13 Things You Didn't Know You Could Make with Boxed Cake Mix Slideshow

From sweet to savory, enjoy these easy-to-make foods use boxed cake mix
13 Things You Didn't Know You Could Make with Boxed Cake Mix

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13 Things You Didn't Know You Could Make with Boxed Cake Mix

13 Things You Didn't Know You Could Make with Boxed Cake Mix

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Why is cake mix so versatile? Its simple ingredients, flour, milk powder, dehydrated eggs, and sugar, make it a useful corner-cutting tool. We’ve highlighted our favorite uses for boxed cake mix from simple reinventions of cake itself, like cake balls, bars, and brownies, to batter for perfectly deep fried chicken.

Instead of fussing with sifting and measuring, pick up a box of cake mix next time you stop at the supermarket and try these 13 delicious treats that incorporate cake mix for an outside-the-box culinary experience — from the box.

Brownies

Devil’s food cake mix is more useful than you might think. Don’t feel like making a cake? Use this fudgy batter for brownies instead with a few modifications. Combine the cake mix with a two-thirds cup of milk and a half cup of melted butter until a dough forms. Then bake in a greased pan for six minutes. Top with caramel sauce, chocolate butter cream frosting, or vanilla ice cream.

Cake Balls

Cake Balls

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Mix and bake the cake mix as the box instructs, then crumble the cake, using a fork to break up any large pieces. Next, add 12 ounces of canned frosting to the crumbled cake and mix to combine. Finally, roll the cake into one-inch balls. Chill the cake balls in the fridge for several hours. Melt candy coating in the microwave and then dip the cake balls in the coating. Place the dipped cake balls on wax paper and allow them to harden.

Cake Bars

Cake Bars

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Use store-bought cake mix to make simple lemon bars or raspberry bars or cheesecake bars. To make cake mix lemon bars all you need is one box lemon cake mix, one box instant lemon pudding, two eggs, a third cup vegetable oil, and two teaspoons lemon juice. Combine all of the ingredients and mix until a dough forms. Press the dough into a greased pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes.

Cake Mix Cookies

Cake Mix Cookies

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Wondering what to do with that box of cake mix sitting in your pantry? Special contributor, Spoon University says, “cake mix — a simple mixture of flour, milk powder, dehydrated eggs, and sugar — a.k.a the perfect ingredient for the minimalist budget and creative mind. Surprisingly, cake mix creates a soft, yet dense cookie, complete with that iconic childhood vanilla flavor everyone knows and loves.”

Cake Batter Fudge

Cake Batter Fudge

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You can make cake batter fudge in less than 10 minutes by combining one box cake mix with one cup powdered sugar. Then, add a quarter cup butter and a quarter cup milk. Microwave on high for two minutes, remove, and stir immediately to form a batter. Pour the batter into a greased pan, and pop in the fridge for about an hour.

Cake Batter Ice Cream

Cake Batter Ice Cream

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What better way to get rich, cake-batter flavored ice cream than with cake mix? To make this simple no-churn ice cream, whip two cups of heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Then, combine one 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk with one box of your favorite cake mix. Fold in the whipped cream, and pour into a freezer safe container. Cover and freeze overnight or until the ice cream is set.

Cake Batter Rice Crispy Treats

Cake Batter Rice Crispy Treats

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Making cake batter rice crispy treats couldn’t be simpler. Mix your puffed rice cereal treats as this guide describes, except stir in half a cup yellow cake mix into the marshmallow/butter mixture. Combine the marshmallow, about two ounces of sprinkles, and the cereal and stir together. Then, mold into a pan and allow to cool before enjoying.

Cake Batter Shake

Try this super simple cake batter shake as described in this recipe for a cake batter Frappuccino. Additionally, you can add cake mix to your usual milk shake for a delicious, sweet, cake-batter-flavored treat. 

Cake Batter Whipped Cream

Cake Batter Whipped Cream

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Enjoy this cake batter whipped cream on its own, on top of ice cream, or as a frosting for cakes. To make this flavorful topping, whip one cup heavy cream with a quarter-cup yellow cake mix. Fold in sprinkles and enjoy.

Doughnuts

Doughnuts

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Use cake mix to make classic cake doughnuts as in this recipe, and top these sweet treats with chocolate ganache, lemon-flavored glaze, or caramel sauce.

Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken

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For juicy chicken, first choose your favorite brine. Then, when it comes time to fry the chicken, pour cake mix (you can use anything from standard yellow cake to red velvet cake mix) into a bowl with a tablespoon each of salt and pepper. Combine one egg with half cup buttermilk in another bowl. Dip the chicken in the egg mixture and dredge in the cake mix. Then, fry the chicken for seven to eight minutes in vegetable oil heated to 300 to 325 degrees F.

Funfetti Pancakes

Funfetti Pancakes

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Making pancakes from cake mix is simple. Mix cake mix with half cup all-purpose flour, two and a half cups milk, a quarter cup vegetable oil, and two eggs. Whisk to combine and make the pancakes as you usually would. 

Red Velvet Waffles

Red Velvet Waffles

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Use cake mix to make breakfast sweet with cake mix waffles. Combine one box of your favorite cake mix with one and one-third cups water, a third cup vegetable oil, and three eggs. Whisk to form a smooth batter, and then griddle in a waffle iron as you normally would.