16 Bakery-Worthy Dessert Recipes That Start With Cake Mix

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16 Bakery-Worthy Dessert Recipes That Start With Cake Mix

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March 23 2020

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Maybe you're a novice baker or maybe you don't have time to make a dessert from scratch. That's where cake mix comes in. You can use it to make stunning cakes, bars, cookies, cupcakes, and donuts that look like they came straight from the bakery. Some recipes even use less than 5 ingredients!

  1. Super-Moist Chocolate Mayo Cake

    Using mayo to prepare a boxed cake mix is why this cake lives up to its name. It's even good without frosting. 

  2. Easy Zucchini Bread

    Homemade zucchini bread made with just 4 ingredients. It doesn't get easier than this!

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  3. Cherry-Chocolate Love Cake

    This Italian cake starts with a layer of chocolate cake batter and a layer of sweetened ricotta-mascarpone cheese. While the cake bakes, the ricotta layer falls to the bottom while the chocolate cake rises to the top creating a layered and swirled effect.

  4. Secret Star Loaf Cake

    Take your creativity to a whole new level. Experiment with different shapes and colors hidden inside this baked loaf cake!

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  5. Champagne Heart Cupcakes

    Your someone special is going to "heart" this dessert! Surprise them with a homemade cupcake topped with a champagne buttercream frosting. 

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  6. Red Velvet Cake Cookies

    Turn your favorite cake into a cookie with just a few simple ingredients.

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  7. 3-Ingredient Banana Bread

    This recipe is perfect for any beginner baker, or anyone who doesn't have time to make a whole loaf of banana bread from scratch. 

  8. Buttercream-Rose Cake

    This is the special occasion cake! Top 4 layers of devil's food cake with creamy homemade vanilla buttercream and buttercream roses. 

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  9. Pumpkin Spice Bread

    You don't need a bunch of ingredients to make homemade pumpkin bread. And if cranberries aren't your thing, leave them out or swap them for pecans or walnuts.

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  10. Champagne Cake Pops

    What's better than a cake pop for a celebration? A cake pop made with champagne, boxed cake mix, and dipped in white chocolate.

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  11. Rose Cake Donuts

    Did you know you can substitute water for wine in our Hy-Vee cake mixes? Give our baked Rose Cake Donuts a try with rose wine in the cake base and in the glaze. 

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  12. 5-Spice Cherry Poke Cake

    What exactly is Chinese 5 spice? It's a blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel, star anise, and Szechwan peppercorns. Sounds a little strange fold into your cake mix, but you'll be happily surprised with its sweet-spiced flavor. 

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  13. Gluten-Free Banana Upside-Down Cake

    There's so much you can do with a nice gluten-free chocolate cake mix. Look for it in the HealthMarket aisles. Fans of chocolate and bananas will be all over this one. 

  14. Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

    Everything you love about red velvet cake, brownies, and cheesecake. It even includes the graham cracker crust. And it all starts with a cake mix.

  15. Super Moist Cupcakes

    These moist, decadent, chocolaty cupcakes are hard to resist. What makes them so moist? Greek yogurt and devil's food cake mix.

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  16. Gluten-Free Ice Cream Snack Cake

    Have your cake and ice cream all in one delicious easy-to-make treat. For real, there's ice cream in the batter ... and the frosting!