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Creative Cakes and Desserts That Start With a Cake Mix
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
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.
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Easy Strawberry Shortcut Cake
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.
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Lemon Coconut Cream Cheese Bars
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.
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Sock-It-To-Me Bundt Cake
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.
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Better Than Sex Cake
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.
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Sour Cream Coffee Cake With Cocoa Swirl
Swirls of cocoa and pecans give this easy cake mix Bundt cake texture and flavor.
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Semi-Homemade Cherry Cake
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.
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Blueberry Yogurt Cake
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.
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Tropical Bundt Cake With Pineapple Coconut Topping
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.
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Strawberry-Rhubarb Dump Cake
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!
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German Chocolate Upside Down Cake
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!
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Easy Cake Mix Peach Upside-Down Cake
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.
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Luscious Lemon Sour Cream Cake
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.
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Easy Chocolate Raspberry Cake With Chocolate Ganache
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.
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Easy Chocolate Fudge Cherry Cake
This easy cake is made with a cake mix and cherry pie filling.
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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.
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Peanut Butter Cupcakes
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.
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Easy Chocolate Zucchini Cake
Shredded zucchini, chopped nuts, and chocolate chips give this easy chocolate cake loads of flavor and texture.
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Easy Fresh Blueberry Cake
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.
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Key Lime Cake
This popular cake is a one-layer cake made with a lemon cake mix and a wonderful key lime glaze.
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Easy Zucchini Carrot Cake
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.
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Classic Watergate Cake
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.
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Pumpkin Cake With Broiled Coconut Topping
This moist pumpkin cake is topped with a brown sugar, pecan, and coconut topping. The topping is browned under the broiler.
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Chocolate Mounds Cake With Marshmallows and Coconut
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.
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Red Velvet Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting
This easy red velvet cake is made with a white cake mix, cocoa, and red food coloring. The cream cheese frosting is classic.
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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.
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Cherry Crumb Bars
Use cherry pie filling or thickened cherries in juice to make the filling for these bars, which pair perfectly with tea.