Ingredient Spotlight: Cake Mix

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This post is part of a new series where you get to link up your recipes!  Each week I’ll focus on a different common pantry ingredient.  I’ll link to a few of my recipes that feature the ingredient and then give you a chance to link up to your blog.

Oh, the wonderful things you can do with a cake mix! They don’t have to be baked in a 9×13 pan and slathered with icing, although that is good.

When Jim and I were first married, we had very little money and I had no idea how to really cook. I would make a pitiful little dinner and then bake a cake and ice it with a simple powdered sugar icing. We were so hungry, we’d eat half the cake! Not very nutritious, but it tasted good and filled us up.

I’ve gotten better with cooking and with dressing up cake mixes in the last twenty two years. Here are a few of my recipes using cake mix:

Now it’s your turn.  Bring on the cake mix recipes!  Link up any recipe on your blog that uses cake mix.  It doesn’t have to be a recent post, just be sure to link directly to your recipe, not just the main page of your blog.  I only ask that you include a link back to Eat at Home in your post.  You can link directly to this post or use the button in the sidebar.

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  1. I LOVE dressed-up cake mixes! The double-chocolate coconut cookies look amazing! Here’s my favorite fall recipe–it’s so easy I’m embarrassed when people ask for the recipe. It’s for chocolate pumpkin muffins.

    • I cannot wait to try these. I believe that I have all the ingredients at home right now. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. I’m really enjoying your website. Thanks for the great recipes!

  3. Thanks Tiffany for hosting the linky. I can’t wait to try your Chocolate Coconut Cake Cookies. Have a great day!

  4. I don’t have a blog, but I love to dress up boxed cake!

    Candy bar cake:
    1. Unwrap and freeze 2-3 of your favorite candy bars in a zip-top bag.
    2. Bake a cake according to package directions.
    3. Upon removing the cake from the oven, poke holes in the cake, then pour over 1 can of sweetened condensed milk.
    4. Chill this for at least 1 hour.
    5. Smash the frozen candy bars to bits.
    6. Ice the cake with non-dairy whipped topping, and sprinkle with the candy bar bits.

    Some favorite combinations in our house:
    Yellow cake with Heath Bar.
    Chocolate cake with Snickers.

    AND you can make this in a lower calorie/fat version by making the lower calorie/fat recipe for the cake, fat free sweetened condensed milk, and light or fat free non-dairy whipped topping.

  5. I made these the other day! Yum-o. They will get pretty mushy if you don’t cook them all the way. Best part you can eat the dough with wild abandon. 😉

    I also love to make dump cake. Dump any canned fruit of your liking, then dump a yellow cake mix on top, then slice up a whole stick of butter to put on top. Cook according to the yellow cake box directions!

  6. I’ve always wanted to make cake mix cookies. I’ll have to check them out and the other recipes.

  7. We love lemon cake mix for a zesty lemon cookie!!

    oh… how I love cake mixes. They are the one processed food I have a hard time removing from our diet.

  8. I think my favorite cake mix recipe is a crock pot dump cake but I’ve never posted it on my blog! It’s been awhile since I’ve made it!

  9. I love your web site. But how am I supposed to stay on my diet with all of those yummy cake mix ideas. lol

  10. What a great “spotlight” subject! I look forward to checking out all of these wonderful recipes!!! Thank you so much for hosting such a fun link party! 🙂

  11. Just found your blog and LOVE it! I don’t have a blog to link to – can you belive it! 🙂 But here is a great cake mix recipe I made this weekend. So YUMMY! Just don’t add the candy corn until right before serving, or they will melt into the cream cheese frosting.


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