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?



Gingerbread Bars with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Gingerbread and orange pair up so well.  Something about the deep, molasses and spice flavor with the bright citrus tastes like the holidays.

This recipe is a mash up of two other recipes: Gingersnap Sandwich Cookies with Orange Cream Cheese Filling from Recipe Girl and my Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce.

I wanted something cake-like that would feed quite a few people.  The Orange Cream Cheese Frosting was perfect for topping it off.  [Read more...]

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