If you’re looking for recipes that use white cake mix, look no further. We’ve gathered 27 easy recipes that will help you celebrate every occasion. Whether quick and easy for yourself or a recipe for a memorable holiday gathering, we have a recipe to fit your taste buds.
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Can you add flavor to cake mix?
You can absolutely add flavor to white cake mix. And not just in one way. There are tons of ways to spice up boring old cake batter.
Here are a few quick and easy ways add flavor to easy cake mix recipes:
- Add almond extract
- Add vanilla extract
- Add chocolate chip, chopped walnuts, or sprinkles to the batter
- Add buttercream frosting
- Sift powdered sugar on top
- Make a quick and simple glaze
White Cake Mix vs Vanilla Cake Mix vs Yellow Cake Mix
When you stroll down the baking aisle at your local grocery store, you’re struck by probably dozens of cake mixes. You’ll probably come across three boxed cake mixes that seem nearly the same, if not identical: white cake mix, yellow cake mix, and vanilla cake mix.
When it comes to vanilla cake mix, that’s the easiest one to explain. Vanilla cake mix is made to taste like, drumroll, vanilla! Funny enough, though, vanilla cake mix doesn’t always include actual vanilla. But that’s a whole different story.
Now, when it comes to white cake mix versus yellow cake mix, the difference is one ingredient: egg yolks. Yellow cake mix contains egg yolks, while white cake mix only has egg whites.
Now the critical question: Can you use vanilla or yellow cake mix in the recipes listed below? Yes, of course you can! When it comes down to it, the difference between the three is minor, and the taste of each recipe won’t be significantly altered.
What can be made from white cake mix?
The question is more, what can’t be made with white cake mix? The answer is very little! Below are 14 of our favorite dessert recipes using boxed cake mix.
2-Ingredient Moist Pumpkin Cake
There’s something about pumpkin-flavored desserts that screams Autumn. This pumpkin cake mix recipe is so easy to make, and it’s packed with tons of delicious flavor. The best part is you only need yellow or white cake mix, pumpkin puree, a baking dish, and cooking spray to make it. Seriously.
Olive Garden Lemon Cream Cake
If you’re a fan of lemon desserts, you’ll love this Olive Garden Lemon Cream Cake Copycat Recipe. The cake is moist and lemony, and the cream cheese frosting is the perfect compliment. This cake is easy to make and will be a hit at your next party!
Cherry Cake with Cherry Cream Cheese Frosting
The cherry pie filling and cherry cream cheese frosting are the perfect combination. The cake is fluffy and moist, and the frosting is creamy and flavorful. I would definitely recommend this cake.
Pineapple Dump Cake
Pineapple Upside Down Dump Cake is an easy, 4-ingredient cake recipe that is perfect for a crowd. The recipe simply calls for dumping all of the ingredients into a baking dish and baking. This cake is so easy to make, and it’s a great dessert for any occasion.
Summertime Flower Cupcakes
These cupcakes are the perfect way to celebrate summer! The bright colors and fun floral designs make them super cute and festive. And the best part is that they are incredibly simple to make. You can quickly whip up a batch of these beauties in no time. So why not surprise your friends and family with a delicious and adorable treat? They will be sure to love them!
White Brownies (aka Blondies)
I’m all about the traditional brownie. But sometimes, you want to mix it up a bit. That’s where the white brownie, also known as the blondie, comes in. They have the chewy consistency of a cookie but with the dense, fudgy texture of a brownie. The sweet, rich flavor that these bars have come from melted butter and brown sugar, which gives them their signature caramel-like taste. Yum? Yum!
Sprinkles Cake Mix Donuts with Frosting
These donuts are seriously delicious and so easy to make! All you need is a box of cake mix, some oil and eggs, and some sprinkles. Simply follow the instructions on the cake mix box for making the batter, then pipe or spoon it into a greased donut pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown, let cool for a few minutes, then dip in the glaze and top with sprinkles. Enjoy.
Mini Birthday Cheesecakes
These little mini cheesecakes are perfect for a birthday cake substitute. They have the same great flavor as a regular birthday cake but in a smaller and more convenient package. They’re also much easier to make than a traditional cake, so they’re perfect for any last-minute celebrations.
Funfetti Cake Roll
This funfetti cake roll is so easy to make, and it’s perfect for any occasion. The vanilla cake is light and fluffy, and the cream cheese frosting is creamy and delicious. Add as many sprinkles as you like — the more, the merrier! This cake is sure to be a hit at your next party.
Cinnamon Roll Poke Cake
This Cinnamon Roll Poke Cake is a delicious and easy dessert that will impress your guests. It is made with a box of cake mix and infused with a buttery cinnamon-sugar filling. The rich cream cheese frosting makes it irresistible.
Candy Corn Cupcakes
These candy corn cupcakes are just too cute for words! They would be perfect for any Halloween or Thanksgiving celebration. The simple, yet delicious recipe is easy enough for anyone to make. Your friends and family will love these sweet treats!
Reese’s Peanut Butter Pound Cake
This Reese’s Peanut Butter Pound Cake is the perfect dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth. It’s incredibly moist and tastes like a delicious Reese’s peanut butter cup. I highly recommend serving it with a scoop of ice cream for the ultimate treat.
Coconut Cake with Sour Cream Frosting
Coconut cake is a delicious dessert that is perfect for potlucks. This cake is easy to make, only requiring five ingredients: a cake mix, sour cream, cool whip, coconut, and sugar. The sour cream cool whip frosting makes this cake extra-delicious.
Apple cupcakes are the perfect way to celebrate the first day of school. They are simple to make and use your favorite cake recipe. We like to use a chocolate cake recipe, but you can use any flavor you like. To make the cupcakes, start by mixing together the wet ingredients. Then, add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
Fill each cupcake liner about three-quarters full and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting. We used vanilla frosting and added some green food coloring to make them look like apples. Finally, top each cupcake with caramel apple candy and enjoy.
Halloween Cake Mix Cookies
These Witches Hat Cake Mix Cookies are so easy and adorable. You will love how simple they are to make and just how good they taste. All you need is a cake mix, some eggs, and some black frosting. The frosting is what gives these cookies their adorable witches hat shape. We used a star tip to pipe the frosting on, but you could also just use a spoon or even a zip-top bag with the corner cut off. These cookies are perfect for any Halloween celebration.
Best Brands of Cake Mix
Not all cake mixes are made equal. Here are the best cake mixes out there. And a few of my faves below:
- Duncan Hines (lemon cake mix)
- Betty Crocker (spiced cake mix)
- Simple Mills (chocolate cake mix)
How Do I Know When My Cake is Done?
The easiest way to know if your cake is done is through the good ol’ toothpick test. Remove your cake from the oven, stick a toothpick in the center and remove. If the toothpick comes out clean, your cake is done. If it has batter on it, it needs a bit longer in the oven.
If you haven’t figured it out by now, a box of white cake mix is almost a secret ingredient! Since baking from scratch is time-consuming and not everyone’s piece of cake, leveraging a cake mixture is the next best thing.
Have additional recipes using white cake mix you think are missing from this list, leave them in the comments below. Until next time: Stay salty, and sweet 😉