The Best Cake Mix Cakes and Desserts

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    Creative Cakes and Desserts That Start With a Cake Mix

    Vanilla Chess Squares
    Diana Rattray

    Cake mix recipes are easy to mix up and decorate, and there's the bonus of less mess to clean up afterward. Here you'll find some of the most popular cake mix recipes, including desserts, snack cakes, cake mix upside-down cakes, bar cookies, coffee cakes, Bundt cakes, and layer cakes. 

    Using store-bought cake mix as a starter makes baking super simple.​

    These easy vanilla chess squares (pictured) have a custard-like filling and are a hit at bake sales and potlucks. 

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    Easy Chocolate Turtle Cake

    turtle cake
    Diana Rattray

    This delicious cake is always a hit! The cake is easy because it's made with a cake mix, and delicious because of the rich caramel layer, pecans, and fabulous cocoa frosting. 

     Easy Chocolate Turtle Cake

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    Easy Strawberry Shortcut Cake

    Strawberry Shortcut Cake Recipe
    Diana Rattray

    This wonderful one-layer cake is a cross between a strawberry shortcake and a strawberry upside-down cake. Mashed strawberries and marshmallows are combined with strawberry flavored gelatin to make the delicious topping.

    Strawberry Shortcut Cake

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    Easy Blueberry Cake

    Blueberry Cake With Lemon Sauce
    Diana Rattray

    A cake mix and cream cheese make a wonderfully moist cake. Canned blueberries are drained and added to the cake. Top it off with a dusting of powdered sugar or drizzle servings with lemon sauce.

    Easy Blueberry Cake

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    Lemon Coconut Cream Cheese Bars

    Lemon Coconut Bars
    Diana Rattray

    These are delicious bars to make for a spring event or a weekend treat. The fresh lemon zest is the key to the flavor. Coconut adds another layer of sweetness to the dessert and gives them texture.

    Easy Lemon Coconut Cream Cheese Bars

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    Sock-It-To-Me Bundt Cake

    sock it to me cake
    Diana Rattray

    This popular cake is made with a cake mix, sour cream, cinnamon, and pecans. The fun name, sock-it-to-me, is a term dating back to song lyrics and the TV show, Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In from the 1960s and 70s. 

    Sock-It-To-Me Bundt Cake

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    Better Than Sex Cake

    Better Than Sex Cake
    Diana Rattray

    This decadent cake, made with a layers chocolate cake, chocolate topping, butterscotch topping, toffee bars, sweetened condensed milk, and whipped topping, is sure to satisfy any sweet-tooth.

    Better Than Sex Cake

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    Sour Cream Coffee Cake With Cocoa Swirl

    Easy cocoa swirl coffee cake
    Diana Rattray

    Swirls of cocoa and pecans give this easy cake mix Bundt cake texture and flavor.

    Easy Sour Cream Coffee Cake With Cocoa Swirl

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    Semi-Homemade Cherry Cake

    easy cherry cake with cake mix and cherry pie filling
    Diana Rattray

    This easy cake is made with a yellow cake mix and cherry pie filling. The filling is swirled into the batter, creating a moist and delicious cake.

    Semi-Homemade Cherry Cake

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    Blueberry Yogurt Cake

    blueberry yogurt cake
    Diana Rattray

    Yogurt is added to the cake mix, making it wonderfully moist. Orange juice concentrate and frozen blueberries add to the flavor and texture of this easy cake.

    Blueberry Yogurt Cake

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    Tropical Bundt Cake With Pineapple Coconut Topping

    Tropical Bundt Cake With Pineapple Coconut Topping
    Diana Rattray

    This Bundt cake is made with a cake mix and flavored with coconut pudding mix and piña colada mix. The coconut and pineapple frosting is the perfect topping for the cake. The pineapple, coconut, and piña colada flavors will make you feel like you're on a Caribbean vacation.

    Tropical Bundt Cake With Pineapple Coconut Topping

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    Moist Southern Coconut Cake (Poke Cake)

    coconut poke cake
    Coconut "poke" cake is moist and delicious. Diana Rattray

    Holes are poked in the warm coconut cake and then it is topped simple mixture of sweetened condensed milk and coconut cream. The cooled cake is frosted with whipped cream and flaked coconut.

    Moist Southern Coconut Cake (Poke Cake) 

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    Strawberry-Rhubarb Dump Cake

    Sliced Rhubarb
    Sliced Rhubarb. Riou/Stockbyte/Getty Images

    This super easy rhubarb dump cake is made with layers of ingredients, including fresh diced rhubarb, strawberry flavored gelatin and a cake mix. It's a great way to use that spring and summer rhubarb! 

     Strawberry-Rhubarb Dump Cake

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    German Chocolate Upside Down Cake

    German Chocolate Upside-Down cake
    Diana Rattray

    This fabulous chocolate upside-down cake is very easy to prepare with a German chocolate cake mix.  Cream cheese, coconut, and chopped pecans make it an extra-special dessert, and it makes its own topping!

    German Chocolate Upside Down Cake

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    Easy Cake Mix Peach Upside-Down Cake

    Peach Upside Down Cake
    Alexandra Grablewski / Getty Images

    This easy peach upside-down cake is made in a rectangular cake pan, or divide the batter and ingredients and bake it in two 8-inch round cake pans. 

    Easy Cake Mix Peach Upside-Down Cake

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    Luscious Lemon Sour Cream Cake

    Luscious Lemon Cake
    Luscious Lemon Cake. Diana Rattray

    This lemon pound cake is surprisingly easy to make with a cake mix, sour cream, and butter. Lemon juice and zest flavor this fabulous Bundt cake.

    Luscious Lemon Sour Cream Cake

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    Easy Chocolate Raspberry Cake With Chocolate Ganache

    chocolate raspberry cake
    Chocolate raspberry Bundt cake. Diana Rattray

    A cake mix makes this chocolate raspberry bundt cake recipe a snap to prepare, and the raspberry jam and optional liqueur make it extra special. A rich chocolate ganache is the perfect finishing touch, and it's surprisingly easy to make.

    Easy Chocolate Raspberry Cake With Chocolate Ganache

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    Easy Chocolate Fudge Cherry Cake

    chocolate topping on cake
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    This easy cake is made with a cake mix and cherry pie filling.

    Easy Chocolate Fudge Cherry Cake

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    Easy Rum Eggnog Cake

    The rum, eggnog, and some nutmeg transform the cake mix and give it classic holiday eggnog flavor. Finish the cake with the flavorful butter rum glaze or dust it with powdered sugar.

    Easy Rum Eggnog Cake

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    Peanut Butter Cupcakes

    Peanut Butter Cupcakes
    Peanut Butter Cupcakes. Diana Rattray

    These easy peanut butter cupcakes are super easy to prepare with chunky peanut butter. Feel free to replace the chunky peanut butter with creamy. The recipe includes purchased chocolate frosting, but a homemade peanut butter frosting may be used.

    Peanut Butter Cupcakes

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    Easy Chocolate Zucchini Cake

    Easy Chocolate Zucchini Cake
    Diana Rattray

    Shredded zucchini, chopped nuts, and chocolate chips give this easy chocolate cake loads of flavor and texture.

    Easy Chocolate Zucchini Cake

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    Easy Fresh Blueberry Cake

    Blueberry cake
    Richard Jung / Getty Images

    This easy blueberry cake is made with a yellow cake mix, but a lemon cake or white cake may be used. The blueberries give the cake excellent flavor, and they make beautiful polka dots throughout the cake. 

    Easy Fresh Blueberry Cake

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    Key Lime Cake

    key lime cake with icing
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    This popular cake is a one-layer cake made with a lemon cake mix and a wonderful key lime glaze. 

    Key Lime Cake

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    Easy Zucchini Carrot Cake

    Zucchini Carrot Cake
    Zucchini Carrot Cake. Diana Rattray

    This easy zucchini cake is made with a store-bought carrot cake mix. Bits of shredded carrot add flavor and extra color to this easy cake. I used a springform pan for this cake, but a 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking pan may be used as well.

    Easy Zucchini Carrot Cake

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    Classic Watergate Cake

    Watergate Cake
    Watergate Cake. Diana Rattray

    This easy, popular Watergate cake is made with pistachio pudding mix, whipped topping, and a cake mix. Pecans and coconut add flavor and texture to this classic cake. 7-Up is added to the cake instead of water, but you may use club soda, Sprite, or a similar carbonated drink. 

    Classic Watergate Cake​

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    Pumpkin Cake With Broiled Coconut Topping

    Photo: Diana Rattray
    Pumpkin Cake With Coconut Topping. Diana Rattray

    This moist pumpkin cake is topped with a brown sugar, pecan, and coconut topping. The topping is browned under the broiler.

    Pumpkin Cake With Broiled Coconut Topping

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    Chocolate Mounds Cake With Marshmallows and Coconut

    Cake Mix
    chocolate Cake Mix. Glow/Getty Images

    This mounds bar-inspired cake is rich and delicious! The warm chocolate cake—from a mix—is topped with a sauce made with coconut and marshmallows and then it is finished with chocolate (cocoa) and pecan icing. 

    Chocolate Mounds Cake With Marshmallows and Coconut

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    Red Velvet Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

    Red Velvet Cake
    Red Velvet Cake. Victoria Wall Harris/Photodisc/Getty Images

    This easy red velvet cake is made with a white cake mix, cocoa, and red food coloring. The cream cheese frosting is classic.

    Red Velvet Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

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    Strawberry-Pecan Cake

    strawberry cake
    Pei Lin Ng / EyeEm / Getty Images

    This strawberry cake is made baked with 2 or 3 layers. Strawberry-flavored gelatin gives the easy cake mix batter color and extra flavor along with coconut, mashed fresh strawberries, and pecans. The cream cheese frosting includes more strawberries and pecans. 

    Easy Strawberry-Pecan Cake

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    Cherry Crumb Bars

    cherry crumb bars
    Louise Lister/StockFood Creative/Getty Images

    Use cherry pie filling or thickened cherries in juice to make the filling for these bars, which pair perfectly with tea. 

    Cherry Crumb Bars