Baking is great fun, relaxing, and a wonderful way to spend time. Either by yourself, as a luxurious way to spend the day, or with loved ones as a fun bonding activity, baking is amazing. However, sometimes we want to bake but we don’t have the time to make our own stuff entirely from scratch. There’s nothing wrong with that. After all, these mixes exist to help! So with that in mind, let’s consider 15 neat ideas for cake mix to use in recipes.
- Pumpkin Spice Cake Cinnamon Rolls
We all love pumpkin spice in the Fall, but these work any time of the year! Just add a box of pumpkin cake mix, a good few cups of flour, yeast and more spice into a bowl, knead, prove, and then fill like you would a normal cinnamon roll.
- Cake Batter Fudge
This may be an unusual one, but it works so good. Just take half a bag of funfetti cake mix, a can of sweetened condensed milk and a good amount of white choco chips into a pot, mix well over heat until it comes into a ball, and then press into a lined pan and add sprinkles on top.
- Cake Mix Granola Muffins
You can add in a banana or two to help this be a little more healthy, but a box of spice cake scooped into muffin tins with a spoon of granola on top is a great treat in of itself.
- Birthday Cake Bread
This is a novel concept, and one that’s made fun with cake mix. A funfetti mix makes a colorful loaf, and adding in some jello and pie filling makes a very cake-like bread.
- Chocolate Trifle
A box mix makes making trifle so incredibly easy. Just bake a sheet of Devil’s food cake, whip some cream, and make some chocolate pudding, Assemble in a bowl, and let set!
- Cake Mix Lemon Cookies
Cookies are always a crowd pleaser, and cake mix makes whipping up a batch a cinch. Just add lemon and cream cheese, and a little extra flour, and these come out amazing every time.
- Cupcakes Of Any Flavor
Cake mix is a cheat code for cupcakes! Make them up the way you normally would, pick between all the flavors, and mix up a quick batch anytime!
- Cake Mix Fudge Cookies
Using a Devil’s Food cake mix and treating it like cookies gives you a great, chewy texture without much work. Just make sure you space them apart enough to prevent them merging on the pan.
- Easy Whoopie Pies
Whoopie pies are a great treat, but can be a bit of a mess to put together. Thankfully, with a box of cake mix, and a few more eggs, you can make a great little treat. And, if you want to be maximum lazy, you can even buy the filling.
- Lemon Raspberry Cake
Take your standard yellow box mix, add lemon, raspberries, and some sour cream. Mix all together, and bake into this wonderful cake. You can make this in a glass dish or a cake pan, or even as muffins!
- Cheesecake Bars
While the cheesecake section is nearly the same, the base of this bar snack can be made much easier by bringing out a box of yellow cake mix and baking it first. It’s a good shortcut!
- Lemon Almond Cakes
A box of vanilla cake mix, with lemon juice and rind and almonds beaten together into it should make a beautiful batter for mini cakes. A perfect snack, or treat with a cup of tea.
- Almond Chocolate Biscotti
This is a bit more hands on, but the idea comes from using a chocolate cake mix as its base, then adding in butter, eggs, more chocolate, a little more flour and some choco chips just to round it out. You can also add almonds. Then just cook it like a standard biscotti recipe. This is a hardy treat that’s made easier with cake mix being involved.
- German Choco Chunk Bars
With this kind of recipe, you’d want to make more of a cheesecake base with the mix than a cake. Still, a box of chocolate mix, a can of condensed milk and a little baking is all you need to have the base for a classic German treat.
- Cake Pops
Bake a sheet of plain old cake mix of your choice, mash it up with some frosting, roll into balls and put on a popsicle stick. Dip into chocolate, and that’s it!
There you go, 15 neat ideas to help you start down your journey into baking new things. Remember, having fun is the important part of the process. So don’t worry if things don’t work out as how you planned – cake mix means you didn’t use a lot of time, and it’d be easy to try again!