Boxed cake mixes tend to get a bad rap within the serious baking community. In all of their simple, pre-packaged glory they provide people with a quick and easy way to make a dessert that looks edible and tastes relatively good. While they definitely can’t hold a candle to old fashioned, ‘from scratch’ cakes and desserts, they definitely have their place, just like they’ll do in a pinch when you’re desperate for something sugary and sweet.
Surprisingly, boxed cake mixes have a ton of versatility. When used the right way, a simple yellow cake mix can be turned into a sweet, crumbly cookie bar while a few tablespoons of chocolate cake mix can spruce up some dessert waffles. If you’re looking to expand the reach of your favorite boxed mixes a bit, check out these fun recipes!
1. Carrot Cake Mix Cookies
Carrot cake may not be a hit with the kids, but they can’t be beat in terms of taste. These delicious cookies are made using carrot cake mix and topped with a sweet cream cheese frosting. Half boxed, half homemade, these cookies are equal parts easy and delicious.
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2. Apple Pie Cake
Kind of an apple pie, kind of a deliciously moist cake, this treat just can’t make up its mind but we’re totally not complaining. The best of both worlds combines with delicious yellow cake mix and tons of sweet apples to create this crowd-pleasing dessert.
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3. Cake Mix Donuts
Who doesn’t love a good donut? Definitely thicker and more filling than traditional airy donuts, these treats are created out of a dough made with delicious cake mix and not much else. The simple glaze is just a bit of powdered sugar and milk but the sprinkles can be used at your own discretion.
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4. Nutella Crumble Cake Bars
These cake bars are sweet, crumbly, and too good to resist. A thick slab of nutty Nutella spread is sandwiched between a soft cakey bottom and a golden cakey crust. With only about four ingredients, it is hard not to love these treats.
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5. Funfetti Rice Krispie Treats
Rice Krispie treats are a simplistic, classic desserts that go back decades. They require very little ingredients and are easy enough that the kiddos can contribute to the making of them which makes them the ideal dessert for fun families. Filled with Funfetti cake batter mix and topped with a delicious marshmallow fluff and topped with tons of sprinkles, they are just as fun to look at as they are to eat.
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6. Chocolate Cake Mix Waffles
In the past, we have more than proven that waffles can easily transcend past quick breakfast food and into dessert territory with just a few added components. The decadent chocolate cake mix, giant scoop of ice cream, and fresh blackberry sauce provide a much-needed makeover to this simple dish.
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7. Cake Mix Cookie Bars
If you love cookies but often find yourself wishing they were thicker, gooey, and more substantial, these cake mix cookie bars are absolutely perfect for you. Soft, melty M&M’s and chocolate chips fill these irresistible bars.
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8. Cake Batter Milkshakes
Milkshakes, in all of their sweet creamy glory, tend to make everything better. Especially when they’re filled with a mountain of sprinkles and a few tablespoons of delicious Funfetti cake mix!
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