

How do you like to fix up a cake mix?



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  1. This list is awesome, Tiffany, thank you!!! I pinned it and I’m sure I will be referencing it over and over!

  2. What a list! I will have to try some of these with GF cake mixes. Thanks!

  3. Emilee Belliston says:

    I love using cake mix for a quick and easy way to make cookies. I especially like making Rolo cookies. 1 box of Devil’s food cake, , 1/3 cup vegetable oil, 1 egg and 1 egg white., mix all together, batter will look thick. 12 oz. bag of rolos unwrapped. Take about a tablespoon of cake batter and cover a rolo candy completely place on cookie sheet( cookies will be small and continue with all the cake batter until its gone. Bake at 350′ for 2-3 minutes then Enjoy a yummy Chocolate Carmel Treat

  4. My sister-in-law recently shared a cake mix cookie bar recipe/formula with me that’s really good and easy! We love it!


  5. All you need it a one-step angel food cake mix and a 15 oz. can of lemon pie filling.
    Mix them together by hand until moist. Be sure not to over stir. Bake in a 9×13 cake pan at 350 degrees until golden brown on the top (about 20 minutes). Cool completely before eating. As they are cooling, you can sprinkle with powder sugar if you wish (Which I guess technically makes this a 3-ingredient recipe).They have more of an angel food cake texture than a traditional lemon bar texture.

  6. A box of spice cake mix and a can of pumpkin puree. Mix the two together (it will be very very thick) and bake in a 12-muffin tin at 350 for 20-30 minutes
    It makes awesome moist dense muffins and with only two ingredients it’s the easiest thing every. No eggs, no oil, no milk. . . awesome.

  7. AWESOME SITE! Try making a yellow cake mix as directed and then stir in butter pecan icing in the cake mix and bake as directed. Not sure of the name but it makes an awesome cake!!

  8. I make waffle for my kids every sunday with cake mix

  9. In a pinch, I LOVE cake mix mug cakes. It’s half a cup of cake mix(any), 1/3 cup milk or water, 2 tablespoons veg oil and an egg yolk. Mix and nuke for 90sec. So easy and delish!!

  10. Thank you! thank you ! thank you! I absolutely love these types of recipes they are awesome & easy, especially for the Holidays.

  11. Here is my new favorite thing to use a cake mix for: Pumpkin Gooey Cake!

  12. I have the BEST cookie recipe using a box cake mix. This is for gift giving. Makes two 1-quart size jars. The nice part is, your friends don’t have to add a ton of stuff to make their cookies.

    Devil’s Food-Peanut Butter Chip Cookie Mix in a Jar

    18.25 oz. Devil’s Food Cake Mix
    2 C. Peanut Butter Chips
    1 C. Chopped Walnuts

    Spoon half of cake mix (about 1 1/2 cups) in each of two 1-quart wide-mouth canning jars. Tap jar lightly to settle cake mix. To each jar, add 1 cup chips and 1/2 cup walnuts. Seal jars. Attach copy of recipe (below) to each jar.

    Jar of Devil’s Food-Peanut Butter Chip Cookie Mix
    8 oz. Sour Cream

    Heat oven to 350 F. Lightly spray cookie sheets with nonstick cooking spray. In large bowl, combine cookie mix and sour cream; mix well. Drop by rounded spoonful 2 inches apart onto sprayed cookie sheets. Bake 11 minutes or until tops appear dry. Cool 1 minute. Remove from cookie sheets.

  13. One of my favorites is to take a devils food cake mix and add 1 can of pure pumpkin and make 12 muffins out of it. I got the recipe from Hungry Girl. They’re so yummy and low calorie :-)

  14. Dump cake- can of crushed pinapples, cherry pie filling, box of yellow cake mix and a stick of butter. Mix cherries and pineapple in the bottom of a cake pan, sprinkle the cake mix on top slice butter on top of cake mix, bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Top with whipped cream or cream cheese frosting (I prefer no topping) mmmmm best cake mix dish ever!

  15. Apple pie filling, or really any filling actually, sprinkle cake mix on top with some butter! It doesn’t even require any mixing! How awesome! Serve with vanilla ice cream!

  16. I like to make snickerdoodle cookies with cake mix.

    3 tbsp sugar
    1 tsp ground cinnamon
    1 pkg Duncan Hines® Moist Deluxe® Classic Yellow Cake Mix
    2 large eggs
    1/4 cup vegetable oil

    Preheat oven to 375 ºF. Grease cookie sheets.
    Combine sugar and cinnamon in small bowl.
    Combine cake mix, eggs and oil in large bowl. Stir until well blended. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place balls 2-inches apart on cookie sheets. Flatten balls with bottom of glass.
    Bake at 375 ºF for 8 to 9 minutes or until set. Cool one minute on cookie sheets. Remove to cooling rack to cool completely.

    They come out nice and soft. Especially good as mini ice cream sandwiches

  17. Carrot cake box mix….can yo make cookies out of this? I’m new at this. Thank you!


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