18 Better-Than-Boxed Cake Recipes

Cake, it’s not just for birthdays!
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Nothing beats a giant slice of homemade cake!

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

Banana Crunch Cake
Pillsbury

Coconut, pecan, brown sugar and bananas all come together in this crunchy banana cake!

For the Banana Crunch Cake recipe, click here.

Celebration Cake

Celebration Cake
In The Raw

This simple cake is perfect for any celebration and cuts down on the sugar by using stevia in place of regular white sugar.

For the Celebration Cake recipe, click here.

Champagne Cake

Champagne Cake

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!

For the Champagne Cake recipe, click here.

Chocolate Praline Layer Cake

Chocolate Praline Layer Cake
Pillsbury

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.

For the Chocolate Praline Layer Cake recipe, click here.

Coconut Lavender Cream Cake

Coconut Lavender Cream Cake
Stephanie Mullins

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!

For the Coconut Lavender Cream Cake recipe, click here.

Cranberry and Apple Cake

Cranberry and Apple Cake
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Inspired by cranberry pie, this cake is sweet, tart and absolutely fabulous served warm with vanilla ice cream.

For the Cranberry and Apple Cake recipe, click here.

Croatian Apple Cake

Croatian Apple Cake
Chris Middleton and Ino Kuva

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.

For the Croatian Apple Cake recipe, click here.

Darkest Chocolate Cake With Red Wine Glaze

Darkest Chocolate Cake With Red Wine Glaze
Epicurious

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.

For the Darkest Chocolate Cake With Red Wine Glaze recipe, click here.

Gooey Butter Cake

Gooey Butter Cake
Dreamstime

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.

For the Gooey Butter Cake recipe, click here.

Guinness Chocolate Cake

Guinness Chocolate Cake
Little Box Brownie

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.

For the Guinness Chocolate Cake recipe, click here.

Lemon Yogurt Pound Cake

Lemon Yogurt Pound Cake
Eggland's

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.

For the Lemon Yogurt Pound Cake recipe, click here.

Magic Melting Mocha Cake

Magic Melting Mocha Cake
Faith Mason

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.

For the Magic Melting Mocha Cake recipe, click here.

Parsnip and Ginger Cake

Parsnip and Ginger Cake
Alan Benson

Forget carrot cake and make this parsnip and ginger cake instead. With glace ginger and walnuts, this cake is perfect for any occasion.

For the Parsnip and Ginger Cake recipe, click here.

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
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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.

For the Pineapple Upside-Down Cake recipe, click here.

 

Tunnel of Fudge Cake

Tunnel of Fudge Cake
Pillsbury

As this Bundt-shaped cake bakes it magically develops a tunnel of fudge that runs through the middle of the entire thing. Di-vine!

For the Tunnel of Fudge Cake recipe, click here.

Ultimate Chocolate Cake

Ultimate Chocolate Cake
Lake Champlain Chocolates

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.

For the Ultimate Chocolate Cake recipe, click here.

Winter Apple Layer Cake

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.

For the Winter Apple Layer Cake recipe, click here.

Gram’s Supreme Devil’s Food Cake With White Marshmallow Frosting

Gram’s Supreme Devil’s Food Cake With White Marshmallow Frosting
Arthur Bovino

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.

For Gram's Supreme Devil's Food Cake With White Marshmallow Frosting recipe, click here.

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