8 Recipes to Repurpose Your Cake Mix for Baking Outside the Box

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.

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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!

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2. Waffles

The cake mix breakfast method isn’t reserved for pancakes, and Betty Crocker explains how you can get cake mix waffles, too. Again, any flavor is fair game, but if you want a truly decadent breakfast or chocolatey dessert the choice is clear — Devil’s Food.


  • 1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist Devil’s Food Cake
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs

Directions: Heat waffle maker. (Waffle makers without nonstick coating may need to be brushed with vegetable oil or sprayed with cooking spray.) Make cake batter as directed on box, using water, oil, and eggs. For each waffle, pour batter onto center of hot waffle maker. Close lid of waffle maker. Bake 3 to 5 minutes or until steaming stops. Carefully remove waffle. Serve waffles warm or cold with toppings of your choice.

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3. Funfetti Cookies

You can use any cake mix you’d like, but there is something irresistibly whimsical about funfetti anything. If you make this Pillsbury recipe, it will take about 40 minutes, and you’ll get approximately 36 cookies. You could also skip the frosting, and spread a layer of melted chocolate between two cookies for a funfetti sandwich.


  • 1 (18.9 ounce) package funfetti cake mix
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 (15.6 ounce) can funfetti vanilla frosting

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In large bowl, combine cake mix, oil, and eggs; stir with spoon until thoroughly moistened. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. With bottom of glass dipped in flour, flatten to 1/4-inch thickness. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets.

Spread frosting over warm cookies. Immediately sprinkle each with candy bits from frosting. Let frosting set before storing. Store in tightly covered container.

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4. Lazy Cake Cookies

You can also make chocolate chip cookie bars from a simple box of cake mix. Normal Cooking has the lowdown with this four-ingredient recipe which you can expand on. For instance, you could throw in chopped walnuts, use M&Ms or peanut butter morsels instead of chocolate chips, or use a little bit of everything.


  • 1 box yellow or white cake mix
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 5 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 mini chocolate chips

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix together all ingredients and spread into a greased 9 x 13 pan. Bake for 20 minutes.

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5. Coffee Cake

Fancy a bite of Starbucks coffee cake? Then Picky Palate suggests you try this copy cat coffee cake recipe using, of course, a cake mix. Even if you aren’t trying to replicate the coffee chain’s cake, this recipe is so easy, there is no reason not to try it out for yourself.


  • 1 box yellow cake mix (plus ingredients on back of box)
  • 2 sticks cold salted butter
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla
  • Powdered sugar (for dusting)

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare cake mix in a large bowl according to directions on box. Spray a 9 X 13-inch pan with non-stick spray. Pour batter into pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until center is just barely set.

While the cake is baking, prepare crumb topping. In large bowl of electric mixer combine, butter, flour, cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla until all crumbly.

Immediately after the cake is removed from the oven, break crumb topping into marble size pieces with fingers, sprinkling over top. Put back in oven and bake an additional 10-15 minutes. Let cool fully then dust with powdered sugar, using a sieve. Cut into squares and serve.

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6. Banana Split Puppy Chow

Sweet as a Cookie has combined four flavors of puppy chow to create a mix that mimics the tastes of a banana split. If you can’t find the banana cake mix in a store near you, the remaining three flavors are definitely worth making, creating something different than your average puppy chow snack.



  • 1/2 cup pink (vanilla flavored) candy wafers
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6 tablespoons strawberry cake mix
  • 2 1/2 – 3 cups rice Chex cereal
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar


  • 1/2 cup white, vanilla-flavored candy wafers
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6 tablespoons vanilla or white cake mix
  • 2 1/2 – 3 cups rice Chex cereal
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar


  • 1/2 cup yellow, vanilla-flavored candy wafers
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6 tablespoons banana cake mix
  • 2 1/2 – 3 cups rice Chex cereal
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar


  • 1/3 cup milk chocolate candy wafers
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6 tablespoons milk chocolate cake mix
  • 2 1/2 – 3 cups rice Chex cereal
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

Directions: In a microwave safe bowl, melt the pink candy wafers on defrost for 30 seconds. Repeat until the wafers are almost fully melted. Once they’re practically melted whisk in the vegetable oil. After it’s nice and smooth, stir in the cake mix.

Pour the wafer mixture over 2 1/2 – 3 cups rice Chex cereal and lightly stir until the cereal is evenly covered. Once covered add the powdered sugar and stir until evenly covered. Repeat the same process with the vanilla, banana, and milk chocolate. Enjoy!

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7. Cake Mix Yeast Rolls

Cake mixes don’t always have to be about creating sugary sweets. You can always bake a batch of AllRecipes.com‘s yeasted dinner rolls using a cake mix, too. You’ll still need to proof the dough, but even with that time included, you’re only about 2 hours away from 20 oven-fresh dinner rolls


  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (9 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 cup margarine, melted
  • 2 egg whites, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds (optional)

Directions: In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes. Stir in the flour and cake mix. Beat until dough is smooth. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour. Lightly grease two baking sheets.

Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into two equal pieces and form into rounds. Let rest for 5 minutes and then roll into 12 inch circles. Cut each circle into 10 wedges. Brush melted margarine onto the circles. Roll up the wedges, beginning at the wide end. Place on prepared baking sheets with the end of the roll on the bottom. Brush the rolls with margarine and beaten egg white. Sprinkle with poppy seeds. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 25 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake in preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

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8. Cherry Oatmeal Crumble Bars 

When you have a lot on your plate, and need a dessert that is ready in less than no time, make these crumble bars from Mom on Time Out. It is also a budget friendly dessert, needing only four very common ingredients. You’ll get about 24 bars, and for non-cherry fans, any pie filling will work.


  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 2 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 3/4 cups butter, melted
  • 1 can cherry pie filling

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with parchment paper or grease with cooking spray. Mix cake mix and oats in a large bowl. Add melted butter, stir until crumbly. Press down half the crumbs onto the bottom of the pan.

Carefully spread cherry pie filling over the crumb crust. Spread remaining crumbs over preserves and press down gently. Bake for 18 to 23 minutes or until very lightly golden brown. Eat warm or cool, cut into bars, and serve.

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