Baking a Cake With Boxed Cake Mix

May 1, 2010

Fairytale decorated CakeVery tasty cake and icing.


Crusting Cream Cheese Frosting


Follow cake mix directions for baking the cake.

Combine butter, shortening, and cream cheese. Mix on high until smooth. Add vanilla and salt. Mix well. Slowly mix in sugar (try it as you add it you may want to use less).

The cakes are 13x9 inches. Bake and allow to cool. Apply a thin layer of frosting to each and refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes or until frosting is firm. Cut one 13x9 inch cake into two pieces, leaving one larger than the other stack pieces on top of the second 13x9 inch cake. Frost and decorate.

Servings: 15-20
Time:2 Hours Preparation Time
2 Hours Cooking Time

By Angie N. from Faribault, MN

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Bronze Post Medal for All Time! 170 Posts
February 16, 2011

Super sweet. Chocolate is my favorite. Grease a 13x9 inch baking pan. Prepare and bake cake according to directions.


March 8, 2017

If I make a regular cake, my husband and I eat more than we should. Sometimes, I just crave something sweet without the guilt.


I made a Jiffy cake for the two of us. When I made it, I sifted the mix and when I prepared it, I put in a tablespoon of mayo.

A homemade cake with frosting on a plate.


April 29, 2013

Easy adult dessert, turn water into wine.


December 11, 2010

One day I wanted to try something different and this is what I came up with.


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April 29, 2010

Combine milk and egg. Add cake mix and chopped pecans. Pour into pan and top with chocolate chips and Bits 'O Brickle.


Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes. Tastes better if you let it set for one day.


Beat all ingredients together for 10 minutes. Bake in 330 degree F. oven about 1 hour. For icing, beat 5 to 7 minutes with electric mixer. Place in sealed container. Refrigerate.


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November 19, 2008

I am looking for cake recipes using white cake mix.

Amelia from Oak Grove, LA


November 19, 20080 found this helpful
Best Answer

Here's a couple I think you will enjoy.

Coconut Poke Cake

1 package white cake mix
1 can cream of coconut
1 can sweetened condensed milk


1 package frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 package flaked coconut

Prepare and bake white cake mix according to package directions. Remove cake from oven. While still hot, using a utility fork, poke holes all over the top of the cake.
Mix cream of coconut and sweetened condensed milk together. Pour over the top of the still hot cake. Let cake cool completely then frost with the whipped topping and top with the flaked coconut. Keep cake refrigerated.

Strawberry Dream Cake

1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
1 1/2 cups frozen sweetened strawberries, pureed
12 ounces cream cheese
8 (1 ounce) squares white chocolate
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1/2 pint sliced fresh strawberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.


Grease two 9 inch round cake pans. Make cake per directions except substitute the 1 1/2 cups of strawberries for the water and add 1 extra egg, (if cake mix calls for 2 eggs add 3), and 8 ounces of the cream cheese at room temperature. Beat well and pour into the prepared pans.
Bake at 350 degrees F for about 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. A toothpick inserted in the center will not come out clean when this cake is done since it is so moist. Let cake cool fully before frosting.
To Make Frosting: Heat the heavy cream until just beginning to boil. Pour it over the white chocolate (chopped) and the remaining 4 ounces cream cheese. Mix well and let cool. Once cool fold into the whipped topping. Use to frost cooled cake and garnish with sliced fresh strawberries.

By Jamie F from MPLS MN (Guest Post)
November 21, 20080 found this helpful
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I got this from a Party center I used to work at. Be sure to only use 3/4 cup caramel Ice cream topping-otherwise it is too sweet! And, the no-fat kind is just fine!)


Jamie's Oatmeal Caramel Bars (from the Patrician Party Center!)
1 pkg. white cake mix
2 cups uncooked oatmeal
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup oil
1 egg
3/4 cup caramel ice cream topping

Mix together cake mix, oatmeal and brown sugar. Stir in oil and egg; mix well.
Pat 1/2 of this dough mixture in a greased and floured 13x9 pan. Spread caramel topping over the crust in pan. Crumble the rest of the dough mixture evenly over the topping.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes


Gold Post Medal for All Time! 846 Posts
November 21, 20080 found this helpful
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This isn't a recipe but it's yummy :-)

Just bake the plain white cake mix and place room temperature sliced canned peaches with a tiny bit of the syrup over each individual serving:

I like to slightly heat the cake and peaches in a bowl in the microwave with the leftovers :-)

I came up with this idea when I was about nine years old on my first time disastrous baking attempt of Peach Upside Down Cake that I burned but still wanted to impress my parents with dessert ;-) LOL!!!

By Karen (Guest Post)
November 22, 20080 found this helpful
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For parties when I need a quick desert, In 8x8 inch pan put cherry pie filling or any kind in bottom, sprinkle white cake mix from box on top, dot with butter and nuts, bake till brown. The cherries come up through. Always get rave reviews.

November 23, 20080 found this helpful
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Use a white cake to make "Jello Cake".

Make your white cake as directed in a 13x9 pan. When cooled, poke holes all over the top with a fork. Pour warm jello, any flavor you like. (mix with hot water as usual, only add 1/2 the cold water), all over the cake. Let chill. Add a layer of French Vanilla pudding, chill, then add a layer of cool whip. We use white cake because the color of the jello stands out better. If you use strawberry jello, add strawberrys to each piece when served, or peach, or cherry, etc. Really good in the summer time! Enjoy

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February 15, 2013

I am trying to bake a half and half chocolate cake and a vanilla cake and wanted to know the best box cake mix to use. I always made the cakes seperately and know that chocolate cake takes a little longer time to cook than the vanilla cake.

By Merina from Baltimore, MD


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July 26, 20220 found this helpful
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In my experience, all cake mixes are basically the same and have similar cooking times. I think any of the better store bought brands like Betty Crocker should work great.

Please let us know how it turns out.

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January 15, 2013

Can you take a white cake mix and add white chocolate chips (melted) to the batter and make it taste good? Or is that just a waste of time and effort?

By Verna


April 14, 20200 found this helpful
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First off- it sounds awesome! Second- DO NOT MELT the chocolate first. Simply add the white ch chips to the batter. Trust me! They will melt on their own but still maintain without making your cake mushy. Add about 1/2 cup of them . Maybe a bit more if you wish. You can also put the chips in the freezer for about 1/2 hour before adding to batter. It will also help them maintain . Either way/ itll work out great. Never be afraid to experiment when baking. Its what makes a great baker.

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October 19, 2015

When I bake a box cake it comes out moist, but when you cut it, it turns all crumbly. You get maybe 1/2 slice and the rest is crumbs.


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October 19, 20151 found this helpful

Box cake mixes are usually very easy to prepare and bake. However, problems can occur when the mixing and baking directions are not followed EXACTLY as the mixes are carefully designed to produce the cake advertised. Even a slight deviation can result in problems.

For example-add specific amounts of all liquids, add eggs only after they are mixed and beaten according to the instructions, mix or beat the batter as long as the instructions state, bake according to the package instructions, etc.

In your situation, it seems that the oven is not hot enough to bake the entire cake so the middle is left "half baked". If you have followed the baking instructions exactly, then you may have an oven that does not heat to the actual heat degree that the instructions state. This happens much more than you might think. You can check your oven's heat with or without a thermometer (buy one!):

Good Luck!


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July 29, 20170 found this helpful

Is it out of date? Did you add the right amount of oil and water? Are your eggs fresh?

May 10, 20190 found this helpful

In answer to the question regarding the boxed cake mix that was crumbly after baking as stated on the package is to try using milk as your liquid instead of water. I generally only use Duncan Hines cake mixes and when Istarted using milk instead of water 40 years ago, I have never had a ptoblem Otha cake and most people think they are from scratch cakes.

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August 8, 2012

How do I use 1/2 cake mix to make a whole cake?

By Judy


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August 9, 20120 found this helpful

Why use a half of box of cake mix to make a whole cake? If you mean you just want a small cake, you can buy a cake mix called Jiffy that makes something like a 8" cake layer. To make a cake with half of a cake mix you would have to measure out to see how many cups of mix in the package, then use half of that, and then do the same with the other ingredients, using just half of the number of eggs, oil, etc. However, that won't make a 9x13 cake, it would only make an 8" cake.

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January 10, 2013

How much does a boxed cake mix rise? I'm using an aluminum throw away, lollipop shaped cake pan. How full do I fill it?

By Amanda B.

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July 15, 2022

This is a very moist and delicious cake. Although its beginning lies in a boxed cake mix, the finish is spectacular and memorable. The Kahlua liqueur gives it an exceptionally rich and unique flavor. Definitely for the adults.

August 19, 2021

This is a delicious recipe using a yellow butter cake mix and several other ingredients easy to keep on hand. I got it out of our church cookbook that was printed in 1987, and I have used it more times than I can count. It is always a hit and so easy to "make and take."

June 28, 2017

Pound cake can be made very easily if you use a cake box mix to start with. This page contains cake box mix pound cake recipes.

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