That box of cake mix in your cupboard has a lot of potential. Of course, you could use it to whip up a vanilla, chocolate, or funfetti cake following the instructions listed — or you could switch up your kitchen routine and try something new. Why would you do this? Well, for starters, that pre-packaged powder can be a serious time saver in the kitchen not only for cakes, but for other desserts like cookies too. Plus, it can be cost effective, giving you an unexpected baked good without a lot of additional costs. Although not all uses stray too far from its intended purpose, there are a few surprises that await you in the kitchen when you delve into the world of cake mix recipes. Here are eight recipes that will get you baking outside the box.
1. Red Velvet Pancakes
Like many of the other recipes, you can customize this recipe with your preferred flavor of cake mix. That said, we just had to share these rich red velvet pancakes that can be topped with a sweet cream cheese “syrup” from Brunchtime Baker.
- 2 cups red velvet cake mix
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cup milk or water
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon butter or oil for greasing the pan
Cream Cheese Syrup
- 4 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Directions: For the pancakes, heat a skillet on medium heat while you prepare the batter. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg and milk until well-combined. Add the red velvet flour and all purpose flour at the same time. Beat by hand for 2-3 minutes until the batter is fluffy.
Brush the pan with oil or butter and pour 1/4 cup of batter onto the skillet, spread out with a spoon if the batter is too thick. Cook until the small bubble (about 1 minute or less) begin to form of the pancake, flip and cook for no more then 1 minute. Make sure to leave the heat on medium/low so the pancakes don’t burn. Keep a close eye on them while cooking. Cook pancakes one by one until all are finished.
To make cream cheese syrup, beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla for 1-2 minutes by hand. Drizzle over pancakes and enjoy!