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A Dozen Sweet Treats that Start with a White Cake Mix

My goodness, what a month it’s been! I’ve been exploring all of the uses for a white cake mix and I’m so anxious to share that I hardly know where to start!

Let’s begin by referring you back to my original post on the subject, 20 Amazing Recipes that Start with a White Cake Mix. My original ideas were fun and practical, but most were, well, just cake. (Take my Italian Cream Cake, for instance. Or my Caramel Banana Cake. )

Oh, different flavors, textures, and shapes. . .but still cake.

How to Doctor a Boxed Cake Mix

I love cake, and I enjoy doctoring a box of cake mix to make it tastier (or richer) than before. I did a full post on that process, too.

This time I wanted to come up with a host of recipes that started with white cake mix but turned into something else altogether. Something that didn’t look or taste like cake.

So, I’ve spent the past several weeks experimenting.

And experimenting.

And experimenting.

Stock up on White Cake Mix!

I’m finally ready to share some of the white cake mix recipes I’ve concocted. These are, for the most part, incredibly yummy and surprisingly easy. But they’re also different from anything you’ve made before.

We’re going to doctor cake mixes in this post, but the goal here is to morph, twist, and change the dynamics. And boy oh boy are we going to discover some doozies! Whether you like cakes, cookies, muffins, pastries, kolaches, pie, or scones, there’s something here for you.

So, if you’re wondering what to do with a white cake mix, I’ve got you covered!

(Cake mix desserts are the best! I love starting with a box mix.)

Let me start with one of my most surprising discoveries

1. Cake Mix Cinnamon Roll Pastries

I have to admit, I was skeptical. I wanted something pastry-like, light and crispy, but with the flavors of a cinnamon roll. This turned out to be my favorite new discovery. And to think, it started with a doctored cake mix!

Here’s how I did it:

I started by adding a bit of flour to my white cake mix.

I worked in some cold butter.

I added an egg and a bit of whipping cream.

Then I rolled out my dough into a rectangle and coated it with the good stuff–butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans.

I roll it up into a tube and cut 1″ pieces. They were placed on a prepared pan and baked in a preheated oven until golden.

Afterwards, I drizzled glaze over them. And, y’all. . .I believe I’ve created a masterpiece! Truly, a masterpiece! I sent these with family and friends who were leaving for a vacation and I received texts saying they loved them!

I love them too. I can’t wait to make them again, in fact! This is one of those recipes with boxed white cake mix that you’re going to fall in love with.

Click here for the full Cake Mix Cinnamon Roll Pastries recipe.

2. Peanut Butter Cake Mix Cookies

Cake mix cookies are so incredibly easy to make and I’ve got a recipe that’s going to wow you! These peanut butter cookies are almost as good as my delicious, tender homemade peanut butter cookies. Best of all, they start with a simple white cake mix.

Here’s how I did it:

I started this sweet dessert with white cake mix.

I threw in peanut butter, shortening, and a couple of eggs.

They were formed into balls, then rolled in sugar. I placed them on a cookie sheet with parchment paper and pressed them down with the tines of a fork before baking. Luscious!

Click here for the full Peanut Butter Cake Mix Cookie recipe!

3. Strawberry Pie Filling Cake

This is such an easy dessert recipe!

I’d heard of dump cake, of course. But, to take a can of pie filling and actually mix it into the dry cake mix? I had no idea what would happen.

I found out, much to my surprised, that a simple white cake mix can literally take on the flavor and moist goodness of whatever pie filling you add. In this case. . .strawberries!

Here’s how I did it:

I started with a white cake mix. The brand won’t matter for this recipe. Use Betty Crocker, Duncan Hines, Pillsbury, or any brand you prefer. You can even start with a gluten free mix.

I added some room temperature butter and a couple of eggs.

Then I stirred in a whole can of strawberry pie filling. (Yum!)

What I ended up with was a moist, delicious, pink cake with luscious cream cheese frosting.

This one was totally packed with flavor and I was stunned at how incredibly tender it was. (And can I just say that I love the ease of bundt cakes?) This recipe is perfect for anniversary cakes, birthday cakes, or more. Talk about an excellent cake!

Click here for the full Strawberry Pie Filling Cake recipe.

4. Cake Mix Kolaches

I know. The mind reels that you could make a crisp kolache-like pastry stuffed with strawberry preserves using a cake mix, but that’s just what I did! I had in mind to make something that would hold its shape and has a crisp, sweet bite.

This kolache did not disappoint! It’s unlike anything I’ve ever eaten before. The preserves were lovely, but that cake mix pastry? It was out of this world! (You won’t believe this is from a box cake mix.) It’s almost like a puff pastry.

Here’s how I did it:

As always, I started with a white cake mix.

I mixed in extra flour, butter, whipping cream, and a box of cheesecake pudding mix. (Yum.)

After forming a dough, I rolled it out and cut into squares, which I filled with strawberry preserves.

I topped them with sugar and baked until they were golden.

This is a sweet dessert you’re going to love! Click here for the full Cake Mix Kolaches recipe.

5. Almond Tea Cakes

These are worthy of an award. No, really. They’re delicious and have a distinct almond flavor. They’re almost scone-like in texture but have a softness you might expect in a cake-like cookie. Best of all, they start with a boxed cake mix!

Here’s how I did it:

I made a dough using cake mix, flour, cold butter, egg, and whipping cream.

I rolled out the dough into a huge circle and cut into triangles.

I made a paste using almond flour, almond extract, butter, eggs, sugar, and flour. Then I spread that past onto the disc.

The triangles were rolled up and more paste was added to the top.

I added thinly sliced almonds to the top and baked until golden.

These need to be in a tea room somewhere, y’all. They’re that good! This is one of those white cake mix desserts you’ll make again and again.

Click here for the full Almond Tea Cake recipe!

6. Easy Banana Berry Cake

I made this moist cake as a treat for my writing group. They flipped! This isn’t your grandma’s banana cake, y’all. It’s light and has the tartness of raspberries. And, of course, it all starts with a doctored cake mix.

Here’s how I did it:

I started with a white cake mix. I added melted butter, mashed bananas, eggs, milk, and raspberries.

I baked mine in a bundt pan but you could make a layer cake if you prefer. I could hardly believe how delectable it was! You’ll want to share this one with your friends.

Click here for the Easy Banana Berry Cake Recipe using white cake mix!

7. Easy Cake Mix Scones

If you love lemon, berries, and sugar, you’re going to flip over this recipe!

I turned a cake mix into a luscious scone, y’all.

Here’s how I did it:

I started with a white cake mix and some extra flour.

I tossed in a box of lemon pudding for additional flavor.

Next I added cold butter, whipping cream, and one egg.

I divided the dough into two balls and rolled them out (forming two identical circles).

I covered the bottom round with berries then placed the top round on top of it.

The whole thing got a milk wash and was baked on a baking sheet until golden.

Note: These are perfect for a special occasion (like a high tea) or simple as a snack!

(Note: you could always start with a lemon cake mix if you prefer. The flavor of cake mix is up to you.)

Click here for the full Easy Cake Mix Scone recipe!

8. Cinnamon Sugar Muffins

Ah, muffins! These are perfect for breakfast. . .or any time of day. They’re loaded with cinnamon and have a bit of a crunch on top. Best of all, they’re incredibly easy to whip up. You simply start wtih a white cake mix.

Here’s how I did it:

I combined white cake mix, sour cream, eggs, butter, cinnamon, sugar, and pecans. (Are you swooning yet?)

Muffins have a thicker texture than cake, and the liquid content isn’t as heavy.

These were baked until golden.

Click here for the full Cinnamon Sugar Muffins recipe!

9. Cake Mix Chocolate Chip Cookies

Man, are these easy! They’re a quick way to make chocolate chip cookies but they’re so easy, the kids can make them.

Here’s how I did it:

1 cake mix, 1 egg, butter, extract, and a teensy-tiny bit of milk. Finally, a full bag of chocolate chips.

Scoop cookie dough balls and bake until golden.

Click here for the full Cake Mix Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe!

10. Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Dump Cake

This one actually started with a golden butter cake but it can be made with a white cake, as well.

This is one of my new favorites. I can’t wait to try it again!

Here’s how I did it:

Add crushed pineapple to the bottom of a baking dish. Coat in brown sugar.

Add canned cherry pie filling.

Dump on the dry cake mix.

Cover in butter.

Bake until golden and delicious!

Click here for the full Easy Pineapple Upside Down Dump Cake recipe!

11. Strawberry Cheesecake Scones

I know! Scones. . .out of cake mix! These are so easy and so yummy you’ll wonder why you didn’t make them before.

Here’s how I did it:

I added some extra all purpose flour to my white cake mix. I also threw in a box of cheesecake pudding.

I cut in some cold butter, then added a couple of eggs and some whipping cream, forming a dough.

I scooped into large balls and formed a dent in the center.

I filled the holes with a filling that included cream cheese, egg yolks, powdered sugar, and lemon juice. (Cheesecake, anyone?) After that, I added a dollop of preserves.

These scones (which are very cookie-like) were baked until golden and the centers were set.

Click here for the full Strawberry Cheese Scones recipe!

12. Easy Cake Mix Cherry Pies

Easy Cake Mix Cherry Pies

These are delicious hand-held pies that come together so quickly and easily. They start with a white cake mix but the luscious cherry pie filling pairs beautifully with the light, crisp crust.

I made the crust using cake mix, flour, butter, egg, and whipping cream. Then I rolled it out and cut it into circles, which I placed in a prepared muffin tin.

I filled the muffin dough with cherry pie filling and folded them over.

These were baked at 375 for 22 minutes until golden brown. I cooled on a wire rack. They were so easy to eat and didn’t even require a fork!

Other Recipes to Try

I have so many other recipes in my head! I want to make Cake Mix lemon bars. And of course I want to do a traditional dump cake, possibly blackberry.

If you have other ideas for me, I’m wipe open! Let’s come up with ways to use a white cake mix to create delectable desserts no one ever expected!

About the Author

Janice Thompson is an author, baker, and all-around mischief maker! She has overcome a host of baking catastrophes, including a toppled wedding cake, to learn more about the baking process. Janice has published over 150 books for the Christian market but particularly enjoys writing recipes and baking devotions. To learn more about Janice or to drop her a note, visit her About the Author page.

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