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18 Recipes That Start with a Box of White Cake Mix

You don't need to start from scratch to make a delicious dessert. Grab a box of white cake mix and you're halfway there with these easy recipes.

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Spumoni TorteTaste of Home

Spumoni Torte

I made up this recipe to end a big Italian Christmas Eve dinner. I thought it would be nice and light after a heavy meal. The cake frosts the best when it’s been stored in the freezer for a day. —Lynne Ogg, East Bethel, Minnesota

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Strawberry Lemon Cupcakes

Strawberry Lemon Cupcakes

My granddaughter Sydney has acquired a love of baking. While I was visiting her in Tampa, we made these light, fluffy cupcakes. She's a natural—these turned out fantastic! —Lonnie Hartstack, Clarinda, Iowa

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Pistachio Quick BreadTaste of Home

Pistachio Quick Bread

I love making many of these special loaves to give away for the holidays. They also freeze well so it is easy to pull out for unexpected guests. —Judy Fischer, Green Bay, Wisconsin

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Pina Colada Tube CakeTaste of Home

Pina Colada Tube Cake

We named this a “pina colada” cake because it has coconut, pineapple and rum. It’s a soothing finish at the end of a big spread. —Debra Keil, Owasso, Oklahoma

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Shortcut Peppermint Layer CakeTaste of Home

Shortcut Peppermint Layer Cake

When I first made this cake it was snowing outside, the entire family was home, and we enjoyed it all together. A perfectly pretty holiday cake for a perfect holiday moment! Be sure to measure the peppermint extract carefully—it’s strong, and a little bit goes a very long way. —Mindie Hilton, Susanville, California

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Root Beer Float CakeTaste of Home

Root Beer Float Cake

I add root beer to both the cake batter and fluffy frosting of this summery dessert to get that great root beer float taste. Serve this moist cake to a bunch of hungry kids and watch it disappear! —Kat Thompson, Prineville, Oregon

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Cranberry Layer CakeTaste of Home

Cranberry Layer Cake

I adapted a Bundt cake recipe to create this layer cake. Cranberries, walnuts and homemade frosting make it taste so delicious that you’d never guess it starts with a convenient cake mix. —Sandy Burkett, Galena, Ohio

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Pear Bundt CakeTaste of Home

Pear Bundt Cake

Next time you make cake from a mix, try my easy and delicious recipe. The pears and syrup add sweet flavor and prevent the cake from drying out. And since there’s no oil added to the batter, this tender fall-perfect cake is surprisingly low in fat. —Veronica Ross, Columbia Heights, Minnesota

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Pistachio and Coconut CakeTaste of Home

Pistachio and Coconut Cake

This coconut cake is good any time of the year, but the color is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. The secret is adding instant pistachio pudding mix into the cake mix and the frosting. —Dora May Meredith, Rockford, Illinois

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Sweet Potato Cream Cheese BarsTaste of Home

Sweet Potato Cream Cheese Bars

If you’re looking for something other than pumpkin, these sweet potato bars are a yummy alternative. Make them ahead—they’re even better refrigerated overnight. —Debbie Glasscock, Conway, Arkansas

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Cherry Dream CakeTaste of Home

Cherry Dream Cake

I serve this cherry cake for holidays because it’s so festive and easy. No one will know your secret is adding a package of cherry gelatin to a boxed cake mix! —Margaret McNeil, Germantown, Tennessee

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Birthday Cake PancakesTaste of Home

Birthday Cake Pancakes

I try to make special foods for my kids, especially on their birthdays. To transform plain ol’ pancake mix, I add cake mix and sprinkles. Frosting closes the deal. —Dina Crowell, Fredericksburg, Virginia

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Coconut Cream CakeTaste of Home

Coconut Cream Cake

Have the urge to splurge? Try Deborah Protzman’s moist and mouthwatering cake. “No one who’s ever eaten a piece can believe it’s lower in fat”—Deborah Protzman, Bloomington, Illinois.

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Cookies-and-Cream CakeTaste of Home

Cookies-and-Cream Cake

If you like cookies-and-cream ice cream, you’ll love this cake. Chocolate sandwich cookies are mixed into the batter and pressed into the sweet and creamy frosting for a fun look. —Pat Habiger, Spearville, Kansas

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Raspberry CakeTaste of Home

Raspberry Cake

Jazz up plain cake with raspberry gelatin and frozen berries. Spread with a light, fruity whipped topping, the festive results make a cool and refreshing dessert. —Marion Anderson, Dalton, Minnesota

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Rainbow Cake with CloudsTaste of Home

Rainbow Cake with Clouds

Some cakes stand on their own without icing. For this bright Rainbow Cake, use a little whipped cream to make fluffy clouds. —Janet Tigchelaar, Jerseyville, Ontario

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Eggnog Tres Leches CakeTaste of Home

Eggnog Tres Leches Cake

When the holidays roll around, my family eagerly anticipates sampling this cake. Its rich eggnog flavor is delightful. —Jan Valdez, Chicago, Illinois

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Sweet Potato Cranberry CakeTaste of Home

Sweet Potato Cranberry Cake

This convenient recipe uses items you have in your pantry, like sweet potatoes, cranberries, coconut and chocolate chips. Everyone will enjoy this delicious dessert! —Amie Valpone, New York, New York

Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an associate editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.

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