18 Better-Than-Boxed Cake Recipes
People think making a cake from scratch is a laborious task that is best left to professionals and experienced home cooks. After all, using a boxed cake mix is easy and the results are generally pretty delicious. Armed with a box of cake mix, you can make numerous tasty treats. Sometimes boxed cake even tastes homemade, and frankly, some recipes just taste better from the box. But stop! Put down that pre-made mix, single egg and canola oil! There’s something far more delicious on the culinary horizon!
If you have ever dismissed making a cake from scratch as too much effort, please listen. The cakes on this list, from a deliciously gooey butter cake to a Guinness and chocolate cake and beyond, will make all boxed caked pale in comparison. So don’t hesitate a minute longer — go forth and bake any and all of these 18 better-than-boxed cake recipes!
Banana Crunch Cake
Coconut, pecan, brown sugar and bananas all come together in this crunchy banana cake!
This simple cake is perfect for any celebration and cuts down on the sugar by using stevia in place of regular white sugar.
If you’re looking for something fancy, look no further than this celebratory Champagne cake! It’s a simple white cake (with a cup of champagne added to the batter) with an extra dose of pizazz with a Champagne syrup and gin buttercream!
Chocolate Praline Layer Cake
This easy-to-prepare cake is spectacular to serve and marvelous to eat! It’s best if made a few hours ahead and refrigerated before serving.
Coconut Lavender Cream Cake
This coconut cake, made with unsweetened coconut milk and a splash of coconut extract, is slathered in a fantastic cream cheese and lavender frosting. This cake is not only delicious but also beautiful to look at!
Cranberry and Apple Cake
Inspired by cranberry pie, this cake is sweet, tart and absolutely fabulous served warm with vanilla ice cream.
Croatian Apple Cake
This is a classic Croatian cake (or kolač) and can be prepared for any occasion — as a dessert after Sunday lunch, or to have along with a cup of steaming Turkish coffee and a gossip session with your friends. You don’t have to stick to the apple filling either; other popular variations include maraska sour (morello) cherries or walnuts.
Darkest Chocolate Cake With Red Wine Glaze
Few flavors bring out the rich fruit flavors of red wine quite like dark chocolate. This decadent, deep cocoa cake is perfect for some serious indulgence. Cut yourself a big slice and enjoy.
Gooey Butter Cake
This classic St. Louis pastry was supposedly made by accident, when a baker reversed the amount of butter and flour in a recipe. But unlike many mistakes, this was a happy one, resulting in an iconic, indulgent dessert.
Guinness Chocolate Cake
This cake is truly exceptional, made with cocoa, buttermilk and Guinness! It’s topped with berries and filled with whipped cream, and no one will be able to resist a slice.
Lemon Yogurt Pound Cake
Whether plain with coffee or dressed in chocolate or strawberries, pound cake is a delicious dessert or snack in all its iterations. This lemon yogurt pound cake is no exception. The addition of yogurt makes it moist till the last bite.
Magic Melting Mocha Cake
This cake is truly magical, with a light and fluffy cake on top and a pool of molten-chocolaty goodness. No one will be able to resist a bowlful — served with a good scoop of vanilla ice cream, of course.
Parsnip and Ginger Cake
Forget carrot cake and make this parsnip and ginger cake instead. With glace ginger and walnuts, this cake is perfect for any occasion.
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
A classic pineapple upside-down cake is fabulously retro recipe that more people should definitely be making. It is surprisingly easy to make and makes for a stunning centerpiece.
Tunnel of Fudge Cake
As this Bundt-shaped cake bakes it magically develops a tunnel of fudge that runs through the middle of the entire thing. Di-vine!
Ultimate Chocolate Cake
This is a classic chocolate cake made with high quality, organic chocolate. It’s all about the simplicity of great ingredients and is an essential recipe to have up your sleeve.
Winter Apple Layer Cake
Try this classically Danish layer cake, made with thin, cripy layers and filled with a homemade apple sauce and a sweet hazelnut whipped cream. It’s a little different from traditional American cakes, but is sure to be well received by all.
Gram’s Supreme Devil’s Food Cake With White Marshmallow Frosting
Grandmothers almost always make the best dessert right? Well this devil’s food cake topped with a mind-blowingly over-the-top marshmallow frosting is no exception. Impress your gram — and, really, the whole family — with this cake recipe, and perhaps even take things a bit further by starting your meal with one of these pasta recipes like Grandma used to make.
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