Our Best Cake Mix Recipes
Carrot-Walnut-Coconut Sheet Cake
This moist, delicious carrot cake has traditional ingredients like carrot, pineapple, and walnuts, with the addition of toasted coconut flakes to dress up cream cheese icing.
Mile-High Hummingbird Cake
First printed in 1978, the Hummingbird Cake remains the most-requested Southern Living recipe of all time. The origin of the name is unknown, but its signature ingredients—mashed banana, pineapple, coconut and pecans—assure its continued popularity. Eight layers and a spoon-licking white chocolate-cream cheese frosting make this updated version more spectacular than the original. But it's easy as can be because of convenience products such as cake mix, instant pudding mix, and canned pineapple.
Easy Lemon-Blueberry Cake from a Box
Dress up a boxed cake by creating a simple filling using lemon juice and blueberries.
Pumpkin Cake from a Box
This show-stopping fall treat starts with a boxed pumpkin cake that's soaked in a pumpkin spice latte and decorated with pumpkin-flavored cinnamon rolls and cookies.
Cheesecake-Stuffed Dark Chocolate Cake
Start with a package of devil's food cake mix for this decadent layer cake that's filled with chopped frozen cheesecake bites and chocolate candy bars. The over-the-top cream cheese frosting is drenched with dulce de leche caramel sauce and topped with chocolate cookies.
Chocolate-Caramel Angel Food Cake
Start with an angel food cake mix and dress up the cake with double drizzles of chocolate and caramel sauce.
Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cake
To bake this double-chocolate cake, start off with a box of German chocolate cake mix and instant chocolate pudding mix.
Easter Basket Cake
If you've got frosting skills, whip up an Easter cake that'll knock everyone out of the park. The secret's all in the technique: Instead of preparing a complicated cake, you're simply building things up with a frosting-based basket weave. To make this cake, you'll need two round cake layers with an 8-inch diameter, so use a reliable box mix or your favorite spring cake recipe.
Easy Chocolate Christmas Cake
No one will ever have to know this show-stopping Christmas cake started with a box of chocolate cake mix!
Speckled Egg Nest Cake
Make an Easter cake that everyone will love with our simple and speedy decorating technique that's just as impressive as it is easy. You'll need two round cake layers with an 8-inch diameter, so use a box mix or your favorite chocolate cake recipe.
Carrot-Apple Spice Cake with Browned-Butter Glaze
This showstopping dessert uses a box of spice cake mix as a starting point.
Carrot Easter Cake
It’s not Easter without a themed cake! Rather than deal with a fussy animal-shaped pan, bake two round cake layers with an 8-inch diameter and let a little food styling and frosting do the work. You can use a box cake mix make a favorite recipe from scratch, depending on the level of effort you want to put in. This method can also be used for the Easter Egg Cake and Easter Bunny Cake.
Time to oust your box cake mix, and embrace your inner baker with this basic yellow cake formula. This recipe will raise your cake-crafting confidence to new heights the first time you try it. As the name suggests, the numbers represent the measurements of the ingredients in the cake. Just remember what number matches with which ingredient, and you can easily memorize this recipe to whip up anytime you please. The buttery yellow cake is moist and has a perfectly dense crumb. Consider the 1-2-3-4 Cake a blank canvas; have fun adding layers of your buttercream frosting, whipped cream with fruit, or your own favorite frosting. One key to keep in mind when making this cake is that you really do need to have your butter softened and, ideally, your eggs at room temperature. Mixing these ingredients in when cold makes them more difficult to incorporate and can yield a “broken” batter. When baking the cake, be sure to use a light baking pan to help prevent over-browning. If you see that the top of your cake is brown, but the center is still wet, make a foil tent over the cake to keep it from getting darker.
Easter Egg Cake
It’s not Easter without a themed cake! Rather than deal with a fussy animal-shaped pan, bake two round cake layers with an 8-inch diameter and let a little food styling and frosting do the work. You can use a box cake mix make a favorite recipe from scratch, depending on the level of effort you want to put in. This method can also be used for the Carrot Easter Cake and Easter Bunny Cake.
Easter Bunny Cake
It’s not Easter without a themed cake! Rather than deal with a fussy animal-shaped pan, bake two round cake layers with an 8-inch diameter and let a little food styling and frosting do the work. You can use a box cake mix make a favorite recipe from scratch, depending on the level of effort you want to put in. This method can also be used for the Carrot Easter Cake and Easter Egg Cake.
Chocolate “Chip” Cake
This salty-sweet treat is an easy but awesome way to upgrade a boxed cake mix and store-bought frosting. Just remember—you’ll want to serve this decadent cake within an hour of frosting it so that the chips stay nice and crispy.
Pumpkin Pound Cake with Buttermilk Glaze
Basic White Cupcakes
Mountain Dew Cupcakes
Incorporating lemon-lime soda into your batter gives these cupcakes a delightfully light and airy texture, while reducing Mountain Dew into a syrup produces the perfect pop of flavor to mix into prepared vanilla icing. Whether you’re a hardcore Mountain Dew fan or just happen to have part of a leftover 2-liter that needs to be used up, these soda-inspired cupcakes are a fun and easy treat to whip up with a box caked mix.
Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes
Loaded with toasty fall flavors, a batch of these easy PSL cupcakes will have you in sweater weather mode faster than hitting the Starbucks drive-thru.
Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes
Snowy Chocolate Baby Cakes
Skittles Rainbow Cake
Cake the rainbow.
Easter Basket Cake
Gather the kids around the kitchen table to decorate an Easter basket cake that’s as fun to make as it is to show off to guests. Pirouette wafer cookies line the sides of the cake to create a basket effect, while colored coconut flakes mimic the vibrant, lush “grass.” With the help of convenience items like store-bought cake mixes and frosting, you cut down on your prep time to leave you with more time for the fun part: arranging the final fixings on your layered cake. For the layers, use whatever flavor of cake you like best; we opted for two layers of carrot cake and two layers of yellow cake. This flexible Easter cake recipe gives you complete creative freedom to dream up the ultimate Easter wonderland.
This stunning watercolor effect is a surprisingly simple cake decorating technique that makes for an incredibly special dessert.
Pumpkin Dump Cake
Pumpkin pie and coffee cake's best features unite in this easy dump cake that's perfect for a crowd.
Layered Peppermint Cheesecake
The white cake mix is hidden in the sour cream layers of this layered cheesecake.
It’s everyone’s favorite refreshing tequila cocktail… in cake form. Truly, what could be better? With tart lime curd and tequila syrup, this festive show-stopper cake does justice to the flavors of an authentic margarita.
Sweet Potato Dump Cake
All the fall flavors you could possibly want in one simple dessert.
To make this coffee-flavorted dessert, start off with a box of devil's food cake mix with pudding.
Nothing brings out rich chocolate flavor like a hint of fruity raspberry flavor. This cake calls for a few store-bought shortcuts, including chocolate cake mix.
Black Forest Trifle
Make a reduced-sugar trifle using sugar-free chocolate cake, sugar-free pudding, frozen cherries, and whipped topping.
Cheesecake-Stuffed Luscious Lemon Cake
Easy Black Forest Cake
Devil's food cake layers enriched with milk chocolate and a trio of extracts are sandwiched with the simplest and most decadent stuffing of them all--ready-to-eat cheesecake filling and cherry pie filling. Capped off with fudge frosting and gooey chocolate-covered cherries, it's a cinch to wow your guests.
New-Fashioned Blackberry Chocolate Spice Cake
Chocolate and spices mingle with sweet blackberries under a robe of chocolate fudge icing drizzled with blackberry sauce. Even grandmothers would be pleased with this updated classic cake using devil's food cake mix.
Chocolate Turtle Cake
Devil's food cake mix with pudding plus chocolate morsels result in brownie-like layers filled and frosted with a jazzed up ready-to-spread fudge frosting.
Better Than Sex Cake
Chocolate, caramel, and Heath candy take chocolate cake to a whole new level.
Gingerbread Cake With Stout Buttercream
Gingerbread cake mix and 2 bottles of stout beer are the secret ingredients to this 5-ingredient cake.
Blond Texas Sheet Cake
This spin on the beloved chocolate Texas Sheet Cake is made with white cake mix and 5 more ingredients.
Chocolate Almond Cupcakes
These rich chocolate cupcakes start from a package of cake mix and get a triple hit of almond flavor from almond paste, sliced almonds, and almond extract in the glaze.
Caramel-Pecan Oatmeal Bars
Make these breakfast bars with yellow cake mix, pecans, quick-cooking oats, butter, chocolate morsels, caramels, and water.
Fudgy Chocolate Tiramisu Cake
Start off with a package of chocolate molten lava cake mix to prepare this fudgy cake.
Orange Marmalade-Ricotta Cupcakes with Marmalade Buttercream Frosting
Add richness and flavor to cake mix cupcakes by stirring ricotta cheese, and onge juice, and orange marmalade into the batter. Top the cupcakes with a buttercream frosting flavored with orange marmalade.
Keep this classic rum cake made with yellow cake mix in your arsenal for special occasions or no occasion at all!
Cupcakes With Browned Butter Frosting
This cupcake recipe is a time-saving desset dream. It starts with boxed pound cake mix and calls for only five ingredients, including what you need for the Browned Butter Frosting.
Moist cake, sweet pumpkin, and crunchy pecans—what's not to love?
Triple-Chocolate Coffee Cake
Gone are the days of crumbled coffee cakes. Use devil's food cake mix to prepare this to-die-for triple-chocolate coffee cake.
Banana Nut Bread
Whip up Banana Nut Bread in no time with this quick and easy recipe using yellow cake mix.
Apricot-Almond Coffee Cake
This coffee cake uses pound cake mix. Enjoy as a breakfast treat or for dessert!
Cranberry Gingerbread Cookies
Two of holiday's finest flavors—gingerbread and cranberry—meet in these easy-to make cookies that start with a box of gingerbread cake mix.
Secret-Ingredient Devil's Food Cupcakes
The secret ingredients to these cupcakes include devil's food cake mix, mayonnaise, sour cream, eggs, water, vanilla, and chocolate chips.
This lemon-flavored dessert calls for yellow cake mix and 5 more ingredients.
Coconut Sheet Cake
This tasty trifle is made with a box of yellow cake mix, dried apricots, sweet wine, and more.
Walnut Coffee Cake
Use yellow cake mix to bake a loaf of this coffee cake.
Chocolate Frosted Cupcakes
All you need for this recipe is yellow cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil, and chocolate frosting!
Triple-Decker Strawberry Cake
Add easy lemon flavor to basic white cupcakes by stirring frozen lemonade concentrate into the white cake mix batter.
Blackberry-Raspberry Truffle Cake
This top-rated cake recipe starts with boxed cake mix, making it a holiday-friendly cake for times when every minute counts.
Easy Red Velvet Cupcakes
Try this red velvet cupcake recipe using yellow cake mix at your next party for an easy and delicious dessert.
Sour Cream Pound Cake With Raspberry Sauce
This pound cake recipe uses reduced-fat yellow cake mix and fat-free sour cream.
Cinnamon Swirl Cake
Sprinkling white cake batter with a brown sugar, pecan, and cinnamon mixture adds a cinnamon swirl to this cake.
Light 'n' Creamy Chocolate Cake Roll
This delightful cake roll is made with angel food cake mix and filled with a creamy, chocolaty filling.
Cinnamon Breakfast Rolls
French vanilla cake mix contributes to the dough of these sweet breakfast treats.
Cake Mix Cookies
The cake mix in this recipe adds a unique touch to these cookies, making them taste similar to brownies.
Ooey-Gooey Peanut Butter-Chocolate Brownies
These over-the-top brownies start with devil's food cake mix and a few common pantry items and still make your home smell amazing while they bake.
A half cup of Kahlúa gives this mocha-chocolate trifle a kick. Chocolate lovers will appreciate this dessert that's lighter in calories but big on taste. Don't skip the toffee, you'll want that crunch!
Easy Chocolate-Caramel Brownies
To prepare these brownies, use devil's food cake mix with pudding.
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Mousse Cake
This recipe is great because you can make either a cake or 8 parfaits. The peanut butter mousse filling in the cake really makes it rich and unique.
Red Velvet Bars
Top these Red Velvet Bars made with red velvet cake mix with whipped topping and pecans for a decadent treat that no one will be able to refuse.